Donald Glover ends Drake’s 15-week reign at No. 1 on the Billboard chart with a viral hit single

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Childish Gambino’s “This Is America.”
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  • Donald Glover has scored his first No. 1 single on the Billboard Hot 100 chart with the Childish Gambino song “This Is America,” Billboard reports.
  • The track unseats a 15-week reign at the top of the chart from Drake’s latest singles, “Nice For What” and “God’s Plan.”
  • The politically charged, viral music video for “This Is America” accounted for 68 percent of the track’s streaming total, according to Billboard.

Donald Glover’s musical alter ego, Childish Gambino, has scored the multi-talented performer his first No. 1 single on the Billboard Hot 100 chart with his new hit “This Is America,” Billboard reports.

“This Is America,” bolstered by a politically charged, viral music video that spawned an array of thinkpieces on its social commentary and violent imagery, has ended a 15-week reign from Drake’s latest singles, “Nice For What,” which spent four straight weeks at No. 1, and “God’s Plan,” which previously topped the chart for 11 weeks.

“This Is America” is Glover’s first top 10 single on the chart.

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.

Billboard reports that the music video for “This Is America,” which currently has over 110 million views on YouTube, accounted for a whopping 68 percent of the song’s total streaming. According to Nielsen, the song was the most streamed track of the week with 65.3 million U.S. streams for the week ending on May 10.

The track also topped Billboard’s weekly chart of digitally downloaded songs with 78,000 downloads.

“This Is America” is the lead single from Glover’s upcoming fourth Childish Gambino album, and only the latest creative effort from the TV, film, and music star.

Glover’s critically acclaimed FX comedy series, “Atlanta,” wrapped up its second season last week after he hosted and performed on “Saturday Night Live” the previous weekend. He also stars as Lando Calrissian in the upcoming “Star Wars” film, “Solo: A Star Wars Story.”

Watch the music video for “This Is America” below: