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Ghost in the Machine


Album SOS

“Ghost in the Machine” is the twelfth track from American singer-songwriter SZA and her second studio album “SOS”, which was released in December 2022 via Top Dawg and RCA Records.

The track features American indie folk singer Phoebe Bridgers, and marks the artists first collaboration together. “Ghost in the Machine” sees SZA step out of her usual topic: love, trust and deception, and sees her talking about her growing distaste in the music industry – the machine. SZA is seeking a temporary escape or solution from her feelings about her career, ideally in the form of a relationship, through touch or laughter. She emphasizes the lack of humanity in the industry in the chorus:

“I need humanity / y’all lack humanity / drowing in vanity / craving humanity […]”.

The lyric video for the song was released on the 12th December 2022 via SZA’s official YouTube channel. On the 7th March 2023, the video had a total of 1.4 million views.

Read the lyrics to “Ghost in the Machine” here. 

*All information accurate at the time of publishing.

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Release Date

9th December 2022


Solána Rowe, Phoebe Bridgers, Rob Biserl, Catert Lange, Matt Cohn, Marshall Vore


Teo Halm, Michael Uzowuru & Rob Bisel


Top Dawg, RCA

Chart Rankings

- #72 in Australia - #51 in Canada - #67 on the Billboard Global 200 - #121 in Portugal - #96 on the UK Audio Streaming (OCC) - #40 on the US Billboard Hot 100 - #24 on the US Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs *All chart rankings accurate at the time of publishing.

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