Childish Gambino (aka Donald Glover) is up for multiple Grammys this year for Awaken, My Love!, which came out in late 2016 via Glassnote Records. It looks like the album will be his last with that label, though, since it was announced today that he and his agency/label Wolf + Rothstein have partnered with RCA Records for a new record deal. The most exciting news here is that a fresh album from Glover is expected at some point in 2018.
Glover did have much to say about his new relationship with RCA: “It was a necessary change of pace,” he stated simply.
RCA Chairman and CEO Peter Edge was a bit more effusive about the signing, though, saying, “Donald is undoubtedly one of the most talented, multi-faceted, young entertainers of this era. We are excited to join forces with him and Wolf + Rothstein to usher in the next phase of Childish Gambino’s musical career.”
While this signing confirms that Glover is returning to music, it doesn’t necessarily clear up the rumors that he’s done with the Childish Gambino name. Last summer, he suggested that Awaken, My Love! might be his last Childish Gambino album, saying, “There’s nothing worst than like a third sequel, like a third movie and we’re like, ‘again?’ You know, I like it when something’s good and when it comes back there’s a reason to come back, there’s a reason to do that.”
Edge referred to him as Childish Gambino, so either Gambino’s back or Glover hasn’t decided on a new moniker yet so they’re sticking with his old name for now. Whatever the case may be, Glover the musician is back, and that is welcomed news.
Find the full list of this year’s Grammy nominees here.