SZA’s latest album is the first LP to spend its first five weeks at No. 1 since Adele’s 30, which ruled the chart for six weeks from Dec. 4, 2021 to Jan. 8, 2022. The last female artist to see her R&B album notch five weeks at No. 1 was Mariah Carey, who accomplished the feat with 1995’s Daydream. which spent six nonconsecutive weeks atop the Billboard 200. Meanwhile, the last R&B album by a female artist that spent its first five weeks at No. 1 was Janet Jackson’s 1993 offering Janet.
Taylor Swift’s latest full-length offering, Midnights, held steady at No. 2 on the strength of 81,000 album equivalent units. Rounding out the rest of the Top 5 are Metro Boomin’s Heroes & Villains, which slots in at No. 3 with 57,000 equivalent album units earned, Drake and 21 Savage’s joint effort Her Loss, which comes in at No. 4 with 51,000 units, and Bad Bunny’s Un Verano Sin Ti, which spends another week in the Top 5 on the strength of 45,000 equivalent album units.
Elsewhere on the Billboard 200 this week, YoungBoy Never Broke Again earns his 13th top 10-project with I Rest My Case, which debuted at No. 9.