Drake has released his highly anticipated fourth album, Views (formerly known as Views From the 6) on Apple Music. The Canadian rapper has teased the album’s release since wrapping up his 2013/2014 tour in support of his third album, Nothing Was the Same.
Rihanna (“Too Good”), Future (“Grammys”), Pimp C (“Faithful”), WizKid (“One Dance”) and Partynextdoor appear on the album, with Kanye West and Boi-1da among the producers alongside Drake’s longtime collaborator Noah “40” Shebib.
Drake hinted at the imminent release of Views on New Year’s Eve at a Miami party he hosted. “Views From the 6 coming very soon,” he said to the crowd (via Vibe). He then released a pair of tracks in early April as a preview of the LP, including “Pop Style” featuring Jay Z and Kanye West (who are billed together as “The Throne”). Later, on his OVO Sound radio show, he confirmed the album’s release date of April 29th and its exclusivity with Apple Music. Apple later revealed a special OVO Sound show on April 28th would serve as a listening party for Views.
As promised during a surprise appearance at SXSW, the rapper announced a tour in support of Views. He’ll be heading out on a joint trek with Future, who he had last toured with in 2013 for Would You Like a Tour? The Summer Sixteen Tour launches in June in Austin and wraps in September in Vancouver.
Fans expected Drake to release his ode to Toronto back in 2015. Instead, he released two full-length mixtapes: If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late and his collaboration with Future, What a Time to Be Alive. Both mixtapes were released with little to no promotion beforehand. If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late, released in February and initially believed to be Views From the 6, was the first million-selling album of 2015 and broke Spotify’s first-week streaming record with over 17.3 million times in its first three days.
In between his two mixtapes, Drake also dominated the singles charts with three songs he debuted on episodes of OVO Sound Radio on Apple Music. The tracks included two diss records aimed towards Meek Mill, “Charged Up” and “Back to Back,” along with smash hit “Hotline Bling,” which reached Number Two on the Hot 100. His collaboration with Future, “Jumpman,” is currently inching towards the Top 10 on the Hot 100.