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SZA’s ‘SOS’ is her first #1 on the Billboard 200


daniel Sannwald

(NOTE LANGUAGE) SZA‘s new album, SOS, is a chart topper, securing the singer’s first #1 spot on the Billboard 200. The album earned 318,000 equivalent album units in the U.S. in the week ending December 15, according to Luminate, becoming her biggest week to date.

SOS also had the biggest streaming week ever for an R&B album and the third-biggest this year among all genres.

SOS dropped December 9, roughly five years after SZA released her debut album, Ctrl. In an interview with Rolling Stone, she reveals she held on to the project for so long, she found herself trying “completely different things” to spice it up. Since she was unsatisfied with her work during the album-making process, she wasn’t sure fans would enjoy the album. She even had a plan to “never do music again” and move to India if it didn’t perform well.

“I never thought in a million years that people would like it,” SZA told Rolling Stone. “My dad’s visiting right now, with my mom. Everybody came down to make sure I didn’t lose my mind if the album went bad once it came out. And now we’re just hanging out, ’cause it didn’t go badly!”

SZA’s now preparing for her upcoming tour, which kicks off in February. She said she plans to satisfy fans with performances of “unreleased songs that they thought they heard on the internet, or their favorite album cuts or f***ing deep cuts from 2012.”

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