Childish Gambino Shares Release Date and Cover Artwork for New Album “Bando Stone & the New World”

Gambino also released his first single off the album titled "Lithonia"

<p>Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty</p> Donald Glover

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Donald Glover

The wait is over, Childish Gambino fans. The "Redbone" singer has set a release date for his forthcoming album Bando Stone & The New World.

On Tuesday, July 2, the rapper, whose real name is Donald Glover, announced that his sixth studio album will drop on July 19 via RCA Records.

To coincide with the announcement, Glover, 40, also gave fans a sneak peek of the album by releasing the first single, "Lithonia." Listen to the track here.

The album follows the release of a complete version of his 2020 album 3.15.20 called Atavista, which dropped May 13.

"ATAVISTA is streaming now. this album is the finished version of "3.15.20", the album i put out 4 years ago, there's a special vinyl coming soon w / visuals for each song. the all new childish gambino album comes out this summer. also ... little foot, big foot video," he wrote on Instagram at the time.

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Bando Stone & The New World album cover art
Bando Stone & The New World album cover art

He also announced his long-awaited world tour, which kicks off in the U.S. on Sunday, Aug. 11, at Paycom Center in Oklahoma City and wraps in Chicago at United Center on Thursday, Oct. 3.

At the BET Awards on June 30, Glover premiered the movie trailer for Bando Stone & The New World.

In the two-minute trailer for the film, which does not have a release date yet, Glover plays Bando Stone, a musician who finds himself all alone in a post-apocalyptic world before meeting a woman and her son.

Glover also took the stage for a performance honoring Usher, who received the Lifetime Achievement Award, and performed an acapella version of the R&B superstar's 2001 hit "U Don't Have to Call."

The "Les" performer also presented Killer Mike with the album of the year award — but before doing so, he expressed needing to "get some things off my chest."

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“This isn’t personal, but I just feel like I should have more BET Awards. I’m serious. It’s the Black Entertainment Television Awards,” he said. “How much more entertaining do I have to do? Because it’s just the math of the fact. It’s just the math of the fact. It doesn’t really make sense.”

“I have more Grammys than Will Smith, which makes no sense, but I have the same amount of BET Awards as Sam Smith. Does that make sense to you guys?” he continued. “Me and Sam Smith are neck and neck at the Black Entertainment Television [Awards].”

He also joked: “If I have to, like, do, I dunno, Baby Boy or something, just let me know. I’ll have Jonathan Majors put me in a headlock and shave my head. I’ll do it!”

Glover won his last BET award in 2019 for video of the year with "This Is America."

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