Drake’s For All the Dogs Release Delayed Amid Touring Hustle
In a recent announcement, Drake revealed a change in plans for his forthcoming album, For All the Dogs. The release, previously set for September 22, has been shifted to October 6. This strategic move comes as Drake is amid his “It’s All a Blur Tour” with fellow rapper 21 Savage.
Drake’s Dilemma with the Tour
Taking to Instagram to address his fans, Drake shared, “Okay my dilemma I am faced with is I either cancel shows to finish the album or I complete the mission and drop the album before the last show. I owe you all these memories we are building and anywhere we have missed to date we will be spinning back for sure.” The artist has shown a keen interest in delivering the best to his fans, ensuring they get both a memorable concert experience and an album worth the wait.
Chart Topping Legacy and Competition
Had For All the Dogs been released as initially planned, it would have been competing with Doja Cat’s Scarlet, known for its popular single “Paint the Town Red.” Drake’s impressive musical journey includes his prior three albums – Certified Lover Boy, Honestly, Nevermind, and Her Loss – all of which made a grand debut at No. 1. This streak was only interrupted once in 2020 when Dark Lane Demo Tapes secured the No. 2 spot, falling behind Kenny Chesney’s Here and Now.
Recent Album Teasers and Controversies
On a related note, on September 15, fans got a taste of For All the Dogs when Drake unveiled “Slime You Out,” marking his debut collaboration with SZA. Interestingly, a promotional image featuring Halle Berry from the 2012 Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards stirred some controversy. Berry later clarified that Drake hadn’t sought her consent for the image’s use. However, the image was limited to Instagram promotions and wasn’t chosen for the official single artwork. Listen to “Slime You Out” below:
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Connection to Poetry and Album Tease
Earlier in June, Drake stirred curiosity by releasing a poetry book titled Titles Ruin Everything. A clever marketing strategy saw him embedding a QR code in newspaper ads for the book. Scanning the code redirected fans to a website teasing his upcoming album with the message: “I made an album to go with the book. They say they miss the old Drake girl don’t tempt me. FOR ALL THE DOGS.”