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Global Superstar Khalid Set To Perform At Virgin Galactic’s Spaceflight Launch

Khalid’s new single “New Normal” will play during the Spaceflight & Khalid will perform it for the first time onsite at the launch

“New Normal” will be released on July 21, 2021

(July 9, 2021) Today it was announced that multi-platinum global superstar Khalid would be the featured performer at Virgin Galactic’s “Unity 22” Spaceflight launch on July 11th, 2021. Khalid’s new single “New Normal,” which will be officially released on July 21st, 2021 via Right Hand Music Group / RCA Records, will be premiered during the Spaceflight. After the Spaceflight returns to earth, Khalid will take the stage to perform a short set of songs to celebrate the launch which will feature the first ever performance of “New Normal.”

For the first time, Virgin Galactic will share a global livestream of the spaceflight which will include Khalid’s very special performance. The livestream will be available to watch on Virgin Galactic.com and will be simulcast on the Virgin Galactic Twitter, YouTube, and Facebook channels. It is expected to begin at 7:00 am MDT / 9:00 am EDT on the day of the flight.

Says Khalid “I am so excited and honored to be performing at this historic event. It’s always been a dream of mine to go to space and It’s incredible that Virgin Galactic is working to make space accessible for people to explore in the very near future. My new song “New Normal” is all about these new journeys we are taking after experiencing so much change during the pandemic. The future is now, everything is changing and this new normal we are all living in is proof that we can find our way through hard times. It’s so cool to know that Sir Richard Branson and all of the mission specialists will be listening to it on their journey. I can’t wait to perform for all of them upon their return to earth!”

Michael Colglazier, Chief Executive Officer of Virgin Galactic, “The Pilots and Crew of Unity 22 are opening the door for a new generation to be inspired by Space. Khalid is a tremendously talented, global artist and influencer who brings a shared passion for space and for breaking barriers. We’re thrilled to have him perform during Virgin Galactic’s livestream to commemorate this step forward in making human space travel a new normal for the next generation and beyond.”

It was previously announced that Virgin Galactic flight window for the next rocket-powered test flight of its SpaceShipTwo Unity opens July 11, pending weather and technical checks.

The “Unity 22” mission will be the twenty-second flight test for VSS Unity and the Company’s fourth crewed spaceflight. It will also be the first to carry a full crew of two pilots and four mission specialists in the cabin, including the Company’s founder, Sir Richard Branson, who will be testing the private astronaut experience.

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About Khalid:

Multi-platinum selling global superstar Khalid, who was named one of Time’s Most Influential People of 2019, has taken the world by storm since his first single, the 5x platinum “Location” (released right before his high school graduation) exploded onto the scene leading to a major label deal with Right Hand Music Group/RCA Records followed by the release of his debut album, the double platinum-certified, American Teen. His sophomore album Free Spirit, released to critical acclaim in 2019, was declared a New York Times “Critic’s Pick” and was called “superb” by the Associated Press. The album, which has been certified platinum by the RIAA, debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top 200 and features the Grammy-nominated multi-format #1 single “Talk”. Free Spirit has garnered over 11 billion streams worldwide. Khalid, who has been called a “pop prodigy” by Rolling Stone has been streamed over 30 billion times worldwide across all partners, has been nominated for 6 Grammys and has won numerous awards including 6 Billboard Music Awards, 3 American Music Awards, a Teen Choice Award, an MTV Video Music Award and an MTV Woodie Award. Khalid has collaborated with some of music’s biggest stars including his #1 singles “Love Lies” (with Normani), “Eastside” (with Halsey and Benny Blanco) as well as hits with artists Billie Eilish, Shawn Mendes, Marshmello and more. The Mayor and Council of the City of El Paso honored Khalid with a “Key To The City” marking September 13th, 2018 “Khalid Day.” Khalid, alongside his mother, launched The Great Khalid Foundation, which is committed to helping families by alleviating a burden of need. Khalid recently wrapped up his “Free Spirit World Tour” which took him to arenas all over the globe in 2019. In 2020, Khalid released his critically acclaimed track “Eleven” and his smash hit “Know Your Worth” with Disclosure. He was named the youngest artist to surpass 15 billion streams on Spotify alone and was named BMI’s Pop Songwriter of the Year (alongside Post Malone.)

About Virgin Galactic Holdings

Virgin Galactic Holdings, Inc. is a vertically integrated aerospace and space travel company, pioneering human spaceflight for private individuals and researchers with its advanced air and space vehicles. It is developing a spaceflight system designed to connect the world to the wonder and awe created by space travel and to offer customers a euphoric and transformative experience. You can find more information at https://www.virgingalactic.com/

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