Paul Anka Says Drake Collaboration Will Be Released in June

Paul Anka
Grant W. Martin

Paul Anka at the Music and Broadcast Industry Awards during Canadian Music Week 2018.

Anka confirmed the news at the Canadian Music and Broadcast Industry Awards on May 10.

Paul Anka, 76, and Drake, 31, are apparently teaming up for a new project, set to drop in June. The more senior of the Canadian pair dropped the info onstage last night (May 10) in Toronto at the Canadian Music and Broadcast Industry Awards, where he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from his friend Michael Bublé.

In February, Anka posted a photo of himself with Drake on Instagram, writing, “One of the great nights...lots to follow! Love working with Drake," and in his acceptance speech at the ceremony, he gave more details.

“I’m working with a brilliant young artist who is as hot as you can get right now, a fellow young Canadian and his name is Drake. We recorded something that will be released, out in June. That’s all I can tell you," Anka said.

“As well as I know Paul,” Bublé added at the podium, "You will never get used to Paul Anka calling you and saying [imitates showbiz voice], ‘Oh my god, that Drake got some phat beats. Honestly. This dude’s flow is terribly sick.’ -- and I’m not joking. That is real,” he chuckled. “Paul is the Benjamin Button of crooners and he’s just getting younger,” he said. “His curiosity and his vibe are infectious.”

Anka wrote his first No. 1 hit “Diana” at age 15 and went on to pen such classics as “My Way,” “Puppy Love,” Lonely Boy,”  “Put Your Head On My Shoulder,” “She’s a Lady” and “(You’re) Having My Baby,” as well as the theme to The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. He also co-wote Michael Jackson’s “This Is It.” His songs have become massive signature hits for the likes of Tom Jones, Frank Sinatra and Sid Vicious.