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Five Years Later, SZA’s Ctrl Returns to No. 1 on Top R&B Albums Chart

The deluxe release of the 2017 album sends it back to No. 1 for the first time in nearly five years.

After nearly a five-year break, SZA’s Ctrl returns to No. 1 on Billboard’s Top R&B Albums chart following a deluxe-edition release of the album for its fifth anniversary on June 9. As Ctrl rebounds from No. 4 to lead the list dated June 25, the album has now collected three weeks on top. It debuted at No. 1 on the chart dated July 1, 2017, and ruled again in its ninth week (chart dated Aug. 26, 2017).

To reclaim the top slot, Ctrl earned 32,000 equivalent album units in the U.S. in the week ending June 16, according to Luminate. Of that total, 30,000 units derive from streaming and represent 39.4 million U.S. official on-demand streams of the album’s songs, up 114% from the previous week. Just under 2,000 units come from traditional album sales, with a negligible amount of impact from track-equivalent album units through sales of the album’s songs. (One unit equals the following levels of consumption: one album sale, 10 individual tracks sold from an album, or 3,750 ad-supported or 1,250 paid/subscription on-demand official audio and video streams for a song on the album.)


Ctrl, first released in 2017, is SZA’s first full-length studio album. The album housed breakthrough hits including “The Weekend” and the Travis Scott-assisted “Love Galore,” both of which reached the top 10 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart and the top 40 of the all-genre Billboard Hot 100.

The deluxe version of Ctrl adds seven tracks to the album. Six of the cuts debut on the Hot R&B Songs chart, led by top 10 starts for “Tread Carefully” (No. 9) and “2 AM” (No. 10). “Tread” is the most-streamed of the new additions, with 4.6 million official U.S. on-demand streams in the week ending June 16.

Here’s a full account of Ctrl’s deluxe edition debuts on Hot R&B Songs:

No. 9, “Tread Carefully”
No. 10, “2 AM”
No. 16, “Percolator”
No. 17, “Awkward”
No. 18, “Miles”
No. 19, “Jodie”

In addition to the new arrivals, SZA also claims one more spot on Hot R&B Songs. Her collaboration with Summer Walker, “No Love,” holds at No. 4 in its 32nd week on the list, after previously reaching a No. 2 best.