After postponing his Sept. 21-22 concerts at Miami's AmericanAirlines Arena due to "illness," Drake has rescheduled the shows for mid-November. Tickets for the Sept. 21 concert will be honored for Nov. 13, while the Sept. 22 tickets can be used at the Nov. 14 show, according to the Miami Herald. Although production issues were initially blamed for the postponement, Drake took to social media to reveal that the shows were actually delayed because he got sick.
Drake's Instagram statement read, "I just wanted to say how sorry I am about these two Miami shows. I got so ill so fast and I had never experienced anything like that in my life. Unlike other show cancellations or date adjustments due to production issues this one fell on me and I just want to apologize because I hate letting anyone down, anyone who comes to share these moments with us. [Thank] you to the two doctors and nurse that helped me with 'round the clock care. Miami deserves 100 percent and I promise that experience when we return. Thank you, God for allowing me to recover and continue. On we go!"
Drake's Aubrey and the Three Migos Tour, with opening act Migos, has experienced multiple postponements or cancellations, with production issues given as the reason for the changes to the tour schedule. The tour was originally supposed to begin July 26 in Salt Lake City but was delayed to Aug. 10 in Kansas City, Missouri. Most of the postponed dates have since been rescheduled.
Meanwhile, a Drake collaboration with Jorja Smith called "I Could Never" surfaced on Sept. 23, but the song was apparently an unauthorized leak since many sites that posted the song have since taken it down. According to Complex, the song has a "subdued piano and Drake crooning intro, ultimately giving way to pulsing electric guitars and layers of Jorja vocals."
As previously reported, Drake is tied with Cardi B for the most nominations (eight) at the 2018 American Music Awards, which will take place Oct. 9 at Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. It has not been announced yet if he will attend the show or not. Although Drake does not have a concert scheduled on Oct. 9, he's scheduled to do a concert on Sept. 8 in Glendale, Arizona, and a concert on Sept. 10 in Salt Lake City.
Meanwhile, Billboard reports that Drake has set another record for his Scorpion album. It's the first album or EP to have singles that have spent 29 cumulative weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, thanks to the songs "God's Plan" (11 weeks at No. 1), "Nice for What" (eight weeks) and "In My Feelings" (10 weeks). That breaks the 28-week record previously set by Usher's 2004 Confessions album and Black Eyed Peas'The E.N.D. album, which was released in 2009.