Better (Khalid song)

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"Better"
Better Khalid Single Cover.png
Single by Khalid
from the album Suncity
ReleasedSeptember 14, 2018 (2018-09-14)
GenreR&B
Length3:50
LabelRCA
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
  • Denis Kosiak
  • StarGate
  • Digi
  • Charlie Handsome
Khalid singles chronology
"Eastside"
(2018)
"Better"
(2018)
"Saturday Nights Remix"
(2019)
{{External music video|"Better" on YouTube

"Better" is a song by American singer Khalid for his first EP Suncity (2018). It was released as the lead single from the EP on September 14, 2018.[1][2] It was also included on the album Free Spirit. The song was a commercial success and became Khalid's first solo top 10 single in the US.

Commercial performance[edit]

"Better" peaked at number eight in the US in its 30th week, making it one of the slowest ascends to the top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100.[3] Internationally, the song peaked at number 14 in Canada, number four in Malaysia, New Zealand, and Singapore, six in Australia, and various spots in the top 10 and top 40.

Additionally, "Better" marked Khalid's second number one on the Billboard Hot R&B Songs chart, following the 11-week run of "Young Dumb & Broke".[4] It also became his first number-one on Billboard's Rhythmic chart in its February 16, 2019 issue.[5][6]

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[51] 6× Platinum 420,000double-dagger
Canada (Music Canada)[52] 5× Platinum 400,000double-dagger
Denmark (IFPI Denmark)[53] Platinum 90,000double-dagger
France (SNEP)[54] Gold 100,000double-dagger
New Zealand (RMNZ)[55] 2× Platinum 60,000double-dagger
Norway (IFPI Norway)[56] Platinum 60,000double-dagger
Poland (ZPAV)[57] Platinum 20,000double-dagger
Portugal (AFP)[58] Platinum 10,000double-dagger
United Kingdom (BPI)[59] Platinum 600,000double-dagger

double-daggersales+streaming figures based on certification alone

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label Ref.
United States October 9, 2018 Contemporary hit radio RCA [60]
Rhythmic contemporary radio [61]

References[edit]

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