Streaming of Drake’s latest album Views has hit Apple Music, and will be exclusive to the streaming service for one week, the rapper announced on Beats 1. This confirmed an earlier Buzzfeed report.
Drake told Zach Lowe that the album is a very personal one, based very much on his own feelings about himself and his home city of Toronto.
I’m a very honest person. I can’t write fiction.
The short one-week exclusivity period was perhaps agreed in the light of some high-profile U-turns by artists who had initially promised full exclusivity elsewhere …
Kayne West’s The Life of Pablo was supposedly exclusive to Tidal, and would ‘never never be on Apple,’ but the artist seemingly changed his mind a month later – a decision that led to a class-action suit. CNET notes similar U-turns by Rihanna and Beyonce.
Claims of exclusivity to Apple Music have, however, so far proven more reliable, with Taylor Swift and Adele’s latest album not available to stream elsewhere.
Drake posted the tracklist for the 20-track album to Instagram yesterday. It’s described on iTunes as ‘a tour through the city that made him’.
With immaculate vocal turns and sleek production, Views is Drake’s tour through the city that made him. A meticulous contrast to the off-the-cuff brilliance of recent mixtapes, he taunts adversaries with speaker-rattling anthems (“Hype,” “Still Here”), revisits his humble beginnings (“Weston Road Flows”), and rekindles the seductive chemistry with Rihanna (“Too Good”). Those extremes—the Caribbean warmth of “One Dance” and the icy lament of “Fire & Desire,” the unflinching vulnerability and unapologetic self-assurance—make Views a riveting victory lap from Toronto’s game-changing MC.
Views costs $13.99 on iTunes.