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'Drake's Dad' Boosts Arkells Up Twitter Charts

Matt Barnes


The band debuts at No. 13 on Billboard + Twitter Emerging Artists chart with the song, which is about a chance meeting with, well, the rapper’s father.

Canadian alternative band Arkells is breaking through on Billboard’s Twitter charts with its new single “Drake’s Dad,” which debuts at No. 13 on the Billboard + Twitter Emerging Artists chart dated Aug. 13.

The debut comes the week the band is set to release its fourth album, Morning Report, on Friday. The song has also peaked at No. 2 on the real-time Billboard + Twitter Emerging Artists chart.

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The single tells the story of the night the band met Drake’s actual dad, Dennis Graham, in Nashville. Graham himself is featured in the music video, which the band released July 28.

The group, whose five members met at McMaster University in Ontario, began touring after graduation in 2008 and has since toured with Tokyo Police Club, The Postelles and X Ambassadors, among others.

The group is releasing Morning Report through Last Gang Records, a subsidiary of Entertainment One. Another single, “Private School,” has received some radio airplay Stateside, with 49 plays on alternative radio in the tracking week ending July 31, according to Nielsen Music, with Detroit’s CIMX and WEDG in Buffalo, N.Y., among its early supporters.