SZA’s “SOS” topped the album chart for a fourth straight week, in what appeared to be a tight race between her and Taylor Swift for the coveted No. 1 spot.
“SOS” has amassed the equivalent of 125,000 album units sold in the U.S., according to Luminet data, with album sales increasing following the release of two new digital packages (one with alternate cover art). Digital sales include two bonus tracks: “PSA” and a single version of “Open Arms,” while fans await the yet-to-be-announced deluxe edition of the album that the singer previously teased on social media and in promotional interviews.
With “SOS” at No. 1 this week, it’s the first time a female album has held the top spot four times since Adele’s “30,” which dominated the chart for six weeks in 2021, Billboard reported.
Swift’s “Midnights” sits at No. 2 with 117,000 equivalent album units and, like “SOS,” suffered a bump in album sales after the release of a limited-edition digital album variant, featuring alternate cover art and “behind the song” commentary. Swift is one of four songs (“Mastermind,” “Anti-Hero,” “Karma” and “Bejeweled,” featured) on the album.
After the sale was announced on social media, the rivalry between the two records sparked online discussions between Swift and SZA fans, eventually prompting the “Kill Bill” singer to share her thoughts on the chart competition via Twitter.
“I really loved it [Swift’s] Album and writing! SZA wrote in a Jan. 5 tweet. “Everyone’s just endeavor is to do their best as we all should. Love to all.”
Alternately, Swift reigns supreme on the Hot 100, and “Anti-Hero” returns to the top spot from No. 8, marking its seventh week at the top of the songs chart. With it, Swift achieved her longest stay on the chart since her 2014 hit “Blank Space” spent seven weeks at the top.
SZA’s “Kill Bill” checks in at No. 3, its highest mark yet on the Hot 100, as fans anticipate the release of its upcoming Christian Breslauer-directed video, which the singer previously teased Twitter.
Sam Smith and Kim Petrus’ “Unholy” climbs 10-2, and David Guetta and Bebe Rex’s “I’m Good (Blue)” tops the chart at No. 4 in its first week. Also, The Weeknd and Beyoncé logged two singles that debuted in the top 10 of the chart with “Die For You” and “Cuff It” at No. 8 and No. 10, respectively.
The Weeknd is back in the top 10 alongside Metro Boomin and 21 Savage for “Crippin’,” which climbs 22-6 on the songs chart. Meanwhile, Harry Styles’ “As It Was” is at No. 7. And Steve Lacy’s “Bad Habit” Number 9.
Back on the album chart, ATEEZ’s “Spin Off: From the Witness” earned the K-pop group’s second top 10-charting effort. The set landed at No. 7 and earned 41,500 album units, with album sales making up 40,000 of that amount. The eight-member boy band debuted in the top 10 of the Billboard 200 with their 2022 mini album “The World EP.” 1: Movement,” which reached and peaked at No. 3.
Several former leaders return to the top of the album chart this week: Metro Boomin’s “Heroes & Villains,” lifts 4-3 (57,000 units); Drake & 21 Savage’s “Her Loss” rises 6-4 (52,000 units); Bad Bunny’s “Un Verano Sin T” climbed 7-5 (50,000 units) and last, but certainly not least, Morgan Wallen’s “Dangerous: The Double Album” lifted 11-6 (42,000). The set has appeared in the top 10 of the chart for 101 weeks – that’s it the fifth Longest mark in chart history.
Jack Bryan’s “American Heartbreak” rounded out the top 10 with No. 8 (33,000 units); At No. 9 is Lil Baby’s “It’s Only Me” (32,000 units) and at No. 10 is Harry Styles’ “Harry’s House” (29,000 units).