Drake's new release Scorpion is on the charts and off the charts. Drake got 7 songs in the Top 10, a record (5) previously held by The Beatles. All 25 tracks from Scorpion were in Billboard's Hot 100 charts. Scorpion also generated a record-setting 745.9 million on-demand audio streams in the U.S. in its first week.
Billboard notes that Drake now has a record-tying streak of 8 straight #1 songs, tying Kanye West, Eminem, and The Beatles. All of Drake's full-length releases have hit #1.
Drake, Justin Bieber, and the Weeknd have shown that Canadian artists can cross over easily to the United States. Arcade Fire and Sarah McLachlan along with Tegan and Sara are Canadian exceptions in other music genres. Music has always been easier as a music form to cross over the 49th parallel unlike TV and film. Then again, a lot of Canadian artists never penetrate that invisible wall.
Drake hasn't left behind his Canadian roots. He remains a huge Toronto Raptors superfan.
"I wasn't hiding my child from the world. I was hiding the world from my child."
Drake confirms the rumours on Emotionless that he has a son.
Jay-Z, Nicki Minaj, and Future are on Scorpion as well as music samples from Mariah Carey, Michael Jackson, and Lauryn Hill. There is even a collaboration with fellow Canadian Paul Anka on Don't Matter to Me that incorporated an unreleased Michael Jackson track Anka produced in the early 1980s.
The beauty of the music scene is that Drake can be successful and nobody cares whether he's Canadian, but it's also cool that he is Canadian so young boys and girls can point to Drake's success and think they too could succeed.
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