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SZA’s Long Awaited New Album May Be Coming Sooner Than You Think

Get ready for a SZA summer.

POSTEDBYEVAN COLACCHIO

SZA’s 2017 breakout album Ctrl is something of a modern R&B masterpiece. Across 14 tracks, she soundtracked breakups, struggles with self-worth, and the agonizing experience of being a 20-something with a candor and rawness that placed her in a league of her own. Five years later, it appears the artist’s return may finally be upon us.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Speaking with Vogue on the red carpet at last week’s Met Gala, the musician, born Solana Rowe, confirmed that fans will not have to wait much longer. “The album’s finally ready to go — more than I’ve ever felt before,” she stated in an interview. “It’ll be a SZA summer.”

The artist’s first release following Ctrl was the 2020 single “Hit Different” featuring Ty Dolla Sign, which was followed promptly by the career highlight “Good Days.” 

Earlier this year, SZA once again confirmed that new music was officially on the way during an interview at the GRAMMYs. “I just actually finished it up in Hawaii recently,” she noted, adding that she had just turned it in to her record label. When asked what fans could expect from the new release, she stated that it will be her “most unisex project yet.” 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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If that’s not enough of a confirmation, the artist’s recently announced appearances at Austin City Limits and Outside Lands Music Festival further indicate that new music will be arriving just in time for the summer. Here’s hoping that this release will be the first of many long-awaited musical drops in 2022; Frank Ocean and Rihanna, we’re looking at you.

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