It’s official: Childish Gambino‘s “This Is America” has kicked Drake from the Billboard Hot 100. As chart watchdog ChartData reports, Gambino’s monumental socio-political, Internet-quaking sledgehammer has wrested the top spot from Drake, who reigned at the zenith for 15 weeks on the merit of his two latest singles “God’s Plan” and “Nice For What”.
Billboard Hot 100: #1(new) This Is America, @donaldglover.
— chart data (@chartdata) May 14, 2018
It remains to be seen if “This Is America”, with its upsetting, tough-to-swallow truths will enjoy as prolonged and uncontested a run as Drake’s two mega hits. But given its trapped-out, banger-worthy beat, it possesses an appealing pop sensibility of its own that might enable it to stand the test of playlist-filling time.
It’s also worth noting that the single, which amassed 85.3 million views in its first week since upload, is YouTube’s biggest first-week debut. In addition, it’s rumoured to be part of the larger whole that is Gambino’s forthcoming album CG4, which, according to Genius, Young Thug has confirmed is his last.
Watch the Hiro Murai-directed music video below: