Plus, Kelly Clarkson previews the BBMAs and Bebe Rexha & FGL reach a milestone.
Childish Gambino charges in at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 (dated May 19), as “This Is America” launches as his first leader.
Plus, Post Malone spends a second week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with his second LP, beerbongs & bentleys.
Here are 13 other things to know about the charts this week:
1. What can we learn from the arrival Childish Gambino's “America”? Andrew Unterberger analyzes the socially conscious song's chart start. Click here for the story.
2. Video views drove “America” to No. 1 on the Hot 100 and Streaming Songs, among other tallies. Click here for a look at the song's uncommon entrance, powered by its ficial video.
3. Fueled by “America” and boosts for his catalog, following his May 5 appearance on NBC's Saturday Night Live, Childish Gambino re-enters the Billboard Artist 100 at No. 3, a new high. Click here for the recap.
4. Childish Gambino isn't the only artist earning honors on the Hot 100, as Ed Sheeran's “Perfect” becomes just the 10th single ever to spend at least half a year in the top 10. Click here for more details on the achievement.
5. Despite the song's drop to No. 2 on the Hot 100 after four weeks on top, Drake earns his 20th Radio Songs top 10 with “Nice for What,” tying Lil Wayne for the most such hits among male artists. Click here for the story.
6. Post Malone's beerbongs & bentleys appears headed for a third week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. Click here for the forecast.
7. On the latest Chart Beat Podcast, Dave and Yael Penn from Hit Songs Deconstructed join hosts Gary Trust and Trevor Anderson to analyze the compositional characteristics that helped make Camila Cabello's “Havana,” featuring Young Thug, a No. 1 Hot 100 smash. Plus, Childish Gambino chart chat and a flashback to one Janet Jackson's biggest hits, ahead her receiving the Icon Award at the Billboard Music Awards Sunday (May 20). Click here to listen.
8. Meanwhile, brush up on your Janet Jackson chart knowledge by recalling her biggest Billboard chart accomplishments. Click here for the rundown.
9. Also speaking the BBMAs, Keith Caulfield and Katie Atkinson welcome Kelly Clarkson to the Pop Shop Podcast to chat about Clarkson emceeing Sunday night's festivities. Is this the first time that she's hosted anything? “Uh, yup!” she says, laughing, “So, it's, like, sink or swim!” Click here to listen.
10. Not long after the BBMAs is Memorial Day, so hits are lining up at the starting line for this year's race for top song the summer. On your marks, Childish Gambino, Drake, BTS, Ariana Grande, Ella Mai and more. Click here for a look at this year's early contenders.
11. Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line's “Meant to Be” ties FGL's own “Cruise” for the second-longest Hot Country Songs reign. Click here to read about the feat.
12. Armin van Buuren's Formula 1 performance leads the latest Top Facebook Live Videos chart. Click here for the story.
13. Meghan Markle's final Suits episode sends three songs onto April's Top TV Songs tally. Click here to read about her chart royalty.