Music News: Childish Gambino's 'This Is America' hits number one


Donald Glover in Childish Gambino's 'This Is America' video.
Donald Glover in Childish Gambino's 'This Is America' video. (Donald Glover via YouTube)

It's official: Childish Gambino’s single "This Is America" is the number one song in the country, according to Billboard's Hot 100. The song's success has been driven by over a hundred million views for its provocative video on YouTube.

As the New York Times notes, though, the song may be one of the last to ride viral video success to the top of that chart: next month, Billboard will change its formula to weight paid music streams significantly more than free ad-supported streams on platforms like YouTube. The changes reflect ongoing music industry power struggles over what should count as success in the streaming era. (New York Times)

Peter Gabriel's solo albums to hit Spotify

Most music releases, both major-label and indie, have now made their way to streaming services like Spotify. There are still a few significant holdouts, but they're falling like dominos. The latest puzzle piece: Peter Gabriel’s catalog as a solo artist. The 1986 smash hit So will hit Spotify on Friday, along with six more Gabriel albums and two greatest-hits collections. (Pitchfork)

Remembering Glenn Branca

Composer and guitarist Glenn Branca has died of throat cancer at age 69. The avant-garde musician was known by rock fans as a member of the no wave band Theoretical Girls and for running the label Neutral Records, which released Sonic Youth’s first two albums. (Pitchfork)

Def Leppard: The beer

Seattle's Elysian Brewing Company is partnering with the rockers behind Hysteria and Pyromania to create Def Leppard Pale, a new beer that will be available at certain bars and restaurants, as well as at shows on the band's current tour as of May 23. (For Minnesota fans, that means July 27 at Target Field, a co-headlining date with Journey.)

"It tastes great — that's the most important thing I can tell you," says singer Joe Elliott, noting that the beer is a "new normal" beverage for him, and not just because it's the Def Leppard beer. "We're not going to drink it just because we put our name on it. I don't walk around wearing our f---ing t-shirt." (Billboard)

Tom DeLonge on hearing Blink-182 at a ball game: "Awkward."

Blink-182 frontman Tom DeLonge was at a San Diego Padres game on Sunday when the Petco Park screen featured a singalong to the band's 1999 hit "All the Small Things." His reaction... (Billboard)


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