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SZA's Record Label Had to Steal Her Hard Drive to Release Her Debut Album


Her labed TDE had to "cut [her] off" to release the long-awaited debut album Ctrl.

We've spent the better part of the summer grooving along to SZA's remarkable debut album Ctrl, but it turns out the project almost never saw the light of day. In a new interview with The Guardian, the "Drew Barrymore" singer revealed the only reason we've got her album on repeat today is because her record label TDE literally "cut [her] off" from making changes.

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"They just took my hard drive from me. That was all," she explained. "I just kept fucking everything up. I just kept moving shit around. I was choosing from 150,200 songs, so I'm just like, who knows what's good anymore?"

It's shocking to know the album might've been different had she been given more time, but we're also lowkey thankful her record label stepped in. After all, SZA said she was quitting music last year and her debut album became notorious for how many times it was delayed.

Fear not because, with her debut out of the way, don't expect to wait years for another album from the artist. "I have less anxiety about the things that hindered me putting this album out, so I'll probably be done in the next six months," she said of releasing a follow-up album. Then again, we've heard that before so, until it drops, you can catch us singing along to "Love Galore."

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