2 December 2022

Five years on from ‘CTRL,’ SZA’s new project is almost here – here’s everything we know about ‘S.O.S’

Fans have been patiently waiting for a new album from the singer since 2017’s ‘CTRL.’

After what seemed like almost an eternity, SZA will finally soon be blessing us with her highly anticipated sophomore album, S.O.S. Yesterday, fans were treated to the cover artwork for the project, which sees the singer sporting an ‘S.O.S.’ branded St. Louis Blues hockey jersey while perching on a springboard over the ocean. 

Having been five long years since her debut record, CTRL, it’s a wild understatement to say that the project is highly-anticipated. Still, despite how sky-high fans’ expectations for the album are, the music — the little the singer has shared so far — is already meeting them, if not exceeding them. Recent single ‘Shirt’ and the newly teased ‘PSA’ are already indicating another fruitful release is in the cards for the ‘Good Days’ singer. 

SZA has largely kept quiet on who will be featured on her new album. Ty Dolla $ign, who guested on “Hit Different,” is the only possible feature that’s been officially confirmed.

The artist also hinted at a possible collaboration with Doja Cat on the at a festival performance in Spain earlier this year, though at the time teased it as part of her single ‘Shirt.’ As we know now that the song has officially been released, Doja Cat isn’t featured on the song after all.

As for other behind-the-scenes collaborators, SZA will once again be teaming up with Carter Lang and Cody Jordan Fayne, who helped craft 2017’s CTRL.

The official tracklist for SZA’s album hasn’t been released, but the singer has revealed a few songs from the record. Recent single ‘Shirt’ will be included, as will the unreleased song previewed at the end of the ‘Shirt’ music video which has been revealed to be titled ‘Blind.’

On November 9th, SZA teased yet another song from the record called ‘PSA’ with a brief music video trailer. There’s no word on its release date, although it is expected to be released before the project.

There’s also a good chance previously released singles ‘Hit Different,’ ‘Good Days,’ and ‘I Hate U’ could also be included on the record’s final tracklist.

In SZA’s recent Billboard cover story, the songs on the album are described as “daring” and include a “grunge record,” an “acoustic guitar-driven ballad,” and a lo-fi-sounding track with “surf rock” elements throughout.

SZA’s S.O.S. is set to arrive “in December” 2022 via TDE Records. Though the exact day hasn’t been announced, the singer confirmed its arrival month to Billboard.

  • Writer Chris Saunders
  • Banner Image Credit TDE

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