Khalid's Debut Album Matches A Feat Accomplished By Only Cardi B And Twenty One Pilots

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SURREY, BRITISH COLUMBIA - JULY 06: Singer-songwriter Khalid performs on stage during Day 2 of FVDED in The Park at Holland Park on July 06, 2019 in Surrey, Canada. (Photo by Andrew Chin/Getty Images)

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In just a few short years, R&B/pop singer-songwriter Khalid has proven himself to be not only one of the most talented new voices in music, but also one of the most popular. His debut album American Teen is an undeniably excellent piece of work and a highly successful one, and now it has accomplished something that only a few other titles have before.

The RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) has now certified every single song featured on American Teen, meaning all 15 songs have gone gold, platinum, or performed even better.

Leading the way is “Location,” which is now a seven-times platinum smash hit. Just behind that track comes “Young Dumb & Broke,” which has been certified six-times platinum. Half a dozen other songs from the record have gone at least platinum, while the rest are gold, which means they’ve moved at least 500,000 equivalent copies.

Impressively, American Teen (which itself is already double-platinum) never went to No. 1, and none of the songs became serious smashes on the Hot 100. In fact, the album only managed to produce two top 20 hits, but looking at their sizable count of platinum plaques, it is clear that Khalid fans have continued to stream the songs they love non-stop, keeping them going strong long after they disappeared from the charts.

Just one month ago, Twenty One Pilots saw their album Vessel join the club of full-lengths that have seen every song be certified one way or another. The set was actually their second to do so, as they pioneered this accomplishment when their album Blurryface made history by becoming the first to master this feat. Now, they are the only musical act with more than one title in this group. 

The only other album that has seen every song earn a certification from the RIAA is Cardi B’s Invasion of Privacy, which makes Khalid’s American Teen the fourth title to do so.

Here’s a look at what certification every song on American Teen has earned.

“American Teen” - platinum

“Young Bumb & Broke” - 6x platinum

“Location” - 7x platinum

“Another Sad Love Song” - platinum

“Saved” - 2x platinum

“Coaster” - platinum

“8teen” - platinum

“Let’s Go” - gold

“Hopeless” - gold

“Cold Blooded” - gold

“Winter” - gold

“Therapy” - gold

“Keep Me” - gold

“Shot Down” - platinum

“Angels” - gold

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In just a few short years, R&B/pop singer-songwriter Khalid has proven himself to be not only one of the most talented new voices in music, but also one of the most popular. His debut album American Teen is an undeniably excellent piece of work and a highly successful one, and now it has accomplished something that only a few other titles have before.

The RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) has now certified every single song featured on American Teen, meaning all 15 songs have gone gold, platinum, or performed even better.

Leading the way is “Location,” which is now a seven-times platinum smash hit. Just behind that track comes “Young Dumb & Broke,” which has been certified six-times platinum. Half a dozen other songs from the record have gone at least platinum, while the rest are gold, which means they’ve moved at least 500,000 equivalent copies.

Impressively, American Teen (which itself is already double-platinum) never went to No. 1, and none of the songs became serious smashes on the Hot 100. In fact, the album only managed to produce two top 20 hits, but looking at their sizable count of platinum plaques, it is clear that Khalid fans have continued to stream the songs they love non-stop, keeping them going strong long after they disappeared from the charts.

Just one month ago, Twenty One Pilots saw their album Vessel join the club of full-lengths that have seen every song be certified one way or another. The set was actually their second to do so, as they pioneered this accomplishment when their album Blurryface made history by becoming the first to master this feat. Now, they are the only musical act with more than one title in this group. 

The only other album that has seen every song earn a certification from the RIAA is Cardi B’s Invasion of Privacy, which makes Khalid’s American Teen the fourth title to do so.

Here’s a look at what certification every song on American Teen has earned.

“American Teen” - platinum

“Young Bumb & Broke” - 6x platinum

“Location” - 7x platinum

“Another Sad Love Song” - platinum

“Saved” - 2x platinum

“Coaster” - platinum

“8teen” - platinum

“Let’s Go” - gold

“Hopeless” - gold

“Cold Blooded” - gold

“Winter” - gold

“Therapy” - gold

“Keep Me” - gold

“Shot Down” - platinum

“Angels” - gold

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