ICYMI | February 17, 2015
Catch Up: February 17th, 2015


YOLO Kingdom.

Drake’s teaser mixtape If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late was explosive in more ways than it’s Beyoncé-esque release. Although the tape is really more an intensification of the anticipation for his forthcoming album, IYRTITL broke all kinds of Spotify records. With 17.3 million streams in just three days and 6.8 million streams within the first 24 hours of its release, these statistics make it the most streamed album within both a debut week and a debut day. And the previous record-holder can’t even complain of hard feelings, because that was Drake, too. (h/t ABC News)


The Golden Years.

Stewart Copeland of The Police has been spending his quasi-retirement years doing some pretty entertaining things. This past weekend, he brought together Neil Peart of Rush, Danny Carey of Tool, South Park creator Matt Stone and finally, Matt Scannell of Vertical Horizon to test out some jams in his Sacred Grove studio. The guys pretty much just sat around and added things here and there, threw in some piano, and by the request of Mr. Peart, made “a little more noise,” thus inspiring the name of the track above. Take a second to enjoy it in all of its glory. (h/t Consequence of Sound)



The Happy Generation.

Pharrell announced today that he has plans to re-interpret his hit song “Happy” into a children’s book. He recently signed with Putnam Books for Young Readers to come up with a series of three picture books inspired by both his music and his experiences revolving around “Happy’s” international explosiveness, and described the first installation as being a collection of photographs chronicling happiness in different cultures. The book, aptly entitled Happy, will be published this September 22nd. (h/t Pitchfork)