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The rap superstar joins the ranks of Prince, One Direction and Take That in playing 21 shows at the world's most-visited venue
By Jon Chapple on 12 Apr 2019
Drake has been inducted into the O2’s ‘21 Club’, after reaching the milestone of 21 shows at the London venue on Thursday 11 April.
The Canadian rapper joins previous honourees including Prince (whose 21-night residency in 2007 inaugurated the tradition), One Direction, Take That and Michael McIntyre, all of whom, like Drake, have been presented with the keys to the venue.
Drake’s seven-night run in April brought his total performances to 21. The Grammy- and Brit Award-winning artist first performed two nights at the venue on the Club Paradise tour in 2012, before returning in 2014 for three nights in support of his number-one album, Nothing Was the Same. He last played the O2 in 2017 for the Boy Meets World tour, during which he performed eight headline shows.
The key, designed by The O2 team, was inspired by the latest Assassination Vacation tour artwork. Mounted on black velvet and finished in gold, it will join the rest of the 21 Club accolades backstage, “to serve as inspiration for future artists”, says the venue.
Drake’s reference to the venue in the song ‘God’s Plan’ (“You know me/ Turn the O2 into the O3”) was also celebrated during the latest residency, with the venue rebranding as the O3 for two weeks (pictured above).
Commenting on the accomplishment, Emma Bownes, AEG Europe’s vice-president of venue programming, says: “Drake has consistently brought us incredible shows and our congratulations go to Drake and his team for this achievement.”