According to industry forecasters and building Nielsen Music data, the buzzworthy song — released along with its official video just after Donald Glover’s musical alter ego took the stage as the musical guest on NBC’s Saturday Night Live May 5 (as Glover hosted) — has drawn over 20 million U.S. streams and 2 million in radio airplay audience and sold over 50,000 downloads so far through the tracking week.
When projected over a full week, the song should challenge for a debut in the top five of next week’s Billboard Hot 100 chart (dated May 19); the Hot 100 blends weekly streaming, airplay and sales data, according to Nielsen Music.
Childish Gambino, whose “America” marks his first release on RCA Records, hit a No. 12 Hot 100 high last August with his fourth and most recent entry on the chart, “Redbone.” His three prior charted titles, in 2013-16, peaked between Nos. 64 and 86.
Check back this week for updates on the song’s building streaming, sales and airplay totals and further projections of how high it could launch on the Hot 100. Highlights of next week’s Hot 100 will post on Billboard.com Monday (May 14), with all charts posting the following day (May 15).