Fans have been clamoring for a new SZA album ever since the TDE songstress began teasing us with her single "Hit Different" in September of 2020. Since then, it's been a series of starts and stops (and even a GRAMMY) as we awaited news of when the set would drop. It seems the wait will be soon be over, though, as she's confirmed the album's title, S.O.S., and its December release with a cover story for Billboard.
The details were dropped during her interview, in which she got personal about the process and why the hell it's taken so long for the album to arrive. In particular she spoke on why it's taken so long for her to get this point.
"I hate the red tape analytics of dropping anything — it’s so stressful," SZA told Billboard. "I definitely have heard [the term 'digital service provider'] more this week and last week than I have ever. I don't like the way it sounds — it sounds stressful and like something that requires a lot of attention and maneuvering. I hate the word 'single.' It’s like, 'What the f**k separates a single from other s**t on my album that I like? Why does it have to be different?'"
Still, the singer is excited about releasing the project to her fans, though it looks like it'll be down to the wire as she intimated that she's "currently stressed" about meeting the deadline (and probably hasn't given out an exact release date for that reason). Don't fret, though, as she has major opportunities lined up — including a stint as musical guest on the December 3rd episode of Saturday Night Live with Keke Palmer as host.
We won't press SZA too hard for a release date as she puts the finishing touches on her upcoming album. We will, however, be looking for her album with a flashlight in the daytime the minute December comes. Check out SZA getting candid about her art and career in a short video interview with Billboard below.