Drake Confirms New Album to Be Released Friday

Drake at the Billboard Music Awards Show in 2019
Drake at the Billboard Music Awards Show in 2019. Photo by Rob Latour/REX/Shutterstock (10222625ff)

Following months of delays, a false alarm, an ESPN teaser, and a release-date battle with Kanye West, Drake’s finally releasing Certified Lover Boy on Friday.

The album will be his sixth and succeeds 2018’s Scorpion. Drake made the announcement on Instagram with a post that looks to be the album’s cover. He captioned the post, “Certified Lover Boy September 3.”

Certified Lover Boy was originally supposed to be released back in January 2021, but it was postponed due to an unspecified surgery.

Drake added a new verse to “Betrayal” on Trippie Redd’s album earlier this month, which may be poking fun at West. “All these fools I’m beefin’ that I barely know/ Forty-five, forty-four (Burned out), let it go/ Ye ain’t changin’ shit for me, it’s set in stone,” the verse goes.

Just last week, Drake released a teaser for the album’s release. The teaser was shown during the ESPN show SportsCenter and it showed college football that was interrupted by a figure holding a sign reading, “CLB September 3.”