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Rap Battle Song Hits No. 1, and 'It's a Bit Disconcerting'

Andre Gee of 'Rolling Stone' muses on lyrics in Lamar's diss track on Drake

(Newser) - Earlier this month, Andre Gee declared in Rolling Stone that Kendrick Lamar "won the great rap war " between himself and Drake, a long-running feud that has resulted in a recent slew of diss tracks—including Lamar's "Not Like Us," which ascended to the No. 1...

Report: Man Shot at Drake's Mansion
At Drake's Mansion,
a 2nd Incident in 2 Days

At Drake's Mansion, a 2nd Incident in 2 Days

Police say 'person in crisis' tried to gain access to rapper's Toronto home

(Newser) - A man was arrested Wednesday in the second incident in two days outside Drake's Toronto mansion. Police said a "person in crisis" was taken into custody after he tried to gain access to the property through a service entrance gate, the Toronto Sun reports. "The person was...

There's a Dizzying Rap Feud Going On

Kendrick Lamar and Drake keep releasing new tracks dissing each other

(Newser) - Drake and Kendrick Lamar really don't like each other very much. The evidence is in seemingly nonstop barrage of tracks the rappers have been releasing about each other. Over the weekend, their lyrics "exploded into full-bore acrimony and unverifiable accusations" over "race, appropriation, sexual and physical abuse,...

Tupac's Estate Is Not Happy With Drake

Estate says Drake must remove song using AI-generated version of Tupac's voice

(Newser) - Among the rappers Drake now has beef with: Tupac Shakur, or at least the late rapper's estate. Drake last week released a diss track targeting Kendrick Lamar, and AI software was used to produce a verse that sounds like it was sung by Shakur (another AI-generated verse sounds like...

Some of Your Favorite Music May Vanish From TikTok
TikTok May
Lose Some
Very Big Songs

TikTok May Lose Some Very Big Songs

Yes, it's over a licensing deal, and it affects Taylor Swift, Drake, Adele, and more

(Newser) - Universal Music Group—which represents artists including Taylor Swift, Drake, Adele, Bad Bunny, and Billie Eilish—says that it will no longer allow its music on TikTok after a licensing deal between the two expired on Wednesday. UMG said that it had not agreed to terms of a new deal...

Drake Reveals Career-Pausing Stomach Issues

Says he 'probably won't make music for a little bit'

(Newser) - Just hours after new album For All The Dogs dropped, Drake announced ... the opposite of a world tour. While on his SiriusXM show "Table for One" Friday morning, he revealed he's taking some time off to focus on his health, reports People . "I'ma lock the door...

Hit by Drake, the Weeknd Went Viral. It Wasn't Theirs

We have a new can of worms, courtesy of AI

(Newser) - A song that went viral on streaming platforms over the weekend appeared to feature Drake and The Weeknd trading verses about fellow singer Selena Gomez. But as Mashable reports, "Heart On My Sleeve" was both "very good and very fake." The AI-generated tune had actually come from...

Drake Just Made a Huge Super Bowl Bet

Canadian rapper plunked down nearly $1M on the Kansas City Chiefs, playing the Eagles on Sunday

(Newser) - The sports betting machine is already in overdrive ahead of Sunday's Super Bowl matchup between the Kansas City Chiefs and Philadelphia Eagles, but one big bet in particular is making everyone put down their beer and wings. CBS Sports reports that Canadian rapper Drake has plunked down $965K on...

Apple Music Reveals No. 1 Song of the Year

'Stay' by The Kid Laroi and Justin Bieber tops the list

(Newser) - "Stay," the smash hit by The Kid Laroi and Justin Bieber, topped Apple Music's global songs chart in 2022 as the giant music streamer released its end-of-year lists and provided listeners with data on their own most listened-to tunes. Some details, per the AP :
  • "Stay,

Drake Appears to Have Lost a Very Large Bet on Fight

Rapper put down $427K on losing fighter in UFC bout

(Newser) - The rapper Drake placed a losing $427,000 bet on a big UFC bout Saturday night. Drake showed off his betting slip before the fight between Charles Oliveira and Justin Gaethje, one that would have netted him about $1 million had Gaethje won the UFC 274 contest, reports TMZ . However,...

After Grammys Controversy, Drake Calls for 'Something New'
Drake Withdraws His
2 Grammy Nominations

Drake Withdraws His 2 Grammy Nominations

Move appears to be unprecedented

(Newser) - Update: Drake has abruptly withdrawn his two nominations for the 2022 Grammy Awards. Sources tell Variety that the Canadian star and his management have asked for "Certified Lover Boy," nominated for best rap album, and song "Way 2 Sexy," nominated for best rap performance, to be...

BTS Wins Big at AMAs: 'This Whole Thing Is a Miracle'

Big night for South Korean boy band at American Music Awards, including first artist of the year win

(Newser) - South Korean superstars BTS were crowned artist of the year at the American Music Awards on Sunday, brushing aside challenges from Taylor Swift, Drake, and The Weeknd as they took home a total of three awards, teamed up with Coldplay for a raucous " My Universe," and closed the...

Travis Scott's Moves After Concert Are Dissected

Sources say he went to party, left as soon as he found out people had died at Astroworld

(Newser) - Travis Scott has said he wasn't aware a tragedy was unfolding during his set at Astroworld Friday night—a claim that may be backed up by his behavior after the show. Sources tell TMZ that the rapper went directly from Houston's NRG Park to an afterparty at Dave...

Kanye West Files to Change His Name
Kanye West Is
Now Officially 'Ye'

Kanye West Is Now Officially 'Ye'

Judge approves request for name change

(Newser) - Update: Kanye West is officially no longer Kanye West. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Michelle Williams Court has approved the rapper's petition to have his name changed from Kanye Omari West to "Ye," with no middle name or last name, Deadline reports. In an August filing, Ye...

Prof to Teach Class on Drake, the Weeknd: 'It's Time'

Canada's Ryerson University is offering deep-dive course on Toronto-born performers

(Newser) - If you're an undergrad at the Creative School, part of Toronto's Ryerson University, there's a class on Aubrey Drake Graham and Abel Makkonen Tesfaye that may interest you. Don't recognize those names? You likely know them as Drake and the Weeknd, and if you want to...

Here's Spotify's Most-Streamed Artist of 2020

Bad Bunny leads a list that includes Drake, J Balvin, Juice WRLD, and The Weeknd

(Newser) - The year's most played artist on Spotify? Globally speaking: Bad Bunny. The Puerto Rican superstar is the music platform’s most-streamed artist of the year with 8.3 billion streams globally. The Latin Grammy winner and hitmaker, who released a new album last week, leads a top five list...

Obama Gives Rapper the OK to Play Him in Biopic

The former president says Sasha and Malia won't mind either

(Newser) - Barack Obama has a message for Drake: Go for it. The former president appeared on 360 With Speedy Morman and said he's OK with the singer/rapper portraying him in a possible future biopic, People reports. "I will say this, Drake seems to be able to do anything he...

With 'Oprah's Bank Account,' a Record for Drake

Canadian rapper has his 208th song on the Billboard Hot 100 chart

(Newser) - The cast of Glee had a good run, but Drake's now taking over. The AP reports that the Canadian rapper's latest single, "Oprah's Bank Account," performed with Lil Yachty and DaBaby, debuted at No. 89 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, making it his 208th...

These Are the Most-Streamed Songs of the Decade

Ed Sheeran, Drake come out on top

(Newser) - As we approach the end of the 2010s, Spotify is out with the most-streamed songs and artists of the decade, per the BBC . The top five songs streamed around the world:
  1. Ed Sheeran, "Shape of You"
  2. Drake, Kyla, Wizkid, "One Dance"
  3. Post Malone, "rockstar (feat. 21 Savage)"

Drake Smashes a Record, Has Big Words for His Mom

A recap of the 2019 Billboard Music Awards

(Newser) - Mother's Day is in a couple weeks, but Drake gave his mom an early gift with a heartfelt speech at the 2019 Billboard Music Awards, where the rap star also broke Taylor Swift's record for most wins. Drake turned up the love for his mom when he picked...

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