SZA is storming in late and leaving an impression!
According to Billboard, the singer’s new single “I Hate U” achieved a record on Apple Music in its first week, becoming the most-streamed R&B song by a female artist.
‘I Hate U’ was first released on SoundCloud during the summer, and later went on to gain traction after going viral on TikTok. SZA and her team then decided to release “I Hate U” via streaming platforms as a result of the rise in popularity.
SZA took to social media prior to the song’s release, writing:
“Honestly this started out as an exercise. I just wanted somewhere to dump my thoughts w out pressure. Y’all made it a thing and I’m not mad lmao. Ask and u shall receive.”
According to Billboard chart data, ‘I Hate U’ debuted at number 7 on the Billboard Hot 100 this week, serving as her second Top 10 entry and her fifth overall Top 10 song on the coveted chart.
Billboard Hot 100: #7(new) I Hate U, @sza.
— chart data (@chartdata) December 13, 2021
Co-written by SZA, Robert Bisel, Cody Fayne, Carter Lang, and Dylan Patrice, the critically-acclaimed track went on to set a new record on Apple Music’s R&B streaming chart, surpassing the likes of Adele’s ‘Easy On Me’ whilst topping the platforms Daily Top 100 chart globally.
While little to no update has been offered about the ‘Good Days’ singer’s forthcoming sophomore album, she’s been hard at work on the project as she’s previously hinted at a 2021 release.
In January, she told Cosmopolitan, “This album is going to be the shit that made me feel something in my (heart and gut). That’s what’s going to go on the album. I’m making all different types of shit every day from different places in my spirit.”
While we wait for SZA’s upcoming album, listen to her latest single, ‘I Hate U,’ on Spotify below.