Nothing Was the Same was the third studio album by Canadian award-winning artist Drake.
Drake’s third studio album Nothing Was the Same was released on September 24, 2013, in collaboration with OVO Sound, Aspire Music Group, Young Money Entertainment, Cash Money Records and Republic Records. As its executive producer, Drake elicited guest appearances from industry giants including 2 Chainz, Big Sean, Jay Z, Jhené Aiko and Sampha.
Nothing Was the Same was supported by six successful singles: “Started from the Bottom”; “Hold On, We’re Going Home” featuring Majid Jordan; “All Me” featuring 2 Chainz and Big Sean; “Pound Cake” featuring Jay Z; “The Language”; and “Too Much” featuring Sampha. A seventh, promotional single, “Wu-Tang Forever”, was released prior to the album. Drake performed with Future, Miguel and PartyNextDoor from October through December 2013 on the “Would You Like a Tour?” concert tour.
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Upon its release, Nothing Was the Same received overwhelmingly positive reviews from music critics, garnering a score of 79 on Metacritic based on 33 reviews. The album was also a commercial success: it debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200, selling 658,000 copies in its first week and ultimately becoming the seventh best-selling album of 2013 in the United States. Nothing Was the Same also launched within the top two positions in Canada, Denmark, Australia and the United Kingdom.
- 15,000,000+ YouTube Views
- Nominated for Best Rap Album at the Grammy Awards
- Nominated for Album of the Year at Juno Awards
- Won Rap Recording of the Year at Juno Awards
- Won Album of the Year at 2014 BET Hip Hop Awards