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    Fri, 23 Jul 2010 13:51:03

    Drake Launches Two <i>Thank Me Later</i> Competitions - Sprite and OurStage will sponsor contests for up ‘n comers

    To give an aspiring artist their big break, OurStage.com has teamed with Sprite and Grammy-nominated recording artist Drake to launch two highly anticipated Drake Thank Me Later competitions. The "Thank Me Later" contests offers up-and-coming Hip-Hop and R&B artists the opportunity of a lifetime -- to perform at Drake's first annual O.V.O. Festival. The O.V.O. Festival, which will feature performances by Young Jeezy, Bun B and Francis & The Lights, will take place during North America's largest street fest, the 43rd annual Caribana Toronto Festival, in Drake's hometown of Toronto. The winning artist will be flown to perform in front of more than 15,000 fans at the Molson Canadian Amphitheatre on August 1st. Those who want to be part of the show, but lack the necessary vocal chops, can compete in the Drake "Thank Me Later" Backstage Correspondent Competition to be named O.V.O.'s "Backstage Correspondent" and report on the festival's exclusive action.

    "I truly believe this is entertainment at a level that the city has never seen before," says Drake. "I'm hoping that it is a safe and magical night and that O.V.O Festival becomes tradition every year. It's huge that Sprite and OurStage are helping me to give back by giving someone else a leg up in the music business and a chance to perform in a city that is so important to me."

    Sprite, which currently features Drake in its "Sprite: The Spark" campaign, is teaming up with OurStage.com for this unique and once-in-a-life opportunity for fans. "Drake is one of the biggest acts on the planet, and has a genuine interest in helping new artists get discovered. We are equally excited to be working with Sprite, a brand with a long history of providing music to the masses through innovative programs," Ben Campbell, CEO of OurStage. "This program is one more example of OurStage being at the cutting edge of breaking the next generation of stars". Have you seen the commercials in movie theaters, where Drake raps, "Last name Ever / First name Greatest." That's one of my fave lyrics, yo!

    What do you think of Drake's generosity with this program?

    —Amy Sciarretto

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