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SZA Breaks Longtime Mary J. Blige & Aretha Franklin R&B Records Thanks to Ongoing Success of ‘SOS’ & Its Hits

SZA’s blockbuster sophomore album, ‘SOS,’ continues to make waves in the music industry, solidifying her position as one of R&B’s reigning queens. The album’s ongoing success has not only earned her a place alongside vocal powerhouses like Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey but also broken long-standing records set by legends like Mary J. Blige and Aretha Franklin. With chart-topping singles and impressive album longevity, SZA’s impact on the R&B genre is undeniably historic.

Released on December 9, 2022, ‘SOS’ is still holding strong in the top 10 of the Billboard 200 chart. This week, the album secured the #7 spot with an additional 43,000 units sold, showcasing its enduring popularity. On the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums tally, ‘SOS’ continues its reign at #1 for a remarkable 21st week. This achievement not only solidifies SZA’s position as the genre’s queen but also makes her the longest-running female champion on the chart since its inception in 1965. ‘SOS’ surpassed the previous record holder, Aretha Franklin’s ‘Aretha Now,’ which held the top position for 17 weeks during its peak.

SZA’s ‘SOS’ is not just making history on the R&B/Hip-Hop charts; it’s also leaving an indelible mark on the Billboard Hot 100. The album’s singles, ‘Snooze’ and ‘Kill Bill,’ have triumphed on the Hot 100, solidifying SZA’s dominance in the music industry. ‘Kill Bill’ made headlines as it surpassed Mary J. Blige’s 15-year record for the longest-running #1 single by a solo female artist on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. Additionally, ‘Kill Bill’ now stands as the chart’s overall longest-running #1 single, holding the top spot for an incredible 21 weeks.

Among all artists, ‘SOS’ joins an elite group of albums that have achieved substantial weeks at the top of the Billboard 200 chart. While SZA’s album falls just shy of the all-time records set by Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’ (37 weeks) and MC Hammer’s ‘Please Hammer Don’t Hurt ‘Em’ (29 weeks), it surpasses legendary releases from Freddie Jackson and Lionel Richie. With its remarkable chart performance, ‘SOS’ cements SZA’s status as a trailblazing force in the music industry.

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