Here's what you need to know about Drake's new album Views.
Billed as a "global listening party," Drake streamed the LP on his Apple Music show OVO Sound on Beats 1 Thursday evening before releasing it onto iTunes. His rumored $19 million partnership with Apple Music means the record will exclusively reside on the music giant for seven days before sharing it elsewhere.
Ahead of the stream, Drake spoke with Zane Lowe about its creation. "The album is based around the change of the season in our city," Drake said. "It starts around in wintertime, with 'Keep The Family Close.' Winter to summer and back to winter again. It's just to show you the two extreme moods that we have. We love our summers but we also make our winters work...You start to value your days a lot more when most people won't go outside type of thing...It creates a different person. I thought it was important to make the album here during the winter."
Early reports suggest Views could move 2 million albums in his first week.
Drake revealed the LP's tracklist, production credits and collaborations prior to the debut. They include Rihanna, Future, the late Pimp C, Jamaican dancehall king Popcaan, and dvsn and PartyNextDoor, along with Wizkid who appears on "One Dance." Kanye West produced "U With Me." He also thanked executive producer Noah "40" Shebib with a touching post.
Here's what we know...
Noah "40" Shebib
Before we do this I just wanna say thanks man. Thank you for the years you spent working with some of Toronto's true legends honing your craft. Thanks you for dropping everything to work with me after we met and realized we had something special. Thank you for pushing yourself despite the fact you should be resting to achieve an end goal that we are both obsessed with. Thank you for listening to me vent and talking me off ledges. Thank you for talking me out of sending every good song I make to someone else ?. Thank you for reminding me that we set out to do something more than just have the biggest song in the club or the biggest song of the month. Thank you for building SOTA. Thank you for caring about the people in this city as much as I do. Thank you for a lifetime of hard work and surreal moments. This story would have gone a lot different without you. Thank you 40 (aka DB40 aka Cuarenta aka Bibber aka My brother). Text me when you are ready to start the next one ??? @ovo40
Views is out now!