September 4 saw SZA spring a surprise on fans in the form of ‘Hit Different’ – the answer to years of calls for new music from the songstress after her 2017 critically acclaimed, double Platinum debut album, ‘CTRL.’
Tapping Ty Dolla $ign to assist, the single saw its unveiling accompanied by a choreography-laden music video directed by the Missouri-reared maestra herself.
Now, as its inaugural sales tracking week has completed, The Neptunes-produced bop has made an impressive premiere on the Hot 100.
The fifth top 40 hit of her career, ‘Hit Different’ also boasts being the highest chart debut of SZA’s career to date.
Premiering at #29, the song’s arrival is her personal best first-week showing to date.
Its top 40 entry makes it the first song of her career to debut in the chart region, narrowly beating her previous best first-week placement of #43 delivered by the Kendrick Lamar duet, ‘All the Stars’ (from the 2018 ‘Black Panther’ soundtrack).
What’s more, the #29 opening of ‘Hit Different’ ties her overall career peak (as a leader) on the Hot 100 as her 3x Platinum signature tune, ‘The Weekend,’ climaxed at the same position in 2017.
Click here to see who joins her in the top 30 on this week’s TGJ Chart Check: Hot 100.