Mary J. Blige’s 17-Year Chart Record Broken by SZA

After its 16th week on the top of the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Charts, SZA’s “Kill Bill” broke the record for the most weeks at Number 1 for a song with a female lead artist. Last week, “Kill Bill” was tied for this record with Mary J. Blige’s “Be Without You,” which previously held that record with 15 weeks in 2006.


With the hit song ranking No. 1 for 16 of its 17 weeks on the charts, it is likely to continue breaking records. When looking at overall rankings, “Kill Bill” is among the top 5 longest-leading Hot R&B/Hip-Hop songs since 1958. It is currently tied for 4th on its 16th week with “Blurred Lines” by Robin Thicke and following closely behind Drake’s “One Dance,” Jack Harlow’s “Industry Baby,” and Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus’s “Old Town Road” leading No. 1 at 20 weeks.


This is not SZA’s first rodeo as No. 1, her popular song “I Hate U” also led the charts in December 2021. Both hit songs are featured in her newest studio album, SOS, which has been a large hit and seem to be setting SZA up for more chart records.


SZA’s album, SOS, has sold more than two million units in the US within four months of its release. Within two months, the album received a platinum plaque, and by the fourth month received its double platinum certification from the Recording Industry Association of America. The album as a whole has also remained No. 1 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart since December.


With the great success of the album, SZA has also officially extended her SOS tour.

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