On July 11, Childish Gambino released two new songs—"Summertime Magic" and "Feels Like Summer" —as the follow-up to his chart-topping smash "This Is America." Both tracks were co-written and co-produced by Childish Gambino and Ludwig Goransson, the same creative team behind “This Is America.”
All three songs are expected to be on Childish Gambino's fourth studio album, whose title and release date are to be announced. The album is the first to be released under Childish Gambino's new deal with Wolf + Rothstein/RCA Records. (He was previously signed to Glassnote/Island/Universal) The new album is expected to be a diverse expression of urban-influenced music since the laid-back R&B vibe of "Summertime Magic" and "Feels Like Summer" is in stark contrast to the urgent, hip-hop tone of "This Is America."
Childish Gambino (the musical stage name for actor/writer/producer Donald Glover) has been getting major awards buzz for "This Is America," which provocatively tackles issues of racism and social injustice. In May, "This Is America" debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, and went platinum in the U.S. in just three weeks, according to RCA. As of this writing, the video for "This Is America" has racked up nearly 330 million views on YouTube.
The fourth album from Childish Gambino might be released in time for his 2018 North American tour, which begins Sept. 6 in Duluth, Georgia, and will continue through late October. The tour consists mostly of headlining arenas with opening act Rae Sremmurd, as well as some festival dates, such as iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas, Austin City Limits Music Festival in Austin, Texas, and Voodoo Music Experience in New Orleans.