SZA Announces New Album, Releases “Drew Barrymore,” Remains Excellent

‘CTRL Music’ will be the follow-up to 2014’s ‘Z’.
January 13, 2017, 4:05pm

SZA falls out with Top Dawg Entertainment president Terrence "Punch" Henderson "every day." They're incompatible people. The situation that boiled over on Twitter last October, with SZA insisting that she "actually quit" and saying that Henderson could "release my album if he ever feels like it." Henderson's response was measured.

The fallout was annoying because SZA clearly wanted to release the follow up to 2014's Z and Henderson was spending his time telling the press just how good the album really was, insisting that is was "phenomenal" and spending far too much time talking about the clarity of SZA's vocals. The whole thing could have been benched forever.

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Earlier this week, however, there were clear signs that SZA was up to something. On Wednesday, footage leaked from a listening party of a collaboration with Travis Scott, "Love Galore." Even through shitty phone speakers, it sounded great.

And last night on Jimmy Kimmel Live, SZA returned for real. Her new album will be called CTRL Music and will feature "twoAM," her reworking of Drake and PARTYNEXTDOOR's "Come and See Me." To back up the announcement, SZA released a new track, "Drew Barrymore," which you can listen to below. She told Complex last year that the track sounded like "Brown grunge" and goddamnit if the chorus on those opening chords don't sound like Kurt Cobain's worries washing away.

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