SZA's 'SOS' is the First R&B Album by a Woman to Spend Three Straight Weeks At No. 1 Since 2013
New SZA album SOS – also the artist's long-awaited sophomore album – has spent its third consecutive week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200.
SZA can now call herself a history maker due to her new album SOS spending its third consecutive week atop the Billboard 200 chart. In its third week, the album has earned a total of 128,000 equivalent album units, with 126,500 credited to streaming equivalent album units (168.73 million on-demand official streams of the tracks), 1,000 in album sales and 500 in track equivalent album units. SOS has become first album by woman to spend three weeks at No. 1 the chart since Beyoncé’s eponymous LP in 2013.
SOS, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 upon its release on December 9, also marks the long-awaited return for SZA, also sealed by the singer-songwriter's sold-out arena tour with supporting act Omar Apollo. Featured on the 23-track SOS are Travis Scott, Don Toliver, Phoebe Bridgers, Ol' Dirty Bastard with uncredited vocals from Lizzo and Jacob Collier.
Since the album's release, SZA has teased a music video for new single "Kill Bill."
In a December interview on podcast Rolling Stone Music Now, SZA said she wanted to push back the release date for SOS, expecting listeners to dislike the final product.
"If niggas hate it, then great. I can never do music again," she said. "And I told my engineer, we’ll move to India and we’ll live on an ashram and we’ll take a vow of silence and that’s it… And it is also really scary that it didn’t go that way because I’m like, now what do I do? And what does this actually mean and when do the tides turn? When does everyone decide that they hate me again or that this sucks? And that’s unhealthy. That’s something I need to talk to my therapist about.”