Artist of the Month for October 2020
SZA is an American singer, rapper, and song writer. Born Solána Imani Rowe, she formed her stage name using the Supreme Alphabet influenced by rapper RZA.
She is a nine-time Grammy nominee and has been nominated for a Golden Globe and an Academy Award. She has earned one Billboard Music award in addition to the Soul Train Music Award for Best New Artist in 2017 and the BET Award for Best New Artist in 2018.
Her breakout album was titled Ctrl. While working on this album, SZA wrote songs for other artists such as Beyonce and Rihanna. SZA, soon after, released “Drew Barrymore” a single from her album Ctrl in January 2017. She then signed with RCA records on April 28, 2017. Her critically acclaimed album Ctrl was then released on June 9, 2017. This album was number three on US Billboard 200 and later was certified platinum. Additionally, Time ranked Ctrl as best album of 2017.
September of 2020, SZA released her first song as lead artist since 2020. The song, “Hit Different,” was released September 4th and features Ty Dolla Sign. This song is a precursor to her upcoming album which is teased to be coming out in the near future. SZA has also mentioned that her new album will feature exciting collaborations such as Justin Timberlake, Post Malone, Jack Antonoff, and BROCKHAMPTON.