Childish Gambino's 'This Is America' Is Officially the No

Brenda Watkins
May 15, 2018

Meanwhile, Ed Sheeran's former six-week Hot 100 number one, Perfect, returns to the top 10 at nine to become just the 10th title to have scored at least 26 weeks, or half a year, in the top 10. Here are five lessons we can learn from Gambino's remarkable No. 1 bow.

Also, prior to the visual's debut, Gambino premiered the audio on May 5's episode of 'Saturday Night Live,' which he also hosted as Donald Glover. Many others have done double duty on the NBC late-nighter, but he was the first to do so under a musical alter ego. His previous best was number 12 past year with "Redbone".

But this is still new ground for Gambino.

"This Is America" is already the biggest hit of Glover's music career, beating out his 2017 hit "Redbone", which peaked at No. 12.

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Likewise, this single is dominating Digital Song Sales with 78,000 downloads sold over the course of the same tracking period. And now, Gambino is unquestionably in that class of pop's elite performers. Some aspects of the video show Gambino firing off a gun to highlight how America places guns above the lives of people.

RCA Records said the video for the track has been viewed more than 110 million times in its first nine days - and was YouTube's most-watch clip on each of those. Roughy 68 percent of that total comes exclusively from the much-discussed music video.

The track ends Drake's 15-week reign at the top of the charts - Nice for What was number one for four weeks after God's Plan ruled for 11. Both songs are from his next album Scorpion, arriving in June. He's really not making music after this. Even "God's Plan" - which debuted almost four months ago at this point - is still stuck at No. 3 on the chart (behind Zedd, Maren Morris and Grey's "The Middle" and Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line's "Meant to Be"), having climbed there four weeks earlier, after having already given way to "Nice for What" atop the Hot 100. The song's success on the main chart also secured top spots on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop and Hot Rap Song charts.

As reported by The Fader, the song will be Childish's first ever number one song on the chart.

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