Good things come to those who wait, and SZA showed a lot of patience while waiting for “Kill Bill” to finally hit No. 1. After eight weeks at No. 2, this viral smash hit finally topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart, becoming SZA’s very first single to do so.
“Kill Bill” surged to No. 1 with 86.5 million radio airplay audience impressions, 28.3 million streams, and 5,000 downloads following the release of a new remix featuring Doja Cat. Even though the new version certainly led to its recent surge, Doja Cat wasn’t credited on the Billboard Hot 100 because the majority of the song’s streams and radio plays hail from the original version.
“Kill Bill” was released as one of the songs from SZA’s latest studio album SOS, and it was only promoted to a single after its strong streaming numbers put it on the map. SZA admitted she was taken aback by its success, given how easy it was to record this song.
“I knew it would be something that pissed me off. It’s always a song that I don’t give a f–k about that’s just super easy, not the s—t that I put so much heart and energy into. ‘Kill Bill’ was super easy — one take, one night,” she previously told Billboard.