Driven in large part by its buzzy, and socially-conscious video, Childish Gambino's new single "This Is America" debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, launching as the most-streamed and top-selling song of the week, as it also arrives atop the StreamingSongs and Digital Song Sales charts.
The track is the first Hot 100 leader for Donald Glover's musical alter ego, who took the stage to unveil the song as the musical guest on the May 5 episode of NBC's Saturday Night Live (as Glover hosted); the song and its video were released simultaneously around midnight ET Sunday, May 6. Check out the official video and draw your own conclusions....
Childish Gambino's first No. 1: "America" is Childish Gambino's first Hot 100 No. 1, or even top 10. He hit a previous No. 12 Hot 100 high last August with his fourth and most recent entry on the chart, "Redbone." His three prior charted titles, in 2013-16, peaked between Nos. 64 and 86.
He likewise earns his first No. 1s on Streaming Songs and Digital Song Sales, passing his prior respective highs of Nos. 10 and 14 with "Redbone."
"America" concurrently begins atop Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and Hot Rap Songs charts, also marking Childish Gambino's first No. 1 on each chart (which, like the Hot 100, mixes streaming, airplay and sales data).