Drake announces new album, “Certified Lover Boy,” and surpasses 50 billion streams on Spotify

Jamel Rogers | Staff Writer

Drake has been making hits since the early 2000s and continues to be loved by fans worldwide. He crosses over his style and advances from his early work to adjust to different generations. 

Although he adjusted to new content, many of his loyal fans consider his prime being his early stages at Cash Money Records. Today’s hits such as “Toosie Slide,” “In my Feelings,” and even “Popstar,” have been blowing up on TikTok.

In November, Drake announced his upcoming project titled “Certified Lover Boy” and seemed excited to release it. Unfortunately, he later posted on his Instagram story about a bad knee injury and delayed the album. Drake recently featured artist Lil Durk on a track called “Laugh Now, Cry Later,” a lead single on “Certified Lover Boy.” 

The title “Laugh Now, Cry Later” speaks volumes to anyone experiencing hardships through the climb of their career. This song develops a true scenario of people who speak on big dreams but won’t apply action to their thoughts. Many fans assume that the upcoming album will have similar themes that will resonate with them. 

“I’ve always been a Drake fan, so I’m going to wait regardless of when it drops,” Hampton University five-year MBA major Adrianna Senn Yuen said. “I was disappointed that it got pushed back, but it was expected with everything going on. I love old Drake the most, probably, but I still love the vibes of his new music. Drake will always be a true and unique talent to me.”

Although the album has been delayed, fans still maintain high expectations for the Toronto native’s sixth studio album.

“I feel like this album is going to be another classic just because he has been working on it for so long. Also, he looks like he’s been in his feelings in the studio, so it must be a classic,” said Mark Minkins, an HU third-year computer science major. 

Drake has successfully surpassed 50 billion streams on Spotify. This sets him as the first artist to reach the milestone on the app. 

After being signed to We the Best Records, Drake worked alongside Lil Wayne, Rick Ross, Kendrick Lamar and Lil Baby. Since then, he has branched off and created his own record label called OVO Sound, where he has helped a lot of artists break the barrier from underground to mainstream.

He goes by the playful nicknames of “Drizzy” and “Aub,” and fans live for his constant social media engagement. He means so much to his fans and aspiring musicians when it comes to lyricism. Drake’s culturally relevant lyrics have served as captions on various social media platforms.

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