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Views (album)

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Studio album by Drake
ReleasedApril 29, 2016
Drake chronology
What a Time to Be Alive
More Life
Singles from Views
  1. "Hotline Bling"
    Released: July 31, 2015
  2. "One Dance"
    Released: April 5, 2016
  3. "Pop Style"
    Released: April 5, 2016
  4. "Controlla"
    Released: June 7, 2016[4]
  5. "Too Good"
    Released: July 26, 2016[5]
Views is the fourth studio album by Canadian rapper Drake. It was released on April 29, 2016,[6] by Young Money Entertainment,Cash Money Records and Republic Records.[7] Recording sessions took place between 2014 and 2016, with the production that was primarily handled by his longtime and frequent collaborator 40, alongside with each of these several producers, includingNineteen85, Maneesh Bidaye, Kanye West and Jordan Ullman. The album was supported by the five singles: "Hotline Bling", "One Dance" featuring Wizkid and Kyla, "Pop Style" featuring The Throne, "Controlla" and "Too Good" featuring Rihanna.[8]
Views was met with lukewarm reviews from critics, many of whom found it to be an overlong retread of Drake's previous work. The album remained at number one on the US Billboard 200 for 13 non-consecutive weeks. "One Dance" became Drake's first BillboardHot 100 number-one single as a lead artist, spending 10 weeks at number one. As of August 2016, the album has sold 1.4 million copies in the United States.[9] Views became the first album to accumulate one-billion streams on Apple Music.[10]




The album's title was first announced as Views from the 6, as it first appeared from a report in a July 2014 article from Billboard.[11]According to Drake on Twitter, "the 6" is a reference to his hometown of Toronto, Ontario. On April 28, 2016, it was revealed that the title had been shortened to Views.[12] The cover artwork for Views was released via Drake's Twitter account on April 24, 2016, which features Drake sitting atop the CN Tower in Toronto. The fact that Drake was significantly larger than life-size on the cover was widely discussed,[13][14] and CN Tower's Twitter account later confirmed it to be photoshopped.[15]


On January 30, 2016, Drake premiered a single, called "Summer Sixteen" on the OVO Sound Radio show. The track was producedby 40Boi-1da and Cubeatz. The song contains a slowed-down sample of "Glass Tubes" performed by Brian Bennett.[16] The cover art was designed by Filip Pągowski, who was a creator of the Comme des Garçons logo.[17] The song peaked at number 6 on the USBillboard Hot 100, selling 215,000 copies in its first week, making it the highest debut sales of Drake's career.[18] On March 26, 2016, that single sold 358,032 copies in the United States.[19] On April 4, 2016, the album was initially been teased in London, England.[20][21] On April 9, Drake released the official trailer for Views on his Twitter.[22] Drake opened the "pop-up" stores, and he has been given away free black and white T-shirts with "Views" written on the front. 40 stated that the mixes for the clean versions were finished, as well as having all sample clearances and credits have been finalized.[23] On April 26, Drake revealed that Viewswould be featuring some 20 or more songs than any of his previous albums, excluding the bonus tracks.[24] After his last stop at the "pop-up" store in Toronto, Drake released the official album cover on social media. On April 29, the album premiered on Apple Music's OVO Sound Radio show, following his interview with Beats 1's radio host Zane Lowe, and released on both Apple Music andiTunes exclusively.[25]


"Hotline Bling" was released as the album's lead single on July 31, 2015. The track was produced by his frequent collaboratorNineteen85.
"One Dance" was released as the album's second single on April 5, 2016.[8] The song features guest vocals from a Nigerianmusician Wizkid and British recording artist Kyla, and Nineteen85. "One Dance" is the number-one song for the summer on Spotify.[26]
"Pop Style" was released as the album's third single on April 5, 2016. The song features guest vocals from an American hip hop duo The Throne (composed of rappers Kanye West and Jay Z), with the production that was provided by Sevn Thomas and Frank Dukes. Upon the release, Drake removed The Throne's verses, and re-recorded his own as a part of his replacement verses to this track.
"Controlla" was released as the fourth single from the album in the United States on June 7, 2016.[4]
"Too Good" was released as the album's fifth single on July 26, 2016.[5] The song features guest vocals from recording artist Rihanna, with the production that was provided by Nineteen85.

Other songs[edit]

In August 2014, a one-minute-long snippet, called "Views from the Six" was leaked online.[27] The snippet features a verse by Drake over the instrumental which was later used for the second half of the track "U With Me?" However, the lyrics rapped were changed completely. In few weeks before the album's release, two other tracks were also leaked online: "Faithful" featuring Pimp C, and "Controlla" featuring Popcaan. Both of these tracks were included on the album, but with changes —an additional verse by dvsn was added to "Faithful" and Popcaan's verse was removed from "Controlla." On September 24, 2016, an extended version of "Faithful" with 2 additional verses from dvsn was premiered on the OVO Sound Radio show. [28]After the release of Views, it was revealed that Lil Wayne was initially featured on the song "Hype."[29] On May 21, 2016, the version featuring Lil Wayne, premiered on the OVO Sound Radio show.[30]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic2.5/5 stars[31]
The A.V. ClubB–[32]
The Daily Telegraph3/5 stars[33]
The Guardian4/5 stars[34]
The Independent2/5 stars[35]
Rolling Stone3.5/5 stars[38]
Tiny Mix Tapes2.5/5[40]
Views received generally lukewarm reviews from critics.[41] At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream publications, the album received an average score of 69, based on 31 reviews.[42] Many reviewers found it overlong and lacking in a cohesive theme, while claiming Drake was not challenging himself artistically;[43] according to MTV's Meghan Garvey, the unenthusiastic response to the record may have been attributed to Drake's "unwillingness (or inability) to significantly evolve beyond his time-tested signature sound, clinging to the comfort of the same frosty 40 beats, zingy aphorisms, and perennial trust issues".[41]Reviewing Views in The New York Times, Jon Caramanica said Drake's "emotional excavations aren't as striking as they were a few years ago, when they had the sting of the new to them."[44] In The A.V. Club, Evan Rytlewski argued that he had "done this before and done it better", describing the album as "too long and stubbornly low energy".[32] Neil McCormick wrote in The Daily Telegraphthat in spite of some evocative production and Drake's impressive rapping skills, his continued "navel gazing" demonstrated a lack of emotional maturity and insight.[33] Brooklyn Russell from Tiny Mix Tapes wrote that "for an artist so eager to entertain, so set on proving his superstar status in a fickle industry, he surprisingly doesn't take any risks in order to do something truly different," while observing a "glaring lack of consistency in lyrics, song ideas, and good humor."[40] Andy Gill of The Independent was more critical, panning the album as "utterly wearying and unpersuasive" while declaring that "rarely has one man moaned quite so much about so little."[35]
Alexis Petridis wrote a largely positive review in The Guardian, arguing that Views "offers a lengthy inventory of miseries, cleverly offset by a sly sense of humour and eclectic sound". He deemed it "compelling evidence that this is the defining pop artist of the moment".[34] In The ObserverKitty Empire found the lyrical and production detail "pin-sharp",[45] and Mojo wrote that the overly introspective themes were redeemed by Drake's nimble flow and clever sense of humor.[46] NME journalist Nick Levine said his "signature brand of downbeat introspection remains gripping".[36] Los Angeles Times critic Mikael Wood wrote that the record "sets his harshest thoughts about women against the prettiest, most sensual music he's ever made", featuring a number of "deeply beautiful tracks" that "further dismantles whatever barrier was left between rap and R&B following Drake's earlier albums".[47]

Commercial performance[edit]

In Drake's home country of Canada, Views sold 110,000 equivalent album units, and sold 92,000 copies in its opening week.[48] In the United States, Views debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, with 1.04 million equivalent album units, selling 852,000 copies in its first week of release, and achieving over 245 million streams, more than previous record 115.2  million by Beyoncé's Lemonade.[49] It is the biggest debut since Adele's 25 collected 1.19 million units in its fifth week of release (week ending December 24, 2015).[50] The last album by a male artist to post a bigger pure album sales week was Justin Timberlake's The 20/20 Experience when it debuted with 968,000 copies sold in the week ending March 24, 2013.[50] Views became Drake's sixth consecutive number-one album (fifth as solo artist) on the Billboard 200 and largest sales week.[51] In the United Kingdom, the album debuted at number one on the UK Albums Chart, with 78,000 sales, becoming Drake's first number-one on that chart.[52] With Views, Drake also joined Adele, Michael Bublé and Taylor Swift as the only artists in the 2010s decade to have an album remain at number one on the Billboard 200 for six consecutive weeks.[53] Overall,Views has attained 1 billion streams in the United States, according to his record label.[54] As of August 2016, it has sold 1.4 million copies in the United States.[9]

Track listing[edit]

1."Keep the Family Close"  
  • Bidaye
3."U with Me?"  
4."Feel No Ways"  
  • Graham
  • Samuels
  • Shebib
  • Paul Jefferies
  • Cobey
  • Anthony Tucker
  • Kevin Gomringer
  • Tim Gomringer
6."Weston Road Flows"  
  • 40
8."With You" (featuring PartyNextDoor)
9."Faithful" (featuring Pimp C and dvsn)
10."Still Here"  
  • Graham
  • Jahmar Carter
  • Shebib
  • Bidaye
12."One Dance(featuring Wizkid and Kyla)
13."Grammys" (featuring Future)
14."Child's Play"  
  • Graham
  • Shebib
  • Leland Wayne
  • Mark Morales
  • Darren Robinson
  • Damon Wimbley
15."Pop Style"  
16."Too Good(featuring Rihanna)
  • Nineteen85
  • Supa Dups[b]
  • Bidaye[b]
17."Summer's Over Interlude"  
  • Bidaye
18."Fire & Desire"  
  • Graham
  • Shebib
  • Marvin Thomas
  • Jordan Lewis
  • Brandy Norwood
  • Rochad Holiday
  • Curtis Wilson
  • William Young
  • Graham
  • Bidaye
  • Shebib
  • Samuels
  • Aion Clarke
20."Hotline Bling(Bonus track - all versions)
  • Nineteen85
Total length:
Album notes
  • The CD edition features several of the tracks with edited intros and/or outros due to medium capacity limitations.[58]
Track notes
  • ^[a] signifies a co-producer.
  • ^[b] signifies an additional producer.
  • "Keep the Family Close" features background vocals by Filbert Assibo-Dadzie, Sabrina Galmo and Aion "Voyce" Clarke.
  • "9" features additional background vocals by Jelleestone.
  • "U with Me?" features additional background vocals by Divine Brown and PartyNextDoor.
  • "Feel No Ways" features background vocals by Daniel Daley.
  • "Hype" features background vocals by James McMorrow and additional background vocals by Baka.
  • "Redemption" features background vocals by Darhyl "DJ" Camper, Jr.
  • "With You" features background vocals by Jeremih.
  • "Faithful" features background vocals by Darhyl "DJ" Camper, Jr.
  • "Controlla" features background vocals by Beenie Man.
  • "Too Good" features background vocals by Beverly Crandon.
  • "Summer's Over Interlude" features vocals by Majid Al Maskati.
  • "Views" features background vocals by Aion "Voyce" Clarke.
Sample credits


Record Producers
  • 40 – production (2, 3, 6, 7, 9, 10, 12, 13, 14, 18, 19)
  • Axlfolie – production (3)
  • The Beat Bully – production (5)
  • Murda Beatz – production (8)
  • Maneesh Bidaye – production (1, 10, 16, 17, 19)
  • Boi-1da – production (2, 5, 9, 11, 19)
  • Metro Boomin – production (14)
  • Cardiak – production (8)
  • Cardo – production (13)
  • Cubeatz – production (5)
  • DJ Dahi – production (3)
  • Frank Dukes – production (15)
  • Supa Dups – production (11, 16)
  • Yung Exclusive – production (13)
  • Di Genius – production (11)
  • Hagler – production (18)
  • Jordan Lewis – production (18)
  • DJ Maphorisa – production (12)
  • Martin Mason – production (18)
  • Brian Morgan – production (2)
  • Nineteen85 – production (5, 9, 12, 16, 20)
  • OZ – production (3)
  • Ricci Riera – production (3)
  • Allen Ritter – production (11)
  • Southside – production (13)
  • Stwo – production (6)
  • Jordan Ullman – production (4, 14)
  • Vinylz – production (3)
  • Kanye West – production (3, 4)
  • Wizkid – production (12)


Chart (2016)Peak
Australian Albums (ARIA)[59]1
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[60]20
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[61]3
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[62]13
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[63]1
Czech Albums (ČNS IFPI)[64]19
Danish Albums (Hitlisten)[65]1
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[66]3
Finnish Albums (Suomen virallinen lista)[67]2
French Albums (SNEP)[68]4
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[69]11
Greek Albums (IFPI)[70]22
Hungarian Albums (MAHASZ)[71]31
Irish Albums (IRMA)[72]2
Italian Albums (FIMI)[73]10
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[74]1
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[75]1
Portuguese Albums (AFP)[76]6
Russian Albums (2M)[77]1
Scottish Albums (OCC)[78]1
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[79]2
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[80]4
UK Albums (OCC)[81]1
UK R&B Albums (OCC)[82]1
US Billboard 200[83]1
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[84]1

Certifications and sales[edit]

RegionCertificationCertified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[85]Gold35,000^
Austria (IFPI Austria)[86]Gold7,500*
Canada (Music Canada)[87]Platinum80,000^
Denmark (IFPI Denmark)[88]Gold10,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[89]Platinum300,000^
United States (RIAA)[90]3× Platinum1,441,000[9]
*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

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