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New tunes: Drake thrilled his Instagram audience of 113 million on Thursday, announcing the release of a new album, Honestly, Nevermind at Midnight.  Pictured 2016

Drake drives fans crazy when he announces the surprise release of his new album, Nevermind

Drake drives fans crazy when he announces the surprise release of his new album, Nevermind

Drake delighted his 113 million Instagram fans on Thursday, by announcing the release of a new album, Honestly, Nevermind at Midnight.

The 35-year-old rap star has released the cover of the project, which will be his seventh studio album, following last year’s release of Certified Lover Boy.

“Seventh studio album ‘HONESTLY, NEVERMIND’ released at midnight,” the Canadian songmaker captioned the photo, with the new album’s name simply displayed.

New tunes: Drake thrilled his Instagram audience of 113 million on Thursday, announcing the release of a new album, Honestly, Nevermind at Midnight. Pictured 2016

The album comes as a complete surprise, as the musician did not do any prior promotion for it.

The sensational ad garnered nearly 2 million followers within its first two hours, including 45-year-old former rap competitor Kanye West.

The hip-hop star – who has sold more than 37 million albums worldwide – is likely to discuss the new album during tonight’s first episode of his SiriusXM Table For One radio show.

The show will air an hour before the album’s release, at 11 p.m. ET on Sound 42.

The speed of the new project may be due in part to the recent singing that the star of God’s Plan reported to a $400 million recording contract earlier this year.

On May 3, Sir Lucien Grange – president of Universal Music Group – confirmed that Drake had signed an “extensive and multifaceted deal” with the label, as previously reported. diverse.

The deal includes recordings, publishing, merchandising and visual media projects.

NEW SHOW: The songwriter is likely to discuss the album during tonight's first episode of his SiriusXM radio show Table For One, which he promoted on Instagram ahead of the album's announcement.

NEW SHOW: The songwriter is likely to discuss the album during tonight’s first episode of his SiriusXM radio show Table For One, which he promoted on Instagram ahead of the album’s announcement.

Drake’s Certified Lover Boy is released via his OVO Sound imprint under license to Republic Records (owned by UMG).

The album earned a nomination for Best Rap Album and Best Rap Performance at the 2022 Grammy Awards.

However, the artist – who has won four Grammy Awards in the past – withdrew from the nomination for the awards.

Big deal: The speed of the new project may be due to the hip-hop star's recent singing of a $400 million recording contract earlier this year;  Pictured October 2019

Big deal: The speed of the new project may be due to the hip-hop star’s recent singing of a $400 million recording contract earlier this year; Pictured October 2019

The chart top has been known to criticize the Grammys, and in response to the Grammy snub at The Weeknd in 2020, he wrote on Instagram urging a new platform.

I think we should stop allowing ourselves to be shocked every year by the disconnect between influential music and these awards and just accept that what was once the highest form of recognition may not matter to the artists who are now and who come next. “.

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“This is a great time for someone to start something new that we can build over time and pass on to future generations,” he added.

Final Project: Drake's latest album earned a nomination for Best Rap Album and Best Rap Performance at the 2022 Grammy Awards, although he withdrew from the nomination;  Certified Lover Boy album cover

Final Project: Drake’s latest album earned a nomination for Best Rap Album and Best Rap Performance at the 2022 Grammy Awards, although he withdrew from the nomination; Certified Lover Boy album cover