ESPN made the announcement on Tuesday, revealing that the OVO head will work with the network during the entire NFL season to select music for live telecasts, promotional spots, and pre-game shows, for a total of 10 games, beginning this week. According to a statement, Drake can choose music that “encapsulates both the energy and mood” of certain Monday games on ESPN.
The music will include selections from Drake’s latest offering, Certified Lover Boy, as well as some of his classic records and new music from some big-name artists.
“Now we are here…the kickoff of the football season. And who better to curate music for Monday Night Football than Drake who sits firmly at the intersection of music and sports. We couldn’t be more excited for this upcoming collaboration,” Emeka Ofodile, Vice President of Sports Marketing, ESPN, said in the release. “The music curator role has been a big hit with our fans with Diplo and DJ Khaled in previous years….and this season, we will be living inside the moment with Drake as our NFL on ESPN soundtrack.”
Drake dropped CLB on Sept. 3, a sprawling effort that will no doubt land the top spot on the Billboard 200. The 21-song album is anticipated to move between 575,000 and 625,000 album equivalent units in its first week. If so, that means the project will have the biggest week for an album since Taylor Swift’s surprise 2020 album Folklore.