Rising R&B singer Khalid bows at No. 9 on the Billboard 200 dated March 25 with his debut album American Teen, earning 37,000 equivalent album units in the week ending March 9, according to Nielsen Music. The set concurrently earns a No. 3 entry on the R&B Albums chart and No. 6 bow on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums tally.
Of the title’s unit total, 33 percent were in traditional album sales, 59 percent stem from streaming album equivalent (SEA) units, and 8 percent came from track equivalent album (TEA) units.
“Two years ago, I would’ve never imagined being in the position of life that I am now,” the 19-year-old tells Billboard. (Back in 2015, Khalid was still in high school, unsigned, and had yet to post any of his music to SoundCloud. Fast-forward to 2016, and the singer’s SoundCloud tracks drew clicks, praise and healthy social media buzz — and helped land the artist his Billboard chart debut last July.)
Breakout single “Location” previewed the studio set, when it began climbing the charts last year. The track landed on the Hot R&B Songs chart in November, and reaches a new peak on the latest chart (hopping 9-6), boosted by the album’s release. The song was streamed 13.2 million times in the United States in the most recent week, a 35 percent increase, and earning its highest weekly stream count to date. A 70 percent rise in sales, to 16,000 downloads, also aid in the trek up the chart.
The song continues to climb at radio, reaching a new high with 22.8 million audience impressions across all monitored stations, in the week ending March 12 (a four percent increase).
The climbs across all metrics also triggers a 51-38 leap on the Billboard Hot 100 for “Location,” marking a new peak on the overall-genre chart and the tune’s first visit to the top 40.
Album track “Saved” follows the lead single in most streams from the album, with 3.3 million (up 106 percent), helping to earn a No. 18 debut on Hot R&B Songs. The album’s title track also dots the list, arriving at No. 22, supported, in part, by 2.5 million streams (up 94 percent).
Bonus fun fact: Khalid becomes one of only two solo teenagers to reach the top 10 on the Billboard 200 in the last 12 months. Khalid follows Shawn Mendes, who, at 18 years old, debuted at No. 1 on the Oct. 15-dated list with Illuminate. (Honorable mention goes to Grace VanderWaal, who was just 12 when she bowed at No. 9 on the Dec. 24-dated chart with Perfectly Imperfect.