SZA reflects on a romance in surprise new song and video Hit Different featuring Ty Dolla $ign

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SZA is back and better than ever. Over three years since she released her debut album, Ctrl, the Broken Clocks hitmaker released a surprise new song and music video on, Thursday night.  

The 29-year-old singer (born Solana Rowe) joined forces with Ty Dolla $ign on the new track, Hit Different, which follows the two reflecting on a romance. 

She took control of the visuals for the song as well, in her first solo directing role, that sees her dancing with a crew of female dancers in a car yard, in a barn and floating in a pool. 

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New release: SZA is back and better than ever. Over three years since she released her debut album, Ctrl, the Broken Clocks hitmaker released a surprise new song and music video on, Thursday night

New release: SZA is back and better than ever. Over three years since she released her debut album, Ctrl, the Broken Clocks hitmaker released a surprise new song and music video on, Thursday night 

The video opens with the SZA dancing in an all orange outfit among her dancers as she sings ‘I was into you from the beginning even if you wasn’t mine / Scared to admit my shortcomings led to overdraft in this affair.’ 

Ty Dolla $ign (born Tyrone Griffin Jr.) joins her on the pre-chorus and chorus which, in part, they sing ‘Hit different when I’m sittin’ here alone / All by myself (Alone, all by myself) / Hit different when I think you might be / With somebody else.’ 

Scenes flash of SZA dancing with her crew, to being solo in a baggy tee shirt outfit on hay bales, then to seductively posing in the back of a truck being lifted into the air, and finally to being covered in red paint in a barn and field. 

The song continues to follow the singers as they contemplate their respective love interests, though it can be painful. 

Collaborator: The 29-year-old singer (born Solana Rowe) joined forces with Ty Dolla $ign on the new track, Hit Different, which follows the two reflecting on a romance

Collaborator: The 29-year-old singer (born Solana Rowe) joined forces with Ty Dolla $ign on the new track, Hit Different, which follows the two reflecting on a romance 

Dancing queens: The video opens with the SZA dancing in an all orange outfit among her dancers as she sings 'I was into you from the beginning even if you wasn't mine / Scared to admit my shortcomings led to overdraft in this affair'

Dancing queens: The video opens with the SZA dancing in an all orange outfit among her dancers as she sings ‘I was into you from the beginning even if you wasn’t mine / Scared to admit my shortcomings led to overdraft in this affair’ 

New locale: The pre-chorus hears 'All that I know is / Mirrors inside me / They recognize you / Please don't deny me'

New locale: The pre-chorus hears ‘All that I know is / Mirrors inside me / They recognize you / Please don’t deny me’ 

The pre-chorus hears ‘All that I know is / Mirrors inside me / They recognize you / Please don’t deny me.’ 

Throughout the video, she is put up against stunning backdrops, from clear blue skies, to a lined up car yard at sunset with dancers behind her. 

All the while she exudes talent, confidence and style in a range of outfits from tight and revealing to her signature baggy street-style. 

Despite having feelings for the other SZA sings on her verse ‘Can’t trust decision when you near me / Get myself caught in your crossfire / You a wild one, and I’m wading in you like it’s cool water.’ 

Vibes: Throughout the video, she is put up against stunning backdrops, from clear blue skies, to a lined up car yard at sunset with dancers behind her

Vibes: Throughout the video, she is put up against stunning backdrops, from clear blue skies, to a lined up car yard at sunset with dancers behind her 

Signature street-style: All the while she exudes talent, confidence and style in a range of outfits from tight and revealing to her signature baggy street-style

Signature street-style: All the while she exudes talent, confidence and style in a range of outfits from tight and revealing to her signature baggy street-style 

Not me: Adding: 'Like it's cool when you pull up boo'd up with a new and it's not me'

Not me: Adding: ‘Like it’s cool when you pull up boo’d up with a new and it’s not me’ 

Adding: ‘Like it’s cool when you pull up boo’d up with a new and it’s not me.’ 

For the final scenes of the video, SZA standing in a room with various wood objects filling the space behind her. 

She dons a red bikini showing off her toned figure, and her hair down in braids with beads accessorizing the ends of each strand. 

The Go Gina singer pulls herself on a gymnastics pommel horse, on her knees with her eyes closed she sings to the camera, before turning herself to straddle it. 

Funny: In a funny moment after seeing scenes of SZA posing seductively in the back of a truck in the air, it is shown that a forklift operator is helping her with the angle

Funny: In a funny moment after seeing scenes of SZA posing seductively in the back of a truck in the air, it is shown that a forklift operator is helping her with the angle 

Covered: In a stunning and thought provoking scene, SZA stands in an empty field

Bare: Her only covering is red paint

Covered: In a stunning and thought provoking scene, SZA stands in an empty field naked and covered in red paint

Dip: Despite having feelings for the other SZA sings on her verse 'Can't trust decision when you near me / Get myself caught in your crossfire / You a wild one, and I'm wading in you like it's cool water'

Dip: Despite having feelings for the other SZA sings on her verse ‘Can’t trust decision when you near me / Get myself caught in your crossfire / You a wild one, and I’m wading in you like it’s cool water’ 

She did not promote her latest release much, simply tweeting a visual from the video saying ‘Midnight EST,’ and hour and a half before the song was released.  

Hit Different is SZA’s first original song to be released since her debut album in 2017. The album went on to be nominated for four Grammys at the 2018 awards. 

Since then, she has earned even more accolades as she joined forces with her TDE label-mate Kendrick Lamar on All The Stars for the Black Panther Soundtrack, which was nominated for a Grammy, Oscar and a Golden Globe.  

She most recently released The Other Side with Justin Timberlake for the Trolls World Tour soundtrack in February and Just Us with DJ Khaled in 2019.  

Surprise: She did not promote her latest release much, simply tweeting a visual from the video saying 'Midnight EST,' and hour and a half before the song was released

Surprise: She did not promote her latest release much, simply tweeting a visual from the video saying ‘Midnight EST,’ and hour and a half before the song was released 

Finale: For the final scenes of the video, SZA standing in a room with various wood objects filling the space behind her. She dons a red bikini showing off her toned figure, and her hair down in braids with beads accessorizing the ends of each strand

Finale: For the final scenes of the video, SZA standing in a room with various wood objects filling the space behind her. She dons a red bikini showing off her toned figure, and her hair down in braids with beads accessorizing the ends of each strand 

Back at it: Hit Different is SZA's first original song to be released since her debut album in 2017. The album went on to be nominated for four Grammys at the 2018 awards

Back at it: Hit Different is SZA’s first original song to be released since her debut album in 2017. The album went on to be nominated for four Grammys at the 2018 awards 

As a featured artist she has also teamed up with Childish Gambino, Cardi B and her other label-mate Jay-Rock, since her album was released. 

Fans have long been questioning when her sophomore album would be released and recently she has been teasing new music on social media. 

Back in May she shared a text message from her mother saying ‘Such rich variations in texture, tone and tempos…Love it and love you and thank you so much for stepping out of what’s comfortable to share it with me. I feel so special.’

That same month the Best New Artist Grammy nominee also teased the idea of a ‘music dump’ releasing songs she has made over the last few years. 

Other work: Since then, she has earned even more accolades as she joined forces with her TDE label-mate Kendrick Lamar on All The Stars for the Black Panther Soundtrack, which was nominated for a Grammy, Oscar and a Golden Globe

Other work: Since then, she has earned even more accolades as she joined forces with her TDE label-mate Kendrick Lamar on All The Stars for the Black Panther Soundtrack, which was nominated for a Grammy, Oscar and a Golden Globe 

Longtime coming: Fans have long been questioning when her sophomore album would be released and recently she has been teasing new music on social media

Longtime coming: Fans have long been questioning when her sophomore album would be released and recently she has been teasing new music on social media 

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