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Drake releases new album, credits Beatles

Drake releases new album, credits Beatles
Canadian star Drake. (BBC)

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Drake has credited John Lennon and Paul McCartney as co-writers on his long-awaited new album, Certified Lover Boy.

The former Beatles are listed on the opening track, Champagne Poetry, for an interpolation of their song Michelle.

Drake’s sixth album also features guest spots by Jay-Z, Nicki Minaj, Travis Scott, 21 Savage, Lil Baby and Yebba.

Originally scheduled for 2020, then early 2021, the record was delayed when the star tore his anterior cruciate ligament, requiring knee surgery.

“Between surgery and rehab my energy has been dedicated to recovery,” he said in a message to fans at the start of 2021.

“I’m blessed to be back on my feet and feeling great and focused on the album, but CLB won’t be dropping in January.”

Drake finally confirmed a release date with a cryptic message on sports channel ESPN last month and, in the last couple of days, teased the names of his collaborators on billboards in New York, Toronto, Chicago, and Los Angeles.

The 34-year-old is one of the most influential and successful hip-hop stars of the last decade, whose emotionally vulnerable lyrics and unique vocal delivery fundamentally changed the nature of rap music. (BBC)