If there remained any lingering doubt of SZA’s status as one of 2017’s breakout stars, this week should effectively put an end to that.
An R&B artist with hip-hop and pop appeal, she logs four simultaneous singles on the latest Billboard Hot 100 chart, both as a lead artist and a guest on the tracks of others.
Taken from her debut album Ctrl, breakthrough single “Love Galore” with featured rapper Travis Scott lands at No. 33 this week, its highest position achieved thus far. Follow-up track “The Weekend” reaches a peak of its own at No. 52.
SZA also appears on Maroon 5’s latest single “What Lovers Do,” which takes the No. 23 spot this week. She also features on Lorde’s “Homemade Dynamite” remix alongside Khalid and Post Malone, which enters the Hot 100 at No. 92.
Though her chosen moniker suggests possible Wu-Tang Clan membership, Solána Imani Rowe in fact aligns herself with the comparatively more contemporary Top Dawg Entertainment. Known for partnering with major record labels, the indie group serves as home base for artists like Isaiah Rashad and Schoolboy Q, among others. TDE’s best known act is rapper Kendrick Lamar, whose latest album Damn achieved double-platinum sales certification from the RIAA this summer, a career best for the hip-hop superstar.
While Rowe hasn’t reached that level of sales just yet, she’s well on her way towards her first RIAA album award. Coming more than three years after her well-regarded Z EP, which included guest appearances by Lamar and Chance The Rapper, the full-length Ctrl (TDE/RCA) debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard 200. For the next 15 weeks, it proved to be a mainstay of the album charts’ upper reaches, currently holding the No. 14 spot.
While Ctrl’s gold STATUS seems a near-future certainty, Rowe scored two digital single certifications roughly a week apart for its “Love Galore” just this month. Now platinum, the track owes a great deal to streaming performance. At Spotify, “Love Galore” currently logs some 560,000 plays per day in the U.S. It currently holds the No. 4 spot on Billboard’s R&B Streaming Songs chart and No. 21 on R&B/Hip-Hop Streaming Songs.
“The Weekend” continues to show strong signs of sticking around as well. In just two weeks on R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay, the song has climbed to No. 29, an indicator of its promising radio performance. On the broader Hot R&B Songs chart, “The Weekend” is now at No. 7, just four positions behind “Love Galore.”
Rowe’s wins on the Hot 100 put her in good company with her better-known TDE labelmate. Kendrick Lamar currently has two charting tracks there from Damn, with “Humble” at No. 25 and “Loyalty” at No. 41.
“Love Galore” also marks the best Hot 100 showing by position of any TDE single apart from Lamar’s. Schoolboy Q’s 2014 platinum-certified hit “Studio” topped out at No. 38 that summer.
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