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Childish Gambino Shoots Straight In At #1 On Hot 100 With ‘This Is America’

Published: Monday 14th May 2018 by Sam

Childish Gambino has done it!

The eclectic star has shot straight in at #1 of the Billboard Hot 100 with new single ‘This Is America.’

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The socially conscious cut becomes the first chart topper for Donald Glover‘s musical alter ego, besting his previous peak of #12 with last year’s ‘Red Bone.’

To achieve the feat, he knocked off Drake, whose ‘Nice For What’ had reigned for four weeks.

Diving into the numbers, ‘America’ accelerated to the apex of the pack thanks largely to its highly viral music video.

For, it amassed a whopping 65.3 million U.S. streams in its first tracking week – with 68% stemming from its accompanying visual.

The jam also racked up 78,000 downloads.

Notably, it wasn’t sent to radio, hence only conjured up an all-format radio audience of 9.4 million. A reality which makes its chart success even more impressive.

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Beyond being the best of starts for Glover’s new album campaign, this serves as potent proof that there is still ample power in the music video format.

It should act as a challenge to artists to up the ante and strive to develop compelling, engaging, and impactful visuals because there are very real wins to reap.

Congrats Childish Gambino!

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  1. Alex May 14, 2018

    Excellent. We have so much power.

    • China May 14, 2018

      WE? WE WHO? Childish Gambino is the Same “CLOSET CASE HOMOSEXUAL” who said on BREAKFAST CLUB THAT HE COULD NEVER MARRY OR WIFE A WHITE WOMAN. NEVER BECAUSE SHE DOES “NOT” UNDERSTAND HIS ‘STRUGGLE”. AND WHAT DOES HE DO……WIFE A WHITE GIRL. HE’S A FAKE SOFT AS TISSUE PUNK. FAKE. FAKE. FAKE. FAKE ASS ANDRE 3000

  2. Meme May 14, 2018

    Fantastic. I just wish some of our females would have this same type of impact on the charts.

    • John L. Anderson V May 14, 2018

      Agreed. For instance, Janelle Monae is on that same level of artistry but she has not received the same fanfare.

      • gina May 14, 2018

        That is SO damn true about Janelle, her new album & emotion film are STELLAR work. She should be receiving that same type of fanfare right now.

      • Jasmine May 14, 2018

        Janelle’s voice is annoying. This guy’s voice is okay. I think Janelle did grear numbers so I’m not sure why her fans are whining about it.

      • Jasmine Da Bi Asian NOT Trashmine or TROLLmine🙋🏿‍♀️💁🏿‍♀️ May 14, 2018

        TROLLMINE!!!

      • Suicide Blonde May 14, 2018

        Hey Yall. I am sorry u just can’t get over my obsession with Jasmine. I feel compelled to impersonate her and use her username on my troll accounts because pretending to be her brings excitement to pathetic life. I know TGJ threatened to ban me yesterday if I don’t stop trolling but I suffer mental illness so they going to have to get over me trolling.

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  3. Marcel May 14, 2018

    Where is Accelerate?

    • No One Watches ANYWAY May 14, 2018

      maybe she’s still pickshe’s still pickin up speed….

  4. Gurlwepa89 May 14, 2018

    Such an amazing record and visual. Definitely record of the year thus far.

  5. ??? May 14, 2018

    lmao best thing about this is that he ended that c00nin jackass coonye kardashian lmfaoooo

    • Kelly May 14, 2018

      Facts!

  6. FAKE SONGWRITING CREDITS May 14, 2018

    Cute video, but it’s been done before.
    When Madonna released American Life she suffered a huge backslash, and had to take back the video. M.I.A. released Born free and youtube banned the video.
    The double standars are still prevalent, so this video hitting number one it’s nothing to celebrate.
    If a man shoots a person in a video it’s ok, it goes viral, if it was a female doing the statement in This is America, banned for sure.

    • JOHNVIDAL May 14, 2018

      Who are u refering to with Fake Songwriting Credits??? LMAO Is it B and R? 🙂

      • Jasmine May 14, 2018

        JohnVidal that is Suicide Trash. He is always hiding behind fake accounts. I don’t care as long as is not impersonating me. I just though you should know who you are chatting with. Notice how that thing brings up old lady Madge, his fav.

  7. Casual May 14, 2018

    For everybody complaining about streaming, here is why it is good. It allowed ART to actually top the Hot 100, a very rare feat.

  8. Bad_B May 14, 2018

    Finally! A real number 1

    • JOHNVIDAL May 14, 2018

      That´s true. It is becoming more and more difficult to see songs on the charts that actually feel like a REAL hit or #1. Everything is so fake and forgettable nowadays.

  9. Jeans May 14, 2018

    Amazing video

  10. Jeans May 14, 2018

    This will win Video of the year at the 2019 VMAS.

  11. Brent Christopher May 14, 2018

    I appreciate the visual art and Gambino’s talent! however, I do not feel that it is fair in our contemporary music climate or entertainment industry overall that individuals can achieve a #1 solely by free streams, free video views and other non traditional activity. It truly is unfair.

    • Jasmine May 14, 2018

      Brent I am not sure how to fix that issue unless the charts are either cancelled or just depicts pure sales. I’m thinking streaming should have a separate chart and this way pure sales can be the only factor on the main charts.

  12. DanYiel Iman May 15, 2018

    It’s an interesting video, catering to him & his wife it seems….

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