Originally published: 11/9/22
SZA (born Solána Imani Rowe) has proven to be a leader in R&B for some time now. She consistently lets her fans in with her relatable lyrics and soft vocals. The New Jersey native released two EPs before she got the attention of a record label. She released See.SZA.Run in 2012 and S in 2013. The singer signed with Top Dawg Entertainment (TDE) in 2013. After she signed, she became the first female artist to join the label.
SZA released her debut studio album, CTRL, in 2017. The album earned the artist four Grammy nominations: Best Urban Contemporary Album, Best R&B Song (“Supermodel”), Best R&B Performance (“The Weekend”), Best Rap/Sung Performance (“Love Galore”). She was also nominated for Best New Artist.
CTRL debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard 200. The album now holds the record for the longest run of any Black female artist’s debut LP after having a 5-year run on the chart. For the fifth anniversary of the album, she released the long-awaited deluxe.
After her debut album, there was a five-year gap in which the singer didn’t create a full-length project. Her singles“Good Days,” “I Hate U,” and her feature on Doja Cat’s “Kiss Me More” were just some of the songs that held fans over during the wait for her second album. The latter earned the singer her first Grammy win for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance at the 2022 Grammys.
SZA Releases SOS
SZA released her sophomore album in December 2022. The album stayed atop the Billboard 200 chart for 10 non-consecutive weeks, breaking the record for the largest streaming week for an R&B album in the US. However, the singer is only getting started and plans to release a deluxe version of the LP called Lana. A release date for Lana has not yet been announced, but we can’t wait to hear what SZA has up her sleeves.
Take a look at 13 of her best songs ranked below: