SZA‘s latest single “Kill Bill” has climbed to the top spot on Billboard’s Pop Airplay chart, securing the artist her second number one on the mainstream top 40-based radio ranking, and first in a lead role. The song, which was released on Top Dawg/RCA Records, spent eight weeks at its career best number two position on the multi-metric Billboard Hot 100 chart. It has also held the top position for 16 weeks on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, setting a new record for the longest reign for a song by a woman in a lead role on the chart.
The song’s remix featuring Doja Cat was released on April 14 and will contribute to next week’s chart rankings. SZA‘s album, SOS, from which “Kill Bill” is taken, debuted in December and has topped the Billboard 200 chart for 10 weeks. While RCA originally targeted ballad “Nobody Gets Me” for pop radio, the label decided to promote both songs simultaneously after “Kill Bill” gained traction on streaming platforms.
The violent lyrics of “Kill Bill” have raised eyebrows, with radio stations airing edited versions to remove references to killing. Jon Zellner, iHeartMedia president of programming operations/digital music, commented on the song’s controversial lyrics, saying, “While violent, it certainly is creating a buzz. Are there really people who would rather go to jail or hell than be alone?“