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Steve Stoute: ‘If Drake goes independent, the music business is over…’

Shock news! The boss of a high-profile distributor that helps artists to operate outside the traditional label system reckons a big artist will soon decide to operate outside the traditional label system! Steve Stoute...
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Drake’s rap-battle partner Caffeine raises $113m funding round

Microsoft may have closed its Mixer livestreaming service and thrown its lot in with Facebook, but another of Twitch’s live-video rivals has just raised a big funding round. Caffeine is the company, and the round...
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Today’s positive coronavirus-related industry news (17 April)

Start today with David Guetta’s plans for a ‘United at Home‘ fundraising livestream from Miami this Saturday. The two-hour set will be streamed on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Twitter and Twitch, with four...
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Drake’s ‘Toosie Slide’ heads towards 3bn views on TikTok

Drake released his new track ‘Toosie Slide’ on 2nd April, and as we reported before, TikTok and other social platforms were part of its marketing strategy right from the start, thanks to the recruitment of some prominent...
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Drake tapped dancing influencers for ‘Toosie Slide’ release

If you’ve been spotting Drake’s new track ‘Toosie Slide’ all over your socials in recent days, it’s no accident. Rolling Stone has a piece explaining how the artist enlisted some popular dancing influencers to...
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Billie Eilish wins big in Apple awards and Spotify 2019 stats

What we need, said almost nobody in the music industry, are a few more awards ceremonies. But now we have two, from the world’s biggest subscription music-streaming services. Spotify’s first awards will take place...
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Drake gathers old non-album tracks in streaming ‘Care Package’

If we know anything about the dynamics of music-streaming in 2019, it’s that quiet periods aren’t really an option: like sharks, artists have to constantly be in motion in terms of activity and releases. But those don’t...
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Drake inks a ‘creative partnership’ with SiriusXM and Pandora

Drake famously took to the stage at the launch of Apple Music in 2015 to give his endorsement of the company’s new streaming service. But you don’t get to be one of the biggest stars in the streaming era without sharing...
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Drake and Scooter Braun’s esports startup raises $35m

There’s plenty of money swishing around the esports market, with investors and celebrities alike keen to get involved in professional gaming. Drake and Scooter Braun are among them: both are co-owners of esports company...
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Drake invests in another esports startup, Players’ Lounge

We know Drake likes Fortnite: he’s one of the highest-profile musicians to play (and stream video of it) online, with gaming star Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins. And we know Drake likes investing in the games world: in October...
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IFPI names Drake as its ‘Global Recording Artist of 2018’

Please sit down for this bombshell revelation: Drake was popular in 2018. So popular, in fact, that the Canadian artist has been named as the IFPI’s ‘best-selling recording artist’ for last year – a feat that covers...
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Drake’s 2009 mixtape ’So Far Gone’ comes to streaming services

Remember the days when Drake was starting from the bottom? It’s possible that his younger fans don’t, not least because some of the original mixtapes that made his name aren’t available (officially) on modern-day streaming...