Since bursting onto the scene with his 2017 released, top 5 debut album – ‘American Teen’ – R&B crooner Khalid has been a staple in the chart’s top 40 as both feature and leading act. Seeing that success trickle over onto the October 2018-released EP, ‘SunCity,’ the commercial response clearly served as indication fans were ready for the singer’s sophomore LP.
Answering the call with ‘Talk’ & ‘Better’ – the leading singles from his second album, ‘Free Spirit’ (April 5) – both tunes received favorable critical and commercial responses as they peaked inside the top 40 on the Billboard Hot 100 at #40 and #16 respectively [to date]. Now, with over 24 hours separating their parent album from its official unveiling, industry analysts are able to predict how many units the product will shift its first 7 days of availability.
Look inside to see the numbers:
Khalid’s ‘Free Spirit’
First Week SPS (predicted): 145-165k
First Week Pure Sales (predicted): 50-65k
Debut Billboard 200 placement (predicted): #1
If the figures above ring true they will not only render the 21-year-old’s first run atop the Billboard 200, but will also be his highest first week sales to date. His inaugural album eventually reached platinum status, but debuted with 37,000 SPS its first week.