SZA’s ‘SOS’ Holds Strong With Seven Weeks at No. 1
When SZA released her latest album, in early December, it was sure to be a hit. “SOS” was the R&B singer-songwriter’s first LP in five years, and arrived with oodles of fan anticipation following a string of Grammy nominations and featured spots with Doja Cat, Kendrick Lamar and Summer Walker.
But “SOS” has ended up a steady streaming hit and a chart blockbuster, spending its first seven weeks of release at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. It is the first album by a woman to have at least seven weeks at the top since Taylor Swift’s “Folklore,” which racked up a total of eight over a 13-week period in 2020. It is also the first album by any artist to spend its first seven weeks at No. 1 since Morgan Wallen’s “Dangerous: The Double Album,” which sat atop the list for its initial 10 weeks out at the start of 2021.
In its seventh week out, “SOS” had the equivalent of 111,000 sales in the United States, including 149 million streams, according to the tracking service Luminate. Since the album was released, it has generated more than 1.4 billion streams, and had the equivalent of 1.1 million sales.
Also this week, Swift’s latest LP, “Midnights,” holds strong at No. 2. Since that album came out in October, it has notched a total of five weeks at No. 1 and never fallen lower than second place.
The Ohio-born rapper Trippie Redd opens at No. 3 with his latest album, “Mansion Musik,” which had the equivalent of 56,000 sales, including 68 million streams. Hardy, a buzzy country-rock singer and songwriter, opens at No. 4 with a double LP, “The Mockingbird & the Crow,” which had the equivalent of 55,000 sales, including about 45 million streams.
“Heroes & Villains,” by the producer Metro Boomin, is No. 5.