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SZA Is the Pop Star of the Future, Long Live the Queen

Posted On: Apr 14, 2018   |   Posted By: Noisey

SZA Is the Pop Star of the Future, Long Live the Queen

The last time SZA played Coachella, she barely made a dent. It was 2016, and she was still over a year out from releasing Ctrl, the album that took her from the fest poster's small print and into the rarefied upper echelons of the lineup. That set was a decent attempt at turning SZA's rich internal monologues into festival jams, but it was obvious that there was a disconnect; it's not that easy to turn introversion into extroversion. This year, SZA came back to Indio as a sub-headliner, playing the penultimate set on Coachella's main stage to a stadium-sized crowd. And as much as she may have pulled out all the stops--lights, guests, a trampoline--it didn't feel like she had to sacrifice Ctrl's intimacy to prove she's a fucking pop star. You don't have to tell SZA about the irony of her career trajectory. After releasing three fairly solid EPs to little success, Ctrl, a painfully personal and inward-looking album, was the one to make her huge. And now, she has to tour the world playing increasingly bigger...

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