Donald Glover Surprise-Releases New Album Featuring Ariana Grande and SZA (Listen)

Donald Glover provided fans with a distraction from coronavirus quarantine on Sunday by surprise-dropping a 12-song new album in the wee hours of Sunday morning The collection, which does not appear to have a title beyond “Donald Glover Presents,”  features appearances by Ariana Grande, 21 Savage and SZA. The album is not on streaming services at the time of this articles publication, but is streaming on a dedicated website — listen to it here.

No information about the album, which is accompanied by a four-panel illustration depicting a crowd of people celebrating and/or panicking, was immediately available.  Reps for Glover did not immediately respond to Variety‘s requests for more information, although NME reports that a member of his management team retweeted a link, apparently confirming its authenticity.

While it is unclear whether the collection is the long-percolating “final” Childish Gambino album that the actor-singer apparently has had in the works for several years, it does include three songs that appeared under Gambino auspices: the 2018 single “Feels Like Summer” (performed on “Saturday Night Live” and on tour), “Warlords” (also performed live) and “Algorythm” (also performed on tour, and used in a Google Pixel commercial).

Glover/Gambino was essentially everywhere during 2018-2019, with his hit series “Atlanta”; several singles riding the success of his 2016 album “Awaken My Love,” including the Grammy-winning anthem “This Is America”; a high-profile North American tour that included appearances at last year’s Coachella festival; roles as Lando Calrissian in “Solo: A Star Wars Story” and as the voice of Simba in Disney’s live-action version of “The Lion King”; and a short film starring Rihanna called “Guava Island.” However, he surprisingly dropped off of the radar after the last dates of his tour without releasing a long-expected and teased album. Perhaps this is it.

Variety will have more on the album soon.

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