SZA Nets Ninth Week at No. 1 With “SOS”, The Most For Female Artist in Seven Years

SZA at the 64th Annual Grammy Awards in April 2022
SZA at the 64th Annual Grammy Awards in April 2022. Photo by David Fisher/Shutterstock (12879669dc)

SZA has been breaking new ground with her sophomore album SOS ever since it hit the shelves back in December, and she’s showing no signs of stopping. SOS just claimed its ninth week atop the Billboard 200 chart—the most for any female artist in nearly seven years.

SZA’s SOS is on the cusp of achieving ten weeks at the summit, and if it manages to reach this coveted number, it will become the first record since Adele’s 25 to do so. During its latest week on the chart, it earned 93,000 equivalent album units, but its sales were even more impressive in the previous weeks.

SOS originally hit the shelves on December 9, and easily debuted atop the Billboard 200 with 318,000 equivalent album units sold. It also set the record for the biggest streaming week for an R&B album, in addition to scoring the second-largest streaming week for an album by a female artist.

SZA also found huge success with singles from this album, including “Good Days”, “I Hate U”, and “Shirt”, which preceded its release. “Kill Bill” quickly proved to be the album’s biggest hit, and the R&B star released a thrilling music video for this song, which catapulted it to No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.