Drake's new album Certified Lover Boy will be released Friday


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Drake will drop his highly anticipated new album on Friday, the rapper announced in a social media post Monday. Certified Lover Boy will be the the 34-year-old's sixth studio album. 

Last week the Canadian subtly teased the album's release on Sports Center when a fan was seen holding a sign that read 'CLB September 3' during a collection of baseball highlights.

Certified Lover Boy will come on the heels of the release of Donda, the latest from Drake's longtime rival Kanye West. 

Certified Lover Boy: Drake will drop his highly anticipated new album on Friday, the rapper announced in a social media post Monday

'CERTIFIED LOVER BOY SEPTEMBER 3,' Drake wrote in an Instagram caption. 

His post included an image of 12 pregnant mother emojis in all different skin tones.

The release of Certified Lover Boy had been pushed back and the Canadian-born singer previously told fans that it would drop in January of 2021.

He's been hyping the new tracks for over a year now, first revealing the album title in August 2020, when he dropped the lead single Laugh Now, Cry Later featuring Lil Durk.

'CERTIFIED LOVER BOY SEPTEMBER 3,' Drake wrote in an Instagram caption that included an image of 12 pregnant mother emojis in all different skin tones

Last October, Drake shared a teaser video for CLB that saw the charttopper in a restaurant, reflecting over a glass of wine, with a heart shaved into the top of his head.

Drake and rival Kanye West will battle it out on the music charts with their new albums as they will be released just about a week apart.

West, 44, has been hosting over-the-top listening parties for his 10th studio album, Donda, named after his late mother.

He'd been delaying the release of the 27 track compilation but the album finally dropped on Sunday, however, not without its share of drama.

Finally: He's been hyping the new tracks for over a year now, first revealing the album title in August 2020, when he dropped the lead single Laugh Now, Cry Later featuring Lil Durk

In a shocking post shared to Instagram a few hours after the midnight release of Donda, the rapper claimed his record label put the album out against his wishes.

'Universal put my album out without my approval and they blocked Jail 2 from being on the album,' he shared in grey block lettering.

Donda was released on multiple streaming services Sunday morning, more than one year after it was first announced.

His manager, Bu Thiam, confirmed that the record had dropped on social media, posting a screengrab of one of the album's 26 tracks alongside the caption: 'Listening now Donda.' 

Chart battle: Certified Lover Boy will come on the heels of the release of Donda, the latest from Drake's longtime rival Kanye West

Donda's album artwork is a simple black square and the record racks up an impressive 108 minutes. Artists including The Weeknd, Jay-Z, Young Thug, Travis Scott, and Kid Cudi feature on the album.  

Prior to the unceremonious release, Kanye sparked yet another feud with Drake and shared his address to Instagram followers. 

Kanye took Instagram with a shot he later deleted of a map detailing the purported location of Drake's Toronto home.

The post came shortly after rapper Trippie Redd released the album track Betrayal, which features a diss from Drake that many listeners assumed was going after Kanye.

Listen up: Donda was released on multiple streaming services Sunday morning, more than one year after it was first announced

In his guest verse on the song, Drake seemed to call out Kanye by name and accuse him of being 'burned out.'

'All these fools I'm beefin' that I barely know / 45, 44 (Burned out), let it go / Ye ain't changin' s*** for me, it's set in stone,' he raps, via Genius.

While Kanye ultimately removed the post that pointed fan's towards Drake's residence, the star didn't seem to be upset over West's social media antics.

Drake, born Aubrey Drake Graham, shared a shot of himself driving through Toronto while chuckling in the driver's seat.

Confusion: In a shocking post shared to Instagram a few hours after the midnight release of Donda, Kanye claimed his record label put the album out against his wishes