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April 7, 2024

One Month Ago: Champagne Papi Broke Music Charts with For All The Dogs

Today, a month after his release, streams of his album are still on the rise.
The cover of For All The Dogs by Drake.
The cover of For All The Dogs by Drake.

On Oct. 6, at 6 a.m. EDT, Canadian rapper, Drake, released his 8th Studio Album, For All the Dogs, and was met with a tremendous amount of support, uncommon for the “8th greatest rapper of all time”, according to iHeart Radio. 

A day after its release, For All the Dogs became the seventh biggest album debut in Spotify history, just behind Taylor Swift’s Speak Now (TV)A few days later, the album hit 514 million streams and Drake tied with “King of Pop” Michael Jackson as the male soloist with the most No. 1 hits in Hot 100 history, with 13 hits each. Praise for his new album did not stop there, however. Whether it be the New York Times asking readers if the album was really meant for dogs, diving into research about dog behavior by experts or the Billboard summarizing Drake’s responses to backlash against his album, Drake broke the news media as well as music charts. By the third week of his new release, on Oct 21, Drake jumped from No. 8 to No. 1 on the Billboard Artist 100 chart and predominated for 38 weeks. 

There is no doubt that Drake’s so-called “lyrical genius” was behind these recognitions, but a surprise element present in the album served to make it even more important for Drake and his fans. Before his release on Oct. 6, Drake surprised fans with a music video of his 17th track on the album, “8am in Charlotte”, which featured his six-year-old son, Adonis Graham. Serving as a launching pad for Adonis’s music career, the album featured the young rapper once again in its fifth track, “Daylight”, which gave fans a sneak peek of Adonis’s upcoming release. 

Surely enough, on Oct. 15, For All the Dogs was accompanied by My Man Freestyle, Adonis’s debut release. While not receiving the same recognition as his father’s album, it served as buildup for his rising music career. 

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Today, a month after his release, Drake is No. 8 on the Billboard Hot 100 with his seventh track on the album, featuring Yeat, “IDGAF”, with streams still on the rise.   

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Mercedes Halliburton, Managing Editor
Mercedes Halliburton is a senior at MAST Academy. She is in her fourth year at the school, arriving in 2019 from St. Theresa Catholic School. Halliburton enjoys MAST more than her previous school because she believes that there is more freedom. Halliburton likes MAST because she enjoys swimming and water. She also enjoys reading and writing, saying that it is her favorite subject. Her least favorite subject is math, and her hardest year was junior year. She doesn’t have a least favorite teacher and she likes most of the teachers. She also likes MAST because it has a nice view and is so close to the beach. Even though MAST is fun, Halliburton claims it is also a challenging school with many hard classes.
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