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SZA Is In Control Of The Charts With A Record Deal That Pays Her A Massive Revenue Percentage

“The Weekend” hasn’t been the same since 2017. That was the year SZA told the girls she had “it covered for the weekend.” For those not already familiar with her art, “The Weekend” was one of the hit singles off of her debut album “Ctrl” that catapulted SZA and her music into the mainstream. Born Solána Imani Rowe, SZA is a New Jersey native who’s been professionally releasing music since around 2012, with EPs and a list of singles. Since starting her music career, SZA has enjoyed success in the industry, breaking free from the narrative that “ R&B is dead.” Her career has landed her 39 songs on the Billboard charts, seven of which were ranked Top 10 hits, per Billboard. Most recently, her song “Kill Bill” became her first-ever song to reach No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 list. In a Twitter post, she noted how much the moment meant to her. “took me a over week to process cause I dreamt of this my entire career.. didn’t feel real lol, still doesn’t,” she shared. “but I wanna say...

Josh Rodgers

May 15, 2023

Before The Fame, Did SZA Almost Become A Marine Biologist?

She may be a Billboard chart-topping artist today, but prior to her career as a singer, SZA may have been on her way to becoming a marine biologist.

Shanique Yates

Feb 6, 2023

Jay Versace Went From The Face Of Popular Memes To Producer On SZA’s Highly Anticipated ‘SOS'

Pivots can be life-changing, especially when it’s into what you’re passionate about. In 2020, Jay Versace went from being a viral social media star to a music producer.

Ngozi Nwanji

Dec 9, 2022

From Megan Thee Stallion To Ashanti, Here Are 7 Artists Who Have Been Vocal About The Business Behind The Music

Artists experiencing delays in their music projects dropping is a tale as old as time. Back in 2013, Buzzfeed reported on the unfortunate reality of artists not being able to release their music including reasons like artists being mismanaged, the label focusing on competition, stalling on getting their music ready for radio, and more. But as a The Guardian report simply put it, “But to writers and artists, your songs are your babies. It’s only fair that you get them back if they’re not being looked after.” The industry continues to evolve with the times, yet still musicians — especially Black women artists — are subjected to constant pushback from their labels. Oftentimes, they are left with limited options on how to resolve the issue such as trying to part ways amicably. Another way to musical freedom that can be quite a hassle is acquiring their master recordings. As previously reported by AfroTech, the likes of Anita Baker, Rihanna, Ciara, and more used their voices to earn back...

Ngozi Nwanji

Aug 15, 2022

Barack Obama's Former Speechwriter Wants To Help Black Creators Find And Amplify Their Voice

The innovation of Black entrepreneurs is unmatched! As the CEO at Nēdl , the AI-powered search engine for live audio broadcast, Ayinde Alakoye knows a thing or two about creating processes that make our lives easier. Alakoye created Nēdl , to serve as a place where Black people could find their voices and ensure that it’s heard by the masses. “This is a product that is founded by Black people to give Black voices a platform,” shared Alakoye on the latest episode of Black Tech Green Money with host Will Lucas. Nēdl elevates Black voices across all sorts of channels and spheres so that we are heard. The live audio platform allows anyone to create a live call-in radio show that also transcribes, amplifies, and monetizes words as they are spoken. It also serves as an AI-powered search engine for live audio broadcasts. “I think the voice is the unique proposition,” said Alakoye as he explained the value of his product and why it’s so important for Black creators from all walks of life....

Shanique Yates

Jul 13, 2021

SZA To Release Rare Photos And Concert Footage In New NFT Collection

SZA continues to stun the world with her money moves. According to NME, the singer-songwriter will be releasing a series of NFTs to celebrate one of her recent live performances. The NFTs will be released later today, July 12. Last month, SZA performed at the American Express’ Amex UNSTAGED concert series. This concert will serve as the basis for the NFTs that will be available for purchase. Fanaply will be hosting the NFT auction, and the NFTs will also include never-before-seen live photos from behind the scenes of this event. View this post on Instagram A post shared by SZA (@sza) “To celebrate her Amex UNSTAGED appearance — and the four-year anniversary of her critically-acclaimed debut album, CTRL — SZA is dropping her first-ever collection of NFTs, featuring her favorite moments from the show,” said a product description about the NFTs on Fanaply. “Now you can relive the performance with behind-the-scenes photos not even seen in the livestream.” She’s just the latest artist to...