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SZA’s “SOS” Is The Longest Reigning Album by a Black Female Artist in Billboard 200’s Top 10

Discover the groundbreaking achievement of SZA's album "SOS," as it becomes the first-ever release by a Black female artist to spend an unprecedented 60 weeks in the top 10 of the Billboard 200.
Words by Lilly Snider
Photo from SZA's official Instagram page @sza, with no intended copyright infringement.

In a historic feat, SZA’s album “SOS” has achieved a remarkable milestone, becoming the first album by a Black female artist to maintain a spot in the top 10 of the Billboard 200 for a staggering 60 weeks.

This achievement solidifies SZA’s position as a trailblazing figure in the music industry and highlights the immense popularity and enduring appeal of her music.

Since its release, “SOS” has captivated audiences worldwide with its unique blend of soulful melodies, poignant lyrics, and captivating vocals. The album’s success is a testament to SZA’s exceptional talent and her ability to resonate with a diverse range of listeners. Her soul-stirring tracks have struck a chord with music enthusiasts, transcending genres and making a lasting impact on the charts.


The Billboard 200, a renowned music chart that ranks the most popular albums in the United States, has consistently recognized the exceptional performance of “SOS” week after week. The album’s remarkable longevity within the top 10 is a remarkable achievement, particularly for a Black female artist, who has historically faced numerous barriers and underrepresentation in the industry.

SZA’s groundbreaking accomplishment not only marks a milestone for her own career but also paves the way for future generations of Black female artists. It serves as a symbol of progress and inclusivity in an industry that is continuously striving for greater representation and recognition of diverse voices.

The significance of “SOS” reaching 60 weeks in the top 10 of the Billboard 200 extends beyond the realm of music. It is a celebration of diversity, empowerment, and the breaking down of barriers. SZA’s achievement serves as an inspiration to aspiring artists, particularly those who have historically been marginalized, showing them that their talent and artistry can transcend boundaries and achieve remarkable success.

As the music industry continues to evolve, SZA’s record-breaking accomplishment will undoubtedly be remembered as a pivotal moment in music history. It not only showcases the immense talent of SZA but also highlights the undeniable impact and importance of Black female artists in shaping the cultural landscape and redefining the boundaries of success.

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