Drake's New Album 'Views' Now Available Exclusively on iTunes and Apple Music

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Drake's latest album made its global streaming debut on Apple Music last night and is now available to buy on iTunes. Priced at $13.99, Views (previously titled Views From The Six) features 20 new tracks, including the slow jam hit "Hotline Bling".

    The Canadian rapper's album will be exclusive to Apple Music for one week, after which it will become available on other music streaming services like Spotify.


    Views is just the latest tactically timed release in an ongoing battle among music streaming services for exclusivity, with Drake forming rank alongside Taylor Swift and Adele in Apple's corner, as the company faces off against competing streaming service Tidal's frontline co-owners Jay Z, Kanye West, Beyonce, and Rihanna.

    Last week, Beyoncé's newest album Lemonade launched on Tidal approximately 24 hours before it became available for users to purchase on the likes of iTunes, Amazon, and Google Play, and remains the only service able to stream the album.

    Drake and Apple have been in a partnership since the launch of Apple Music last summer, with the artist contributing his own Beats 1 radio show to the streaming service. Drake recently confirmed his partnership with Apple will continue into live music as Apple Music will sponsor his "Summer Sixteen" tour.

    Drake's fourth studio album comes one year after If You're Reading This It's Too Late, which also had its debut on iTunes. In August, Quartz reported that Drake was the second most played artist on Apple Music.

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  2. FSMBP macrumors 68020


    Jan 22, 2009
    Pretty sure it was called Views From The Six, not Stix.
  3. Kebabselector macrumors 68030


    May 25, 2007
    Birmingham, UK
    Nice, if it's your thing - if not I'm sure you'll be along soon to tell us.
  4. bushido Suspended


    Mar 26, 2008
    "Exclusively" as well as a Google Search result ;)
  5. MacCubed macrumors 68000


    Apr 26, 2014
    Drake's music is still garbage so... I'll just stick to my alt-rock
  6. trife, Apr 29, 2016
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    trife macrumors 6502


    Apr 16, 2012
    Yep, they'll be in here soon.

    I love when people take time out of their day to voice their displeasure on the internet about music they're not going to listen to. Makes perfect sense.
  7. Mike MA macrumors 68020

    Mike MA

    Sep 21, 2012
    Hopefully Kanye watches this and learnes how to earn some credibility.
  8. TheRealTVGuy, Apr 29, 2016
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    TheRealTVGuy macrumors 6502a


    Jul 21, 2010
    Orlando, FL
    I understand these "exclusive releases" are still kind of fresh for Apple Music, but I'm sure eventually they won't be so newsworthy.
  9. jmh600cbr macrumors 6502a


    Feb 14, 2012
    I'm a huge drake fan but this album is straight garbage
  10. MH01, Apr 29, 2016
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    MH01 Suspended


    Feb 11, 2008
    Front page news?? If it was Taylor Swift....sure...
  11. 2457282 Suspended

    Dec 6, 2012
    It seems interesting, and not just for Apple, how the streaming apps are trying to use the "exclusive release" to lure people to sign up. Kanye tried and failed with Tidal, but bey and others are still at it. My guess is that once things settle down (spotify, pandora and apple already seem to be the ones that will survive) this will go away. I don't see these exclusive wars in books or movies because those sectors are pretty stable. The streaming sector still has some growth and settling to do.
  12. MrGimper macrumors 603


    Sep 22, 2012
    Andover, UK
    Excellent, been waiting with baited breath for this. Now I can compare it with the sound of my cat taking a dump whilst being auto-tuned to within an inch of its life. My cat probably still wins tho.
  13. OtherJesus macrumors 6502


    Sep 28, 2005
    Bay Area, California
    Hasn't even been out for 12 hours and you've already dubbed it as garbage? A real fan of an artist wouldn't sell an album so short.

    I'm enjoying it so far. Maybe it will grow on you after 12 1/2 hours.
  14. springsup macrumors 65816


    Feb 14, 2013
    So they made his music video, are sponsoring his tour, and all they get is a week?
  15. btrach144 macrumors 68000


    Aug 28, 2015
    I'm halfway through the album and I'm not that impressed. 3/4 of the songs so far are just him talking into a mic with some type of voice enhancer/auto tuner. Bummer
  16. rbonzer macrumors newbie

    Nov 23, 2011
    Whenever I hear "exclusive" I have to sigh. From what I understand about exclusive, provider A pays content maker B extra money to be exclusive to their service. Provider A has to get that money from somewhere, so they charge more for the service to all their customers. Sometimes it pays off for the service and customers like it, sometimes it doesn't. Either way, it costs all customers more. It works this way with TV too. Think sports. If I want that content I have to subscribe to more providers or services to get it. I just choose not to chase the content and I lose out on some things I'd want. Oh well.
  17. marty1980 macrumors 6502

    Apr 22, 2011
    Beyonce, Drake... I understand... These are the biggest names in music and selling them exclusively is a money maker.

    Popular Music today confuses the hell out of me. It's not like when I was younger and the "old people" would complain about my hip-hop and alt-rock. Music today has little-to-no substance. The sounds are fine. The words flow fine. But when you think about the meaning of the song. It's not there. Or it's hidden between gaps of worthless words that are only there for word-play.

    I'd like to see Apple invest in promoting independent artists. Beyonce doesn't need an exclusive album or for her name to be promoted to sell records (at least not yet), but there are plenty of good independent artists who deserve a shot. Not saying exclusivity is very good for independents (it's not really good for anyone). Just that Apple never really shows support for independents even though they have a popular platform that can reach millions of potential fans in an instant.
  18. Shirasaki macrumors G3


    May 16, 2015
    Accidently realise this album is already in my iTunes wishlist. Oh, good.
    20 AUD. Maybe I need to buy a few more Steam games using this amount of money.
    Music itself is not bad, but also not the type can catching my heart and ear in the first time.
    However, why on earth almost all songs are "album only"?
  19. SvP macrumors 6502


    Mar 31, 2009
    I'm fighting the internal battle too not tell you how much i hate that guy. And also to not post this, but, how is posting about people that are going to be posting something you don't agree on, any better? (serious paradox to me)
  20. OneMike macrumors 603


    Oct 19, 2005
    That literally made me laugh out loud.
  21. Steeley macrumors regular


    Sep 10, 2011
    Not like in the old days when we had real music like "splish splash I was taking a bath", right?

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