R&B singer SZA has been constantly touring since the release of CTRL, her debut record through a major label in 2017, however, after nearly a year on the road, the non-stop singing has caught up with her.
The 27-year-old singer’s label, Top Dawg Entertainment, announced last week that SZA would be taking a break from the TDE Championship Tour because of swollen vocal cords.
“We been monitoring her close[ly], and this is the reason she missed the Arizona and New Mexico dates,” the label wrote on Instagram. “She’ll see the doctor again in a few days.”
SZA reposted her label’s statement about the shows with the following explanation:
“I’ve been touring for 11 months. This didn’t happen overnight. I’ve been troubleshooting for a while now, and usually steroids and pushing through help. They don’t this time. I’m not sick; my voice just won’t fucking work. If I don’t pause now I’ll be forced to pause permanently.”
However, afterwards, in a serious of tweets that were posted and then deleted, SZA broke down.
“My voice is permanently injured,” the singer wrote. Then added: “I jus[t] wanna be left alone, my priorities are fucked up. They been fucked up. I need space goodbye.”
SZA has continued to perform shows; earlier this week, she returned to her high school in Maplewood, New Jersey, where she was inducted into the school’s hall of fame. She gave a motivational speech to the students and performed a small set.
Since the release of CTRL, SZA has sold more than 1,000,000 album-equivalent units, receiving a platinum certification from the RIAA. She has been featured on Cardi B’s track “I Do” and Kendrick Lamar’s “All The Stars.” She is best-known for CTRL hits “Love Galore” and “The Weekend.”
SZA has continued with Top Dawg’s The Championship Tour alongside acts Lamar and Schoolboy Q. The tour will run through June 16, ending in Burgettstown, Pennsylvania. Check out the remaining tour dates below.
Top Dawg Entertainment: The Championship Tour Dates
June 7 — Hartford, Connecticut @ XFINITY Theatre
June 8 —Camden, New Jersey @ BB&T Pavilion
June 9 — Saratoga Springs, New York @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center
June 12 — Toronto, Ontario @ Budweiser Stage
June 13 — Clarkston, Michigan @ DTE Energy Music Theatre
June 15 — Tinley Park, Illinois @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
June 16 — Burgettstown, Pennsylvania @ Keybank Pavilion