Drake

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Biography

Drake (born Aubrey Drake Graham; October 24th 1986) Drake is a Grammy winning Canadian rapper and actor.

Net Worth: Drake has a net worth of $35 million according to Celebrity Net Worth (2014).

Childhood: Drake was born in Toronto, Ontario. His parents are teacher Sandi Graham and drummer Dennis Graham - they divorced when he was a young child. His early education took place at a Jewish school during which he had his Bar Mitzvah. He enjoyed playing hockey for the Weston Red Wings and later attended Forest Hill Collegiate Institute where he first took an interest in acting. He was also educated at Vaughan Road Academy but dropped out - graduating some years later. He and his mother had little money while he was growing up and struggled to come to terms with seeing his father go to prison twice.

Career: Drake began his acting career at 15 with a role in Canadian TV show 'Degrassi: The Next Generation'. He then got into rapping with his first mixtape 'Room for Improvement' released in 2006, which featured Trey Songz and Lupe Fiasco. He released another the following year entitled 'Comeback Season' featuring single 'Replacement Girl'. In 2008, he was invited on tour by Lil Wayne during which time they recorded two songs together: 'Ransom' and 'I Want This Forever'. Drake achieved radio success with his third mixtape 'So Far Gone' which spawned his debut EP. Following that release, he worked with the likes of Rihanna, Jay-Z, Kanye West, Eminem, Mary J. Blige and Jamie Foxx among others. In 2009, he signed to Young Money Entertainment and subsequently went on tour with Lil Wayne and others on America's Most Wanted Tour. Drake's debut album, 'Thank Me Later', was released in 2010 and topped the charts at number one. The first single from the album was 'Over' which was subsequently nominated for a Grammy. He was praised for his venture into singing on Platinum certified second single 'Find Your Love'. He promoted the release with a free concert alongside Hanson in New York, an event which sparked a riot following overcrowding. That year he featured on the Young Artists for Haiti version of K'naan's 'Wavin' Flag'. He also hosted the first OVO (October's Very Own) Festival and embarked on his Lights Dreams and Nightmares Tour. His second album 'Take Care' was released in 2011 and featured lead single 'Headlines' which he performed on ice during the NHL All Star Game in Canada. His second single 'Make Me Proud' featured Nicki Minaj while third single 'The Motto' was a collaboration with Lil Wayne. The latter song famously made popular the phrase 'YOLO' (You Only Live Once). The album's title track featured Rihanna and became his biggest hit as an artist so far. In 2012, Drake formed the record label OVO Sound with Noah "40" Shebib. Drake featured on Rick Ross's single 'Diced Pineapples', 'Poetic Justice' by Kendrick Lamar and A$AP Rocky's 'Fu**in' Problems'. In 2013, he won a Grammy award for Best Rap Album before releasing 'Started from the Bottom', the first single from his third album 'Nothing Was the Same'. He had his first appearance on 'Saturday Night Live' that year as a guest host and musical guest. Drake:

Personal Life: Drake has a relationship with singer Keshia Chante during his early career. He dated Rihanna in 200 and since then there have been many rumours of them re-uniting. In 2009, he was hospitalised with a torn ligament in his knee after falling on stage. He has been involved with various feuds, most notably with Chris Brown with whom he had an physical dispute in a nightclub in 2012. Since then, the pair have become friends.



Biography by Contactmusic.com

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Drake - Celebrities at Chiltern Firehouse in Marylebone - London, United Kingdom - Thursday 2nd July 2015

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Get Wired For Wireless 2015! London To Explode With Pop Favourites This Weekend


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New Look Wireless Festival is returning to Finsbury Park, following last year's success at the North London venue, celebrating its 10th birthday this year. The 2015 line-up is set to be the biggest yet with headliners Drake, Avicii and David Guetta playing to the 40,000 a day capacity festival.

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For the first time, Wireless festival goers expect to see karaoke, a tone 'n' tweak area and plenty of choice in the food court. In celebration of their 10th birthday though, here are Wireless' best acts to see across the line up from this weekend.

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Wimbledon 2015 - Day 1 - Celebrity Sightings

Drake - Wimbledon 2015 - Day 1 - Celebrity Sightings - London, United Kingdom - Monday 29th June 2015

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Ed Sheeran Takes "Careerist" As Compliment, Not Insult


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He’s one of the biggest musical acts in the world today and could be forgiven for living a life of excess, but Ed Sheeran is determined to keep his feet on the ground and not let his career slide away.

During a new interview with the Big Issue, Sheeran addressed Noel Gallagher’s infamous recent criticism of new artists being “careerists” and too focussed on the financial side of their music, and it would seem that he takes the label as a compliment.

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App That Allows Texting In Taylor Swift Song Lyrics Released


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If you’ve got an insatiable appetite for all things Taylor Swift, we’ve got some pretty big news for you. Some bright sparks have invented an app that lets you translate your text messages into lyrics from her songs.

Performing much the same function as the recently invented Drizzy app, which fills text with Drake’s lyrics, TayText allows the Swift uber-fan express their thoughts via a choice of over 300 lyrics from 60 of her songs. Perhaps not best if you’re texting your parents, definitely worthwhile with Tinder!

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Third Straight Number One Album For The Zac Brown Band


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There’s change at the top of the American albums chart this week as the Zac Brown Band enters at Number 1 with its fourth LP Jekyll + Hyde.

The eight piece ensemble notched up their third consecutive Billboard chart topper by selling 228,000 copies, including track equivalent and streaming equivalent sales, in the week ending May 3rd, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

These are impressive sales figures for the group, which previously had Number 1 albums in 2012 with Uncaged and 2010 with You Get What You Give. Jekyll + Hyde contains two popular singles already, one being the Chris Cornell collaboration ‘Heavy is the Head’ and the other the country-flavoured ‘Homegrown’.

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Enrique Iglesias Is Second Biggest Victor At 2015 Latin Music Awards


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Romeo Santos, commonly known as The King of Bachata, was not unpredictably the top winner at the 2015 Latin Music Awards, scooping ten separate accolades for his work as a musician and producer while Latino heartthrob Enrique Iglesias came in close behind with nine prizes.

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The former Aventura frontman was not only Artist, Producer and Songwriter of the Year, but he also stormed the Tropical categories with awards for Tropical Songs Solo Artist of the Year and Albums Solo Artist with his second album 'Formula, Vol. 2' winning Tropical Album of the Year and Top Latin Album of the Year and his single 'Odio' featuring Drake scooping the Tropical Song of the Year. His other two awards were Hot Latin Songs Male Artist and Top Latin Albums Male Artist.

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Alabama Shakes Rock To The Top Of The Billboard Albums Chart


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Rock group Alabama Shakes scored their first Number One album in America with their second effort Sound & Color, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

In quite a low-selling week, the rockers sold 96,000 copies of their sophomore effort to reach the top spot in the Billboard 200 chart. The reformed system counts track equivalent sales and streaming equivalent sales, though some 91,000 of Sound & Color’s sales total came from traditional physical sales.

Alabama Shakes’ debut album Boys & Girls won the group a lot of plaudits upon its release in 2012 for its classic rock sound. It peaked at Number 6 in the American charts, nearly a year after its release, due to its three Grammy nominations in 2013.

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Shawn Mendes Scores US Chart Topper With Debut Album 'Handwritten'


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Internet sensation Shawn Mendes has completed his rise from a cult following on Vine to chart-topping sensation, as his full-length debut album has entered at Number 1 in the Billboard Top 200. Handwritten sold 119,000 units, including track and streaming album equivalent sales, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

16 year old Mendes is the youngest person to top the American album charts since 2010, when Justin Bieber – six months younger then than Mendes is now – spent a month at Number 1 with My World 2.0.

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Selena Gomez Leaps To Justin Bieber's Defense Over Coachella Incident


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Following the widely reported incident at last weekend’s Coachella festival where he was kicked out by the security team at Drake’s performance, Selena Gomez has leapt Justin Bieber’s defense, saying that what happened was “totally unnecessary” and “unfortunate”.

TMZ reported on Tuesday that the ‘Baby’ singer was refused access to the celeb-filled artists’ area because it was full, despite having a valid wristband. An unnamed source has now told HollywoodLife that 22 year old Gomez is on her ex-boyfriend’s side in the dispute.

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Drake Speaks About 'That' Kiss With Madonna (While The Internet Continues To Have Its Fun)


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In a weekend packed full of memorable moments Madonna managed to become the most talked about star at Coachella after the video of her onstage kiss with Drake went viral, thanks to the rapper’s hilarious reaction.

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For some reason Drake didn't seem too happy after receiving the smooch from the Queen of Pop and was seen furiously wiping his mouth afterwards. The image of Drake's grossed out looking face and frantic mouth wiping has unsurprisingly led to a slew of internet memes, with Madonna being compared to everything from a Dementor to Dracula.

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Coachella 2015 - Week 1 - Day 3

Drake - Coachella 2015 - Week 1 - Day 3 - Performances at Coachella - Indio, California, United States - Monday 13th April 2015

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Madonna Plants An Extremely Unwanted Kiss On Drake


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When Madonna tells you to do something or even when she just makes you do it, you don’t say no to the Queen of Pop.

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And, while rapper Drake did not stop the kiss that the Like A Virgin songstress planted on him at Coachella Festival, it certainly looked like something he was not entirely happy with after it had happened.

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Kendrick Lamar Spends Second Week At The Top Of U.S. Albums Chart


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In a quiet week on the US Billboard 200, Kendrick Lamar’s new album To Pimp A Butterfly spends a second week in the Number One spot. The rapper’s third album sold more than double the amount of its nearest rival, the soundtrack to TV drama ‘Empire’, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

Shifting 123,000 copies in its second week on sale, including track and streaming equivalent sales figures as well as physical copies, To Pimp A Butterfly is the first album to spend its opening fortnight at the top of the chart since Taylor Swift’s behemoth 1989 at the end of last year. The ‘Empire’ soundtrack was a non-mover in second place, selling 61,000 copies.

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Kendrick Lamar spends a second week on top of the US Albums chart

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Four Artists Most Likely To Release A Surprise Album This Year


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Surprise albums are all the rage, and it’s easy to understand why. They make sense for both fans and artists, and there’s hardly any downside to just throwing your highly anticipated album up for download on a random Saturday night with nothing else going on around the Internet. It practically sells itself at that point.

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Take a look at Kendrick Lamar: his new record, To Pimp A Butterfly, wasn’t even technically a surprise, as it was just allegedly “accidentally” released early on iTunes before its release. It still yielded the same results as a complete surprise album would, and it smashed a ton of streaming records like the 9.6 million number that was achieved via Spotify listens. The record-holder before that was, of course, none other than Drake’s surprise mixtape, If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late. You can see the trend here.

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