SZA Rings in ‘Ctrl’ Anniversary, Drops Bonus Tracks
| LAST UPDATE 06/14/2022
Remember 2017? We got Beyonce's iconic baby announcement, Kendall Jenner's Pepsi commercial drama, and an NBA playoffs win for the Golden State Warriors. But that wasn't all that went down that year. The music game was changed forever thanks to SZA's breakout album, Ctrl, which is now celebrating its fifth anniversary.
And leave it to SZA, who let her fans join in on the anniversary celebration in the best way possible - new music. Well, not exactly fresh out of the studio, but new to the fans. The release came in the form of a deluxe edition of the album, which boasted seven new tracks that went live across music streaming services. "Five years is a long time. Thank you for changing my life in ways I NEVER imagined," the 32-year-old singer gushed on social media. "Wanted to gift some random jams from 2016 to ya." So, what was in store for us SZA fans? Well, besides an alternate version of the Travis Scott collab, Love Galore, we also got tunes like 2AM, Miles, Tread Carefully, Awkward, Jodie, and Percolator. But that wasn't all...
"What isn't on the deluxe maybe on SoundCloud as well tomorrow? Deciding," the singer tweeted out. "Spring cleaning old thoughts... Everything made in 2014-2016/17... not new lol to be absolutely clear." But the old time stamp on the tracks didn't stop fans from getting excited. After all, Ctrl was the album that defined 2017, with nearly every big publication giving it a stellar review. From Time to Vice, Billboard, and Dazed, the singer's first studio album was seen as an absolute hit that left a big mark in the music industry. It also led to further collabs with big names like Kendrick Lamar and Doja Cat. But despite all the fame, SZA's remained humble in the eyes of her fans, which is one of the reasons that she's got such a major fanbase backing her every move. "What did we even do to deserve such greatness???" one fan gushed on her Insta post dedicated to the deluxe release.
You can stream the new tracks here - and, of course, stay tuned for more music news.