CONAN GRAY EMERGES AS BIGGEST NEW ARTIST OF 2020 WITH 'KID KROW'
TOP NEW ARTIST DEBUT ON BILLBOARD TOP 200 AT #5
TOP SOLO POP FULL LENGTH ALBUM DEBUT / 'KID KROW' #1 POP ALBUM
GENERATES NEARLY 300 MILLION GLOBAL STREAMS & UNANIMOUS CRITICAL ACCLAIM
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New York, NY [March 30, 2020] – Pop singer-songwriter Conan Gray has achieved the “Biggest New Artist Debut of 2020” with his critically acclaimed debut album, Kid Krow [Republic Records].
It secured the “Top New Artist Debut on the Billboard Top 200,” capturing #5 on the Album respective chart, #1 Pop Album, and #2 Billboard Top Album Sales.
The chart-topping album also achieves the title of “Top Solo Pop Full Length Album Debut,” previously held by Camila Cabello’s 2018 debut.
Impressively, its US consumption exceeded 49,000-plus in the first week with release-to-date global consumption surpassed upwards of 200,000. Meanwhile, generating nearly 300 million global streams.
Around the world, Kid Krow continues to soar. It bowed in the Top 5 of iTunes Overall Top Albums Chart in Australia, Canada, and The Philippines.
In addition, it secured #2 on the Apple Music Pop US Charts, and “Maniac” reached a new Daily Spotify US peak at #67.
PRAISE FOR CONAN GRAY
Moreover, it incited unanimous tastemaker praise. NPR declared it, “One of the best albums in March,” and PAPER wrote, “Conan Gray’s “Kid Krow” is a renaissance painting of Gen Z.” Billboard asserted, “One listen to 'Kid Krow' demonstrates the breadth of his songwriting talent,” while Teen Vogue claimed, “The album shows off Conan’s sonic versatility, the throughline being his thoughtful, vulnerable lyrics.” E! News put it best, "Between the confessional lyrics and the excellent alt-pop production, he's more than living up to our designation as one of the 15 future pop stars you need to know now.”
Not to mention, VMAN stated: “Conan Gray’s music is akin to a well-loved coming-of-age movie packaged as a pop song.” MTV crowned him, “your new pop prince,” and OnesToWatch christened him, “‘The King’ of Bedroom Bops.” People added, “What makes Gray so relatable to those who listen to his music is his unfiltered energy and candidness.”
KID KROW TRACKLISTING:
“I wrote “Kid Krow” in my bedroom, so it’s oddly fitting that I released it while sitting in my bedroom. I hope the songs that I wrote can give comfort to the people listening from their own bedrooms. It was a shock to me and all my friends to have our whole entire worlds put on pause due to the detrimental effects of COVID-19, but my only hope is that my album can help people find the smallest sliver of catharsis in this scary and confusing time.
“My love goes out to all the humans risking their lives to help stop the spread of this virus, including my own sister who is a nurse. They need our help now more than ever, as well as our cooperation with the social distancing rules so that we can collectively save lives.
“I thank everybody for listening to what I’ve said in my songs, I hope that they keep you company through this period of necessary isolation.” – Conan Gray
As the story goes, Conan Gray found a way out of his tiny Texas hometown by building his own musical world from nothing more than GarageBand and a cheap microphone taped to a lamp.
Within two years since uploading “Idle Town,” he quietly climbed to the forefront of pop on the back of his debut EP, Sunset Season [Republic Records], and a string of successful singles.
Amassing upwards of 600 million streams, he garnered acclaim from Vogue, VMAN, Teen Vogue, Paper, The FADER, MTV, i-D, Billboard, Wonderland, Clash, Notion, Seventeen, and OnesToWatch, to name a few, made his television debut on Late Night with Seth Meyers, and transformed peers such as Billie Eilish, Halsey, BTS, The 1975, Brendon Urie, Troye Sivan, Lewis Capaldi, and Noah Cyrus into ardent and vocal fans.
Source Republic Records
March 30, 2020 11:38am ET by Republic Records