NABS SEVERAL AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS AND BET SOUL TRAIN AWARDS NOMINATIONS
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[New York, NY – October 28, 2022] Today, Top Dawg Entertainment’s Grammy award-winning, chart-topping, and multi-platinum selling recording artist SZA, officially releases the new single and video “Shirt.” The highly anticipated track and Dave Meyers-directed visual are available now at all digital music providers via TDE/RCA Records. Click here to listen/watch.
First teased in 2020, the Rodney “Darkchild” Jerkins production has had a rally cry for its release ever since. Its Quentin Tarantino-esque visual finds the beloved songstress flexing her acting chops opposite star of FX’s Atlanta, Lakeith Stanfield (viewers will remember him from the “I Hate U” visualizer). From beginning to end, SZA commands each scene with a fervent prowess; fans will see more of her acting skills in her feature film debut in the upcoming movie Tuna Melt by Eddie Huang.
The new single follows the 2022 TIME100 Next cover star’s nominations at the 2022 American Music Awards for “Favorite R&B Song,” “Favorite Female R&B Artist,” and “Favorite R&B Song;” in addition to her BET Soul Train Awards nominations for “Best R&B/Soul Female Artist” and “The Ashford And Simpson Songwriter’s Award” for “I Hate U.” Over the summer she released Ctrl (Deluxe) which provided a special revisit to her revered major label debut, stocked with unreleased music that offered listeners a deeper insight and breadth to the beloved narrative presented by the original.
The original Ctrl scored SZA five Grammy nominations and has been streamed over 2.3 billion times worldwide since its release on TDE/RCA in 2017. The now 3xRIAA-certified Platinum album debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart, No. 2 on the R&B/Hip Hop Albums chart and No. 3 on the Billboard 200 chart. In 2022 alone it sold over 600,000 units and is the 10th best-selling female album this year in the country and 50th best-selling album this year overall. Ctrl has remained on the Billboard 200 chart since its release, making SZA the first black female artist in history with an album to spend 280 consecutive weeks on the Billboard 200 chart.
Listen to “Shirt” and stay tuned for more news from SZA.
Born in St. Louis and raised in Maplewood, NJ, genre-defying, and GRAMMY Award winning recording artist SZA released her major label debut album Ctrl (TDE/RCA) in 2017. Revered for its raw and honest lyrics, it landed at No. 1 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart, No. 2 on the R&B/Hip Hop Albums chart and No. 3 on the Billboard 200 chart, according to Nielsen Music. The RIAA-certified 3xPlatinum album received five Grammy nominations in 2018 and more than half the songs on Ctrl are now certified Platinum and Gold. Her hit song “All the Stars” with Kendrick Lamar from Black Panther: The Album, Music From and Inspired By, earned her Oscar (1) and Grammy (4) nominations in 2019.
SZA has won various awards since the release of Ctrl including a 2022 GRAMMY Award for Best Pop Dou/Group Performance for “Kiss Me More” with Doja Cat, Billboard Music Awards’ Top R&B Female Artist, BET Awards’ Best New Artist, BET Soul Train Awards’ Best R&B/Soul Female Artist and Best New Artist, MTV Video Music Awards’ Best Visual Effects for the “All The Stars”with Kendrick Lamar, and NAACP Image Awards’ Outstanding New Artist. In 2019, she won NAACP Image Awards’ Outstanding Duo or Group for “All The Stars” with Kendrick Lamar and Outstanding Soundtrack/Compilation for the Black Panther Soundtrack. SZA also received Billboard’s 2019 Women in Music Rule Breaker award. The release of “Shirt” comes on the heels of her 2022 nominations at the American Music Awards for Favorite R&B Song, Favorite Female R&B Artist and Favorite R&B Song; in addition to her nominations for Best R&B/Soul Female Artist and The Ashford And Simpson Songwriter’s Award at the upcoming BET Soul Train Awards, for the previous single “I Hate U.”
In 2020, SZA released the hypnotic track “Hit Different” featuring Ty Dolla $ign along with the stunning visual that took the internet by storm. To close out the trying year, SZA gifted fans on Christmas Day with the hopeful track “Good Days,” followed by a trippy visual released in March. Grammy-nominated for Best R&B Song, the single quickly became SZA’s greatest gainer solo single release, peaking at #9 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and marking her first time in the chart’s top ten as the main artist. December 2021, SZA scored her second lead artist top 10 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart with the official release of “I Hate U,” which debuted at #7. The song also entered at #1 on both Spotify and Apple Music US charts and broke the record for the most streamed R&B song by a female artist on Apple Music in its first week. In 2022 alone it sold over 600,000 units and is the 10th best-selling female album this year in the country and 50th best-selling album in 2022 overall. To this day, SZA continues to set the standard on creativity and break records with over 7.2 billion streams worldwide across all platforms. Ctrl remains on the Billboard 200 chart since its release in 2017 and holds the record for the longest run for any Black female artist’s debut album.
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Theola Borden – RCA Records
Joshua Kyle Dickinson – RCA Records