It looks like we are getting new music from SZA earlier than expected.
On Sunday (Dec. 10) which marks a day after the anniversary of SOS, the singer took to social media to reveal 6 different artworks for her new album LANA which took fans by surprise. The project was initially supposed to be a deluxe version of her 5x platinum album SOS but SZA later revealed that it had become an album of its own.
During her surprise performance in New York’s Brooklyn Navy Yard, SZA talked about the project: “The deluxe [album] is like a whole ‘notha album called Lana, [and] it’s seven to 10 songs, and it’ll be out this fall.”
She further shared that it became her first tattoo ever after she couldn’t afford the first two letters in “Solána,” her birth name.
In a recent interview with Variety, she said the deluxe had evolved into its own project and could drop anytime. “It was gonna be outtakes and some new songs, but it’s become more than I expected,” she admitted. “It was gonna be really soft because I had made all my screaming points, and I just wanted to glide and not think [too much] and get out of my own head. I was so happy to say some s**t that didn’t mean a f**king thing.”
“It’s definitely turning into its own album… and I guess I could drop a new album randomly because no one’s actually expecting that from me right now,” SZA added. “But I can’t tell if now’s the time to be consistent or carefree. On the one hand, it’s like, ‘What would Beyoncé do?’ but I am also deeply inspired by people who do whatever the f**k they want, like Frank Ocean and André 3000. Some of my favorite songs were the ones that I dropped on SoundCloud [early in her career] because it was so stress-free.”
While SZA shared the different covers for LANA today, we don’t know exactly when the album will arrive. Stay tuned. Check out all the versions below.