SZA’s “SOS” tops Billboard album chart for 9th week, breaks 7-year record

SZA’s SOS has emerged the longest reigning Number One album in the US by a woman since Adele’s 25 shattering a seven-year chart record.

According to Variety, the long-awaited album, which was the singer’s first in half a decade and followed 2017’s Ctrl has been riding high in the charts ever since it dropped in December.

This week, it celebrated its ninth week at the summit of the Billboard 200 chart and in its ninth week, the record sold 93,000 equivalent album units.

Reviewing SOS upon its release, NME said: “Five years ago, SZA was heralded for redefining R&B with her eclectic influences and SOS takes that range even further. As well as grunge, pop-punk and acoustic guitars, it slinks through rumbling, dirty bass (‘Low’), soulful, classic ballads (‘Gone Girl’), chipmunk soul (‘Smoking On My Ex Pack’), and much more.

“In some other artists’ hands, that collage could feel unfocused, but under SZA’s command it feels cohesive, organic and like every skip into a new genre is completely justified for each track.”

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