SZA‘s SOS has equaled a chart record set by Whitney Houston nearly 40 years ago.
After selling about 111,000 album-equivalent units in the previous week, The Singer's sophomore album topped the Billboard 200 list for a seventh consecutive week. SOS therefore became the first R&B album since Whitney Houston's "Whitney" in 1987 to spend its first seven weeks at No. 1. Whitney was the first R&B album by a woman to top the charts upon it's released.
With 2020's Folklore, which spent its first six weeks at No. 1 before logging two more non-consecutive weeks later in the year, Taylor Swift became the last woman to spend at least seven weeks at the top of the Billboard 200. SOS is also the first album by a female artist to debut at No. 1 for seven straight weeks since pop sensation Adele's 25 in 2016.
Taylor Swift (Folklore, 1989, and Fearless), Adele( 25 and 21), and SZA are the only other female artists to have albums spend seven consecutive weeks at No. 1 in the previous 20 years. Drake's Views, which lasted 13 non-consecutive weeks at No. 1 in 2016 and was the last R&B/Hip Hop album to spend seven weeks at the top, had that record. Since Mariah Carey's Music Box in 1994, SOS has spent the most weeks at No. 1 of any R&B/Hip Hop album by a woman or R&B album by a woman.
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