Summer Walker, SZA team with Cardi B

New extended version of “No Love” will arrive on Mar 25th

The reigning queens of R&B, streaming supernova Summer Walker and chart-topper SZA, announce Grammy-winning artist Cardi B will appear on a new version for their hit single, “No Love” coming this Friday, March 25th via LVRN/Interscope Records. Walker confirmed the news on Instagram, days after she hinted at a third performer by suggesting that the single artwork represented each woman’s Zodiac birth sign. Savvy fans quickly jumped on Cardi B as the leading candidate, and the two jumped on an Instagram Live to celebrate the news in front of their combined 130 million followers. The new version, titled “No Love (Extended)” also includes a new music video to be released the same day.

In its original form, “No Love” instantly lit up charts around the world upon its debut last November. The song surged to No. 1 on Apple Music’s US Top 100 chart and became the first song to dethrone Adele’s long-standing champ “Easy on Me.” Plus, though it wasn’t an official single at the time, “No Love” debuted at No. 13 on the Billboard Hot 100 to become Walker’s highest-charting hit. The collab appears on her Still Over It, which broke the record for the album for the most one-week streams ever by a female R&B artist, with 201.1 million in its debut week, and was the first R&B album by a female act to top the Billboard 200 albums chart since 2016. Those achievements, along with 18 Hot 100 hits from the project, powered Walker to be honored with the Chartbreaker Award at Billboard’s annual Women in Music celebration earlier this month.

SZA, too, is also riding high with her own hit streak. The multi-platinum singer’s “I Hate U” has jumped from a fan-favorite Soundcloud release to No. 1 on this week’s Billboard Rhythmic Airplay chart. Among its feats, it entered at No. 1 on both Spotify and Apple Music US charts and broke the record for the most streamed R&B song by a female artist on Apple Music in its first week. In addition to that certified smash, the virtuoso also racked up two more top 10 Hot 100 hits in 2021 thanks to the 3x Platinum hit “Good Days” (her second solo top 10) and by assisting Doja Cat on the summer banger, “Kiss Me More.”

The extended version reunites Cardi B musically with both ladies. She and SZA teamed up on “I Do” from Cardi’s Grammy-winning Invasion of Privacy album, while she and Walker collaborated on “Bitter,” which generated a wave of social media attention for its subject matter and the rapper’s spoken-word advice affirmations. The pairing was just one of her highlights of 2021, a year that included her landing a fifth No. 1 Hot 100 hit with “Up,” a nominee for the Grammy Award for best rap performance at next month’s ceremony. The superstar also recently secured her third RIAA-certified Diamond single (“I Like It”), tying for the most by any female artist in history.

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