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Drake made a surprise appearance at Wireless Festival in London on Friday after his album Certified Lover Boy went to number one.
The Canadian rap superstar, 34, appeared on stage alongside headliner Future and the pair performed a five-song set including the live debut of their collaboration Way 2 Sexy.
The words ‘Hey Wireless, the boy is home’ appeared on the main stage screens as the rapper, real name Aubrey Graham, made his first major concert appearance since before the pandemic.
He told the crowd at Crystal Palace in south London: ‘I miss you with all my heart. It’s been way too long, I forgot what this feels like.’
The performance also included the tracks Life Is Good, Laugh Now Cry Later, What’s Next and Nonstop.
‘I would not have wanted my first show back to be anywhere other than Wireless,’ he added.
Skepta is due to headline Saturday night of the event, which celebrates grime, UK rap and hip hop, while US trio Migos will headline Sunday.
Friday saw Drake fend off competition from Iron Maiden to secure his fourth number one album in the UK with Certified Lover Boy.
The Toronto-born star previously reached the top spot with Views (2016), Scorpion (2018) and Dark Lane Demo Tapes (2020).
He also out-streamed fellow rapper Kanye West’s Donda, which finally released on August 29, in just three days, after dropping his album on September 3 – something that will likely see their feud rumble on.
From the date of its release up until Sunday 5 September, Certified Lover Boy was streamed over 430 million times in the US, while Donda clocked in 423 million streams in its first eight days of release.
However, Ed Sheeran held Drake off from claiming a number one single, as Bad Habits scored 8.4m streams and went into its eleventh consecutive week at the top, obliterating the Suffolk-born singer’s own previous record.
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Drake still saw three of his singles make themselves at home in the top five though, as Girls Want Girls and Fair Trade lined up behind Ed at two and three respectively, and Champagne Poetry came in at number five.
This brings his total number of top 10 singles to an impressive 30, as well as marking the second time he’s had three simultaneous top five singles in the UK.
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