SZA’s ‘Ctrl’ Named TIME Magazine’s Top Album of 2017


SZA is in Ctrl. The TDE songstress’ debut album has received the top spot on TIME magazine’s Top 10 Albums of 2017 list.

The magazine hails the 27-year-old singer, who earned five Grammy nominations. “From relative obscurity, New Jersey artist SZA rose to prominence with witty songs marked by gorgeously sparse R&B production and ironclad melodies; there’s a reason stars like collaborator Rihanna and labelmate Kendrick Lamar are fans,” writes TIME. “Her takes on hookup culture and the pursuit of an authentic life are vividly articulated, too. Like all the best artists, her experience is so specific that it rises to the level of universality: She may be one of a kind, but she’s speaking the truth of a whole generation.”

The TDE celebration continues at No. 2 with Kendrick Lamar’s DAMN. “Lamar came through with the most scathing—and necessary—hip-hop of the year on the insistent, incisive DAMN.,” says the magazine.

The top 10 continues with a varied mix of genres, but includes Khalid’s American Teen at No. 4. Albums like Lorde’s Melodrama (No. 5), Kesha’s Rainbow (No. 7), and Taylor Swift’s Reputation (No. 9) round out the top 10.


1. SZA – Ctrl
2. Kendrick Lamar – DAMN.
3. Perfume Genius – No Shape
4. Khalid – American Teen
5. Lorde – Melodrama
6. Harry Styles – Harry Styles
7. Kesha – Rainbow
8. The xx – I See You
9. Taylor Swift – Reputation
10. LCD Soundsystem – American Dream

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