The Kendrick Lamar-curated Black Panther soundtrack has debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, according to Billboard. The album, which features music from SZA, The Weeknd, Travis Scott, and more alongside Kendrick, has earned 154,000 equivalent album units in the week between February 9-15, according to Nielsen Music. Of that 154,000 units, 52,000 represent traditional album sales. The release marks the biggest first week for a soundtrack since Suicide Squad: The Album, which earned 182,000 equivalent album units in its first week. Black Panther opened Thursday night, becoming the top-grossing film in history by a black director (Ryan Coogler) with a largely black cast. The film is estimated to have made over $387 million by Monday.
Earlier this week, Lamar revealed the track list that features James Blake, 2 Chainz, ScHoolboy Q, SZA, Future, Travis Scott, Vince Staples, Khalid, Anderson. Paak, Swae Lee, Jay Rock, Ab-Soul and more. Executive produced by Top Dawg Entertainment, pre-order the project on iTunes now as the Black Panther film his theatres on February 12.
The cut was released last night and fans on Twitter has mixed reaction. The single is one of the most popular R&B tracks this year and helped propelled SZA to become a breakthrough artist with her new album Ctrl getting rave reviews and even earning her some Grammy nominations. The success of the single raised the bar high so some fans are a bit disappointed with the video which starts out with a poem which can also be found at the end of the cut.
The rest of the clip mostly finds a scantily clad SZA dancing at the top of a building while the wind blows her hair. The dancing continues to an empty parking lot and then into an art studio. Some fans says they expected to see more of a short film like video for the popular single dubbed a side chick anthem. “I expected SZA to show a fine ni**a playing with her emotions & entertaining side hoes in the weekend music video. The song painted a picture. Instead she gave us parking lot looks and building teas. I guess sis,” one fan tweeted.
Other fans thinks the the artistic video showcase a deeper meaning behind the single. ”
I like that sza and solange went an high art way with “the weekend”. it elevates the song. if it was too narrative and literal, I would find it corny.
SZA is one of the most inspiring success stories in music this year.
The Top Dawg Entertainment singer/songwriter is the most nominated female artist at the 2018 Grammy Awards. She leads the women with five nominations including Best New Artist, Best R&B Song (Supermodel), Best R&B Performance (The Weekend), Best Urban Contemporary Album (Ctrl), and Best Rap/Sung Collaboration (Love Galore). JAY-Z and her labelmate Kendrick Lamar leads the nominees with eight and seven nods respectively.
In a heartfelt message to her fans and supporters, SZA, real name Solána Imani Rowe, says that she never expected to get a Grammy nomination, not in her wildest dream. “I never really thought this would possible for me ..sometimes u get told no a lot or ur not good enough or ur not the “type” n U start to believe it…THANK U EVERY SINGLE PERSON THATS EVER TAKEN A CHANCE ON ME OR BELIEVED AT ALL .I LOVE YOU.. specially my Mama.#TDE,” she wrote on Twitter while also sharing a screenshot of a text message that she received from her mother.
I? never really thought this would possible for me ..sometimes u get told no a lot or ur not good enough or ur not the “type” n U start to believe it…THANK U EVERY SINGLE PERSON THATS EVER TAKEN A CHANCE ON ME OR BELIEVED AT ALL .I? LOVE YOU.. specially my Mama.#TDE ??? pic.twitter.com/fkirMXWABf
“I? remember pretending to be vegan cause that’s all I? could afford lol (chips avocado n salad mix ) I? remember sleeping on everyone’s couch cause I missed the train AGAIN (thank yall for having me lol ),” she wrote on Instagram. “Sold my beloved 500$ grillz for 50 bucks at the gold shop for train fair( I? was SICK lol ). I? BEGGED Punch for writers on this project cus I? thought no one would ever like me the way I? was . He said “U don’t need em”. I? remember crying cus I? didn’t have any hits or a quantifiable “sound”.. I? remember feeling like damn maybe I suck . maybe I? should try something else ? Maybe I’m jus wasting space ..Life’s weird.”
SZA also spoke about not wanting to release her debut album because she was afraid of the disappointment.
SZA has had a great year and now she has more to celebrate after her single “The Weekend” goes platinum.
The TDE singer gets her platinum plaque from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) just before she celebrated her 27th birthday on November 8th. The single is featured on her debut album CTRL, which was released in June of this year. The project has been doing well since its released and SZA is already prepping her next big project.
“YO YALL TOOK A SONG THT WASNT A F***ING SINGLE AND MADE IT PLATINUM!!!??” she tweeted excitingly. “AHH I LOVE U MORE THAN CHEESE! THANK U 4 THE BEST BDAY GIFT EVER.”
SZA previously earned another platinum record when her single with Travis Scott, “Love Galore”, sold more than a million copies in the United States. Her album CTRL is now certified gold and is on it’s way to getting platinum certification. She is also prepping her fans for a deluxe version of the album.
“Ummm NEVER THOUGHT I’D SEE ONE UH THESE LET ALONE 2!! Thank u more than words !! Ya did it !! #TDE,” she wrote on IG.