Since the release of his mixtape album If You Are Reading This, It's Too Late in February 2015, Drake's label situation has been the subject of speculation for at least four years. And what is that? Both in the streaming era as well as the exclusive deals he made with Apple Music around the releases of Views and More Life this becomes clear is an artist of Drake does not really needs a record label in the traditional sense.
Considering how Drake messed around with the concept of what actually constitutes an album – both IYRTITL and 2015 Future Collab What should be a time were called "mixtapes "considered; More Life was famously referred to as a "playlist" ̵
All this gives the background to why these talks have resulted after the release of his double album, Scorpion today (June 29) once again erupted. On "Is There More," the final track on Side A, Drake raps, "Soon as this album goes down, I'm out of business," which immediately caught the listener's ears and sparked conversations about whether he was fulfilling his obligations had to Young Money / Cash Money and was now a free agent. It is unclear if this is the case; A representative from Republic, YMCMB's longtime distributor, declined to comment.
Some of it appeared to appear during Lil Wayne's lawsuit against Cash Money Records, which he filed in 2016, in which Wayne claimed he owed millions of royalties from records by Drake, Nicki Minaj and Tyga, whom he joined Young Money, its joint venture with Birdmans Cash Money, had signed. The lawsuit alleged that YM's original contract with CM, which had been extended several times, had expired in mid-2015, but business seemed to continue as usual. There is also no indication that the status has changed due to the resolution of Wayne's lawsuit in early June, resulting in an agreement of $ 10 million.
Since signing with YMCMB in 2009, Drake has released four full-length albums ( Thank you later Beware Nothing was the same and views ) and a double album ( Scorpion ); two commercial mixtapes ( IYRTITL and WATTBA the latter published jointly with Epic); and a "playlist" album, More Life ; for a total of nine commercial releases, when Scorpion is counted twice.
Regardless of his own music, Drake also has his own label, OVO Sound, which is distributed through the Warner Music Group and to which he has belonged artists like PARTYNEXTDOOR, dvsn and Majid Jordan. If his solo debut actually takes place, it would make sense for him to release music under his own label, though it may seem unnecessary for him to operate under the influence of a major label at least in the near future. Could it be that Spotify, in the light of its past with Apple Music, makes an offer that Spotify offers, as Billboard reported – with a streaming service sooner?
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