Drake may be keeping quiet regarding any news surrounding the release of his fourth studio album, Views From The 6, but is Drake planning on making an announcement about his long-awaited album during this weekend’s episode of OVO Sound Radio?
While it’s no secret that Drake has been teasing fans with behind-the-scenes photos of his Views studio sessions over the past few weeks, it appears that the rapper may finally be ready to give fans an update on his impending album during a new episode of the Beats 1 radio program on Saturday.
You know Views gonna be fire Drake practically living in the studio pic.twitter.com/xC7Xm4QHsP
— HIP HOP DAILY (@HipHopParallel) January 25, 2016
Drake took to Instagram last night to announce that he and Oliver El-Khatib will be hosting the brand new episode of OVO Sound Radio via Apple Music on Saturday, January 30 alongside a guest contribution from Majid Jordan, whose self-titled debut album is set to drop on February 5, The Source reports.
OVO Sound Radio Episode 14 will air saturday with guest mixes from October Firm (Drake & Oliver) and Majid Jordan pic.twitter.com/ZHTHRJOa6k
— (the)6Track (@the6Tracks) January 27, 2016
Given Drake’s history of debuting exclusive new music via OVO Sound Radio, rumors have already begun suggesting that a Views-related announcement from Drake may be on the horizon for eager fans.
The last time Drake hosted an episode of OVO Sound Radio, the rapper surprised listeners with a full-release of his collaborative mixtape, What A Time To Be Alive, alongside Future. In addition, Drake has been known to drop exclusive tracks through the bi-weekly radio program, most recently including A$AP Rocky’s remix of his Nothing Was the Same hit, “Wu-Tang Forever.”
While it’s unclear whether Drake will debut an official track from Views From The 6 or make an announcement regarding the impending album’s release, industry reports continue to point towards a February release for Drake’s new album.
Complex alleges that given the number of Views-related Instagram teasers from Drake and producer Noah “40” Shebib over the past few weeks in addition to rumors suggesting that Drake is planning on competing with the February 11th-release of Kanye West’s new album, Waves, it seems that Drake is gearing up for a full release for Views From The 6 in the coming weeks.
— KiSS 92.5 (@KiSS925) January 28, 2016
In addition, with All-Star weekend taking place in Drake’s native Toronto in the coming weeks, fans have also speculated that Drake may drop Views From The 6 on the one-year anniversary of If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late, which dropped unannounced during All-Star festivities last year.
While Drake may have hinted that Views From The 6 would be available in January in his “30 for 30 Freestyle,” hopes of a January release from the rapper continue to dwindle alongside new photos of Drake and Noah “40” Shebib hard at work in the recording studio.
Noah x drake #6 pic.twitter.com/KcbAY8G5aT
— RIP ronball (@Sheena_allure) January 22, 2016
The news comes nearly one month after Drake revealed to concertgoers in attendance at his New Year’s Eve bash in Miami that Views would be “coming soon” despite previous rumors of a January 6 release for the project.
Just weeks later, rumors emerged suggesting that Drake would be releasing VFT6 during OVO Sound Radio’s first broadcast of 2016, especially after the program was delayed by nearly an hour following the release of Meek Mill’s “I’m Da Plug Freestyle” diss track aimed at Drake.
While fans expected Drake to either address Meek Mill’s newest release or give an update on Views during the live segment, the extended broadcast offered no information regarding a new release from the “Hotline Bling” rapper.
However, with Drake personally confirming his appearance on this Saturday’s new episode of OVO Sound Radio, it seems that the rapper has something in store for fans.
Episode 14 of OVOSound Radio begins at 3:00 pm PST / 6:00 pm EST on Saturday, January 30 on Apple Music.
Do you think Drake will make an announcement about Views From The 6 this weekend?
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