SZA Earns First No. 1 Album as ‘SOS’ Debuts Atop the Billboard 200

SZA has earned her first No. 1 album.

According to HitsDailyDouble, the Grammy-winner’s sophomore LP SEA will debut atop the Billboard 200, moving 315,000 album equivalent units in its opening week. For comparison, SZA’s 2017 debut LP, Ctrl, debuted and peaked at No. 3 with 60,000 units

Taylor Swift’s latest full-length offering, Midnights, holds steady at No. 2 on the strength of 137,000 album equivalent units. Rounding out the rest of the Top 5 are Metro Boomin’s Heroes & Villains, which slots at No. 3, Drake and 21 Savage’s Here Loss (No. 4), and Michael Buble’s Christmas (No. 5).

Fresh off the release of SOS, SZA announced last week that she’s hitting the road for her first-ever arena tour, complete with special guest Omar Apollo.

“Time to take this shit on the road,” SZA told fans when rolling out the official tour flyer.

The North American run starts Feb. 21 in Columbus, Ohio, making stops in Chicago, New York, Atlanta, Austin, Seattle, and more, before it wraps on Mar. 22 at the Kia Forum in Los Angeles.

Meanwhile, in a recent interview with Consequence, the TDE singer-songwriter hinted at stepping away from the spotlight after her tour. “I’m gonna disappear, definitely, for as long as I can,” she replied when asked about her post-SEA plans. “I need to shoot as many videos as I can, so I can disappear for longer.”

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