Drake Biography & News
Drake takes on Lil Wayne (09/28/14)
It's being billed as "Drake vs. Lil Wayne," in reference to the rappers' tour currently working its way across the country. The 31-date, co-headlining venture, which kicked off August 8 at the Darien Lake Performing Arts Center in Darien Center, New York, will have played to more than two dozen amphitheaters, stadiums and bowls before wrapping September 27 at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion in Woodland, Texas.
By the time you read this, those shows (along with all the Lil Wayne and Drake tickets) will be long gone, but the performances won't be forgotten. Making headlines along the way was their joint performance at the Hollywood Bowl on September 22 that draw more media attention than any other stop along the way. It even sparked a USA Today FTW (ForTheWin) piece announcing "5 reasons you should be devastated you missed Drake and Lil Wayne."
What made the tour work was not just the premise of competition between two of music's biggest stars. Fans were drawn to the interactive elements, including a first, second and final round 'smartphone battle' modeled after the popular video game "Street Fighter" to see who would perform first. There were also plenty of cool, rendered comic book visuals featuring both rappers as heroes in a woven tale about master versus pupil. And then of course there was the concert itself, where both artists pulled from the catalog of hits to perform songs old and new.
Did Drake vs. Lil Wayne manage to distinguish itself from other big name duos on tour this summer? (namely Jay Z and Beyonce and Eminem and Rihanna) Based on the reaction from fans and critics, the safe answer may be "yes." And even if it didn't, it sent fans away knowing a new album from Lil Wayne drops next month. Inevitably, the song "Believe Me" included on the album features an appearance by who else? Drake.
11/24/13: Life has been one big party lately for Drake, as evidenced by the massive bash he threw for himself and 18,000 of his closest friends recently at Brooklyn's Barclays Center. The stop, part of his "Would You Like a Tour?" tour was one rousing celebration of success and featured many of the crooner's hits like "Pop That," "Headlines," "No Lie," "I'm the One," "Started from the Bottom" and "Versace."
All in all, it's been a good year for Drake. He released the third single off his third studio album a week before the 55th Grammy Awards. At the show he took home the award for Best Rap Album for "Take Care" and announced his third studio album would be titled "Nothing Was the Same." A month later, he premiered a song off the album titled "5 AM in Toronto," a sequel to the "Thank Me Later" track "9 AM in Dallas." A music video came next, and two more songs followed called "No New Friends" and "Girls Love Beyonce."
Drake is currently in the midst of a 41-date North American tour with support from Miguel and Future that will wrap up December 16. He also just announced that in early 2014 he'll head across the Atlantic for 11 dates with The Weekend, starting March 1 in Stockholm and also hitting up Glasgow and Oslo before culminating with a two-night stand in London on March 24-25. Drake was one of the biggest champions of The Weekend back in 2011, but rumors began surfacing the two were embroiled in some kind of feud. It was July before they reassured everyone there was no tension between them, and soon after Drake appeared on The Weekend's commercial debut album.
4/10/13: Two-thousand-and-twelve was a good year for 26-year-old rapper Drake. After a massively successful global tour, as well as a slew of hits and awards, the rapper's career is seemingly unstoppable. So far in 2013 he's already released three new singles from his upcoming third album, "Nothing Was the Same," including "Started From the Bottom," the accompanying video for which features the rapper riding around the snow in a convertible and flying around in a private jet over Toronto. Standard fare for the multi-talented rapper, who not only pens tracks for artists like Alicia Keys and Jamie Foxx, but is also credited with creating the now-famous acronym "YOLO." Besides his adventures in rapping, you can also catch Drake on the big screen. Last year marked the return to his acting roots when he voiced the character of Ethan in "Ice Age 4: Continental Drift," and he was also on the small screen for a brief appearance on MTV's Punk'd.
Imagine being just 20 years old, a relative unknown on the music scene and having the likes of Kanye West, Jay-Z and Lil Wayne throwing their support behind you. That's the story of Toronto, Ontario native Drake (born Aubrey Drake Graham), who stepped away from an acting career in 2006 to pursue his passion for music full time.The rapper and singer, known for playing Jimmy Brooks on the television series Degrassi: The Next Generation, opened eyes and ears within the music industry with the release of multiple mixtapes. The most successful was 'So Far Gone,' which would spawn an EP and open plenty of doors for the young Canadian. He signed a recording contract with Young Money Entertainment in 2009 and had a smash single out of the box with 'Best I Ever Had,' followed by the moderate hit 'Successful.' A first studio album, 'Thank Me Later,' bowed on June 15, 2010 and debuted at number one on the Billboard 200. Two successful singles, 'Over' and 'Find Your Love,' would prove to be the precursor to a second studio project, 'Take Care,' on November 15, 2011. It topped the charts in the U.S. and Canada and produced the smash hits 'Headlines,' 'Take Care' and 'The Motto.' Drake's global tour, 'Club Paradise', has been the most successful hip-hop tour of 2012, grossing over $42 million worldwide inside of two months. It opened on Monday, May 7 at the Sleep Train Pavilion in Concord, California and wrapped the North American leg on June 20 in Raleigh, North Carolina. Drake also played the Openair Frauenfeld in Switzerland and the Wireless Festival in London, England on July 7.
|Album name||Release date|
|Make Me Proud||2011|
|Make Me Proud (feat. Nicki Minaj)||2011|
|Round of Applause||2011|
|I'm On One||2011|
|Message For You||2011|
|Right Above It||2010|
|No More Thank Yous||2010|
|Made in October||2010|
|Thank Me Later||2010|
|Find Your Love||2010|
|9AM in Dallas||2010|
|I'm Ready For You||2010|
|The Future of the Future (feat. Cassettes Won't Listen)||2009|
|Forever (feat. Kanye West, Lil Wayne & Eminem)||2009|
|So Far Gone||2009|
|The Drought Is Over: Friends with Money||2009|
|So Far Gone||2009|
|So Far Gone (An October's Very Own)||2009|
|Best I Ever Had||2009|
|Young Money All Stars, Part 2||2009|
|Room for Improvement||2006|
|The Drake LP||2005|
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Drake Tour Dates 2015
date city state venue 03/09/2015 Wayville SA Adelaide Showgrounds 03/07/2015 Brisbane Qld Brisbane Showgrounds 03/05/2015 Brisbane Qld Brisbane Entertainment Centre 03/03/2015 Perth WA Perth Arena 03/01/2015 Joondalup WA Arena Joondalup 02/28/2015 Randwick Nsw Royal Randwick Racecourse, Nsw 02/27/2015 Melbourne Vic Rod Laver Arena 02/25/2015 Sydney Nsw Allphones Arena (Acer Arena) 02/23/2015 Auckland Auk Vector Arena
Drake Tour Dates 2014
date city state venue 12/31/2014 Las Vegas NV Marquee Nightclub & Dayclub 10/30/2014 Miami Beach FL Story Nightclub 09/27/2014 The Woodlands TX The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion 09/25/2014 Phoenix AZ Desert Sky Pavilion 09/22/2014 Los Angeles CA Hollywood Bowl 09/20/2014 Chula Vista CA Sleep Train Amphitheatre 09/19/2014 Irvine CA Verizon Wireless Amphitheater - CA 09/16/2014 Mountain View CA Shoreline Amphitheatre 09/14/2014 Auburn WA White River Amphitheatre 09/13/2014 Ridgefield WA Amphitheater Northwest 09/11/2014 West Valley City UT USANA Amphitheatre 09/10/2014 Morrison CO Red Rocks Amphitheatre 09/07/2014 Dallas TX Gexa Energy Pavilion 09/06/2014 Austin TX Austin360 Amphitheater 09/04/2014 Tampa FL MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre at the Florida State Fairgrounds 09/03/2014 West Palm Beach FL Coral Sky Amphitheatre 08/31/2014 Atlanta GA Aarons Amphitheatre at Lakewood 08/30/2014 Charlotte NC PNC Music Pavilion 08/29/2014 Bristow VA Jiffy Lube Live 08/27/2014 Virginia Beach VA Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach 08/26/2014 Holmdel NJ PNC Bank Arts Center 08/25/2014 Mansfield MA Xfinity Center 08/21/2014 Camden NJ Susquehanna Bank Center 08/19/2014 Forest Hills NY Forest Hills Stadium At West Side Tennis Club 08/19/2014 Forest Hills NY Forest Hills Stadium 08/17/2014 Burgettstown PA First Niagara Pavilion 08/16/2014 Clarkston MI DTE Energy Music Theatre 08/15/2014 Cincinnati OH Riverbend Music Center 08/13/2014 Hartford CT Comcast Theatre 08/12/2014 Saratoga Springs NY Saratoga Performing Arts Center 08/10/2014 Tinley Park IL First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre 08/09/2014 Noblesville IN Klipsch Music Center 08/08/2014 Darien Center NY Darien Lake Performing Arts Center 08/04/2014 Toronto ON Molson Canadian Amphitheatre 08/03/2014 Toronto ON Molson Canadian Amphitheatre 08/03/2014 Toronto ON Molson Canadian Amphitheatre 07/16/2014 Los Angeles CA Nokia Theatre LA Live 07/04/2014 London London Finsbury Park 07/04/2014 Birmingham Perry Park 04/04/2014 Toronto ON Muzik 03/26/2014 London The O2 03/25/2014 London The O2 03/24/2014 London The O2 03/22/2014 Liverpool Msy Liverpool Echo Arena 03/20/2014 Birmingham Warwickshire NIA Academy 03/18/2014 Dublin D The O2 - Dublin 03/16/2014 Nottingham Nottinghamshire Capital FM Arena Nottingham 03/15/2014 Glasgow Glg The SSE Hydro 03/14/2014 Sheffield South Yorkshire Motorpoint Arena 03/12/2014 Manchester Lancashire Manchester Arena 03/11/2014 Manchester Lancashire Manchester Arena 03/08/2014 Brussels Palais 12 03/07/2014 Oberhausen North Rhine-westphal Konig Pilsener Arena 03/05/2014 Amsterdam A Ziggo Dome 03/03/2014 Copenhagen ?? Forum Copenhagen 03/02/2014 Oslo 03 Oslo Spektrum 03/01/2014 Stockholm AB Ericsson Globe 02/27/2014 Berlin BE O2 World 02/25/2014 Paris Ville De Paris Palais Omnisports 02/24/2014 Paris Ville De Paris Palais Omnisports 02/21/2014 Arrondissement de Montpellier Lan Park et Suites Arena De Montpellier 02/19/2014 Frankfurt HE Festhalle Frankfurt
Drake Tour Dates 2013
date city state venue 12/18/2013 Philadelphia PA Wells Fargo Center 12/16/2013 Auburn Hills MI The Palace of Auburn Hills 12/16/2013 Auburn Hills MI The Palace of Auburn Hills 12/15/2013 Buffalo NY First Niagara Center 12/13/2013 Columbus OH Nationwide Arena 12/12/2013 Chicago IL United Center 12/11/2013 Saint Louis MO Scottrade Center 12/11/2013 Saint Louis MO Scottrade Center 12/09/2013 Indianapolis IN Bankers Life Fieldhouse 12/09/2013 Indianapolis IN Bankers Life Fieldhouse 12/08/2013 Minneapolis MN Target Center 12/07/2013 Kansas City MO Sprint Center 12/07/2013 Kansas City MO Sprint Center 12/04/2013 Tacoma WA Tacoma Dome 12/03/2013 Portland OR Moda Center at the Rose Quarter 12/03/2013 Portland OR Moda Center at the Rose Quarter 12/01/2013 Edmonton AB Rexall Place 12/01/2013 Edmonton AB Rexall Place 11/30/2013 Calgary AB Scotiabank Saddledome 11/28/2013 Vancouver BC Rogers Arena 11/28/2013 Vancouver BC Rogers Arena 11/25/2013 Los Angeles CA Staples Center 11/24/2013 San Diego CA Viejas Arena 11/22/2013 Las Vegas NV MGM Grand Garden Arena 11/21/2013 Anaheim CA Honda Center 11/19/2013 Oakland CA Oracle Arena 11/18/2013 Sacramento CA Sleep Train Arena 11/16/2013 Phoenix AZ US Airways Center 11/13/2013 Houston TX Toyota Center 11/12/2013 San Antonio TX AT&T Center 11/10/2013 Dallas TX American Airlines Center 11/09/2013 New Orleans LA Smoothie King Center 11/07/2013 Atlanta GA Philips Arena 11/06/2013 Tampa FL Amalie Arena 11/05/2013 Miami FL American Airlines Arena 11/02/2013 Charlotte NC Time Warner Cable Arena 10/31/2013 Washington DC Verizon Center 10/30/2013 Boston MA TD Garden 10/28/2013 Brooklyn NY Barclays Center 10/27/2013 Newark NJ Prudential Center 10/26/2013 Hartford CT XL Center 10/24/2013 Toronto ON Air Canada Centre 10/22/2013 Kanata ON Scotiabank Place 10/21/2013 Montreal QC Bell Centre 10/19/2013 Philadelphia PA Wells Fargo Center 10/18/2013 Pittsburgh PA Consol Energy Center 10/09/2013 Chicago IL United Center 10/05/2013 Minneapolis MN Target Center 10/02/2013 Saskatoon SK SaskTel Centre 09/29/2013 Calgary AB Scotiabank Saddledome 09/26/2013 Tacoma WA Tacoma Dome 09/20/2013 Las Vegas NV MGM Grand Garden Arena 08/25/2013 Brooklyn NY Barclays Center 08/05/2013 Toronto ON Molson Canadian Amphitheatre 08/04/2013 Toronto ON Molson Canadian Amphitheatre 07/24/2013 Chicago IL The Hideout 02/16/2013 Houston TX Drink Houston
Drake Tour Dates 2012
date city state venue 10/06/2012 Tampa FL Amalie Arena 09/06/2012 Los Angeles CA Staples Center 09/02/2012 Philadelphia PA Ben Franklin Parkway 08/05/2012 Toronto ON Molson Canadian Amphitheatre 07/06/2012 London London Hyde Park 06/20/2012 Raleigh NC Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion at Walnut Creek 06/19/2012 Virginia Beach VA Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach 06/17/2012 Mansfield MA Xfinity Center 06/16/2012 Wantagh NY Nikon at Jones Beach Theater 06/14/2012 Saratoga Springs NY Saratoga Performing Arts Center 06/12/2012 Holmdel NJ PNC Bank Arts Center 06/11/2012 Hartford CT Comcast Theatre 06/09/2012 Camden NJ Susquehanna Bank Center 06/08/2012 Darien Center NY Darien Lake Performing Arts Center 06/06/2012 Cincinnati OH Riverbend Music Center 06/05/2012 Memphis TN FedExForum 06/02/2012 Tinley Park IL First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre 05/28/2012 Cuyahoga Falls OH Blossom Music Center 05/26/2012 Burgettstown PA First Niagara Pavilion 05/25/2012 Washington DC Verizon Center 05/20/2012 Atlanta GA Aarons Amphitheatre at Lakewood 05/17/2012 Houston TX Toyota Center 05/16/2012 Dallas TX Gexa Energy Pavilion 05/14/2012 Albuquerque NM Isleta Amphitheater 05/13/2012 Englewood CO Fiddler's Green Amphitheatre 05/11/2012 Las Vegas NV MGM Grand Garden Arena 05/10/2012 Phoenix AZ Desert Sky Pavilion 05/08/2012 Irvine CA Verizon Wireless Amphitheater - CA 05/07/2012 Concord CA Concord Pavilion 04/05/2012 Paris Ville De Paris Palais Omnisports 03/10/2012 San Jose CA San Jose State Event Center 03/08/2012 Fresno CA Save Mart Center 03/05/2012 Los Angeles CA Galen Center 03/04/2012 Tucson AZ Tucson Arena 03/02/2012 Arlington TX College Park Center 03/01/2012 Kansas City MO Sprint Center 02/28/2012 Oklahoma City OK Chesapeake Energy Arena 02/27/2012 Austin TX Frank Erwin Center 02/25/2012 New Orleans LA UNO Lakefront Arena 02/24/2012 Tallahassee FL Donald L. Tucker Center 02/22/2012 Lexington KY Rupp Arena 02/21/2012 Columbia SC Colonial Life Arena 02/18/2012 Columbus OH Schottenstein Center 02/17/2012 Nashville TN Bridgestone Arena 02/15/2012 Gainesville FL Stephen C. O'Connell Center 01/01/2012 Las Vegas NV Hard Rock Hotel And Casino- The Joint 01/01/2012 Las Vegas NV Vanity At Hard Rock Hotel
Drake Tour Dates 2011
date city state venue 12/18/2011 San Jose CA SAP Center 12/17/2011 Los Angeles CA Nokia Theatre LA Live 12/16/2011 Universal City CA Gibson Amphitheatre 12/02/2011 Hartford CT XL Center 11/30/2011 Boston MA TD Garden 11/20/2011 Greensboro NC Greensboro Coliseum 11/19/2011 Columbia SC Colonial Life Arena 11/15/2011 Fairfax VA Patriot Center 11/13/2011 Champaign IL State Farm Center 11/12/2011 Cleveland OH Wolstein Center 11/10/2011 University Park PA Bryce Jordan Center 11/09/2011 Columbus OH Schottenstein Center 11/04/2011 Universal City CA Gibson Amphitheatre 08/04/2011 Windsor ON The Colosseum at Caesars Windsor 07/31/2011 Toronto ON Molson Canadian Amphitheatre 03/05/2011 Las Vegas NV Chateau Nightclub & Gardens - Paris Las Vegas 02/10/2011 Highland CA San Manuel Indian Bingo and Casino
Drake Tour Dates 2010
date city state venue 11/06/2010 Las Vegas NV Hard Rock Hotel And Casino- The Joint 11/04/2010 Universal City CA Gibson Amphitheatre 11/02/2010 Denver CO Bellco Theatre 10/31/2010 Grand Prairie TX Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie 10/29/2010 Houston TX NRG Arena 10/26/2010 Lowell MA Tsongas Arena 10/25/2010 Boston MA TD Garden 10/22/2010 Philadelphia PA Wells Fargo Center 10/21/2010 Wallingford CT The Dome at Oakdale Theatre 10/19/2010 Detroit MI Fox Theatre Detroit 10/17/2010 DeKalb IL NIU Convocation Center 10/16/2010 Bloomington IL US Cellular Coliseum 10/14/2010 Chicago IL Chicago Theatre 10/13/2010 Chicago IL Chicago Theatre 10/12/2010 St. Louis MO Fabulous Fox Theatre 10/09/2010 Greensboro NC Greensboro Coliseum Complex 10/06/2010 Atlanta GA Fox Theatre 10/03/2010 Washington DC DAR Constitution Hall 10/02/2010 Washington DC DAR Constitution Hall 10/01/2010 Binghamton NY Binghamton University 09/29/2010 New York NY Radio City Music Hall 09/28/2010 New York NY Radio City Music Hall 09/24/2010 Tampa FL USF Sun Dome 09/23/2010 Jacksonville FL Times Union Ctr Perf Arts Moran Theater 09/21/2010 Miami FL James L Knight Center 09/20/2010 Miami FL James L Knight Center 09/04/2010 Oakland CA Oracle Arena 08/13/2010 Indianapolis IN Indiana State Fairgrounds 08/01/2010 Toronto ON Molson Canadian Amphitheatre 07/27/2010 Vancouver BC Vancouver Centre for Performing Arts 07/25/2010 Calgary AB Big Four Building 07/24/2010 Edmonton AB Edmonton Event Centre 07/23/2010 Saskatoon SK SaskTel Centre 07/22/2010 Winnipeg MB Centennial Concert Hall 07/21/2010 Winnipeg MB Centennial Concert Hall 07/18/2010 Montreal QC Metropolis 07/16/2010 Ottawa ON Ottawa Bluesfest 06/19/2010 Anaheim CA Honda Center 06/16/2010 Philadelphia PA Theatre of Living Arts 06/13/2010 Washington DC 9:30 Club 06/12/2010 Maryland Heights MO Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre 06/05/2010 Mansfield MA Xfinity Center 06/04/2010 Hartford CT XL Center 06/03/2010 Providence RI Dunkin Donuts Center 05/28/2010 Cincinnati OH Bogarts 05/27/2010 Cleveland OH House Of Blues Cleveland 05/25/2010 Charlotte NC The Fillmore Charlotte 05/23/2010 Memphis TN Cannon Center for the Performing Arts 05/21/2010 Austin TX Stubbs BBQ 05/20/2010 Houston TX Bayou Music Center 05/19/2010 Dallas TX South Side Ballroom 05/17/2010 Denver CO Ogden Theatre 05/14/2010 San Diego CA UCSD Price Center 05/13/2010 Los Angeles CA Club Nokia 05/12/2010 San Francisco CA The Warfield 05/06/2010 Kent OH Kent State Mac Center 05/05/2010 Baltimore MD Pier Six Concert Pavilion 04/30/2010 Syracuse NY Carrier Dome 04/27/2010 Lexington KY University of Kentucky 04/23/2010 Nashville TN Vanderbilt University Alumni Lawn 04/23/2010 Nashville TN Vanderbilt University Alumni Lawn 04/22/2010 Greenville SC Timmons Arena 04/21/2010 Orlando FL The Venue at UCF 04/16/2010 Morgantown WV WVU Coliseum 04/15/2010 Rochester Hills MI Meadowbrook Festival 04/14/2010 East Lansing MI Wharton Center 04/09/2010 University Park PA Bryce Jordan Center