NF is heading for a #2 debut on next week's Billboard 200 with his new album The Search. NF's last album, Perception, debuted at No. 1 on Oct. 28, 2017. NF trails behind Chance the Rapper who will lock in at #1 with his latest release, The Big Day.
"The Search" has sold around 95,000 units in its first week with some of that figure goosed by sales generated from a concert ticket/album sale redemption offer, as well as some merchandise/album bundles sold through the hip-hop artist's website.
"I just want to thank you guys for all the support on the record," NF said in a video he posted on Instagram Tuesday.
NF will launch The Search Tour on September 12 at Stage AE in Pittsburgh. The 29-date headline run will take him across North America, culminating with his debut performance at Colorado's Red Rocks Amphitheatre on October 13 and a trio of California dates. The Search 29-date headline fall tour had 20k tickets sold in the first day with 130K total tickets sold, making this NF's biggest headlining tour ever. Every online ticket order of 2 or more tickets for the 2019 U.S. NF headline tour will include 1 physical CD copy of his new album, The Search . Tickets and tour information available at nfrealmusic.com
In the weeks following the album's announcement, NF shared three songs with fans - " The Search ," " When I Grow Up " and " Time " - along with the accompanying videos, which he and longtime collaborator Patrick Tohill produced and directed. In addition to 18 new tracks and an edit of "Time," The Search also includes 2018's Gold-certified single " WHY ." The four videos combined have racked up more than 120 million views. "Time" racked up over 2.5 million video views in the first 12 hours of its release reaching #3 on YouTube Trending. It debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 at #92 and garnered over 18 million first week streams. "When I Grow Up" and "The Search" debuted on the chart too at #78 and #70 respectively.
Reviewing the title track , Billboard said, "prickly strings, choral backing chants and an unforgiving beat drop give the meltdown overtaking his mind operatic grandeur. "
Substream Magazine noted, " 'The Search' is introspective and unapologetic. The video's eerie, desolate landscape seems to resemble NF's headspace ."
Alternative Press hailed "When I Grow Up" as "incredible." The official video for "When I Grow Up" trended at #1 on YouTube for multiple days.
HotNewHipHop praised the "emotional song and video called 'Time'" and observed, "The Michigan-raised rapper has been building his portfolio for the last few years and today, he's seen as one of the frontrunners of his wave."