Mayday! Mayday! There are only three more days until SZA’s long-awaited album S.O.S. drops on December 9, and the R&B singer finally unveiled the tracklist on Monday (December 5). The reveal also came with scintillating previews of a few tracks.
“Which version for back tracklist?” SZA tweeted with two different artworks. Both incorporated the same photo of her lying sideways on a dirt ground, either surrounded by or covered with the tracklist spelled out in white graffiti-like text. The image revealed the upcoming album includes four notable collaborations: Phoebe Bridgers on “Ghost in the Machine,” Travis Scott on “Open Arms,” Don Toliver on “Used,” and late Wu-Tang Clan rapper Ol’ Dirty Bastard on “Forgiveless.”
SZA announced the release date of S.O.S. during last weekend’s Saturday Night Live performance of her latest single “Shirt,” a track on feeling lost in a complicated romance. During the appearance, her second time at the show, she also performed the album’s sixth track, the epiphanic “Blind,” and joined a “Big Boys” music video parody alongside host Keke Palmer and several cast members.
The title of her second studio album was revealed in a Billboard cover story in which SZA expressed her stress in meeting its deadline. A week prior to the announcement on November 8, her thirty-third birthday, she dropped a teaser for the album that included a taste of her upcoming single “PSA.”
S.O.S. will follow SZA’s 2017 debut studio album Ctrl, which received widespread critical acclaim and debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard 200. SZA dropped her latest single, “Shirt,” in October, which charted at No. 11 on the Billboard Hot 100.