Drake’s ‘Views’ Reaches 1 Billion Streams + See His Short Film ‘Please Forgive Me’
Rapper and singer Drake, as well as Toronto overall, have a major reason to celebrate as Drizzy’s latest studio album, Views, has become the first album to be streamed 1 BILLION times on Apple Music!
To celebrate the milestone, Apple presented him with a plaque during the San Jose stop on his Summer Sixteen Tour over the weekend. Drizzy accepted the award from Apple CEO Tim Cook, Senior Vice President of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue, and Apple Music’s head of content, Larry Jackson:
Released April 29, 2016 through Young Money Entertainment, Cash Money Records and Republic Records, Views was met with lukewarm reviews from critics, many of whom found it to be an overlong retread of Drake‘s previous work, but that didn’t stop its commercial success as it debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 Albums chart, where it remained for 13 weeks.
As of August 2016, the album has sold 1.4 million copies in the United States.
In other Drake news, he released his short film Please Forgive Me. With a running time of 23 minutes, the film was inspired by Views, and was directed by Anthony Mandler and co-stars Popcaan, Fanny Neguesha, Soni Chidiebere, and Kyla Reid.
The film was shot in Soweto township in Johannesburg, South Africa, this July, and draws inspiration from movies including Indecent Proposal, The Bourne Identity, and Taken, and features seven songs from Views including Controlla, One Dance and Pop Style. Take a look at the film below: