It looks like Drake's career could be singing a new tune. The Canadian rapper is reportedly preparing to sign a $19-million contract with Apple to help launch a new music streaming site. The announcement is expected to be made at a conference in San Francisco on June 8th.
In March,Jay Z made waves in the music industry by releasing the new streaming service Tidal. At the time it appeared that the rap mogul had all of music’s top artists backing the new initiative, with wife Beyoncé, Madonna, Rihanna, Chris Martin and Kanye West in attendance at the star-studded launch party. But it seems that the 28-year-old rapper, who was rumoured to be one of Jay Z’s first partners in the project, has decided to branch out from the musical A-Listers and partner with competitor Apple.
Some sources say that fellow hitmakers Pharrell Williams and David Guetta have also been recruited by the tech giant and the new streaming app will include a competitive subscription plan and an update to iTunes Radio, which was first introduced in 2003.
Toronto-native Drake has yet to comment publicly on the speculation and is instead concentrating on his North American Jungle Tour, which wraps up in New York on June 5th. He will then head overseas to perform at Britain’s Wireless Festival before coming home to host his annual weekend-long OVO Festival in Toronto on August 2nd and 3rd.