SZA Equals Janet Jackson’s 30-Year Chart Milestone With ‘SOS’

SZA continues to write himself into the R&B history books thanks to the success of SEA.

The TDE singer’s second LP – the long-awaited follow-up to 2017’s Ctrl – reclaimed the No. 1 spot on this week’s Billboard 200, marking its fourth consecutive week atop the chart.

According to Billboardthe project earned an additional 125,000 units, fending off competition from Taylor Swift’s Midnights, Metro Boomin’s Heroes and villains and Drake and 21 Savage’s Her lossamong other publications.

The performance puts SZA in rare company as SEA becomes the first R&B album by a woman to spend its first four weeks at No. 1 since Janet Jackson’s 1993 Janet. LP almost 30 years ago.

other than that SEA is the first album by a woman to spend its first four weeks at No.1 in a year after Adele’s 30which ruled the Billboard 200 for six weeks between December 2021 and January 22.

It is also the first R&B album by a woman to spend four weeks at the top since Alicia Keys’ 2007 effort As I amwhich logged its fourth and final consecutive week at No. 1 in February 2008.

The milestone didn’t go unnoticed by SZA, who took to Instagram on Sunday (January 8) to celebrate the continued dominance of her latest album.

“I have nothing to say but thanks to God, my ancestors, my family, my team and ALL of you who DRIVE FOR ME! ESPECIALLY CAMP!!” she wrote. “In my whole family too [white heart emoji] we have so much more to come.”

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Congratulatory comments poured in from the likes of Alicia Keys, Justin Timberlake, Lil Nas X, Ty Dolla $ign, Kehlani, Lizzo and Chloe Bailey, as well as her TDE family, ScHoolboy Q, Doechii, Terrence “Punch” Henderson and Anthony “Top” . Dawg” Tiffith.

“‼️‼️‼️‼️‼️‼️‼️‼️‼️‼️‼️lesssss go goddess!!!!!!” Keys captioned the post along with a flurry of fire emojis, while Lizzo declared SZA the “biggest star on the planet!”

Published on December 9, 2022, SEA boasted performances from Travis Scott, Don ToliverPhoebe Bridgers and the Late Ol’ Dirty Bastard across its 23-song tracklist, which included the previously released singles “Good Days”, “I Hate U” and “Shirt”.

The album debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with a significant 318,000 first week units, the fifth biggest sales week last year. That figure was largely driven by 404.58 million on-demand streams, marking the biggest streaming week ever for an R&B album.

SEA has since reached over 750,000 album-equivalent units since its release, and if its chart-topping trend continues, it won’t be long before it becomes eligible for platinum certification.

The album’s popularity is likely to continue in 2023 thanks to SZA’s upcoming SOS Tour. The 17-city tour kicks off in Columbus, Ohio on February 21 and wraps up in Inglewood, California on March 23, with stops in Chicago, Toronto, New York, Atlanta, Dallas and other cities along the way.

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