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.
Drake Announces 'The Jungle Tour' for May
Last weekend Drake headlined Coachella 2015, ending the weekend with a high-energy performance that included a surprise appearance from Madonna and an even more surprising onstage make-out between the two musicians. Not one to pass up a good PR opportunity, Drake is taking the publicity and running with it, as he's just announced official dates…Read more
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