5 Things We Learned From Childish Gambino’s ‘Donald Glover Presents’ Project

Not only did we get two Lil Uzi Vert albums and a Jay Electronica project so far in 2020, but during the wee hours of Sunday morning (March 15), Childish Gambino (aka Donald Glover) sparked the fire, even more, when he unleashed his surprise effort, Donald Glover Presents. 

Hysteria ensued when news of new music poured down on social media. Fans flocked to listen to Glover’s latest batch of tunes on a website titled donaldgloverpresents.com, where the project is currently playing on loop. The details are sparse as there’s no tracklist, album credits, or an album cover.

Despite the minimal effort, the music is anything but, boasting starry features, a refurbished Glover and soothing production to aid people amidst the coronavirus chaos. 

Take a look below and see what we learned so far while listening to Glover’s surprise project. 

Bye Childish Gambino, hello Donald Glover?

If you recall, Gambino was set to ax his famous moniker after his headlining performance at 2017’s Governor’s Ball. Following his win at the 2018 Grammy Awards, Gambino remained steadfast on his decision, saying: “I stand by that. I’m making another project right now. I like endings. I think they are important to progress.”

Being a man of his word, it appears Gambino freed his rap name so that Donald Glover could flourish and prosper on this latest attempt. For Donald Glover Presents, though there are traces of Gambino flowing throughout the project courtesy of his breezy croons, the 36-year-old hyphenate appears settled into his new role and adaptation of Donald Glover.

The project only lives on donaldgloverpresents.com

Is this an album? Is this a playlist? There’s no indication, especially since Glover opted to have his project stream on loop and solely on his website donaldgloverpresents.com. There, fans are met with a four-panel sketch which seemingly appears to be potential artwork for the project. As of press time, Glover representatives did not respond to Billboard about whether the project will live on streaming services or if credits will soon be released. 

It definitely “Feels Like Summer” this time around 

The last time we received a full album from Childish Gambino was 2016’s acclaimed Awaken, My Love! Dubbed a funk opus, DG skated past conventionalism and rattled off a masterpiece laced with ’70s themes. This time around, the mood is vastly different, as remnants of his 2018 singles “Feels Like Summer” and “Summertime Magic” shape the soundscape of the project. Though Glover’s rapping is rare, he brilliantly navigates through the topics of trust and love with his fluid R&B presence.

He reconnects with some familiar faces. 

Less is always more, and in the case of Glover, that sweet adage helps him deliver a home run of a project.  Not only do we receive a concise 12 tracks, but DG also keeps the features to a minimum, enlisting only Ariana Grande, 21 Savage, and SZA. For fans, these collaborations come jam-packed with flavor and familiarity, considering Gambino has ties to each of the artists mentioned above. 

In 2014, DG and Grande paired up on the dynamic bop “Break Your Heart Right” while Savage recruited The Lion King actor for his 2018 album, I Am > I Was. Though SZA and Glover never collaborated together up until now, DG did flaunt his acting prowess in the singer’s “Garden” video in 2018.

There are some tracks that we do already know!

Along with “Feels Like Summer,” fans are greeted with previously released records such as “Warlord” and “Algorythm.” During his headlining set at 2019’s Coachella, Glover first gifted fans to a performance of the former, while later dishing out the latter during his Google Pixel commercial. One record that did miss the was “Summertime Magic,” which was released as a two-pack with “Feels Like Summer in 2018.”


Academy of Country Music Awards Postponed to September 2020

The 55th Academy of Country Music Awards ceremony, originally slated for April 5 from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, is moving to September following concerns over the COVID-19 outbreak. The new date is yet to be determined.

“The ACM Awards is a tentpole event for our Country Music industry, and the Academy of Country Music and dick clark productions went to great lengths to find a safe solution for the show to go on so that we can honor our artist community,” said ACM CEO Damon Whiteside in a statement released on Sunday (March 15). “This decision involved many partners, stakeholders and the industry who we have been in constant conversations with over the past several days as the situation has developed. We look forward to identifying a future date that we can celebrate with our Country community safely.”

The news comes four days after the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus outbreak a global pandemic and two days after President Donald Trump announced a national state of emergency in response to the virus on March 13.

The ACM Awards postponement follows virtually every current tour pushing dates back and Live Nation and AEG recommending a cessation of all touring at least through the end of March, if not beyond.

Additionally, the National Basketball Association, National Hockey League, National Collegiate Athletic Association and Major League Baseball have either suspended or delayed their seasons.

On March 11, the ACM Awards, which is produced by dick clark productions, stated that it was “closely monitoring the situation along with the MGM team, who are in continuous contact with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Southern Nevada Health District, and other agencies and experts for guidance.” The same day, they announced its first round of performers, including host Keith Urban, Miranda Lambert, Lindsay Ell and Ashley McBryde.

dick clark productions and Billboard share a parent company, Valence Media. 


Box Office: Weekend Revenue Hits 20-Year Low Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

Moviegoing in the United States slowed dramatically over the weekend amid the coronavirus pandemic, resulting in box office revenue falling to a 20-year low, according to initial Sunday (March 15) estimates.

An official tally won’t be finalized until Monday, but revenue is expected to come in around $56 million (that could change if Sunday traffic is worse than estimated). The last time that total ticket sales were that low in North America was a weekend in September 2000 ($54.5 million), according to Comscore. Even the first two weekends after 9/11 were higher, or $66.3 million and $59.7 million, respectively.

On Saturday, the grim prospect that cinemas will begin to close on a widespread basis began unfolding as local authorities in two Pennsylvania and New Jersey counties ordered that movie theaters close their doors. Separately, some houses in New York City, including the Alamo Drafthouse in Brooklyn and Yonkers, and the Film Forum have gone dark. There were also some closures in the hard-hit Seattle area, Maryland, Boston, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C.

Disney and Pixar’s family animated film Onward stayed at No. 1 in its second weekend with 10.5 million. That’s a decline of 73 percent, the steepest in Pixar history (The Good Dinosaur fell 59 percent).

Analysts say that holdovers such as Onward fell 25 percent more than they should have, while a trio of new offerings underperformed by 20 percent to 35 percent. They also note that there was a marked drop-off from Friday to Saturday.

Among the freshmen class of titles, Lionsgate and Kingdom story’s faith-based pic I Still Believe opened to $9.5 million. The last film directed by the Erwin brothers, I Can Only Imagine, started off with $17.1 million in 2018, not adjusted for inflation. I Can Only Imagine had the advantage of being based on the blockbuster Christian song of the same name from the rock band MercyMe.

Several weeks ago, many box office analysts were confident that I Still Believe could start off with $13 million to $14 million, based on tracking. However, Lionsgate has always expected around $10 million. The movie earned a glowing A Cinemascore, and performed best in the south and midwest. Insiders say Lionsgate was pleased with the film’s launch.

Sony’s new Vin Diesel action pic Bloodshot followed in third place with an estimated $9.3 million. Heading into its opening, analysts thought it would debut to at least $10 million to $12 million. The film earned a B CinemaScore.

Blumhouse took the next two spots on the chart with The Invisible Man, from Sony, and The Hunt, from Universal.

Invisible Man fell 60 percent in its second outing to $6 million for a 10-day domestic total of $64.4 million.

The Hunt — a controversial satirical thriller that depicts “elites” kidnapping and then hunting “deplorables” — opened to just $5.3 million after earning a C+ CinemaScore. Last fall, the movie’s release was pulled in the wake of several mass shootings across the country.

The fast-unfolding events of the past week have left Hollywood and and exhibition industries reeling as they face billions of dollars in losses because of the coronavirus.

On Friday, many U.S. theaters — including mega-chains Regal, AMC and Cinemark — are operating at reduced capacity in order to provide plenty of room between patrons. Going forward, analysts predict that more will close because of increased crowd-control rules set by local authorities. Also, there’s a lack of product after this weekend because of so many upcoming new releases being delayed.

“The marketplace has been hit very hard by the coronavirus and the effects this weekend are undeniable,” says one distribution source. “The international marketplace is even worse as numbers seemed to fall apart in the U.K. and Germany as theaters are temporarily closing all over the world.”

This article originally appeared on The Hollywood Reporter.


Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, Influential Rock Musician, Dies at 70

Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, a gender-fluid British rock musician and visual artist known for the groups Throbbing Gristle and Psychic TV, died of leukemia on Saturday (March 14) at age 70.

The death was revealed on Facebook by Genesis’s manager Ryan Martin, who shared a message from the artist’s daughters Genesse and Caresse. “Dear friends, family and loving supporters, It is with very heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our beloved father, Genesis Breyer P-Orridge,” they wrote.

The statement continued to say, “S/he had been battling leukemia for two and a half years and dropped he/r body early this morning, Saturday March 14th, 2020. S/he will be laid to rest with h/er other half, Jaqueline “Lady Jaye” Breyer who left us in 2007, where they will be re-united. Thank you for your love and support and for respecting our privacy as we are grieving.”

Martin indicated in the social media post that he will be making a personal statement later, “once things settle down.”

Genesis was born with the name Neil Andrew Megson in 1950 in Manchester, England. Upon establishing an alter-ego stage name, the artist joined experimental band Throbbing Gristle, known for its hard, industrial sounds. Genesis later co-founded and became a part of the experimental psychedelic band Psychic TV, which contributed to the artist’s cult notoriety.

Throughout the musician’s long career, Genesis was involved with many other bands and performance projects, ensuring a legacy as a multifaceted artist.

This article originally appeared on The Hollywood Reporter.


Childish Gambino’s ‘Donald Glover Presents’ Lit up the Internet With ‘Community’ GIFs: See the Reactions

Childish Gambino delivered a Saturday night (or extremely early Sunday morning, technically) surprise with the 12-track Donald Glover Presents.

Fans, understandably, are freaking out, and turning to the caps lock key and that beloved Community GIF of him carting a stack of pizzas into a room engulfed in flames with abandon. While many were thrilled to see his first body of work since 2016’s Awaken, My Love!, the current context wasn’t absent from the discussion and a few voiced their relief at finding that he was trending across various social media networks because of the new songs instead of a coronavirus diagnosis.

Others noted that the chaotic artwork for Donald Glover Presents is fitting considering the global coronavirus pandemic.

Check out the some of the most enthusiastic reactions across the internet to Donald Glover Presents below.


Childish Gambino Surprise Drops ‘Donald Glover Presents’ in the Middle of Night

Childish Gambino shocked his fans in the earliest hours of Sunday morning (March 15) when he released a batch of new music in the middle of the night.

Though it’s currently absent from streaming services, Donald Glover Presents is available at donaldgloverpresents.com, which features little more than the music — with no identifying information for each track — and artwork for the release. Four panels of a black-and-white cartoon strip depict a city street scene devolving into chaos, with people in the distance jumping out of buildings on fire, with members of the crowd alternately smiling, screaming or posing for selfies. The first panel is singled out as Donald Glover Presents’ cover.

Much of the material is brand new, including collaborations with Ariana Grande and 21 Savage, though 2018’s “Feels Like Summer” and 2019’s “Algorythm” are included in this run of 12 tracks. (Billboard has reached out to a representative for Childish Gambino for further comment.)

Stream Donald Glover Presents here.