‘Certified Lover Boy’: Drake has announced that he’s dropping his sixth studio album, Certified Lover Boy, this year. It’s been nearly three years since Drake dropped an album, and fans are eager for new music. Here’s the scoop on his next project, including when you can expect it to be released.
Will 2021 bring a new summer for Drake?
Like DJ Khaled project, who released his star-studded Khaled Khaled on April 30, a Drake album is more than that – it’s an event, one that usually shattered streaming and sales records. Drake (born Aubrey Graham) was supposed to release his follow-up to 2018’s Scorpion last year, but like practically everything in 2020, it was pushed back – first to the fall, then to the start of 2021, and now – well, fans are waiting patiently for an update.
June 2021 will mark eleven years since Drake released his first studio album, Thank Me Later. This debut project topped both the charts in the United States and in his homeland of Canada. It’s currently certified Platinum by the RIAA, which remarkably is his lowest-selling album to date. 2011’s Take Care (with singles “Headlines,” “Make Me Proud,” “The Motto” and the title track team-up with Rihanna) went platinum six times, a feat he would match five years later with 2016’s Views (“Hotline Bling,” “Pop Style,” and another collab with Rihanna, “Too Good.”)
In between Take Care and Views, Drake dropped 2013’s Nothing Was The Same, an album currently certified 4x Platinum. 2018’s Scorpion went Platinum five times, despite arriving to mixed reviews (it currently has a score of 67 on Metacritic, though none of Drake’s albums have a higher score than Nothing Was The Same’s 79). Even Drake’s mixtapes make money, with If Your Reading This It’s Too Late, What a Time to Be Alive, and More Life all getting certified Platinum (or more) by the RIAA. So, there’s clearly an audience that wants a new Drake Album. So, what’s the hold-up?
When will Drake’s new album ‘Certified Lover Boy’ be released?
There was speculation that Drake would drop a new album in 2020 at the start of the year. When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, the fate of this then-unnamed and unconfirmed album was up in the air. As of May 2021, the release date is still unknown.
So, how did we get here? Drake had started 2020 on the right foot by teaming up with Future for “Life Is Good,” a release from Future’s High Off Life album. The song hit No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 and spent eight weeks in that position while Roddy Ricch’s “The Box” ruled the chart.
Drake would secure his own No. 1 with “Toosie Slide,” a song that many critics thought was both a calculating business move (“he’s made a song to push a dance designed for TikTok virality,” wrote Pitchfork, while NPR called it “a bit of trivial fun that will probably become an inescapable hit on the strength of its marketing and its catchy chorus.” Commercially, it made the Canadian rapper the first male artist to debut three songs at the top Billboard spot and his seventh overall No. 1 hit.
When Drake packaged “Toosie Slide” into the DARK LANE DEMO TAPES release in April 2020, Drake dropped this nugget of knowledge: “DARK LANE DEMO TAPES out everywhere at midnight…also my 6th STUDIO ALBUM DROPPING SUMMER 2020!!! Lucky number 6.”
If you are reading this, then you know it’s too late and that Drake missed that deadline. Drake released “Laugh Now Cry Later,” his collab with Lil Durk (which gave Drake his second Billboard Hot 100 No. 2 of 2020) in August 2020. In October, Drake announced the title of the upcoming album and that it was going to arrive in January 2021.
Who will feature on Drake’s New Album ‘Certified Lover Boy?’
As of May 2021, it’s unclear who – if there anyone – will feature on this new album. Scorpion had features from Jay-Z (“Talk Up”) and Static Major and Ty Dolla Sign (“After Dark,”), but the album’s biggest songs were “God’s Plan,” “Nice For What,” and “In My Feelings.” Drake
If Drake wants to silence those who think he’s washed and about to retire, he could recruit his fellow Toronto native (and frequent collaborator) The Weeknd for a collab. Following After Hours, The Weeknd is having arguably his hottest moment so that he could lend some shine to a Drake track. Champagne Papi could also bring PARTYNEXTDOOR, Popcaan, and other members of the OVO roster to contribute a verse.
What songs are going to be on Drake’s new album?
As of May 2021, all that is known about Certified Lover Boy’s tracklisting is that “Laugh Now Cry Later” will be a part of it. It’s possible that the tracks from Scary Hours 2 will be included, either in a deluxe edition, but now much is known.
Ultimately, 2021 will see a lot of delayed and postponed music come out. It’s quite likely that Drake’s Certified Lover Boy will be one of those records making 2021 one of the biggest years in music.
Who is producing it?
Drake’s long-time producer Noah ’40’ Shebib is playing some part in the album. In October 2020, the Canadian rapper shared a picture of 40 cooking up in the studio for his new album.
“@ovo40 I’m scared to hear these things you built,” wrote Drake alongside a photo of 40 sitting in front of a mixing desk and some gigantic speakers.
The OVO producer is famous for his ambient, moody sound that has defined Drake’s career so far. However over recent years, Drake has been experimenting with a number of other producers such as Tay Keith, Pi’erre Bourne, TrapMoneyBenny and more.
Drake’s friend and OVO co-founder Oliver El-Khatib also helped to produce his previous album ‘Scorpion’. During his Aubrey And The Migos tour, Drake told fans that he plans to work with producer Tay Keith as soon as they were free to hit the studio together.
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