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Drake Announces New Album Release Date, Premieres New Verse

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Views From The 6 is releasing on April 29.

As expected to be revealed during his “OVO Sound Radio” show on Beats 1 Radio this past Friday, Aubrey “Drake” Graham announced the release date for his highly-anticipated upcoming album, Views From the 6.

Fans were aware the release would be toward the second half of April, but didn’t know when exactly as the Toronto artist had yet to reveal the date. During the show, host Oliver El-Khatib introduced Drake who was able to “answer a question that people have been asking [him] for a very long time.

“I am happy to let you know that Views [From the 6] is dropping April 29,” Drake said. “It’s not a short ting, there’s a lot of music on there. As long as you can bear with me for the next couple of weeks I promise you that you’ll have your full share of Drake music for the summer[,] for a year [or] forever.”

With the date announcement, he also went to Instagram and Twitter to post a trailer for its release.

4/29/16 #VIEWS

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Prior to the current post on both accounts, there was a version of the Instagram and Twitter post that included an “exclusively on @applemusic” caption. The posts were quickly deleted and replaced with one that didn’t include it. The idea of an exclusivity agreement isn’t farfetched as he signed a deal with Apple to become guest DJs for their iTunes Radio. The deal was reported as being $19 million, but Billboard had a knowledgeable source who said “Apple doesn’t normally pay artists for those types of collaborations.”

This announcement comes after Drake released two new singles from the album, “Pop That” and “One Dance.” The former features “The Throne”–a combination of Jay Z and Kanye West–and the latter features Wizkid and Kyla. During the radio show, Drake released a new verse for “Pop That,” though it’s unclear whether the verse will be added to the album version of the track.

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Promo for ‘Views’

As the release date nears, more information about the album is being revealed. One thing that has yet to be revealed, however, is the album artwork. There have been rumors on what it will be as his most recent song artwork included a logo similar to that of one being used to promote the album.

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Artwork for “Summer Sixteen”

Of course, with no official confirmation, any promotional logos or art Drake has used can only be attested to being purely speculation. It’s only a matter of weeks before the album is released and soon enough, more information on artwork, tracklist and features will be available. With the amount of songs Drake hinted at, there is a possibility this album will release as a two-disc set, much like The Game’s The Documentary 2 and The Documentary 2.5 were last year; it is believed 2.5 is the second half of 2 even though both were released on different days.

Hensley Carrasco
Hensley graduated from the University of Rhode Island where he was the editor-in-chief of the school newspaper, the Good 5 Cent Cigar. He founded the site with hopes to add to the ever-growing digital music newsroom. Hensley generally writes about Hip-Hop, but other genres are not out of his writing spectrum. On the side, Hensley is a photographer, specializing in concert photography.

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