- 12 Jul 18
One of a new generation of artists who first gained recognition through their Soundcloud uploads, Khalid’s distinctive soulful voice and brilliant debut album, American Teen, have led to him being talked about as the best RB artist since The Weeknd.
Perhaps appropriately for someone who spent his childhood living in various cities, moving from school to school, never building a solid foundation and sharing most of his music onto a website rather than to a live audience, the single that brought Khalid into the musical mainstream was one which focused on meeting someone face-to-face. “Send me your location/let’s focus on communicatin’” he sings on 2016’s breakthrough hit ‘Location’. It was a song about relationships in the digital world, written by a 17-year-old high school kid for whom this was the new norm.
Naturally, it went quadruple platinum in the US.