Drake and Miguel announce tour (Barclays Center included); Jay-Z announces new album (which already went platinum)
by Andrew Sacher
Drake at Made In America 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Drake has been talking for a few months about releasing a new album called Nothing Was the Same this year (though still no release date), and he's already revealed some pretty great singles, "Started from the Bottom" and "5AM in Toronto." Still no more word on that album, but he did just announce a tour with R&B crooner Miguel following Miguel's appearance at Jay-Z's Philly festival Made In America (which Drake played last year). The tour hits the NYC-area on October 26 at XL Center in Hartford, October 27 at Prudential Center in Newark and October 28 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Auto-tune dude Future is on the tour as well (after dropping off the Lil Wayne/T.I. tour). Tickets for the Prudential Center show go on sale Friday (6/21) at 10 AM and tickets for Barclays Center/XL Center (same link) have no on-sale date announced yet. All tour dates are listed below.
UPDATE: There were rumors that Drake is also playing this year's Made In America fest, though he's not listed on the festival's site and there's no confirmation that he will be there.
It's still been wayyy too long since Miguel played a proper headlining gig in NYC, and dropping off Governors Ball didn't help that matter, but even though he's only opening on this run, it's still a much better way to see him than opening for Alicia Keys.
Meanwhile, speaking of Jay-Z, following the leak of Kanye West's Yeezus, he announced a new album of his own via a commercial that aired during game give of the NBA finals. The album's called Magna Carta Holy Grail and we only have to wait a few weeks to get it (due July 4). The commercial makes it look like it's going to feature contributions from Pharrell, Timbaland, Swizz Beatz, and Yeezus producer Rick Rubin. And what's more: it's already gone Platinum. Samsung has already purchased 1 million copies of the album to release to Samsung Galaxy users for free 72 hours ahead of the release date. Now that's what I call marketing!
UPDATE: It didn't already go platinum. The Samsung sales won't count.
All Drake/Miguel/Future dates are listed, along with the videos for "Started From the Bottom" and "5AM in Toronto," and the Jay-Z album commercial, below...
Drake - "Started From the Bottom" Official Video
Drake - "5AM in Toronto" Official Video
Jay-Z - Magna Carta Holy Grail Commercial
Miguel - "Do You..."
Drake, Miguel & Future -- 2013 Tour Dates
09/25 Portland, OR Rose Garden Arena
09/26 Tacoma, WA Tacoma Dome
09/27 Vancouver, BC Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena
09/29 Calgary, AB Scotiabank Saddledome
09/30 Edmonton, AB Rexall Place
10/02 Saskatoon, SK Credit Union Centre
10/03 Winnipeg, MB MTS Centre
10/05 Minneapolis, MN Target Center
10/06 Kansas City, MO Sprint Center
10/08 Saint Louis, MO Scottrade Center
10/09 Chicago, IL United Center
10/11 Indianapolis, IN Bankers Life Fieldhouse
10/12 Auburn Hills, MI The Palace of Auburn Hills
10/13 Cleveland, OH Quicken Loans Arena
10/15 Columbus, OH Schottenstein Center
10/16 Buffalo, NY First Niagara Center
10/18 Pittsburgh, PA CONSOL Energy Center
10/19 Philadelphia, PA Wells Fargo Center
10/21 Montreal, QC Bell Centre
10/22 Ottawa, ON Scotiabank Place
10/26 Hartford, CT XL Center
10/27 Newark, NJ Prudential Center
10/28 Brooklyn, NY Barclays Center
10/30 Boston, MA TD Garden
10/31 Washington, DC Verizon Center
11/02 Charlotte, NC Time Warner Cable Arena
11/03 Raleigh, NC PNC Arena
11/05 Miami, FL AmericanAirlines Arena
11/06 Tampa, FL Tampa Bay Times Forum
11/07 Atlanta, GA Philips Arena
11/09 New Orleans, LA New Orleans Arena
11/10 Dallas, TX American Airlines Center
11/12 San Antonio, TX AT&T Center
11/13 Houston, TX Toyota Center
11/16 Phoenix, AZ US Airways Center
11/18 Sacramento, CA Sleep Train Arena
11/19 Oakland, CA Oracle Arena
11/21 Anaheim, CA Honda Center
11/22 Las Vegas, NV MGM Grand Garden Arena
11/24 San Diego, CA Viejas Arena
11/25 Los Angeles, CA STAPLES Center