American singer and songwriter, Solána Imani Rowe, known professionally as SZA, has shut down rumors that she would be releasing a new album in November.
This comes following series of rumors on popular micro-blogging platform, Twitter that the singer would be releasing her sophomore album on November 5th, the same day Summer Walker will be releasing her second studio album, Still Over It.
Reacting to the rumors in a tweet on Monday night, SZA revealed that the rumors are untrue. She added saying “I’m ON her album”. She also questioned the thought process of those who believed she would be releasing on the same day as Summer Walker.
Born in St. Louis, Missouri, SZA began making music in the early 2010s, releasing two extended plays—See.SZA.Run and S—before signing with the hip hop record label Top Dawg Entertainment, through which she released Z, her third EP and first retail release.
SZA’s debut studio album, Ctrl (2017), was released to universal acclaim from music critics. It debuted at number three on the US Billboard 200 and was certified double platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).
At the 60th Annual Grammy Awards, the album earned her four nominations, including Best New Artist. In 2020, it was placed on Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time list.
In August 2020, SZA tweeted and deleted, “At this point y’all gotta ask punch,” referring to Terrence “Punch” Henderson, who is president of Top Dawg Entertainment.
In another tweet, SZA indicated that “all [Punch] says to her” about releasing new music is “soon.”
This revealed that her relationship with her label owner Punch (Top Dawg Entertainment) has been hostile since the delays of her second album which was last announced back in an interview in 2019.
SZA came back with her first release as a lead artist since 2017 on September 4, 2020, with “Hit Different”, featuring Ty Dolla Sign, and production from The Neptunes.
On December 25, 2020, SZA released “Good Days” on streaming platforms as a single after it originally debuted as a snippet in the outro of the “Hit Different” music video. English singer Jacob Collier provided background vocals for the single.
The song hit its peak of number 9 on the Billboard Hot 100, making it SZA’s first top ten single as a solo artist, despite SZA herself revealing that it wasn’t initially planned to be a single. Both tracks are expected to appear on her upcoming second studio album.
On April 9, 2021, SZA was featured on the Doja Cat single “Kiss Me More”. It became a number-one hit in New Zealand and reached the top 40 in over a dozen countries, further having earned top 10 placements in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, Ireland and Lithuania.
The song also has a music video which premiered the same day as the single and was directed by Warren Fu.