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Drake announces delayed ‘Certified Lover Boy’ album to be released by end of summer

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After months of anticipation from his fans, Drake has announced his delayed Certified Lover Boy album will be released by “the end of summer.”

It’s almost been a year since the release of Drake’s lead single for his upcoming sixth full-length album, “Laugh Now Cry Later.” That same day, the rapper even announced the title for his album, Certified Lover Boy, along with the song.

While the album has since been hit with a few setbacks after reportedly planning to drop in January of 2021, Drake has finally brought the album back into the conversation again, reassuring fans that it should drop “by the end of the summer.”

LA Premiere Of HBO's "Euphoria" - Arrivals
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JUNE 04: Drake attends the LA Premiere Of HBO’s “Euphoria” at The Cinerama Dome on June 04, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
2021 Billboard Music Awards - Backstage

The rapper appeared in a rare interview on the live streaming app, Caffeine, in which he confirmed that the album should be out by the end of the summer. While, of course, there was no official date announced, that at least gives fans a time frame (the next couple of months) to be on the lookout for some new music from the “Headlines” singer.

While Drake had confirmed the January 2021 release date for Certified Lover Boy in October 2020, late in January, the rapper took to his Instagram stories to update his fans and followers on why it was being delayed.

He explained, “I was planning to release my album this month but between surgery and rehab my energy has been dedicated to recovery. I’m blessed to be back on my feet feeling great and focused on the album, but CLB won’t be dropping in January. I’m looking forward to sharing it with you all in 2021.”

As Variety reports, Drake has kept his health pretty private, but it is believed that the rapper underwent some sort of knee surgery months ago.

2021 Billboard Music Awards - Backstage
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – MAY 23: Drake, winner of the Artist of the Decade Award, poses backstage for the 2021 Billboard Music Awards, broadcast on May 23, 2021 at Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images for dcp)

While the album details have been kept under wraps, Drake has still made some pretty public appearances, including accepting Artist of the Decade at the 2021 Billboard Music Awards.

Taking the stage to receive the award with his three-year-old son Adonis, Drake shared in his speech, “I didn’t really write a grandiose speech about how to make it work or what it took, because you know to be really honest with you, I don’t quite understand it myself. But, I just know that I’ve spent an incalculable amount of hours trying to analyze all the things I did wrong, but tonight for once, I’m sure as hell we did something right.”

Check out his full acceptance speech from the awards show last month below:

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J.D. Smith is a Tech Investor, Author, and Economist. He is the Founder of Visionary Creative International, a Tech-Based Consumer Solutions Company. He is also the Publisher for Black Media Daily, a 24/7 media outlet providing a voice for black content creators and a place to control their image throughout the Diaspora. J.D. is also the co-author of the book 100 Questions Black People Should Ask themselves, and a best-selling author of the book Made By Hustle. As a digital nomad, he promotes the importance of black travel and working from anywhere.