It is absolutely a good time to be Donald Glover.
Beyond having a hit TV show courtesy of FX’s ‘Atlanta,’ the 34-year-old star is readying an onslaught of movie theaters with his leading role in “Solo: A Star Wars Story.” But, as his time in front of cameras is yielding praise from critics and fans along the way, his highest laud is coming from the music scene (where he’s known as Childish Gambino).
As we reported here, his latest single ‘This Is America’ – a poignant look at gun violence, race relations, and the social impact of the media on today’s youth – dropped jaws and got tongues wagging for its graphic depictions. The result of that viral response? The song shot to #1 on Spotify and iTunes (where it currently sits as of time reported).
Now, as its first full sales tracking week’s come to a close, reports have it the tune could dethrone Drake‘s ‘Nice For What’ on next week’s Hot 100. Details inside:
As of time reported, Gambino’s ‘This is America’ has garnered 83 million Youtube spins, nearly 50 million U.S. streams, 60,000 downloads, and over millions of radio impressions all in its first week. While the final first week tally will not be made public until Sunday (May 13th), what’s for sure is those figures – if correct – will unseat ‘Nice for What’ atop next week’s Billboard Hot 100.
The move will give Gambino his highest Hot 100 ranking to date. Prior to ‘America’ his Hot 100 high was delivered last year thanks to his top 20 hit “Redbone” (which peaked at No. 12).