Growing up in Oakland, California, Kehlani was introduced to legendary R&B and neo soul artists, like Lauryn Hill, Erykah Badu and Jill Scott which formed a core musical influence for them in the early years.
After spending a few years as part of the pop cover band, Poplyfe, the singer-songwriter left the group due to managerial and contractual disputes. In 2013, they released their debut solo track, “Antisummerluv”, on SoundCloud.
From their debut album, SweetSexySavage, to their latest latest release, 2022’s Blue Water Road, here are the rankings for Kehlani’s first week album sales.
Blue Water Road
Released: April 29, 2022
Label: Atlantic, TSNMI
First week album sales: 22,000
Billboard 200 position: 13
Singles: “Altar”, “Little Story”, “Up at Night”, “Everything”
Features: Blxst, Justin Bieber, Syd, Jessie Reyes, Ambre, Thundercat.
Released: January 27, 2017
First week album sales: 58,000
Billboard 200 position: 3
Singles: “Crzy”, “Distraction”, “Gangsta”, “Keep On”
Features: A Boogie wit da Hoodie
It Was Good Until It Wasn’t
Released: May 8, 2020
Label: Atlantic, Warner
First week album sales: 83,000
Billboard 200 position: 2
Singles: “Toxic”, “Everybody’s Business”, “F&MU”, “Can I”
Features: Tory Lanez, Jhené Aiko, Masego, Lucky Daye and James Blake, and uncredited vocals by Ty Dolla Sign.