JOHANNESBURG - Drake has released his much anticipated fourth album, Views (originally titled Views from the 6) on Friday morning.
Fans expected a 2015 release but had to be content with two album length mixtapes: If You're Reading This It's Too Late and a Future collaboration, What A Time To Be Alive. If You're Reading This was initially thought to be the Nothing Was The Same follow-up and racked up 17.3 million streams on Spotify in its first three days.
The Canadian rapper also released three singles during his album hiatus, including two diss tracks aimed at Meek Mill. "Charged Up" and "Back To Back" were debuted on Drake's record label OVO Sound Radio and Apple Music. "Hotline Bling" was released in July 2015 and reached number two on the Billboard Hot 100. Hotline bling was originally intended as the lead single to Views but was relegated to a bonus track in the final cut.
The album features songs with dancehall artist, Popcaan, Future and Rihanna among others. Drake has previously collaborated with Rihanna on multiple tracks including her recent hit single "Work".
The album is exclusively available on iTunes and Apple Music for download and streaming respectively.
Reactions from fans and musicians on Twitter have been positive; with the album title hashtag garnering over 814,000 tweets within hours of its release.