SZA takes Ctrl of the No. 3 spot on the Billboard 200 this week.
Selling 60,000 equivalent album units, the TDE songstress earns her first top 10 placement with her debut album. Of that sum, 25,000 were traditional album sales, 33,000 were streaming equivalent units, and 2,000 were track equivalent units. Before Ctrl, her highest charting project was 2014’s Z.
SZA says the most autobiographical portions of Ctrl come from battles with low self-esteem and unhealthy relationships. “Every day I grapple between ‘I’m going to get married’ and ‘I’m going to spend the rest of my life alone with a poodle,’” admits the singer, who is single. But she also insists that Ctrl helped her embrace the best version of herself. “I always used to be like, ‘I don’t need to meditate.’ And it’s not true,” she says. “[I’m] starting to care about myself in weird, small ways: changing my diet, meditating and learning to say no. I’m learning to take time to do what I want. I have an abundant amount of love in my life, and I’m grateful for that.”