Drake (Canadian actor/rapper)
Legal name: Aubrey Drake Graham
Also performs as: Champagne Papi
Aubrey Drake Graham (born October 24, 1986), better known as Drake, is a Canadian rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer and actor, born and raised in Toronto, Ontario. He first garnered recognition for his role as Jimmy Brooks on the television series Degrassi: The Next Generation. He later rose to prominence as a rapper, releasing several independent mixtapes before signing to Lil Wayne's Young Money Entertainment in June 2009. Drake's EP, So Far Gone (2009), spawned the singles "Best I Ever Had" and "I'm Goin' In", which reached the top ten of the U.S. Billboard Hot 100.
His first studio album, Thank Me Later (2010), debuted at number one on the U.S. Billboard 200 and was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). His second album, Take Care (2011), topped charts in the United States and Canada and produced the Hot 100 top-ten singles "Take Care" and "The Motto". In promotion of his second album, Drake embarked on the international Club Paradise Tour, which became the most successful hip-hop tour of 2012, grossing over $42 million. It went on to earn Drake his first Grammy Award for Best Rap Album. His third studio album, Nothing Was the Same (2013), achieved commercial success and was supported by the singles "Started from the Bottom" and "Hold On, We're Going Home". In 2015, Drake debuted two mixtapes, If You're Reading This It's Too Late and What a Time to Be Alive, with the former being certified double platinum. His fourth studio album, Views (2016), earned over 1 million equivalent album units in the first week of release, being supported with the singles, "Hotline Bling", "One Dance", and "Pop Style". He is set to headline the Summer Sixteen Tour, with rapper Future in promotion of his latest album and mixtape.
Most of his songs contain R&B and hip hop elements, and he combines rapping with singing. His work has earned him a Grammy Award, three Juno Awards, six BET Awards, and set several significant Billboard charts records. On the Billboard Hot 100 chart, Drake has attained 3 number-one singles as well as 16 number-one singles on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. He leads all three of the Hot Rap Songs, Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay and Rhythmic charts with 15 number-one singles on the former two and 14 number-one singles on the latter. He is one of two artists (the other being 50 Cent) to have simultaneously occupied the top three positions on both charts. Drake formed a record label named OVO Sound in early 2012. He produces records under the pseudonym Champagne Papi. Drake appeared on the Forbes Five list for 2016, which ranks hip hop's wealthiest artists; placed fifth. Drake is also currently the global ambassador for the Toronto Raptors, his hometown NBA team. Drake, along with being a record producer under the pseudonym Champagne Papi, has also written songs for other artists, including Alicia Keys ("Un-Thinkable (I'm Ready)"), Rita Ora ("R.I.P."), Jamie Foxx and Trey Songz.