SZA set to drop first album in five years

SZA modeling. Photo courtesy of Billboard Magazine

R&B artist SZA dropped a teaser video Wednesday on multiple media platforms titled “PSA” accompanied by the caption “happy birthday to me. Clock starts now.”

With reeling verbiage like this, fans are left wondering if they will finally be receiving a new album from the popular singer.

Famous artist Solana Imani Rowe, better known as SZA, has not released an album since her last in 2017 titled “CTRL.” Since then, she has been featured on multiple songs and has released a handfull of singles including her most recent song, “Shirt.” Solana also dropped a deluxe version of “CTRL” this past June with seven additional tracks, which has kept fans occupied for a few months, but with rumors surrounding her recent teaser, the question of a new album release remains.

It’s no secret that the artist hasn’t had the most seamless relationship with her manager Terrence Henderson, also known as “Punch.” He’s the president of Top Dawg Entertainment, and there have been ample articles explaining their partnership, and even tweets between the two to show for it.

Punch has been accused of holding SZA’s music and preventing her from dropping projects in the past, leaving fans impatient and questioning the artist. With what seems to be out of her control, SZA advises fans in a now deleted tweet to ask her management themselves.

“At this point ask Punch yourself. I’ve Done all I can do,” SZA wrote.

According to a 2022 East Coast Radio article written by Tamlyn Canham, the artist told an entertainment outlet that “she is sitting on 100 unreleased songs.”

Fans have been waiting for nearly half a decade for an album and have heard many times that new music is coming soon.

Luckily for her fan base, and according to Billboard Magazine the album they have been waiting for can be expected sooner than later.

“It has a title, ’S.O.S,’ and is set for a December release,” SZA said in a Billboard article earlier this year.

The artist and her producer also believe this next project may be some of her best work, and fans will soon see why they had to be so patient.

“Instrumentally, ‘S.O.S’ is the most captivating music she has ever made,” Heran Mamo wrote in a recent Billboard article. “’S.O.S’ is an album that certainly justifies a five-year wait.”

Fans will soon be able to decide for themselves if this new project is greater than the patience it required them to have.