SZA’s ‘SOS’ close to breaking record set by Usher’s ‘Confessions’

SZA has continued his reign on top Billboard Hot 200 album chart for the sixth consecutive week, putting her within reach of a record set by Usher in 2004.

Her second album SEA landed at the No. 1 position on the chart released by Billboard on Monday (Jan. 23), after earning an additional 119,000 equivalent album units in the week ending Jan. 19. Those numbers include about 160.1 million streams of the album’s 23 tracks.

With this latest chart win, SZA is now the only woman besides Adele and Taylor Swift to spend six weeks at the top of the chart since Britain has talent sensation Susan Boyle did the same with her debut album between December 2009 and January 2010. This week, SZA and Swift also happen to be the only two women in the Top 10 on the Hot 200 chart, which also includes the latest projects from Metro Boomin, The Weeknd and Drake & 21 Savage.

SZA is now a week away from hitting a record set by Janet Jackson in 1993. other than that SEA has now become the only R&B album of any kind to spend that many consecutive weeks at No. 1 since.

The next two benchmarks for SZA would be to eclipse the records set by Usher if Confessions was the last R&B album to hit No. 1 nine times, but not in consecutive weeks; and Drake, who hit the top spot on the Hot 200 for 13 consecutive weeks with Views in 2016.

Last week, Top Dawg Entertainment President Terrence “Punch” Henderson reflected on the commercial success SEA with a heartfelt tweet thanking everyone involved in making SZA’s long-awaited follow-up to 2017’s Ctrl.

“Man. Sitting here thinking about all the success and conversation around SEA,” he wrote. “It’s truly a surreal moment. Wanted to take the time to say thank you to every person who was/is involved in making this thing go! You are truly appreciated!”

Since delivering her sophomore LP on December 9, SZA has celebrated a number of career milestones. In addition to staying her first No. 1 album, SEA landed the “Shirt” singer atop Spotify’s Top Artists Global daily chart on the day it was released. She beat Bad Bunny out of the spot and became the first black female artist to top the fan-driven chart.

The songs from SEA has also earned SZA some accolades to add to the success of the project. Twenty of the project’s 23 tracks debuted on Billboard‘s Hot 100 chartwith “Kill Bill” and “Nobody Gets Me” landing in the chart’s top ten positions during the album’s first week of release.

On January 11, SZA delivered one kill bill-theme video for her song of the same name. The clip was directed by Christian Breslauer and opens with SZA receiving a breakup letter from her boyfriend, who also encouraged his crew to shoot up the trailer home they were living in.

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The singer survives the attack and gets a ride from the co-star Vivica A. Fox — a nod to her role in the original film — helping SZA recover in an undisclosed location.

The TDE singer then gets her affairs under control and loads up on guns to kickstart her revenge tour. She wipes out a squad of sword-wielding gangsters before getting to her boyfriend in an animated scene where she gets the last laugh.

The video for “Kill Bill,” which also features a snippet of “Seek & Destroy” and scenes of a naked SZA tied up and hanging in a room while singing the song’s lyrics, has garnered 13 million views on YouTube since its release.

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