Drake Announces First-Ever Headline Tour of Australia & NZ

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Drake during the 2014 ESPYS on July, 16 at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles, California. 

Drake’s first visit Down Under has evolved into a full-scale arena tour.

Rapper 2 Chainz will join the Canadian artist on his first-ever Australasian headline shows early next year, which will kick off in Auckland, New Zealand then go west for shows in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Brisbane. The hip hoppers are already confirmed to play the five-date Future Music Festival run, which begins Feb. 28 in Sydney.

Drake Extends Rap Airplay Chart Record

Drizzy, whose third album Nothing Was the Same opened on the ARIA chart last year at No. 2, his highest charting release here, will tour Australia for Mushroom Group companies Frontier Touring and Illusive (Mushroom Group is also behind the Future Music brand). 

The general ticket on-sale starts Dec. 1, while pre-sales begin Nov. 27 at www.frontiertouring.com/drake. "This show," its producers boast, "is going to be huge."

Drake is also enjoying a huge result on the U.S. charts. His collab on OVO-signing Makonnen Sheran’s "Tuesday" recently landed the Toronto native his 72nd entry on the Hot 100, lifting him past the Beatles (71) for sole possession of the eighth-most visits all-time. Earlier, he extended his record for the most No. 1s on the Rap Airplay chart, as "0 to 100/The Catch Up" gave him his 18th chart-topping title.

Drake's 2015 tour of Australia & New Zealand:

Feb. 23 - Vector Arena, Auckland
Feb. 25 - Allphones Arena, Sydney
Feb. 27 - Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne
March 3 - Perth Arena
March 5 - Brisbane Entertainment Centre