SZA Scores Her First No. 1 Billboard 200 Album With “S.O.S.”

SZA performing at the 2018 BET Experience Live
SZA performing at the 2018 BET Experience Live. Photo by imageSPACE/REX/Shutterstock (9724314ai)

SZA was anxious that her experimental album S.O.S. wouldn’t find its audience, but it turns out there was nothing to worry about. After being met with universal critical acclaim, the singer’s sophomore album debuted atop the Billboard 200 chart, becoming her first record to do so.

S.O.S. easily hit No. 1 with 318,000 units earned during its first week on the chart, following its release on December 9. Its sales consisted of 309,500 in SEA units, 7,500 in album sales, and 1,000 in TEA units, allowing this LP to set several major milestones along the way.

S.O.S. had the fifth-largest debut and the third-largest streaming week for any album released in 2022. It also set a new record for the largest streaming week for an R&B album.

S.O.S. was preceded by singles “Good Days”, “I Hate U”, and “Shirt”, in addition to featuring collaborations with Phoebe Bridgers and Travis Scott. The singer will support it with a sold-out North American tour, and she’s excited to finally perform some new material.

“People have been kind enough to watch me perform the same set for f—king five years… The patience and the love that they’ve shown me the whole way… I just wanna give them the craziest experience they could ever have and play whatever they want,” the singer told Rolling Stone.