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Drake To Finish High School This Summer
August 4, 2012, 3:46 pm
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Drake has achieved many achievements both in acting (Degrassi) and music. There is one thing however, Drake has yet to gain, his high school diploma.

In a recent interview with NOW Toronto, the Canadian admits school, not music or acting, will be the focus of his summer.

Drake admits, “I’m actually spending my summer graduating high school. That’s my main focus after OVO Fest. I only have one credit left and I’m really excited about that.”

Drake “GMA” Central Park Concert Scrapped Amid Security Concerns
July 11, 2010, 6:41 pm
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That Drake just can’t catch a break!

A second free concert in New York City featuring the somewhat-nerdy hip-hopster has been canned after New York City Police and Parks Department officials grew concerned over the sizable crowd the event would have likely attracted to Manhattan’s Central Park.

Drake’s first free show in NY was scheduled to take place at South Street Seaport on June 15, the same day his album Thank Me Later debuted. The event — which was sponsored by Paper Magazine and co-starred ’90s boy band Hanson — was shut down at the last minute after the estimated crowd of 25,000 began riot.

While scheduled to perform for Good Morning America, planners ultimately had to scrap the Drake idea for fear that it would turn into a security issue again. Simply addressing the change, the concert planners stated: “We were interested in having Drake perform, but he was never officially booked. The cast of Green Day’s Broadway musical ‘American Idiot’ will play ‘Good Morning America’ on July 16 instead,” an ABC spokesperson told The Daily News Thursday.

Drake Puts His Mother Before His Work, As He Should!
June 30, 2010, 1:19 am
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Canadian rapper Drake aka Aubrey Graham is putting his family before his work.

The 23-year-old, who was spotted arriving in his hometown of Toronto yesterday, says he will be spending the next two weeks at home while his mother Sandi undergoes surgery – He has cancelled some appearances around the world to be with her.

“I want to be at her side. Nothing is more important. My mom is sick. So that scares me a lot. She’s been the most supportive person I’ve ever had in my life… The only person that loves me unconditionally, really.”

Keep Sandi in your prayers!

Drake Playboy Lawsuit Claims Copyright Infringement Over “Best I Ever Had” Sample
June 28, 2010, 5:29 pm
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Drake’s in hot water over his hit single “Best I Ever Had.”The hip-hop sensation has been sued by Playboy Enterprises for what they claim is a copyright infringement in his Summer 2009 breakout hit.

The lawsuit, filed against Drake, Cash Money Records, Universal Music Group and Universal Music Group  Distribution, asserts that the song illegally samples Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds’ 1975 ballad “Fallin’ In Love,” the rights of which are owned by Playboy.

Compare the songs below:

“Each Defendant either knew, or should have reasonably known, that the sound recording [‘Fallin’ in Love’] was protected by copyright. Each Defendant continues to infringe upon Plaintiff’s right in and to the copyrighted sound recording,” court documents read.

Playboy Enterprises wants an injunction that would halt the sale and distribution of the song, which would effectively take Drake’s So Far Gone EP off the market, or at least cause the label to re-release it without the song.

Drake: the biggest opening ever for the debut album by a rap artist.
June 25, 2010, 2:11 pm
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Drake’s first full-length album, Thank Me Later, enters The Billboard 200 at #1, with first-week sales of 447,000. This constitutes one of the biggest openings ever for the debut album by a rap artist. It’s bigger than Eminem’s first week with The Slim Shady LP in February 1999 (283,000). It’s even bigger than Kanye West’s first week with The College Dropout in February 2004 (441,000). And today’s sales climate is less favorable now than it was back then (to put it mildly).

Drake has 13 songs on this week’s Hot Digital Songs chart. That’s more than Justin Bieber and the cast of Glee combined. (Those two pop powerhouses were good for four and seven charted songs, respectively, this week.) Eleven of Drake’s 13 charted songs are from Thank Me Later.

Drake’s ‘Thank Me Later’ Projected To Sell 425K-475K
June 16, 2010, 3:40 pm
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According to Billboard, “Thank Me Later,” is poised to be one of 2010’s top-selling albums.

By music industry prognosticators, Drake’s debut full-length studio album “Thank Me Later,” which was released on Tuesday (June 15), is projected to sell in the range of 425,000 to 475,000 — if not more — by week’s end on June 20. If it moves as much as sources think, it’ll mark one of the biggest sales weeks of the year for a single album.

Drake’s album release occurs two weeks after it was illegally leaked online, having gave fans a two week advantage to have it for free before it came out for purchase. For such a leak to occur, and still bring in such high numbers, is remarkable for a debut album.

Drake Documentary “Better Than Good Enough” Premieres June 23 On MTV
June 15, 2010, 9:56 pm
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Hip-hop sensation Drake will celebrate what he’s calling “The Best Summer He’s Ever Had” by premiering an one-hour MTV documentary, Drake: Better Than Good Enough, on MTV Wednesday, June 23 at 10pm ET/PT.

“Drake is a gifted artist whose authenticity is resonating with our audience,” says Dave Sirulnick, EVP, MTV Multiplatform, News & Music. “We are thrilled that he allowed MTV the exclusive opportunity to document such an important and personal time in his life.”

In a release Tuesday, the network writes; “During the making of, “Drake: Better Than Good Enough,” MTV cameras follow Drake’s every move as he performs his ‘Away From Home’ tour at college campuses across the country while simultaneously recording and releasing Thank Me Later. The film gives the audience and Drake fans alike uncensored access to the rapper’s most intimate moments as he deals with the reality of his rising stardom and the responsibility that comes with it, the difficulty of creating a great live show, and the pressure to deliver one of the year’s most anticipated albums.”

“I have always been hesitant to share the details of my life with the world but for the first time I am comfortable and confident that you will love this story,”.