(CelebrityAccess) – Grammy, Golden Globe and Emmy Award winning recording artist, actor and producer Childish Gambino debuted at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart last week with his poignant song and captivating video, “This Is America,” according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Released during his hosting and performing stint on Saturday Night Live last weekend, the video for “This Is America” has been streamed over 110 million times worldwide.
Internationally, the track maintains its #1 position on Spotify’s Global Chart and US Chart and reached #1 on iTunes in 45 markets (Top 5 in 63 markets).
The Hiro Murai-directed video for “This Is America” has garnered over 110 million views since its release, becoming the most viewed music video on YouTube for 9 days in a row. 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. The video for “This is America” is also tied for the 5th fastest music video to reach 100M views in YouTube history, reaching the mark in under 9 days.
NPR describes the visual as “a shocking and brilliantly produced video for the song that’s left fans and music critics scratching their heads for days,” while The Fader proclaims the track as “a whiplash of a song that jolts from celebratory to terrifying, repeatedly — a lot like the news, I guess.” The Washington Post declares “Watch it once, and your eyes will naturally be drawn to his movements and facial expressions. Watch it again, but focus on the chaos reigning in the background. Watch it a third time, and the reason for this juxtaposition becomes increasingly clear.” Paste predicts, “May is far too early to be crowning a music video of the year, but ‘This Is America’ absolutely warrants that kind of talk.”
About Childish Gambino
Childish Gambino is the hip-hop alter ego of multi-hyphenate American entertainer Donald Glover, who is also known for acting roles on television shows like Community and the Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning Atlanta, as well as films like Solo: A Star Wars Story. As Childish Gambino, Glover performs off-kilter hip-hop and R&B-inspired funk, for which he won a Grammy for Best Traditional R&B Performance in 2017 for his single, "Redbone." "Awaken, My Love!" featured Glover forgoing his trademark rap style in favor of stretching his vocal range in a variety of styles. In 2018, his song "This Is America" debuted at number one atop the Billboard Hot 100.
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