It’s been a while since SZA released her last album, but her followup to 2017’s CTRL is finally here.
Her highly anticipated sophomore album SOS was released Friday (Dec. 9) via Top Dawg Entertainment/RCA Records.
The 23-track project includes collaborations with Don Tolliver, Phoebe Bridgers, Travis Scott and Wu Tang Clan alum Ol’ Dirty Bastard.
The album also includes previously released songs “Good Days,” “I Hate U” and “Shirt”, all of which have all reached the top 20 of the Billboard Hot 100, as well as the full-length version of the much-teased snippet “Blind,” which SZA performed on “Saturday Night Live” last weekend.
During one of her two performances as musical guest on the Dec. 3 edition of “Saturday Night Live”, text reading “SOS December 9th” appeared in the background, announcing that the new album would be arriving on Friday.
SOS’ album cover sees SZA sitting at the edge of along diving board, suspended over the ocean. During an interview with HOT 97 earlier this week, the singer revealed that the cover was inspired by the late Princess Diana.
“Originally I was supposed to be on top of a shipping barge, but in the references that I pulled for that, I pulled the Diana reference,” she said, explaining the album cover was her own take on the iconic photos of Diana, wearing a blue bathing suit, sitting on the edge of a diving board affixed to a luxury yacht owned by Mohammed El Fayed.
“I just loved how isolated she felt and that’s what I wanted to convey the most,” she added.
Steam SOS below.