Rap newcomer Drake is reportedly seeking legal action after an unauthorized compilation album featuring his music was released for sale via iTunes late last month.
The retail project contains various cuts from his popular mixtape So Far Gone.
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, has 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)
Aside from the unauthorized release, Drake recently spoke on possibly releasing his debut album independently.
“A lot of people argue about my buzz, ‘Oh it’s just the Internet buzz’ or ‘Oh it’s not real, it can’t materialize,’ so I think if I did put out an album with no label, I think I could really prove a point which is the changing of a generation because we don’t have the same marketing tools Roc-A-Fella used years ago, that Master P used to sell albums,” Drake said in an interview. “We don’t have those tools, the game has changed. I feel like if I sign to a label and go platinum the first week, they’ll be like ‘Oh, it was the label push,’ but if I did it without, people might say this is really changing, the Internet is a powerful tool. And when you use it the right way, you can make magic happen. I really think it would be legendary, I don’t know how possible it is, because there’s different things you have to consider like distribution, marketing budget and what not. But we have a pretty strong team so I’ma see if we can make it happen.” (Semtex TV)
In addition to his new album, the rapper is reportedly hitting the road alongside Lil Wayne next month.
We have learned that as of right now it is only Lil Wayne and Drake on the tour, no word on Jay-Z and Young Jeezy who were rumored to be joining as well. We also learned that the tour will begin in July this summer. No dates and venues have been announced but we can expect those soon. This information has been confirmed by Wayne’s manager Cortez Bryant. We will be keeping you up-to-date on any news regarding the tour, as well as posting dates as they become available. Keep checking back. (New Lil Wayne)
A representative from Canadian Money Entertainment has said the mixtape’s original intent was to popularize the rapper within the United States.