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Ctrl (pronounced "control") is the debut studio album by American singer SZA. It was released through Top Dawg Entertainment and RCA Records on June 9, 2017.[1] The album features guest appearances from Travis Scott, Kendrick Lamar, James Fauntleroy, and Isaiah Rashad. Production was handled by Craig Balmoris, Frank Dukes, Carter Lang, Scum, and ThankGod4Cody, among others. The album was supported by five singles: "Drew Barrymore", "Love Galore", "The Weekend", "Broken Clocks", and "Garden (Say It like Dat)", all of which are certified Platinum or higher by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).

Upon release, Ctrl received widespread critical acclaim from music critics, many of whom praised its cohesiveness and production, as well as SZA's vocal delivery. The album debuted at number three on the US Billboard 200, moving 60,000 equivalent-album units in its first week. The album and its songs were nominated for four Grammy Awards, while SZA was nominated for Best New Artist. It was also included in several year-end best music lists by publications. The album was ranked at 472 on Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time list.[2]


After meeting members of Top Dawg Entertainment during the CMJ 2011, a friend attending the show with her foisted early SZA songs onto TDE president Terrence "Punch" Henderson, who liked the material and stayed in touch.[3] Two years later, in June 2013, Top Dawg Entertainment announced they were planning to sign two more artists.[4][5] On July 14, it was revealed Top Dawg had signed an upcoming female singer named SZA to the label; through this deal, SZA released Z (2014).[6] Following the release of Z, SZA began working on her debut album and writing for other musicians including Beyoncé and Nicki Minaj, and Anti's opening track "Consideration" for Rihanna, which she featured on. The debut album faced various setbacks, initially promised at the end of 2015, then at the start of 2016. In October 2016, she criticized her label for the delays and stated she would be quitting.[7]

SZA revealed that her debut would be similar to S (2013) and would include trap influences with more aggressive lyrics, she also announced that she began working with James Fauntleroy, Hit-Boy, and long time collaborator Felix Snow.[8] Speaking on the conception of the album, SZA stated that she had spent four years just doing music: "I've been burying friends, burying family members, burying weight, the way I feel about myself, the way I feel about God, the way I process information."[9] The album was also inspired by SZA's view of control in her life. Speaking on this she stated "Ctrl is a concept. I've lacked control my whole life and I think I've craved it my whole life."[9]

Writing and recording

The album's sessions began in 2014 and took place at the TDE Red Room in Carson, California. The album's recording process was described as being analog and featured the unplugging and re-plugging of wires in order to create the desired sound. During the album's studio sessions, SZA and the album's producers would go into the studio, and filter through the recorded songs and beats to decide if the songs were good or worth experimenting with in order to make better. SZA would search songs that were in the top forty charts during various years including the 1940s and 1980s, she would then listen to their style, beats and synths to gain some inspiration.[10] Throughout the album's recording process, record producer Rick Rubin helped SZA's creative process. "I had this mentality that 'more is more' -- more reverb, more background [vocals]," stating "I played him a bunch of songs, and he would tell me, 'The more you take away from any piece, the more room you create for everything else to be beautiful and grow.' I never felt that before, the editing urge. Once you strip everything down, you're forced to say something."[11]

In 2015, SZA was introduced to Carter Lang by Peter Cottontale in Chicago. After performing together at Lollapalooza that same year, SZA and Lang along with producer Tyron "Scum" Donaldson began to develop a rapport on the road to creating her debut album. The three held studio sessions across the country from Los Angeles to Chicago and even setting up shop in Carter's Michigan home in 2016, where they constructed the Travis Scott-assisted "Love Galore" in Lang's mom's office using studio equipment he brought there. Lang, Tyran Donaldson, ThankGod4Cody and other producers would challenge each other and send each other different music to work on. SZA would then listen the music and want to create from that. During the producers' competition of who could create the better song, they collectively created "Broken Clocks". "Drew Barrymore" was conceived at Lang's studio in Chicago in 2016. Lang ended up notching production credits on eight tracks from the album.[12]

The album was recorded in Carson, California.

SZA contributed heavily to the album's lyrics, co-writing all fourteen tracks. SZA would freestyle the songs in a hope to "let the moments happen in the studio."[13] Initially she tried to record phone notes and write down ideas in journals in order to help her write.[13] SZA's record label TDE confiscated her hard drive during the album's recording, because SZA could not decide on the songs she wanted on the finished album, from the 150 – 200 she recorded.[14] She also detailed how her anxiety issues affected her songwriting process: "I freestyle everything, all the way down. And I listen back and think, what’s shitty? And if something’s too shitty and I can’t put my finger on it, and I think, wow this sucks to me, then I get way frustrated, and usually scrap the song."[14] When recording the album, SZA would record from drafts of paper, recording one draft all the way down, before listening back and rephrasing it. However, with the album's opening track "Supermodel", SZA took on a different approach, stating, "Normally if I hear a beat, I hear an idea unfold. I see where it could go. But when I heard "Supermodel," I couldn't even imagine what the song would sound like. I just wanted. I just wanted to sing. I wanted to think."[10]

SZA recorded "Drew Barrymore" after hearing a production that reminded her of the film Poison Ivy, noting the emotion Ivy felt in film was something SZA connected with, stating her character was "lashing out because she was lonely and pissed that her life was like this".[10] "The Weekend" was produced by ThankGod4Cody, who had the idea to sample "Set the Mood (Prelude)/Until the End of Time" from a member of his team. After being handed the sample he added chords, a "glittery layer", and bass. After some experimentation with the vocals from the sample, the drums, and some additions in the reverb, he placed the song's snares and hi-hats, and rounded it all out with a cymbal, as he told Genius. The production was made with SZA in mind.[15] SZA said about the sample in an interview with Associated Press: "I didn't even think about anything I was saying. I was just happy to be singing over that Justin Timberlake sample... I was just like, ‘This is for fun. This is crazy."[16]


Ctrl is primarily an alternative R&B and neo soul album, with elements of hip hop, pop, soul, electronic, and indie. Originally scheduled for release in late 2015, it was delayed by SZA's experience of "a kind of blinding paralysis brought on by anxiety." She reworked the album until her record company took away her hard drive in the spring of 2017.[17][18][19][20][21] The album tests the borders of traditional R&B, drawing influences from trap and indie rock.[19][22][23] The album contains a precise sonic methodology, with a fluent production, containing influences from pop, hip-hop and electronic genres. These influences were compared to a mixture of different artists' work, including Sade, Lauryn Hill, Purity Ring, Yuki, Björk, Arca and Billie Holiday.[21] The production was characterised as predominantly hip-hop-influenced with hints of soul and pop.[21] The album has a confessional theme, which touch upon SZA's personal experiences of love. The album's lyrical content was seen as being "frank" and was noted as an insight into the complexities of modern love; of how desire, competition, jealousy, sexual politics, social media and low self-esteem can derail a relationship.[24] Claire Lobenfeld of Pitchfork described the album's lyrics as being "honest" and "often comically blunt".[22] SZA's vocals were noted for containing echoes that were achieved by turning down the reverb; this was done to give the album an "intimate, confessional tone".[24]

The album opens with "Supermodel", which is built over an electric guitar riff, and reads as an "exposed diary entry" that lyrically talks about relationship betrayal and fallout. The song talks about SZA's ex-partner who left her on Valentine's Day.[21][22] Speaking about "Love Galore", which features Travis Scott, SZA touched on working with him: "I think he merges that super-fine line between melody and syncopation and pocket. And I love his pockets, and I love his note choice. He's just gnarly. He's perfect."[25] "Doves in the Wind" features rapper Kendrick Lamar and is built over a "woozy" production. The song's themes revolves around sexual freedom, yet still having a hunger for intimacy. "Doves in the Wind" makes a reference to Forrest Gump, describing the character as the kind of man who sees women as more than sexual objects.[22] "Drew Barrymore" is a "sluggish" R&B song with introspective lyrics, whilst "Prom" is a pop song, that was noted for being built over muted guitars which were compared to those of the Police, whilst the lyrics discuss teen angst.[26] "The Weekend", features writing from Justin Timberlake, Timbaland, and Danja, who were credited as the song samples "Set the Mood (Prelude)/Until the End of Time" from the 2006 album FutureSex/LoveSounds.[15] "The Weekend" is an R&B[27] and neo soul[28] track. Although some publications call the song's narrator a "side chick", SZA sings from the perspective of a woman who only sees her partner on the weekend, while other girls have him during the week.[16] "Go Gina" is a reference to Tisha Campbell's role of Gina on the '90s sitcom Martin. Lyrically, the song reflects on an environment that dislikes determined women, the song goes on to discuss how people try to simplify her problems in a self-serving way.[29] "Broken Clocks" enfolds SZA amid blurry keyboard tones and a watery sample of men's voices as she ponders memories of an old romance that still haunts her."[30] Joshua Espinoza of Complex regarded the song as "a mid-tempo cut about optimism and perseverance".[31]

Release and promotion

SZA performing in Toronto, Canada on the Ctrl the Tour in August 2017.

SZA premiered "Drew Barrymore" on Jimmy Kimmel Live!. She also announced the title of her debut studio album, initially titled A, but was later renamed to Ctrl.[32] On April 28, 2017, SZA announced she had signed her first major-label recording contract with RCA Records.[33][34] Following the announcement of Ctrl, SZA releases a promotional video narrated by rapper RZA. RZA opened with a dialogue stating "I’m zoning in with my homegirl, SZA—Self Savior, Zig-Zag-Zig Allah." Followed by a short verse "Yeah, I think you can take that far, Mama. Ya know what I mean? Cut loose the drama, no melodrama. Rise to the top, claim ya karma. And it’s my honor to drop this lesson, it’s my honor to give this blessing."[35] On June 2, 2017, "Broken Clocks" was released as a promotional single, before being sent to urban contemporary radio in January 2018, serving as the album's fourth single.[36][37] On June 8, 2017, "Doves in the Wind" was released as a promotional single.[38][39]

On July 5, 2017, SZA announced an official North American headlining concert tour titled Ctrl the Tour to further promote the album. The tour began on August 20, 2017, in Providence, Rhode Island, at Fête Music Hall, and concluded on December 22, 2017, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania at The Fillmore Philadelphia.[40] Despite there being no European leg of the tour, on July 10, 2017, American singer and rapper Bryson Tiller announced that SZA would be opening for the European portion of his Set It Off Tour in support of his studio album True to Self from October 17, 2017, to November 30, 2017, separate from Ctrl the Tour.[41] Due to tickets for Ctrl the Tour quickly selling out, this prompted additional dates to be added. Due to health problems, the first three dates of the tour were rescheduled, causing the tour to begin on August 20 instead of August 16 as originally scheduled.[42][43] On July 31, 2017, SZA released a music video for "Supermodel", exclusively on Apple Music.[44]

On December 9, 2017, SZA appeared on Saturday Night Live making her the third artist from her label to appear on the program following Lamar and Rock. The performance received critical acclaim for its power and a new verse she added to single "Love Galore" due to the absence of Travis Scott being there to perform his verse.[45]


On January 13, 2017, SZA released the album's lead single "Drew Barrymore".[46] It was produced by The Antydote and Carter Lang. On June 20, 2017, SZA released the music video for "Drew Barrymore", which featured a cameo by Drew Barrymore herself.[47] Commercially, the song did not fare well since it was not released to radio but later earned the certification of Platinum by the RIAA.

On April 28, 2017, SZA released the album's second single "Love Galore", which features American rapper and singer Travis Scott.[48] It was produced by ThankGod4Cody, Carter Lang, Scum and Punch. The music video for the song, directed by Nabil, premiered on April 27, 2017.[49] It was uploaded to SZA's Vevo channel on April 28, 2017.[49] Commercially, the song fared well in North America, charting on Canadian charts and entering the top forty on the Billboard Hot 100, reaching number thirty, later becoming certified 6× platinum by the RIAA.

On September 26, 2017, "The Weekend" was sent to urban contemporary radio as the album's third single.[50] As of the chart dated January 3, 2018, it has peaked at number twenty-nine on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming her highest charting solo single in that region. A music video for the song directed by Solange Knowles was officially released on December 22, 2017. It has been certified 5× platinum by the RIAA.

"Broken Clocks" was sent to urban contemporary radio on January 9, 2018, as the album's fourth single after being previously released as a promotional single as a part of the album's pre-order.[37] As of October 2020, it has been certified 3× platinum by the RIAA.

"Garden (Say It like Dat)" was released as the album's fifth and final single on June 19, 2018, and has been 2× platinum by the RIAA.[51]

Critical reception

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
The A.V. ClubA−[55]
Consequence of SoundB+[56]
Financial Times[57]
The Irish Times[58]
The New Zealand Herald[59]
The Observer[60]

Ctrl received widespread critical acclaim from music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a weighted mean rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 86, based on 15 reviews, which indicates "universal acclaim".[53] The Observer's Tara Joshi said the songs are "delicious slow jams with delicate yet powerful vocals and intimate insights into femininity, self-esteem and youth".[60] Pitchfork's Claire Lobenfeld called the album "an opulent, raw R&B album that constantly tests the borders of the genre", and named "Prom" as one of the standout tracks.[22] Siena Yates of The New Zealand Herald described it as "a brutally honest, sonically rich leap down the rabbit hole."[59]

In his review of the album, The New York Times's Jon Pareles said of SZA: "But now, she fully commands the foreground of her songs. Her voice is upfront, recorded to sound natural and unaffected, with all its grain and conversational quirks."[61] Vibe's Jessica McKinny said the album "has definitely kick-started her journey in the right direction. It's raw, soulful, rhythmic and uplifting in all the right places and will surely be a summer gift for old and new fans." She also referred to the album as "stripped down perfection".[62] Gerrick D. Kennedy of Los Angeles Times called the album "equal parts aching, brazen and gorgeously honest" and said of the songs, "The records are tender, vulnerable and often defiant."[63]

Ryan B. Patrick of Exclaim! referred to SZA as "the full package in terms of artistry: killer singing and songwriting abilities with a distinct perspective on life, love and destiny". He went on to say that Ctrl "is craft in action, a uniquely excellent album from a uniquely excellent artist."[28] Paste's Nastia Voynovskaya called the album "strikingly relatable" and likened her vocals to that of Amy Winehouse and Billie Holiday.[64] Jamie Milton of NME said it "effortlessly winds between narratives and genres like it's child's play" and went on to say that the artist "isn't a star in the making, it's a fully-fledged talent who's practically showing off." They also named "Prom" as the standout song of the album.[26]

In July 2022, Rolling Stone ranked Ctrl at number 28 on its list of "100 Best Debut Albums of All Time", claiming that "she came out looking like a hero."[65]


Year-end lists
Exclaim!Top 10 Soul & R&B Albums of 2017
New York Daily NewsThe 25 Best Albums of 2017
NoiseyThe 100 Best Albums of 2017
TimeThe Top 10 Best Albums of 2017
ViceThe 100 Best Albums of 2017
BillboardBillboard 50 Best Albums of 2017: Critics' Picks
DazedThe 20 Best Albums of 2017
The New York Times (by Jon Caramanica)The Best Albums of 2017
NPRThe 50 Best Albums of 2017
PitchforkThe 50 Best Albums of 2017
The SkinnyThe Skinny's Top 50 Albums of 2017
Uproxx50 Best Albums of 2017
ComplexThe Best Albums of 2017
Entertainment WeeklyBest Albums of 2017: EW Picks 25 Greatest
The Irish TimesTicket Awards 2017; The best music of the year
Mashable10 Favorite Albums of 2017
NOWThe Top 10 Best Albums of 2017
Rap-UpRap-Up's 20 Best Albums of 2017
Crack MagazineThe Top Albums of 2017
FUSEThe 20 Best Albums of 2017
The A.V. ClubThe A.V. Club's 20 Best Albums of 2017
The IndependentThe 30 Best Albums of 2017
StereogumThe 50 Best Albums of 2017
USA TodayUSA Today's 10 Favourite albums of 2017
The New Zealand HeraldThe Best Albums of 2017
The Sunday TimesThe 100 Best Albums of the Year
Atlantic MonthlyThe 10 Best Albums of 2017
Consequence of SoundThe Top 50 Albums of 2017
NMENME's Albums of the Year 2017
Time Out29 Albums of 2017 You Need to Know
The New York Times (by Jon Pareles)The Best Albums of 2017
Loud and QuietThe Loud and Quiet Top 40 Albums of 2017
People10 Best Albums of 2017
The StrangerThe Top 10 Albums of 2017
SlantThe 25 Best Albums of 2017
Rolling Stone50 Best Albums of 2017
PasteThe 50 Best Albums of 2017
Q50 Best Albums of 2017
Gorilla vs. BearGorilla vs Bear Albums of 2017
Drowned in SoundFavourite Albums in 2017
Uncut75 Best Albums of 2017
ResidentThe Resident Annual 2017
The QuietusAlbums of the Year 2017

SZA received five nominations at the 60th Annual Grammy Awards (2018) including Best New Artist, Best Urban Contemporary Album for Ctrl, Best R&B Performance for "The Weekend", Best R&B Song "Supermodel" and Best Rap/Sung Performance for "Love Galore" featuring Travis Scott.

Commercial performance

Ctrl debuted at number three on the US Billboard 200 chart, earning 60,000 album-equivalent units (including 20,000 copies as pure album sales) in its first week.[109] This became SZA's first US top-ten debut.[109] The album also accumulated 49.52 million streams for its songs that week.[109] In its second week, the album dropped to #11 on the charts. In August 2022, the album was certified triple platinum by the RIAA for combined sales and album-equivalent units of over three million units in the United States.[110] As of June 2023, the album has spent 311 weeks on the Billboard 200 chart, making it the second longest-charting R&B album by a woman, behind Anti by Rihanna, according to The New York Times.[111]

Track listing

Ctrl track listing
2."Love Galore" (featuring Travis Scott)4:35
3."Doves in the Wind" (featuring Kendrick Lamar)Cam O'bi4:26
4."Drew Barrymore"
  • Scum
  • Lang
  • Rowe
  • Donaldson
  • Lang
6."The Weekend"ThankGod4Cody4:32
7."Go Gina"
8."Garden (Say It like Dat)"
9."Broken Clocks"
  • Frank Dukes
  • ThankGod4Cody
11."Wavy (Interlude)" (featuring James Fauntleroy)
  • ThankGod4Cody
  • Prophit
12."Normal Girl"
  • Rowe
  • Henderson
  • Donaldson
  • Lang
  • Scum
  • Lang
13."Pretty Little Birds" (featuring Isaiah Rashad)
  • Scum
  • Lang
  • Leimberg
14."20 Something"
  • Rowe
  • Donaldson
  • Lang
  • Scum
  • Lang
Total length:49:01
Deluxe edition (bonus tracks)
15."Love Galore (Alt Version)"
  • Rowe
  • Henderson
  • Donaldson
  • Lang
  • Fayne
  • ThankGod4Cody
  • Scum
  • Lang
  • Rowe
  • Donaldson
  • Scum
  • ThankGod4Cody
19."Tread Carefully"
  • Rowe
  • Fayne
21."Jodie"Tyler, the Creator2:45


  • ^[a] signifies an additional producer

Sample credits




Certifications for Ctrl
RegionCertificationCertified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[145]Platinum70,000
Brazil (Pro-Música Brasil)[146]Gold20,000
Canada (Music Canada)[147]2× Platinum160,000
Denmark (IFPI Danmark)[148]Gold10,000
New Zealand (RMNZ)[149]
Deluxe edition
3× Platinum45,000
United Kingdom (BPI)[150]Gold100,000
United States (RIAA)[151]3× Platinum3,000,000

Sales+streaming figures based on certification alone.

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External links


Veröffentlichungen von SZA die im OTRS erhältlich sind/waren:

SOS ¦ Ctrl

SZA auf Wikipedia (oder andere Quellen):

SZA (2017)

SZA [ˈsɪzə] (* 8. November 1989 in St. Louis, Missouri; bürgerlich Solána Imani Rowe) ist eine US-amerikanische R&B-Sängerin und Songwriterin.


Rowe wurde 1989[1][2] in St. Louis, Missouri als Tochter eines Produktionsleiters bei CNN und einer Managerin bei AT&T geboren. Aufgewachsen ist sie in Maplewood, New Jersey und wurde muslimisch orthodox erzogen. Die islamische Glaubensrichtung hält sie bis heute bei.[3] Nach ihrem Schulabschluss begann sie ein Studium der Meeresbiologie, brach dieses jedoch nach einiger Zeit ab.[4] Ihr Künstlername ist eine Anlehnung an den Rapper RZA sowie an das Supreme Alphabet.


Erstmals Bekanntheit erlangte Rowe im Oktober 2012, als sie die EP See.SZA.Run ohne Mitwirkung eines Musiklabels veröffentlichte. Es folgten die EPs S (2013) und Z (2014). Ihr Debütalbum Ctrl erschien am 9. Juni 2017 und erhielt durchweg positive Kritiken.[5] Es erreichte auf Anhieb Platz drei der Billboard 200.[6] Die Singleauskopplungen The Weekend und Love Galore wurden 2017 in den USA mit Platin ausgezeichnet. Im August 2017 startete sie die Ctrl the Tour.[7] Die Sängerin wurde mehrfach für die Grammy Awards 2018 nominiert, darunter für das beste Urban-Contemporary-Album.[8]

Bei Bekanntgabe der Nominierungen für die Grammy Awards 2024 wurde SZA am häufigsten berücksichtigt. Sie wurde in neun Kategorien nominiert, unter anderem für ihren Song Kill Bill und ihr von der Kritik gelobtes Album SOS.[9]



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(Jahr, Titel, Musiklabel, Plat­zie­rungen, Wo­chen, Aus­zeich­nungen, Anmer­kungen)
Top Dawg Entertainment • RCA Records
(2 Wo.)CH

(18 Wo.)UK

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Erstveröffentlichung: 9. Juni 2017
Verkäufe: + 3.405.000
Top Dawg Entertainment • RCA Records
(17 Wo.)DE
(20 Wo.)AT
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(… Wo.)Template:Charttabelle/Wartung/vorläufig/2022UK

(… Wo.)Template:Charttabelle/Wartung/vorläufig/2022US
Erstveröffentlichung: 9. Dezember 2022
Verkäufe: + 3.625.000


  1. Insanul Ahmed: Who Is SZA? In: Complex. 8. September 2013, abgerufen am 5. Oktober 2022 (englisch).
  2. Laura Adams Stiansen: SZA: 6 things to know about the Grammy nominated singer from Maplewood. In: 28. Januar 2018, abgerufen am 5. Oktober 2022 (englisch).
  3. Who Is SZA? In: 8. September 2013, abgerufen am 16. Dezember 2017 (englisch).
  4. SZA Talks Quitting Her Day Job, Working With Holy Other & Emile Haynie. In: 23. Mai 2013, abgerufen am 16. Dezember 2017 (englisch).
  5. CTRL by SZA. In: Abgerufen am 16. Dezember 2017 (englisch).
  6. Chartquelle: US
  7. SZA Announces Tour. In: 5. Juli 2017, abgerufen am 16. Dezember 2017 (englisch).
  8. SZA Releases Moving Statement on Grammy Nominations. In: 29. November 2017, abgerufen am 16. Dezember 2017 (englisch).
  9. R&B-Sängerin SZA führt Grammy-Nominierungen 2024 an.. In:, 10. November 2023 (abgerufen am 11. November 2023).