Drake Signs With ASCAP

4:15 PM PST 04/01/2013 by Erika Ramirez, Billboard
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The rapper is currently working on his third studio album, "Nothing Was the Same."

Drake has signed with ASCAP, the company’s VP of Rhythm & Soul Membership, Nicole George-Middleton, tells Billboard.

"For me, a big part of making music is getting the opportunity to work with people I love, trust and respect," Drake says. "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."

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Drake is joining a roster that includes his longtime friend and producer, Noah "40" Shebib. He had previously been with BMI.

"We are really excited to build on our long-standing relationship with Drake’s team," George-Middleton added. "Working from the beginning with his collaborators Noah '40' Shebib and Boi-1da, it felt only right to have Drake join the ASCAP family."

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"We're thrilled to now officially count Drake among our many multi-talented members," ASCAP EVP of Membership Randy Grimmett stated. "This new addition only strengthens ASCAP's reputation as home to the world's greatest songwriters. We can't wait to see what's to come for Drake in the future."

Drake is currently working on his third studio album, Nothing Was the Same. The album's first single, "Started From the Bottom," sits at No. 3 on R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart and at No. 2 on Rap Songs.

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