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SZA’s ‘SOS’ marked five weeks as the No. 1 album

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SZA’s “SOS” is No. 1 on Billboard’s album chart for the fifth week in a row, scoring several notable victories along the way.

Due to the release of a new music video for “Kill Bill,” a track inspired by Quentin Tarantino’s female-fronted martial arts movies, “SOS” collected the equivalent of 125,000 album units sold in the U.S. during the week, according to the data — from the previous time frame. Just one represents a minus 1% drop

It is the first album to spend its first five weeks at No. 1 since Adele’s “30” topped the chart for its first six weeks in 2021-22. “SOS” is now tied with Taylor Swift’s “Midnights” for the most weeks at No. 1 by a female artist on the Billboard 200 in the past year, though the Swifts weren’t consecutive. Swift’s “Midnights” remains at No. 2 (81,000 units) after claiming the top title five times in the six weeks since November. Bad Bunny’s “Un Verano Sin T,” which sits at No. 5 this week, previously held the mark for 13 weeks, and the “Encanto” soundtrack held for nine.

The top new entry on the Billboard 200, far behind these leaders, is Youngboy’s latest, Never Broke Again, earning his 13th top 10 album. After five new projects hit the top 10 in 2022, he returned to the No. 1 chart with his latest album, “I Rest My Case.” The 19-song set opened with the equivalent of 29,000 sales, the bulk of which (27,000 SEA units) equates to 40 million on-demand streams. That’s a dip for Youngboy Never Broke Again from his previous album, “The Last Slimeto,” which was released this past August, dropping to No. 2 with 108,000 units.

Aside from that lone new entry, the chart was characterized by holdover albums not moving or playing a single spot. Metro Boomin’s “Heroes & Villains” is at No. 3; Drake and 21 Savage’s “Her Loss” sits at No. 4; The aforementioned Bad Rabbit sticks around at No. 5; Morgan Wallen’s “Dangerous: The Double Album” is No. 6; Zach Bryan’s major label debut record “American Heartbreak” gets bumped up a notch to No. 7; Lil Baby’s previously chart-topping “It’s Only Me” gets a slight lift back up to No. 8; and Harry Styles’ “Harry’s House” at number 10.

Over on the Hot 100, SZA and Swift’s chart positions switched from their respective 1-2 positions on the album chart, with SZA’s single “Kill Bill” moving to No. 2 — her highest rank for any song — while Swift’s “ Anti-Hero ” tops No. 1 for a total of eight weeks. (SZA previously peaked at No. 3 for her and Doja Kat’s “Kiss Me More” in July 2021.) With its latest frame at No. 1, Swift “Blank Space ” surpassed his personal record of seven weeks at the summit in 2014–15.

Sam Smith and Kim Petrus’ “Unholy” is at No. 3 among singles, David Guetta and Bebe Rex’s “I’m Good (Blue)” is at No. 4, Metro Boomin, The Weeknd and 21 Savage’s “Crippin” climbs 6-5, and The Weeknd’s “Die For You” climbs to 8-6 for a new peak. Rounding out the list’s top 10 is Drake and 21 Savage’s “Rich Flex,” which slips 5-7, followed by Styles’ “Like It Was” at No. 8 and Steve Lacy’s “Bad Habits” at No. 9.

The Hot 100’s top 10 will likely see a three-way battle for the coveted No. 1 slot next week as Miley Cyrus’ newly released single, “Flowers,” enters the ring.

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