News: Drake Issues Statement Over Phony Shows, "False Promoters Are Illegally Using My Name"
Thursday, Feb 18, 2010 5:40PM
Young Money's Drake has issued a statement addressing booking agents who are promoting shows and events using his name.
In the statement, Drake also suggests he will be taking legal action to handle the situation.
"It has been brought to my attention that false promoters and booking agents are illegally using my name and likeness to promote concerts and club appearances for their own financial gain. It is frustrating for me to hear that many of my fans, who like myself are innocent victims in these scams, have been misled due to the greed of these promoters. I apologize to any fan that has been a victim of these circumstances or feels let down by false advertising. Please be assured that my team and I take these matters seriously and are actively cooperating with authorities. I cannot thank my fans enough for supporting my music and all that I do." (Rap Radar)
Based off the rapper's MySpace page, his next performance is not until this April.
Upcoming Drake Shows: Apr 6 2010 8:00P Eastern Illinois University Charleston, Illinois Apr 7 2010 12:00A Private Location Columbus, Ohio Apr 9 2010 12:00A Penn State University State College, Pennsylvania Apr 10 2010 7:00P Private Location Boston, Massachusetts (Drake's MySpace)
Last spring, Drake made headlines after an unauthorized compilation of his music was released for retail sale via iTunes.
An unauthorized album called The Girls Love Drake, which features selections from the Toronto rapper's mixtape and other tracks, was released May 28th by a label called Canadian Money Entertainment and distributed by the Independent Online Distribution Alliance (IODA) on iTunes, Rhapsody and Amazon. Drake's camp, which is still trying to clear the samples on So Far Gone and his two other mixtapes in hopes of selling them in stores, says it didn't authorize the release. If it hadn't been disqualified on the grounds that it wasn't confirmed as being an official album, The Girls Love Drake would have debuted this week at No. 101 on the Billboard 200, No. 16 on the Digital Albums chart and No. 1 on the Heatseekers tally. (Billboard)
Drake's manager, Al Branch, also addressed the album's national release.
"This is a straight bootleg, a scandal. We are behind promoting records at radio, but haven't sold it," Branch said in a statement. "iTunes position is that they are a store and they stock everything. They have a waiver and as long as people sign it and are responsible for the product they submit, then they go for it." (Statement)
Check out a recent Drake interview down below: