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Free Spirit notches No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart
Khalid notches his first No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart with his third release, Free Spirit. The set, released on April 5 through Right Hand/RCA Records, starts with 202,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending April 11, according to Nielsen Music — the fourth-largest week of 2019 for an album. Of that sum, 85,000 were in traditional album sales.
The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week in the U.S. based on multi-metric consumption as measured in equivalent album units. Free Spirit is the first R&B album to reach No. 1 in nearly a year.
Khalid's two years of maturation since 2017's American Teen has made something of a difference with Free Spirit, writes Variety. Here, at 21, the El Paso-raised vocalist and composer kicks — or shuffles — everything up a notch with a handful of fresh producers (including Digi, Charlie Handsome and Hit-Boy), richer, more lustrous sounds, and further explorations into AutoTune. But the first album's sense of anxiety and insecurity remains.
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