NEW MUSIC: SZA | I HATE YOU / JONI (PERFECT TIMING) / NIGHTBIRD
SZA has surprise-released three new songs titled "Nightbird," second is "I Hate You." and lastly, "Joni" on an anonymous Soundcloud page. While she described them as “random thoughts,” the songs are essentially fully formed. While “Joni” is a tenderly plucked acoustic guitar ballad, “I Hate You” is an electro-R&B kiss-off and “Nightbird” features a downtempo melody and lyrics full of longing. It’s currently unclear whether any of the songs will be featured on SZA’s next album. Last month, the star joked that she was “probably about to scrap all of [the next record] and start from scratch. In June, SZA collaborated with SAINt JHN on the love song “Just For Me” from the soundtrack for "Space Jam: A New Legacy." Before its release, SZA teamed up with Doja Cat for the disco-tinged single “Kiss Me More.” In December 2020, SZA shared her single “Good Days.” SZA’s last studio album, ‘CTRL,’ was released in 2017, though she has released two singles, "Hit Different" (with Ty Dolla $ign) and "Good Days" in the past year. SZA released her debut album Ctrl back in 2017. Nearly a year ago, the R&B singer implied in a tweet that’s since been deleted that her label Top Dawg Entertainment was holding up the release of her new album.