In just 10 years, Drake has become one of the highest-selling musicians in the world. His albums are both commercially successful and liked by critics. While his personal life remains unsteady, Drake continues to release music his fans love. Drake has just announced plans for a new album, More Life, which is to be released in December 2016, and has released three songs as a preview.
Born on October 24, 1986, 30-year-old Drake has accomplished a lot. Not many people know that rapper Drake first started out as an actor. That’s right. Aubrey Drake Graham, better known as Drake, began his career by acting in the teen drama television series Degrassi: The Next Generation, in the early 2000s. With his heart in music, Drake released his debut mixtape Room for Improvement in 2007, and subsequently left the show. Now, Drake has become one of the biggest singing acts on the planet.
People are curious about Drake’s net worth. It is a whopping $101.0 million, and is sure to rise thanks to Drake’s ever-rising popularity.
Birth of a Singer
Drake released two individual projects, Come Back Season and So Far Gone, before signing on to Lil Wayne’s label Young Money Entertainment, in June 2009. In 2010, Drake released his debut studio album Thank Me Later—a huge commercial success. Singles from the album include “Over,” “Find Your Love,” “Miss Me,” and “Fancy” which were very successful, where Drake received two Grammy nominations for Best Rap Performance. In 2011, Drake released his second album Take Care which received great reviews. Though he admitted that it was a rushed effort, Take Care received universal acclaim from music critics. Singles like “Headlines,” “Make Me Proud,” “The Motto,” and “Take Care” were big successes on charts all around the world.
Drake’s songs, and the accompanying videos, were appreciated because of their impact on society. He is recognized as an artist who puts a lot of thought into his music. Drake released his third solo album Nothing Was the Same in September 2013, and immediately landed on the top of the U.S. Billboard 200 charts. Singles like “Nothing Was the Same,” “Hold On, We’re Going Home,” and “Too Much” did extremely well on the charts and proved beyond a doubt that Drake had become one of the biggest rap stars in the world.
A Minor Controversy
Drake then released a commercial mixtape in February 2015, though controversy reigned with fans wondering whether it was a regular album or a mixtape. Either way, his efforts paid off, and If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late breaking his own first-week streaming record on Spotify, with over 17.3 million streams in the first three days. Drake previously held this record with 15.146 million streams for his album Nothing Was the Same. If anything, this mixtape only increased his fan’s appetite for another Drake album. This is exactly what they got a year later.
Biggest Album Ever
In April 2016, Drake released his new album Views which proved to be his most commercially successful effort. The album ranked at number one on the Billboard chart for 10 weeks while its singles also found tremendous success. Hits like “Summer Sixteen,” “Pop Style,” and “One Dance” dominated the charts all over the world. Drake’s albums have achieved the not-so-easy feat of being commercially successful, while also being critically acclaimed. Drake has quickly overshadowed most of his contemporaries, and become one of the most famous singers of any genre.
Wealthy Beyond Dreams
With all the success Drake has achieved, people are curious and asking “How much is Drake worth?” Plenty, since his wealth comes from album and singles sales, concert tours, endorsements, and video projects. Drake rakes in big money with his endorsements for brands like Sprite and Nike. Drake has an affinity for collecting cars as well. He has a collection of luxury cars, including a Bentley Continental, a Bugatti Veyron, and a Lamborghini Gallardo. Drake is putting his hard-earned millions to good use. In 2012, he bought a mansion for $7.7 million, in the exclusive community of Hidden Hills, Los Angeles, California.
An Unsteady Personal Life
There is turmoil in Drake’s personal life, though. He has had a complicated on-again-off-again relationship with singer Rihanna over the past several years. The latest situation, according to reports, is that they are currently not together. Some have cited the couple’s busy touring as being the cause of the split. The only good news from this is that this turbulent relationship is not affecting Drake’s music output.
Soon to Come
Drake has thrilled his fans by releasing some new songs exclusively on Apple Music. Drake’s new album More Life is set to release in December. He has already released three songs, including “Two Birds One Stone,” “Fake Love,” “Sneakin’,” and a remix of Dave Santan’s “Wanna Know,” which have received warm appreciation from both fans and critics.
The Game Changer
It’s not just the chart success and money earned that makes Drake such a good artist. There is a new energy in rap today, and Drake is one of the people who changed the sound of a genre. Armed with a positive attitude and a treasure trove of great music, Drake is all prepared to set the world of music on fire in the years to come.