The Kendrick Lamar-curated Black Panther soundtrack has debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, according to Billboard. The album, which features music from SZA, The Weeknd, Travis Scott, and more alongside Kendrick, has earned 154,000 equivalent album units in the week between February 9-15, according to Nielsen Music. Of that 154,000 units, 52,000 represent traditional album sales. The release marks the biggest first week for a soundtrack since Suicide Squad: The Album, which earned 182,000 equivalent album units in its first week. Black Panther opened Thursday night, becoming the top-grossing film in history by a black director (Ryan Coogler) with a largely black cast. The film is estimated to have made over $387 million by Monday.
Lyrics to ‘Pray For Me’ by Kendrick Lamar:
Earlier this week, Lamar revealed the track list that features James Blake, 2 Chainz, ScHoolboy Q, SZA, Future, Travis Scott, Vince Staples, Khalid, Anderson. Paak, Swae Lee, Jay Rock, Ab-Soul and more. Executive produced by Top Dawg Entertainment, pre-order the project on iTunes now as the Black Panther film his theatres on February 12.
SZA is one of the most inspiring success stories in music this year.
The Top Dawg Entertainment singer/songwriter is the most nominated female artist at the 2018 Grammy Awards. She leads the women with five nominations including Best New Artist, Best R&B Song (Supermodel), Best R&B Performance (The Weekend), Best Urban Contemporary Album (Ctrl), and Best Rap/Sung Collaboration (Love Galore). JAY-Z and her labelmate Kendrick Lamar leads the nominees with eight and seven nods respectively.
In a heartfelt message to her fans and supporters, SZA, real name Solána Imani Rowe, says that she never expected to get a Grammy nomination, not in her wildest dream. “I never really thought this would possible for me ..sometimes u get told no a lot or ur not good enough or ur not the “type” n U start to believe it…THANK U EVERY SINGLE PERSON THATS EVER TAKEN A CHANCE ON ME OR BELIEVED AT ALL .I LOVE YOU.. specially my Mama.#TDE,” she wrote on Twitter while also sharing a screenshot of a text message that she received from her mother.
I? never really thought this would possible for me ..sometimes u get told no a lot or ur not good enough or ur not the “type” n U start to believe it…THANK U EVERY SINGLE PERSON THATS EVER TAKEN A CHANCE ON ME OR BELIEVED AT ALL .I? LOVE YOU.. specially my Mama.#TDE ??? pic.twitter.com/fkirMXWABf
— SZA (@sza) November 29, 2017
“I? remember pretending to be vegan cause that’s all I? could afford lol (chips avocado n salad mix ) I? remember sleeping on everyone’s couch cause I missed the train AGAIN (thank yall for having me lol ),” she wrote on Instagram. “Sold my beloved 500$ grillz for 50 bucks at the gold shop for train fair( I? was SICK lol ). I? BEGGED Punch for writers on this project cus I? thought no one would ever like me the way I? was . He said “U don’t need em”. I? remember crying cus I? didn’t have any hits or a quantifiable “sound”.. I? remember feeling like damn maybe I suck . maybe I? should try something else ? Maybe I’m jus wasting space ..Life’s weird.”
SZA also spoke about not wanting to release her debut album because she was afraid of the disappointment.
I? remember pretending to be vegan cause that’s all I? could afford lol (chips avocado n salad mix ) I? remember sleeping on everyone’s couch cause I missed the train AGAIN (thank yall for having me lol ) . Sold my beloved 500$ grillz for 50 bucks at the gold shop for train fair( I? was SICK ? lol ). I? BEGGED Punch for writers on this project cus I? thought no one would ever like me the way I? was . He said “U don’t need em”. I? remember crying cus I? didn’t have any hits or a quantifiable “sound”.. I? remember feeling like damn maybe I suck . maybe I? should try something else ? Maybe I’m jus wasting space ..Life’s weird . I? Didn’t have any friends growing up. never gave my parents an opportunity to say “wow my kids killing it” didn’t graduate or do any fly shit before my nana died . been fired from every job I? ever had ..I remember sobbing on the phone w punch pleading for the album not to come out cause I? couldn’t take the embarrassment . Just wanted another week . Another day ?..he ignored me n said I’d be fine…This entire thing puts my wildest dreams to shame. I? dunno what to say cause I? dunno how to accept its even happening to me lol ? I’ve never won anything in my life until this week even (THANK YOU SOULTRAIN AWARDS!!) it all just feels strange somehow BUT IM SO OVERWHELMINGLY GRATEFUL FOR THIS STRANGENESS!! . I’m so in awe of Gods plan.. I just wanna live up to it. Thank you for listening to me.. thank you for understanding me.. thank u for bonding w my thoughts just the way they were. INFINITE GRATITUDE to the Recording Academy for this INCREDIBLE honor. I? can’t even believe I’ve been considered. God bless every person who worked on this album or gave it an ear (specially the producers of the century @somethingnebula @iam_c_lang @thankgod4cody ?) . Thank you Top and Punch for believing in me no matter what (even when I’m on your LAST nerves?) . Thank u RCA for giving me new wings?? THANK YOU GOD FOR THIS LIFE I? DONT UNDERSTAND . #Ctrl.. a concept . #mygrannynominatedfor5grammys #TDE
SZA has had a great year and now she has more to celebrate after her single “The Weekend” goes platinum.
The TDE singer gets her platinum plaque from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) just before she celebrated her 27th birthday on November 8th. The single is featured on her debut album CTRL, which was released in June of this year. The project has been doing well since its released and SZA is already prepping her next big project.
“YO YALL TOOK A SONG THT WASNT A F***ING SINGLE AND MADE IT PLATINUM!!!??” she tweeted excitingly. “AHH I LOVE U MORE THAN CHEESE! THANK U 4 THE BEST BDAY GIFT EVER.”
SZA previously earned another platinum record when her single with Travis Scott, “Love Galore”, sold more than a million copies in the United States. Her album CTRL is now certified gold and is on it’s way to getting platinum certification. She is also prepping her fans for a deluxe version of the album.
“Ummm NEVER THOUGHT I’D SEE ONE UH THESE LET ALONE 2!! Thank u more than words !! Ya did it !! #TDE,” she wrote on IG.