American Teen (album)

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American Teen
Khalid - American Teen.png
Studio album by
ReleasedMarch 3, 2017
Studio
Genre
Length54:37
Label
Producer
Khalid chronology
American Teen
(2017)
Suncity
(2018)
Singles from American Teen
  1. "Location"
    Released: January 26, 2017
  2. "Young Dumb & Broke"
    Released: June 13, 2017
  3. "Saved"
    Released: October 30, 2017

American Teen is the debut studio album by American singer Khalid.[1] It was released on March 3, 2017, by Right Hand Music Group and RCA Records.[2] The album was supported by the singles "Location", "Young Dumb & Broke" and "Saved".

In October 2017, the album was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for accumulating over one million in combined pure sales and album-equivalent units.[3] The album received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Urban Contemporary Album while its lead single "Location" was nominated for Best R&B Song at the 60th Annual Grammy Awards. In August 2018, the album was certified double platinum by the RIAA.

Singles[edit]

The lead single from the album, called "Location" was released on January 26, 2017.[4] The song peaked at 16 on the Billboard Hot 100.[5] The music video for "Location" was released on September 26, 2016.[6] "Young Dumb & Broke" was sent to rhythmic radio on June 13, 2017 as the second single.[7] "Saved" was released as the third single on October 30, 2017.[8]

Promotional singles[edit]

"Let's Go" was released as the first promotional single from the album on September 12, 2016.[9] It is also Khalid's first released song. "Hopeless" was released as the second promotional single on October 27, 2016.[10] "Coaster" was released as the third promotional single on December 16, 2016.[11] "Shot Down" was released as the fourth promotional single on February 6, 2017.[12] "American Teen" was released as the fifth and final promotional single on February 22, 2017.[13]

The promotional single "Reasons" was released on December 2, 2016, but was not included on American Teen.[14]

Commercial performance[edit]

American Teen debuted at number nine on the Billboard 200 with 37,000 album-equivalent units, of which 12,000 were pure album sales.[15] In August 2017, it reached a peak of number four.[16] On October 24, 2017, the album was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for combined sales, streaming and track-sales equivalent of one million units.[3] By the end of 2017, American Teen had accumulated 1,220,000 album-equivalent units in the United States, with 147,000 being pure sales.[17]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3/5 stars[18]
Exclaim!8/10[19]
The New Zealand Herald4/5 stars[20]
NewsdayB+[21]
ViceA[22]

Reviewing for Vice, Robert Christgau said that "the first half of this R&B album justifies its title with a clarity and candor so astonishing it overshadows the music's racial identity [...] Second half is skillful but conventional—seven succinct, catchy unrequited love songs all in a row. Khalid Robinson sings in a winning conversational murmur with room for growth, and because the vocals are as unassuming as the words, the song structures he concocts with various pals and pros seems more straightforward than they are."[22] He later called the album a "teenpop milestone".[23] Ryan B. Patrick of Exclaim! wrote that the album "generally plays things straight up, not too concerned about chasing bleeding edge sounds but resting nicely in the pocket between conventional R&B and a future-pop-minded audience".[19] Glenn Gamboa of Newsday gave the album a grade of B+ and summarized that American Teen shows Khalid as a "natural" and "establishes him as one of R&B's up-and-coming stars".[21] In a three-star review for AllMusic, Andy Kellman said that on lead single "Location" "and through much of what fills out American Teen, [...] Robinson's not one to get worked up. He's in no particular rush, content to drift through life while accepting, and occasionally sort of celebrating, the present."[18]

Track listing[edit]

Credits adapted from liner notes.

No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."American Teen"
Hiko Momoji4:10
2."Young Dumb & Broke"
Little3:22
3."Location"
  • Robinson
  • Joshua Scruggs
  • Samuel David Jimenez
  • Christopher McClenney
  • Olatunji Ige
  • Gonzalez
  • Syk Sense
  • Smash David
  • Tunji Ige
  • Gonzalez[a]
3:39
4."Another Sad Love Song"DJDS4:04
5."Saved"
  • Robinson
  • Scruggs
  • Ozan Yildirim
  • Bryan Medina
  • Cameron Hale
  • Calvin Tarvin
  • Syk Sense
  • OZ
  • Medina
  • Tiggi[a]
3:26
6."Coaster"
  • Robinson
  • Nathaniel Hernandez
Skrittzy3:19
7."8teen"
  • Robinson
  • Little
Little3:48
8."Let's Go"
  • Robinson
  • Yildirim
  • Elçi
  • Noah Gale
  • Daniel Picciotto
  • OZ
  • Momoji
  • Picciotto[a]
3:24
9."Hopeless"
  • Robinson
  • Elçi
Momoji2:47
10."Cold Blooded"
  • Robinson
  • Kurtis McKenzie
  • Jon Mills
  • Nick Martin
  • Carl Dimataga
3:27
11."Winter"
  • Robinson
  • Mike "Scribz" Riley
4:01
12."Therapy"
  • Robinson
  • Little
Little4:17
13."Keep Me"
  • Robinson
  • Rupert Thomas, Jr.
  • Scruggs
  • Yildirim
  • Jake Austin
4:36
14."Shot Down"
3:27
15."Angels"
  • Robinson
  • Gonzalez
  • Scruggs
  • Gonzalez
  • Syk Sense
  • Rangi
2:50
Total length:54:37
Japan edition bonus track[24]
No.TitleLength
16."Location" (featuring Lil Wayne and Kehlani)4:38
Total length:59:25

Notes

  • "8teen" is stylized as "8TEEN".
  • ^[a] signifies an additional producer.

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[65] Platinum 70,000double-dagger
Brazil (Pro-Música Brasil)[66] Gold 20,000double-dagger
Canada (Music Canada)[67] Platinum 80,000double-dagger
Denmark (IFPI Denmark)[68] 2× Platinum 40,000double-dagger
Mexico (AMPROFON)[69] Gold 30,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[70] 2× Platinum 30,000double-dagger
Norway (IFPI Norway)[71] Platinum 20,000*
United Kingdom (BPI)[72] Gold 100,000double-dagger
United States (RIAA)[73] 3× Platinum 3,000,000double-dagger

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
double-daggersales+streaming figures based on certification alone

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