SZA’s New Album Is Coming, Says TDE President Punch
SZA’s sophomore album is one of the most anticipated projects in music, and fans may now be getting a sense on when it will actually drop.
Sitting down with Vulture for an article published on Monday (August 9), Top Dawg Entertainment President Terrence “Punch” Henderson said that following an ugly public back-and-forth, the two parties have come to an agreement on when the LP will arrive.
In the Vulture piece, Punch revealed a vague timeline over when the project will be released to the public, but said he and the Grammy-winning singer are on the same page as they know “exactly when” it will drop this year.
“It’s not really a secret. SZA’s coming very, very soon. We pretty much have the album done…We know exactly when it’s coming out,” he said. “But on the internet, you only get a certain amount of characters. You don’t have time to really go into a full explanation of what’s going on like that when you’re in the moment and tweeting something.”
Last month, SZA seemed to blame RCA Records and TDE for delaying the new LP after she promised her fans a “SZA summer” in May. Punch himself admits his relationship with SZA has been contentious at times.
“Is [SZA] happy? I’d say so. Last album, triple platinum,” Punch said when asked about his relationship with the singer. “What happens is people put a story into their own narrative and create a situation that’s not really there. I’m not going to say there’s never been contention.
He continued: “There’s always contention, especially when you’re dealing with creative. Difference in opinions, it happens, but that doesn’t mean somebody is unhappy or anything. It could’ve been a conversation in the moment.”
While SZA hasn’t dropped an album since 2017’s Ctrl, she has released songs recently, including one with fellow TDE artist Doechii titled “Persuasive” in July.