SZA Breaks 7-Year Record After ‘SOS’ Tops Chart for 9th Week

SZA's sophomore album, 'SOS,' has topped the Billboard 200 for 9 nonconsecutive weeks, which officially puts the singer in a league of her own.


NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 28: Recording artist SZA attends the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards at Madison Square Garden on January 28, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for NARAS)


This is SZA’s world and we’re all just living in it. 

The singer’s highly acclaimed album, SOS, scored Billboard’s No.1 spot for the ninth nonconsecutive week, earning 93,000 equivalent album units, the outlet reports. That’s the most chart-topping weeks by a female artist in the last seven years. 

Adele, with her album 25, was the last woman to top the chart for 9 weeks, while Taylor Swift’s 1989 also spent nine weeks at No. 1 in 2015. 

Meanwhile, Paramore’s This Is Why entered the chart at No. 2, while Rihanna’s former 2016 number one album, Anti, has entered the top 200 at No. 3, following her super bowl performance

In a recent interview with the New York Times, SZA revealed that she struggled initially when creating SOS. “I didn’t even know how to make [the album] cause I didn’t have a purpose,” she said. She also emphasized that a big part of creating her first album was to prove to herself that she could do it. “But now it’s like, I did everything I wanted to do.” 

“Kill Bill” has charted No. 2 on Billboard 100 for nine weeks. In the interview, SZA also addressed accusations of creating “sad girl music.”

“Sad-girl energy has always been my energy. It’s never been, like, bitch-girl energy,” she said. 

SZA is currently performing her first sold-out arena tour, and recently linked up with Lizzo for a guest feature on the “Special” remix. 

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