SZA Replaces Herself at No. 1 on Hot R&B Songs Chart With ‘Saturn’

It’s truly SZA’s universe on Billboard’s Hot R&B Songs chart as the singer-songwriter captures her sixth No. 1 on the chart with “Saturn.” The new leader debuts atop the list dated March 9 and replaces her own “Snooze” at the summit. With the exchange, SZA extends her unyielding domination of the chart’s top slot for the past year.

“Saturn,” released on Top Dawg/RCA Records, lands at No. 1 on the multi-metric Hot R&B Songs chart, which combines streaming, airplay and sales data for its rankings, chiefly through 25 million official U.S. streams in the tracking week of Feb. 23 – 29, according to Luminate. From that sum, the song blasts in at No. 1 on the R&B Streaming Songs, where it becomes SZA’s 10th champ. “Saturn” also rings up a No. 2 entrance on R&B Digital Song Sales, with 2,000 copies sold and 960,000 in airplay audience for the tracking period.

Beyond a new No. 1, the “Saturn” arrival occurs just as SZA completes an entire year at No. 1 on Hot R&B Songs. Since the chart dated March 11, 2023, when The Weeknd and Ariana Grande’s “Die for You” managed to dislodge SZA’s “Kill Bill” for one week, the superstar has held the No. 1 rank with either “Kill Bill,” which resumed its run for another 19 weeks (for 30 total frames in charge), “Snooze,” on its own 30-week nonconsecutive No. 1 streak, her featured turn on Drake’s “Slime You Out,” a two-week champ, and now, “Saturn.”

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Notably, with “Saturn” eclipsing “Snooze,” the latter loses out on a chance this week for what would have been a record-breaking 31st week at No. 1.

As “Saturn” joins the chart-topping club, here’s a look at SZA’s No. 1s on Hot R&B Songs:

Song Title, Artist (if other than SZA), Weeks at No. 1, Date Reached No. 1
“The Weeknd,” one, Jan. 3, 2018
“I Hate U,” one, Dec. 18, 2021
“Kill Bill,” 30, Dec. 24, 2022
“Snooze,” 30, July 29, 2023
“Slime You Out,” Drake featuring SZA, two, Sept. 29, 2023
“Saturn,” one (to date), March 9, 2024

“Saturn” was officially released to digital retailers and streaming services on Feb. 22, weeks after it was first widely heard during a Mastercard commercial during the 66th Grammy Awards telecast on Feb. 4. The song is expected to appear on Lana, a possible deluxe edition of SZA’s 2022 album, SOS. The original SOS was a blockbuster, spending 10 weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart and being named the No. 1 Top R&B/Hip-Hop Album on the 2023 year-end recap.

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