"This Is America" Debuts at Number On on Billboard Hot 100

During his panel talk at Red Bull's Music Festival New York Director's Series, Williams compared Gambino's controversial video with his own "Hate Me Now" visual starring Nas and Diddy (or Puffy at the time). The video earned 85.3 million views in its first week on YouTube, making it the biggest first week debut of any video this year and #1 on the YouTube Songs chart in 11 countries including the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, and more.

Those numbers dwarf those of any of his other videos released on the platform.

The song follows the release of his last Childish Gambino album, 2016's Grammy-winning "Awaken, My Love!", whose highest-charting single, "Redbone", reached No. 12 on the chart. As it stands now, the single also holds the top spot in streaming songs with 65.3 million streams in the week ending May 10, according to Nielsen Music. On the download side of things, "This Is America" wrapped up the week with 78,000 in sales.


Hollywood actor Donald "Childish Gambino" Glover has plenty to smile about.

But Mr. Glover may be one of the last artists to benefit from chart rules that counted free streams from outlets like YouTube on a basis equal to paid streams from subscription services like Apple Music or Spotify's premium tier. He also stars as Lando Calrissian in the upcoming "Star Wars" film, "Solo: A Star Wars Story".

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