[New York, NY – June 19, 2017] Singer-songwriter SZA claims the No. 3 spot on the Billboard 200 albums chart with the release of her major label debut album Ctrl via Top Dawg Entertainment/RCA Records. The album also enters at No. 1 on Billboard’s R&B Albums and No. 2 on the R&B/Hip Hop Albums charts, according to Nielsen Music.
The long-awaited Ctrl, which features Kendrick Lamar, Travis Scott, James Fauntleroy and Isaiah Rashad, has been streamed over 50 million times in the U.S. during release week, while the lead single “Love Galore" has been streamed over 33 million times in the U.S. since its April 27th release.
Revered for its raw and honest lyrics, Ctrl has garnered praise from celebrities (Calvin Harris, Diddy, Issa Rae, Bella Hadid, Olivia O’Brien), influencers (Karen Civil, Scottie Beam), fans and critics alike. Noisey describes Ctrl as “14 tracks of the dreamy R&B lusciousness that we've come to know and love the New Jersey singer-songwriter for.” NPR calls Ctrl “a resolutely confident and skillful R&B album that explores the notions of control and honesty,” while The Shade Room proclaims, “‘Ctrl’ is actuals! Imagine ‘The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill’ tailored for our generation.”
One of the redefining voices of today’s contemporary music era, SZA entered the music scene in 2012 with her first critically acclaimed EP, See.SZA.Run. Following that, she released S in 2013 and Z in 2014, both to rave reviews. In 2013, SZA signed to Top Dawg Entertainment, being the first female artist to join the label. SZA wrote and performed on Rihanna’s Anti single “Consideration” in 2016 and helped write Nicki Minaj and Beyonce’s “Feelin Myself” in 2014.
Born in St. Louis and raised in Maplewood, NJ as Solána Rowe, SZA grew up listening to classic and avant-garde jazz, alternative, and rap. She renamed herself finding inspiration within the Supreme Alphabet: the ‘S’ stands for savior or sovereign, the ‘Z’ for zig-zag, and the ‘A’ for Allah.
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