Both Donald Glover and Childish Gambino have been unstoppable over the past week. After hosting Saturday Night Live on May 5 and releasing the “This Is America” video, Gambino’s album sales have increased by a massive 419 percent in the U.S. in the week ending May 10, per Billboard.
All Gambino’s three albums also returned to the Billboard 200 chart, with 11,000 copies this time vs. the previous week’s total, just over 2,000. The trio was led by“Awaken, My Love!,” leaping to No. 45 with 12,000 album units gained, followed by Because the Internet at No. 61 with 10,000 units earned, and Camp at No. 197 with 5,000 units.
Gambino’s streams increased by 487 percent in the week ending May 10, with 102.7 million overall. That number includes 65.3 million streams of “This Is America.”
On Monday, “This Is America” took over the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100, knocking Drake from the top spot. Drizzy had sat at the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 for 15 weeks, with “God’s Plan” filling the slot for 11 weeks, then “Nice for What” taking it for four weeks. “This Is America” is the highest-charting Childish Gambino song ever, surpassing the four-times platinum “Redbone,” which peaked at No. 12.