Black Music Month’s Artist Of The Week
Aubrey Drake Graham, 34, is a Canadian child actor turned superstar. He is a rapper, singer, songwriter, actor, producer, and entrepreneur. He was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and is one of the most prominent figures in popular music today. He first gained recognition by starring in the teen drama television series Degrassi: The Next Generation (2001–2007). When he decided to pursue a career in music, he left the series and released his debut mixtape Room for Improvement (2006). He released several more mixtapes before signing to Lil Wayne’s Young Money Entertainment.
Drake released his debut studio album Thank Me Later in 2010, which debuted at number one on the US Billboard 2000. He achieved major critical success with Take Care (2011), and commercial success with Nothing Was the Same (2013) and his first commercial mixtape, If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late (2015); the later two were certified multi-platinum in the US. Drake’s fourth album Views (2016) sat atop the Billboard 200 for 13 non-consecutive weeks, becoming the first album by a male solo artist to do so in over a decade. Drake’s third commercial mixtape Dark Lane was released in 2020, and featured the Hot 100 number-one lead single “Toosie Slide”.
He is among the world’s best-selling music artists, with over 170 million records sold, and is ranked as the highest-certified digital singles artist in the United States by the RIAA. He has won four Grammy Awards, six American Music Awards, a record 27 Billboard Music Awards two Brit Awards, and three Juno Awards. Drake also holds several Billboard chart records; he has the most top 10 hits on the Billboard Hot 100, the most charted songs (231) of any artist ever on the Billboard Hot 100, the most simultaneously charted Hot 100 songs in a single week (27), the most continuous time on the Hot 100 (431 weeks), and the most Hot 100 debuts in a week (22). He also has the most number-one singles on the R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay, Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, Hot Rap Songs, and Rhythmic Airplay charts. Views remains Drake’s best-selling album. Drake’s estimated worth is $150 million. In May 2021, he received Billboard’s Artist Of The Decade Music Award.