Drake's Champagne Poetry samples this unexpected Beatles classic

Amber Peake September 3, 2021
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Drake’s Certified Lover Boy arrived on streaming platforms today, Friday, 3 September. Following the new album’s drop, some fans have noticed the first track, Champagne Poetry includes a sample from a song by The Beatles. We explore the inspiration behind Champagne Poetry.

Champagne Poetry samples a Beatles classic

As Certified Lover Boy hit streaming platforms today, Friday, 3 September, some noticed the albums first track, Champagne Poetry, samples a song by The Beatles.

The new Drake track is said to sample The Beatles’ classic Michelle which featured on the band’s sixth studio album, which was released in 1965.

Following Champagne Poetry’s feature on CLB, John Lennon and Paul McCartney, who co-wrote Michelle, have since been credited as writers for the 2021 song.

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Fans debate the origin of the tracks sample

While the track credits The Beatles’ musicians, some fans have said Champagne Poetry is more similar to musician Masego’s song Navajo.

Navajo, which was released in 2017, also features elements of The Beatles track, Michelle, as Masego sampled the 1965 ballad within his hip hop track.

As fans debate the inspiration behind the 2021 song, according to Champagne Poetry’s profile on Genius, the track credits both The Beatles’ Michelle and Masego’s Navajo.

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Twitter is loving Drake’s Champagne Poetry

Fans are sharing their love for the Certified Lover Boy’s first track as they share their reactions on social media:

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Amber is an entertainment journalist with a love for anything showbiz, celeb or reality TV. After graduating with a degree in Journalism at Brunel University she became a Showbiz Reporter at Express.co.uk. Having previously ran the Instagram for Reality Titbit, Amber now writes for both HITC and The Focus as a freelance writer.