Wednesday, April 24, 2024

R&B: Drake — Snubbing Jay Z and Tidal Announces New AppleMusic Album, Release Date


The strains among the leaders of hip hop and R&B show more and more each day as artists have to choose between Jay Z’s Tidal and other services.

Drake has just announced a new album called “Views from the 6” for April 29th. It’s his first official album for Republic Records in almost three years, although he’s down two unofficial ones and the big hit “Hotline Bling” since then.

Drake’s newest single features Jay Z and Kanye West as “The Throne.” But that doesn’t mean Drake is putting his album on Tidal. “Views from the 6” will be an AppleMusic exclusive. Drake and his manager Adel H. Nur (who DJs as FuturethePrince) have had issues with Tidal before over streaming of live shows etc.

Drake (real name Aubrey Drake Graham) has a couple of singles out right now, but neither of them has lived up to “Hotline Bling.” Written on the foundation of Timmy Thomas’s 1973 hit “Why Can’t We Live Together,” “Hotline Bling” will be the song that defines Drake for the rest of his career.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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