ARTIST PROFILE

Drake

Name: Drake

Birthday: October 24, 1986

Fav Dish: Potato Chips

      Aubrey Drake Graham was born on  October 24, 1986.  known professionally as Drake, he is a Canadian rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer and actor, born and raised in Toronto, Ontario. He first garnered recognition for his role as Jimmy Brooks on the television series Degrassi: The Next Generation.

He later rose to prominence as a rapper, releasing several independent mixtapes before signing to Lil wayne’s Young Money Entertainment in June 2009. Drake’s EP, So Far Gone (2009), spawned the singles “Best I Ever Had”, “Successful”, and “I’m Goin’ In”, all peaking in the top ten of the U.S. BillBoard Hot 100.

His first studio album, Thank Me Later (2010), debuted at number one on the U.S. BillBoard 200 and generated the singles “Find Your Love”, “Over”, “Miss Me”, “Fancy”, It was certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). His second album, Take Care (2011), is his most successful to date, topping charts in the United States and Canada and producing the singles “Take Care”, “Headlines” and “The Motto”, the last of which is also credited for popularizing the widely used acronym YOLO.

In promotion of his second album, Drake embarked on the international Club Paradise Tour, which became the most successful hip-hop tour of 2012, grossing over $42 million. It went on to represent his first Grammy Award for Best Rap Album. His third studio album, Nothing Was the Same (2013), achieved commercial success and was supported by the singles “Started from the Bottom” and “Hold On, We’re Going Home”.

In 2015, Drake debuted two mixtapes, If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late and What a Time to Be Alive., with the former being certified double platinum. His fourth studio album, Views, was released in 2016 and supported with the singles, “Hotline Bling”, “One Dance”, and “Pop Style”. He is set to headline the Summer Sixteen Tour, with rapper Future in promotion of his latest album and mixtape.

On January 30, 2016, Drake released a promotional single called “Summer Sixteen”, to promote his upcoming fourth studio album Views. The album was originally titled Views from the 6, but it was renamed to simply Views.The single debuted at number 6 on the Billboard Hot 100, and contains several lines which reference the likes of Barack Obama, Jay Z, and Kanye West.

In addition, the song also throws a jab at rival Meek Mill and allegedly, fellow Toronto native Tory Lanez. On April 5, 2016, Drake released two leading singles from Views “Pop Style” and “One Dance”, which debuted within the top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100.During Episode 19 of OVO Sound Radio, Drake had announced that Views would be released on April 29, 2016. Drake later the confirmed the release date himself with a tweet and promotional video. In 2016, Drake became a member of the Forbes Five, which ranks Hip Hop’s Wealthiest Artists; listed fifth, he follows rappers Birdman, Jay Z, Dr. Dre, and Diddy.

     Views premiered on Apple Music’s OVO Sound Radio on April 28, 2016, following an interview with Beats 1 host Zane Lowe, and was released the same night exclusively on Apple Music and iTunes. It  became number one selling album on BillBoard chart.

 

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