Two years later, with his third album in the works, the R&B sensation is now the frontrunner in the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) contest as the youngest artist to sell over 74.5 million certified units in the United States.
The same day Khalid shared the historic accomplishment on Instagram, he scored big with nine new certifications. The current breakdown includes three multi-platinum single awards: â€œBetterâ€ (6x), â€œTalkâ€ (5x), and â€œSaturday Night Lightsâ€ (3x).
Free Spirit, the album, has earned the double-platinum label. Meanwhile, four new gold trophies featured an engraving of song titles from the LP, such as â€œBad Luck,â€ â€œDonâ€™t Pretend,â€ â€œOutta My Head,â€ and the title track.
Khalid reflected on the RIAA news in a lengthy Instagram post, writing, â€œDay after day, Iâ€™m so thankful for the amount of growth Iâ€™ve gone through on all aspects. I remember being 17, pursuing a music career, and having absolutely no clue on where my life was going to take me.
Iâ€™m so happy to be able to be in the position to do what I love and receive an abundance of love right back. I donâ€™t take ANYTHING for granted and Iâ€™m so appreciative of every conversation/moment Iâ€™ve experienced on this ongoing journey, but every moment Iâ€™ve experienced has taught me more about myself and the type of artist I want to become.â€
Khalid also hinted at his next album, calling it his â€œmost personal project yet.â€
This week, Khalid teamed up with J Balvin for the new song â€œOtra Noche Sin Ti.â€ It arrived with a supporting video. The previous month, Khalid went number-one the Billboard Adult R&B Songs chart with Alicia Keys for â€œSo Done.â€
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