Drake’s 2016 Timeline: Part 2
We are in a new year so on the second day of January, let’s look at the second half of the year he had in 2016 and cheers to an even better 2017.
By July, ‘Views’ was still dominating charts. Drake joined Michael Jackson to be the only two male artists to spend 7 consecutive weeks atop both the Billboard 200 and Hot 100 charts. “Michael Jackson talkin’ to me in my dreams
And he say, “You bad and you know it”.
‘Views’ also went on to top Taylor Swift’s ‘1989’ album, becoming the first album since than to spend 11 weeks as the No. 1 album in the U.S.
On July 20th, the long awaited Summer Sixteen Tour kicked off in Austin, Texas. Future was the co-headliner and OVO artists, Roy Woods and DVSN served as opening acts.
Drake also took to Instagram to share an old and very sweet letter penned to his mother, Sandi.
The seventh annual OVO Fest kicked off on July 29th…
And ended on August 1st, merging with the SS Tour. The list of performers was star studded, including performances by Sean Paul, French Montana, and dvsn just to name a few.
And even as we came to the end of the summer, that ‘Views’ reign would not let up. Billboard announced that ‘Views’ had sold over 3 million copies, earning Drake triple platinum status.
The highly anticipated music video to “Child’s Play” dropped, featuring Tyra Banks and a cameo from OVO’s own OB O’Brien.
In streaming news, Spotify announced that “One Dance” was the most streamed song of the summer! It topped both the U.S. and global charts. “Controlla” and “Too Good” also made the charts.
Spotify’s U.S. Top 10 Songs of the Summer:
1. Drake (feat. Wizkid, Kyla) – One Dance
2. Drake (feat. Rihanna) – Too Good
3. Rihanna – Needed Me
4. Calvin Harris (feat. Rihanna) – This Is What You Came For
5. Drake – Controlla
Spotify’s Global Top 10 Songs of the Summer:
1. Drake (feat. Wiz Kid, Kyla) – One Dance
2. Calvin Harris (feat. Rihanna) – This Is What You Came For
3. Sia – Cheap Thrills
4. The Chainsmokers (feat. Daya) – Don’t Let Me Down
5. Justin Timberlake – CAN’T STOP THE FEELING
6. Drake (feat. Rihanna) – Too Good
Apple Music also announced that “Views” was the first album to reach a billion streams.
And closing out September, Drake released his short film “Please Forgive Me”, starring The Boy himself and model Fanny Neguesha as his leading lady. Inspired by the music of his latest album, Please Forgive Me took us through an intense ride.
The Summer Sixteen Tour was one of the hottest tours of the year and Drake decided to keep the momentum going, showing love to his UK fans in the process. The Boy Meets World Tour is going to kick off on January 18th and aside from the dates, everything has been pretty tight lipped so far.
Once again, Drake joins Michael Jackson in the land of record breakers. Michael Jackson set and retained his record for the most American Music Awards nominations at 11. On October 10th, Drake broke that record with 13 total nominations! Drake was up for Artist of the Year, Favorite Male Artist, Favorite Album, Favorite Rap Artist, Favorite Pop/Rock Artist, Favorite Rap Song, among other awards.
In honor of his 30th birthday, Drake hosted a special episode of OVO Sound Radio on the 23rd. It was there that he dropped four new songs and also announced his new project, “More Life”.
And on October 24th, Drake brought in his birthday right, surrounded by family and friends.
November was the month of awards for Drake. At the MOBO Awards, Drake won for best International Act.
At the MTV EMA’s, Drake won for best hip hop act.
And at the American Music Awards, Drake won four of the thirteen categories he was nominated for. He took home awards for Best Rap/Hip-Hop Artist, Best Rap/Hip Hop Album, Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Artist for “Hotline Bling”, and Favorite Soul/R&B song for “Work” with Rihanna.
At the end of the year, we got a pretty clear idea of just how grand Drake’s reign over 2016 was.
In just a matter of months, “Views” rose to becoming quadruple platinum.
— chart data (@chartdata) December 5, 2016
On December 6th, the 2017 Grammy Nominations were announced and of course, Drake was one of leaders of the pack with a whopping eight nominations!
Drake was Spotify’s Most Streamed Artist of 2016 and “One Dance” was also the first song to reach 1 billion streams on Spotify.
On the Apple Music front, Drake had the top album and the top of song of 2016 with “Views” and “One Dance”.
Drake also dominated the 2016 Billboard Charts, coming in top 5 in all 17 categories he’s in.
2. Justin Bieber
Top Male Artists
1. Justin Bieber
3. The Weeknd
Hot 100 Artists
2. Justin Bieber
3. twenty one pilots
Drake was also on the top of Genius.com’s year end charts, being named Top Artist of the year. For Top Album, Views claimed the #2 spot.
And when the Year End Charts for the SPS Top 50 came in, Drake hit the jackpot. Top Artist, Top Song, and Top Album, wins all across the board.
And to end off 2016, Drake tied with his mentor, Lil Wayne for the most Hot 100 Hits for solo acts in the chart’s 58 year history. Drake and Lil Wayne both come in at 132, with Drake’s latest collab with Gucci Mane “Both”, granting him the honor.
Drake had an unbelievable run in 2016 and with the Boy Meets World tour kicking off and More Life dropping soon, one can only imagine how prosperous 2017 will be for October’s Very Own.
Source: DRAKE RAPPER, Word on Road
3 Jan, 2017
Drake’s 2016 Timeline: Part 2
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