Drake Signs Contract With ASCAP

Drake leaves a publishing deal at BMI for a new home at ASCAP.

Reports this morning confirm that Drake has left a BMI publishing deal for new home, ASCAP. Billboard.com exclusively learned from ASCAP's VP of Rhythm & Soul Membership, Nicole George-Middleton that the Toronto, Ontario native is the publishing company's newest high-profile recruit.

"For me, a big part of making music is getting the opportunity to work with people I love, trust and respect," Drake said in a statement. "As an organization run by music creators, ASCAP represents a whole community of kindred spirits. Joining ASCAP was just a natural choice for me because I know my music is in the best possible hands."

Drake's first album with ASCAP will be the upcoming, Nothing Was The Same, the emcee/singer's third studio release. His current single and video, "Started From The Bottom," is currently in rotation.

Other ASCAP execution reactions to Drake's signing, are featured in the Billboard story.

RELATED: Nothing Was The Same: Predictions On Drake's Next Album [EDITORIAL]

29 Comments

  • LA The Boss

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  • So Icy Boi!

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  • YESSIR

    DONT MATTER. BIRDMAN WILL BE GETTING HALF OF HIS MONEY. "NAS IS GOD TO ME. JAYZ IS GOD TO ME. BUT BIRDMAN IS LIKE BIGGIE AND PAC TO ME" ~ROYCE 5/9 & YESSIR

  • Anonymous

    GIVE ME A CHANCE Youtube is all about finding new artist, & though I been rapping for a while im still consider a new artist. I just want my music heard thats all, im not looking for no record deal, getting famous 'r anything like that.! so please just spare a few sec. to check me out, & if you like what you heard please SUBSCRIBE so ill know you actually listen & support http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PzBh55tD_eg

  • BigA

    ASCAP, BMI and also SESAC are NOT publishing companys!!! you guys got it totally wrong...

  • Anonymous

    dope game ain't the same no mo'

  • Tdotraps

    Nobody from Canada is better than Drake, his song making skills are unmatched by anyone. Haters need to realize almost every rap album that was successful since 2010 had in some form or another been touched by Drake even Eminem's relapse re-release had Forever on it. Ask Classified K-Os and Infinite to write a song for Alicia Keys and they'll be calling Drake.

  • Anonymous

    "worst indeed. K-os, Infinite, Classified and many many others are better than he is by miles" If they're so much better where are their platinum albums? Seriously, lowlife haters love to trash people simply because they achieved something they haven't. It's hard work making albums, and putting songs together. What sounds like garbage to you probably took months to record and tweak to get just the right sound. Remember that the next time your filling up somebody's slurpee.

    • Anonymous

      lol asshole contradicted himself! Look at: "lowlife haters love to trash people simply because they achieved something they haven't. It's hard work making albums, and putting songs together. What sounds like garbage to you probably took months to record and tweak to get just the right sound" ^ then look at "If they're so much better where are their platinum albums?" ^ now watch him respond like the BITCH he is like WE made the mistake!

    • Anonymous

      Wow, you're a butthurt groupie. Stop riding his dick. Platinum albums doesn't make you a better rapper, skills do, which Drake has none of.

  • Anonymous

    Either way, his music will still be wack.

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  • Money First

    ASCAP is the oldest performing rights society that collects royalities for artists. Why wouldn't you be with those who have perfected the craft of getting your money from all sources that span worldwide. BMI is cool but not like ASCAP!!

    • hebrew hunter

      in true kyke fashion.... he should of kept his publishing with birdman so he can get royally fucked the way he likes it

  • Anonymous

    Can't wait for that BlackBerry Q10. That phone looks so cute. Imma get that phone by any means necessary.

  • Anonymous

    worst rapper to rep toronto

    • lolz

      you know hip hop cuz u from jane and finch.

    • BlazeDatIshUp

      @1st anon...Yep worst indeed. K-os, Infinite, Classified and many many others are better than he is by miles. I even know some folks from where I grew up, in Jane and Finch, and other places who are far better than he is. All the artists on that label he represents are a waste of fucking space.

    • Anonymous

      canibus is better and he sux

    • Anonymous

      Whos better? ..... oh I thought so hating ass bitter fan

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  • Anonymous

    Next thing on Drake's agenda... World domination.

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