Drake releases third studio album, Nothing Was The Same [News]
Toronto, ON – Drake is once again the talk of the town today as the Toronto artist has officially released his third studio album, Nothing Was The Same. The album, originally scheduled for Sept. 17, is coming through Young Money Entertainment, Cash Money Records and Republic Records. Additionally, this is the first Drake album to be directly affiliated with his own label, OVO Sound. Several sources, including the always reliable Wikipedia, have listed the album as an OVO Sound/Young Money/Cash Money/Republic release. Other sources indicate that OVO Sound is a label owned by Drake, but not directly connected to his solo projects. In any event, the album is here and the feedback we’ve seen so far has been stellar.
Promotion for the Nothing Was The Same kicked off early 2013 as a certified multi-platinum single, the Mike Zombie-produced “Started From The Bottom” was warmly welcomed by fans. The song peaked at No. 6 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and reached No. 36 on the Canadian Hot 100. The successful single was followed by “All Me” (featuring 2 Chainz and Big Sean) and the current radio hit, “Hold On, We’re Going Home.” Along with the album release, today marks the official debut of the single’s music video. The song “Wu-Tang Forver,” produced by Noah “40” Shebib, was also released not to long go as a promotional single.
The album, highly influenced by Marvin Gaye’s 1978 release, Here, My Dear, also features production from Boi-1da, Nineteen85, Jake One, DJ Dahi, Chilly Gonzales, Hudson Mohawke, Majid Jordan, Allen Ritter, Vinylz, Detail, Sampha and Jordan Evans. Guest appearances were limited to Jhené Aiko, Majid Jordan, Detail, Sampha and Jay Z.
As is the case with most major releases, Nothing Was The Same is available in both Standard and Deluxe Editions. The Standard edition, featuring baby Drake on the cover, can be purchased digitally on iTunes, here. The Deluxe Edition, featuring present day Drake on the cover, is also available on iTunes and features 2 additional songs.
Congrats to Drake and the OVO team!
01. Tuscan Leather
02. Furthest Thing
03. Started From The Bottom
04. Wu-Tang Forever
05. Own It
06. Worst Behavior
07. From Time (Featuring Jhene Aiko)
08. Hold On, We’re Going Home
10. The Language
11. 305 To My City (Featuring Detail)
12. Too Much
13. Pound Cake (Featuring Jay Z) / Paris Morton Music 2
14. Come Thru (DELUXE EDITION)
15. All Me ft. 2 Chainz & Big Sean (DELUXE EDITION)
Known initially for his role as Jimmy Brooks on Degrassi: The Next Generation, Toronto, Ontario, native Drake (born Aubrey Drake Graham) stepped out as a rapper and singer with pop appeal in 2006, when he initiated a series of mixtapes. A year later, despite being unsigned, he scored major exposure when his cocky and laid-back track “Replacement Girl,” featuring Trey Songz, was featured on BET’s 106 & Park program as its “Joint of the Day.” He raised his profile throughout the next several months by popping up on countless mixtapes and remixes, and as rumors swirled about contract offers from labels, he gradually became one of the most talked-about artists in the industry. It did not hurt that he had support from the likes of Kanye West, Jay-Z, and Lil Wayne. By the end of June 2009, “Best I Ever Had,” a promotional single, had climbed to number two on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. After a fierce bidding war, Drake signed with Universal Motown in late summer and released an EP (So Far Gone) made up of songs from his popular So Far Gone mixtape. It peaked at number six on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart and won a 2010 Juno Award for Rap Recording of the Year.
Thank Me Later, a full-length featuring collaborations with the Kings of Leon, the-Dream, Jay-Z, Kanye West, and Lil Wayne, was issued through Young Money the following year. It debuted at number one on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart and was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. Still, the artist felt his debut was rushed, so its 2011 follow-up arrived with the title Take Care, referencing the increased time and effort put into the album’s creation. Receiving critical acclaim, Grammy awards, and the number one slot on the U.S. Billboard 200, Take Care cemented Drake’s place as one of Canada’s biggest exports. In 2012, while on tour, Drake announced that he had started work on what would be his third studio album. Nothing Was the Same was released on Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013.
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