Drake’s current view is from the top of the Apple Music streaming charts.
The Canadian rapper's latest album Views just broke the record to become the first album to be streamed more than 1 billion times on Apple Music.
Drake made the announcement of the major music milestone on his Instagram account on Monday with a close-up shot of a plaque signed by Apple CEO Tim Cook, as well as another image where he is standing with Cook, iTunes chief Eddy Cue and Apple Music’s head of original content Larry Jackson.
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With massive hits that helped shape the soundtrack of the summer like “One Dance,” “Controlla” and his track with rumored girlfriend Rihanna “Too Good,” it should come to no surprise that Views did so well on the music streaming service.
Drake’s album was an Apple Music and iTunes exclusive when it dropped on April 29, going on to sell more than 1 million copies in this five-day exclusivity period. Views was then released on other streaming services.
Adding to the album’s milestones of successes, Views was certified triple platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) on Aug. 3.
In celebration of his 1 billion Apple Music streams for Views, Drake released a new short film titled Please Forgive Me. Pulling a Beyoncé of a sort on us, the short serves as the visuals for the album.
Coming in at 23 minutes, the visual album Please Forgive Me features Drake and his on-screen girlfriend Fanny Neguesha as they party and find themselves into some trouble. Expect the champagne to be flowing as much as bullets as songs like “Controlla,” “9” and “Views” play in the background.
Please Forgive Me is also an Apple Music exclusive.
Drake and Apple have a long history of working together. The rapper has been on the company’s team since the launch of Apple Music in June of 2015. Along with being able to listen to his Beats 1 radio program, fans can expect more Apple Music exclusives from the rapper in the future.