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...
July 20, 2020
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...
July 3, 2020
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...
April 17, 2020
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...
April 16, 2020
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...
April 6, 2020
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...
December 3, 2019
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...
August 2, 2019
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...
July 26, 2019
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...
July 17, 2019
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...
March 29, 2019
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...
February 27, 2019
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...
February 14, 2019