Drake
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2021

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Drake

While putting finishing touches on his 21-track, 86-minute behemoth “Certified Lover Boy,” Toronto’s favorite son scored hit collaborations with partners as varied as Nike, fashion company A Bathing Ape and candle company Revolve. He invested heavily in vegan food brand Daring Foods, further extending his already enormous global reach. He also inked a deal with Live Nation to open the 2,500-capacity Toronto venue History and signed on to executive produce the hockey-themed documentary “Black Ice” alongside LeBron James. Despite being panned by critics, “Certified Lover Boy” was an instant No. 1 that scored the biggest sales debut of 2021, with 595,300 album-equivalent unit sales and 680.9 million streams its first week out.

Career

  • TOP BOY
  • Views
  • Certified Lover Boy

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2018 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2019 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2020 Variety500 Honoree
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Rapper Drakeo the Ruler Dead After Backstage Stabbing at L.A. Concert

Rapper Drakeo the Ruler Dead After Backstage Stabbing at L.A. Concert

Rapper Drakeo the Ruler died after being stabbed backstage at the Once Upon a Time in L.A. multi-artist concert at the Banc of California Stadium, a rep for the performer has confirmed to Variety.Superstar Drake, who appeared on a Drakeo the Ruler single earlier this year, was among those posting condolences on social media. ""Nah man this shit isn’t right for real wtf are we doing," posted Drake, who make a guest appearance on a Drakeo single earlier this year....

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