Top Tracks: April 25 - May 1
We've officially entered the whirlwind release period of 2016, with hip hop's (arguably) biggest current male and female stars, Drake and Beyoncé, both dropping projects in the past ten days. What's more, Chance 3 should be dropping any moment now.
Drake's "VIEWS" By The Numbers
Did Drake's VIEWS live up to the hype? "Man don't live off di hype," as Baka says. Nonetheless Drizzy's album has been heavily fueled by it, and continues to be-- while the critics have yet to say their piece on the LP, the album is reportedly doing big, big numbers-- with one site alleging 741k units over the span of two days.
Drake's "VIEWS" Reportedly Tops 820K Album Sales In U.S. & Canada In 2 Days
Whatever criticisms listeners have in regards to Drake's new album VIEWS, the 6 God can just sit back and count his money.
OVO Releases Full Credits To Drake's "VIEWS"
Drake revealed the featureless VIEWS tracklist last Wednesday (Apr. 27).
Drake Performs Another Surprise Concert At Ryerson University
Today, one of Toronto's biggest schools, Ryerson University, held its "6-cents" spring concert. Inspired by Drake's nickname for Toronto, the cost of entry was apparently only six cents for Ryerson students. The concert was hosted by Future's right-hand man, DJ Esco, and the event promised to include "special guests." Those who were able to scrounge up enough couch pennies to cover the ticket price were indeed treated to a special performer, as Drake, hot off the release of VIEWS, made a surprise appearance after DJ Esco's set.
Shaq Gets Hit With A Ruthless "VIEWS" Meme On Inside The NBA
Drake is currently seated in his usual seat next to the Raptors bench in the Air Canada Centre, anxiously watching his team battle it out against the Indiana Pacers in the deciding game of the first round of the Eastern Conference Playoffs. The NBA on TNT team was also in the arena, and Drake was an obvious topic of conversation for the crew, especially considering his new album, VIEWS.
Beyonce's "Lemonade" Is Her 6th No. 1 Debut In A Row
Beyonce's impressive first-week sales for her new album were just revealed, and Billboard has now confirmed that Lemonade will make its debut at No. 1 on this week's Billboard 200 chart.
Drake's "One Dance" Breaks Adele's "Hello" Streaming Record In The UK
Released at the beginning of last month, Drake's "One Dance" has reached No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 in its third week on the chart. The single has been even more dominant across the pond, as it has been reported that "One Dance" will spend its third consecutive week atop the U.K. singles chart. In fact, "One Dance" was streamed 7.86 million times in the U.K.
Alleged PartyNextDoor Reference Tracks For Drake's "Legend" & "Company" Surface
A few days back, we heard the original reference track for Rihanna's #1 hit, "Work," sung by one of its co-writers, PartyNextDoor, and while we were happy to sit with that for a while, it seems that the track was just a signal that the floodgates had opened, with a number of unreleased PND records making their way online today.
Drake's "VIEWS" Sales Projections Are Very High
Earlier today, Drake suggested that he had sold somewhere around 630,000 equivalent units of VIEWS within the first night of its release.
Drake Says He Sold Over 600,000 Copies Of "VIEWS" In One Night
Drake's fourth studio album, VIEWS, has been the trending topic all week, and now that it finally made its way out Thursday night, Drake decided to bring the album to the people of his city on Friday. The OVO rapper made a surprise appearance in Toronto's Younge and Dundas square, where Raptors fans had gathered in their usual spot (deemed Jurassic Park) to watch the game. He performed live favorite "Energy" to an enthusiastic response, before watching the rest of the game with the people from a building just above the square.
Here Are The Samples Drake Used On "VIEWS"
As Drake has progressed as an artist, he has learned to gather all of his far-reaching musical tastes and incorporate them into his stylistic repertoire. He's been accused of appropriating music from other genres, and regardless if there's any basis to such claims, his ability to blend elements of hip-hop, dancehall, R&B, and UK dance music into an cohesive album -- as he has done on VIEWS -- is undeniably impressive.
The Best Quotables From Every Single Song Off Drake's "VIEWS"
Drake Day is upon us: VIEWS has arrived. With such an album that has generated a nearly unprecedented amount of hype over the course of several months, the impulse is to consume the album immediately upon its release. The reality is, it take a few days or weeks to fully process VIEWS album. On the flip side, it is easier to identify the most clever, insightful, memorable lyrical moments.
Old "Hotline Bling" Streams Count Towards Sales Numbers For Drake's "VIEWS"
The inclusion of "Hotline Bling" at the end of Drake's VIEWS may have ensured that the album will go platinum.
Listen To Drake's Entire #VIEWS Interview With Zane Lowe
In case you missed it, Drake & Zane Lowe were originally supposed to kick off Thursday night’s #VIEWS festivities by sitting down for a “major” interview on OVO Sound Radio Ep. 20 at 10:45 PM EST, where Drizzy would premiere his new album for the first live on air, before making it live on iTunes following the show at midnight. Unfortunately, that plan wasn’t executed too well, and the show was almost a half-hour late to start, causing fans to grow impatiently restless.
Stream Drake's "VIEWS" Now On Apple Music
Ever since Drake first announced the title to his fourth studio album Views From The 6 back in August of 2014, fans have been eagerly awaiting its arrival, causing anticipation & hype to grow to levels no other album has had to endure in the past, but now the time has finally come to see if the 6 God can deliver.
Listen To OVO Sound Radio Episode 20
The time has finally come. Drake’s highly anticipated fourth studio album, #VIEWS, is about be streamed for the very first time live on OVO Sound Radio Episode 20 now on Apple Music, and you don't want to miss it. In addition, Drake is also set to sit down with famous New Zealand radio DJ Zane Lowe for what is being described as a “MAJOR” & intimate interview on the show. It's safe to say that the two will be talking about the album & its creative process behind it, but only way to find out is to tune in now.
Drake Reveals "VIEWS" Features Using His Own Memes
Of course Drake was gonna do something sneaky with the VIEWS album artwork, which has already been meme'd more than any record cover in recent memory. There's a tool online that even lets fans take the Little Drake who originally appeared atop the CN Tower and make a new album cover using any photo of one's choosing (see our best efforts here).
A Nardwuar Interview With Drake & 40 Is On The Way
Drake doesn't do too much press these days. This past September, he appeared on the cover of FADER's 100th issue and participated in his first interview since February 2014, when he was the subject of a controversial feature in Rolling Stone that might've led to a squabble with Jay Z.
Drake Previews New Music In Another "VIEWS" Trailer
It's the calm before the storm, as VIEWS is finally set to hit the airwaves tonight at 10 p.m. EST on OVO Sound Radio. Drake has been slowly and mysteriously providing fans with more details regarding the imminent release, and he has just shared a new trailer for VIEWS, featuring some new sounds that could very well be taken from the album.