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.
Will it just mean yet more money being generated for the biggest acts as there are calls to reform streaming payments?
In a recent open letter to the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, major players in the UK music industry, including Sir Mick Jagger, Sir Paul McCartney and Sir Tom Jones, have called for a major reform of the way that they, and their fellow musicians, are paid by streaming sites. They argue that, "the law has not kept up with the pace of technological change." It is true that streaming sites pay in a different way to how payments were and are calculated for radio air play, but does that mean that the payment is too small or that the way it is calculated needs to change?
It was recently reported by the BBC that, "On streaming services, labels retain the majority of the money - with the artist receiving about 13% on average, and session musicians receiving nothing." This compares to a radio payment model where "royalties are split evenly between the record label and the artists/songwriters, with a small portion going to session musicians and backing performers, a system known as equitable remuneration."
MC Salum talks Dundee, Drake and Desires following the release of his latest single, Kaiba.
Following the recent release of his latest single, Kaiba, MC Salum talks to us about Drake, Dundee and desire among many other interesting things. Kaiba is Salum's third single this year and he's got plenty more in the pipeline. The proud Scottish native is keen that people conect with his conversational verses on tracks that he himself descibes as "cartoonish".
For those who may be new to your music, how would you describe your sound?
Although Kanye was seemingly the one to end his beef with Drake a few months ago, the two mega-star rappers' feud is now back.
Taking to Twitter on Thursday evening (December 13th), the 41 year old hip-hop icon shared a screenshot of a message he allegedly received, stating that Drake had “sent in a clearance request” for 2009 song, ‘Say What’s Real’, in which the Canadian star sampled Kanye’s 808s & Heartbreak track ‘Say You Will’.
“Still need that apology for mentioning the 350s and trying to take food out your idol’s kids’ mouths,” he wrote. The two have been involved in a months-long feud regarding Drake’s beef with Pusha T. Drake explained how West invited him earlier this year to Wyoming to work on ‘Life Yourself’, before claiming that Kanye didn’t tell him he had plans to release an album [Scorpion] around the time of his own.
Continue reading: Kanye West Reignites Feud With Drake
Post Malone, XXXTENTACION, Dua Lipa and Ed Sheeran also had strong showings.
It’s been a very good year for hip-hop, according to Spotify, with the online music platform sharing its most streamed artists list of 2018 which, unsurprisingly, shows Drake at the top of the pile.
The Canadian mega-star rapper racked up an incredible 8.2 billion streams over the last 12 months – that is, more than there are people in the entire world – fuelled by the summer release of his latest album Scorpion. Following him in the list of the biggest streaming artists are fellow rappers Post Malone and the late XXXTENTACION, Colombian reggaeton artist J Balvin and British superstar Ed Sheeran.
At one point, his fifth studio album was clocking up 10 million streams every single hour, so it can’t be any shock that Scorpion has wound up as the biggest-streaming album of the year. Post Malone's Beerbongs & Bentleys comes in second, with XXXTENTACION's ? and Dua Lipa's self-titled debut studio album following behind. In fifth place is Ed Sheeran, whose third album Divide topped the same list in 2017.
Continue reading: Drake Named Spotify's Most Streamed Artist Of 2018
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Drake BREAKS BEATLES CHART RECORD
Rap megastar Drake has just overhauled a Billboard chart record held by The Beatles for over half a century, after his new track with Bad Bunny landed in the top ten this week.
The 32 year old’s guest spot on ‘MIA’ means that he’s now had 12 songs reach the top ten of the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 2018 – the most that any artist has had in a single year. It meant that a chart record that had stood for 54 years, when The Beatles scored 11 top ten hits in 1964 when both ‘I Feel Fine’ and ‘She’s A Woman’ entered the charts in America on December 26th that year.
Drake has now notched up 12 Billboard Hot 100 top ten hits in 2018 - the most for any artist in a single year.
The 32 year old’s guest spot on ‘MIA’ means that he’s now had 12 songs reach the top ten of the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 2018 – the most that any artist has had in a single year.
It meant that a chart record that had stood for 54 years, when The Beatles scored 11 top ten hits in 1964 when both ‘I Feel Fine’ and ‘She’s A Woman’ entered the charts in America on December 26th that year.
Continue reading: Drake Overhauls 54-Year Old Beatles Chart Record
They've been on texting terms since meeting last year.
As odd friendships go, few are as unexpected as that of Drake and Millie Bobby Brown's. But since the latter has become a superstar, it seems her social circles have broadened considerably. Not everyone thinks it's healthy, but who wouldn't want to be besties with the 'Stranger Things' icon?
Millie Bobby Brown at the MTV VMAs
At just 14-years-old, it might sound strange that she is hobnobbing with celebrities more than twice her age, but 31-year-old Drake is turning out to be her go-to contact for boy-related advice. And having recently broken up with her boyfriend of 7 months Jacob Sartorius, she needs all the help she can get.
Continue reading: Millie Bobby Brown Gets Boy Advice From Drake
Kanye decided to defuse the months-long social media feud with fellow hip-hop megastar Drake this week.
After a summer of feuding over social media, Kanye West has extended an olive branch to his rap rival Drake just a couple of days after his wife Kim Kardashian publicly denied that she had slept with the Canadian star.
Posting a picture of one of Drake’s live shows, the 41 year old star wrote: “Sending good energy and love to Drake and family and crew…. I haven’t seen the show in person but the images look incredible online. I understand where the confusion started.”
“Let me start by apologizing for stepping on your release date in the first place… We were building a bond and working on music together including squashing the issues with Cudi at our office. When I put the dates up I was a bit ramped up doing 25 tweets a day TMZ happened shortly after… I have to hop on the plane now… will type more when I land.”
Continue reading: Kanye West Makes Peace Offering In Feud With Drake
Some Spotify premium subscribers were unhappy that the platform slapped Drake's face all over their playlists when his new album 'Scorpion' was released.
Rap mega-star Drake has certainly been making waves with his new album Scorpion since it arrived last week – not only for breaking the single-day streaming record, but also for the manner of its roll-out, with some Spotify users asking for refunds after his photo appeared on every playlist the platform had.
The Canadian rapper, 31, released his latest double album Scorpion last Friday (June 29th) to great acclaim, smashing the one-day streaming record on the day of its arrival with 302 million plays in 24 hours. It also broke the single-week streaming record within three days, according to Billboard.
However, many Spotify premium subscribers, who have paid for ad-free accounts, have been demanding their money back from the streaming giant after it placed Drake’s face on hundreds of playlists that Spotify curates – even ones that didn’t actually feature any of his songs – arguing that the move amounted to advertising.
Continue reading: Spotify Users Demand Refunds Over Drake Promotion
Drake teamed up once again with genius Fortnite gamer Ninja, and decided to up the stakes for their game.
Rap megastar Drake ended up losing a $5,000 bet with Twitch streamer Ninja when he hooked up with him once again for a round of Fortnite.
Just like they had done a fortnight ago when Drake joined Ninja, along with Travis Scott and Ju Ju Smith-Schuster, to break a Twitch streaming record for concurrent views, the Canadian star decided to join him for some online gaming on Tuesday night (April 10th) – only this time, the rapper decided to up the stakes.
Drake is a huge Fortnite fan who plays the game via Playstation 4 under the name ‘TheBoyDuddus’, and says he got friendly with Ninja by watching him play via Twitch. In last night's stream, Drake was apparently playing from a recording studio in London, with the rapper at one point mentioning potential lagging issues from playing on the EU server.
Continue reading: Drake Pays Twitch Streamer Ninja $5k After Losing 'Fortnite' Bet
Drake and various other celebrities are spotted at the Lakers game. The Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Golden State Warriors by the final score of 117-97 at Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles, California, United States - Friday 4th November 2016
Drake seen leaving Tape club at 5.30am after partying with Rihanna for the 4th night in a row. London, United Kingdom - Saturday 2nd July 2016
Rihanna and Drake pictured leaving Tramps nightclub in London at 4.30am seconds apart. The pair were seen out for the second night in a row following Rihanna's show in Manchester. Drake and Rihanna continue to spark dating rumours. - Thursday 30th June 2016
Drake - Drake outside Wimbledon today - London, United Kingdom - Monday 6th July 2015
Drake - Drake performing live during his 'Would You Like A Tour' concert - Miami Beach, Florida, United States - Thursday 7th November 2013
Date of birth
24th October, 1986