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SZA’s ‘I Hate U’ Breaks Apple Music R&B Streaming Record

The track holds the top spot on Apple Music City Charts in Detroit, Honolulu, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Diego, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C.

SZA’s “I Hate U” is the most-streamed R&B song by a female artist on Apple Music in its first week, the company tells Billboard.

“I Hate U” debuted at no. 7 on the Billboard Hot 100 this week, marking SZA’s fifth top 10 record and her second debut in the Hot 100’s top 10.

The latest single from SZA appears on Apple Music’s Top Songs chart in 102 countries, and on Apple Music’s City Charts in 46 cities across 15 different nations. “I Hate U” reached the top spot on Apple Music’s Daily Top 100 chart globally and in 10 countries: United States, Anguilla, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Dominica, Guinea-Bissau, Papua New Guinea, and Trinidad and Tobago.

The record also topped the City Charts in 22 cities across the U.S., Canada, South Africa, and New Zealand.

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Initially released on SoundCloud back in August, “I Hate U” rapidly gained popularity and went viral on TikTok, ultimately leading to the release of the track on Dec. 3. SZA is expected to release her sophomore album in the coming months on Top Dawg Entertainment/RCA.

“I Hate U” was written by SZA, Robert Bisel, Cody Fayne, Carter Lang and Dylan Patrice. SZA’s manager is Top Dawg co-founder Terrence ‘Punch’ Henderson. Her publishing is repped by Universal Music Publishing Group.