Childish Gambino seemingly dropped a new album earlier today (March 15). A bunch of new songs were streaming on a website called DonaldGloverPresents.com, and the link to the site was retweeted by Glover’s manager Fam Rothstein. (The RT has since been removed, and Fam Rothstein’s Twitter account has been deleted.) Now, several hours later, the songs have disappeared. The website was streaming Gambino’s 2018 track “Feels Like Summer,” as well as songs that appeared to feature Ariana Grande and 21 Savage. (Fans also claimed that SZA appeared.) Pitchfork has reached out to Childish Gambino’s representatives.
Donald Glover’s last Childish Gambino album, “Awaken, My Love!”, arrived back in 2016. It was nominated for the 2017 Grammy Award for Album of the Year. Last year, Glover returned with the Amazon Prime movie Guava Island, co-starring Rihanna and directed by Hiro Murai. He also sang across The Lion King (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack).
DonaldGloverPresents.com follows Childish Gambino’s chart-topping single “This Is America,” as well as “Summertime Magic” and “Feels Like Summer.” Last year, Gambino earned the Grammy Awards for Song and Record of the Year for “This is America.” He did not appear at the ceremony.
It’s unclear what moniker Glover is using for the music on DonaldGloverPresents.com. In years past, he has maintained that he would retire the name Childish Gambino after his fourth album. In addition, it’s unclear what label—if any—is releasing the music on DonaldGloverPresents.com. He signed with RCA back in 2018, promising new music.
Donald Glover’s star has steadily risen since releasing “Awaken, My Love!” in December 2016. He’s won several Golden Globes and Emmys, hosted Saturday Night Live, been in a Star Wars movie and The Lion King, and worked on Andrew Yang’s presidential campaign. Glover’s FX show Atlanta is readying its third and fourth seasons.
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This article was originally published on Sunday, March 15 at 10:03 a.m. Eastern. It was last updated on March 15 at 6:23 p.m. Eastern.