After Iron Maiden’s battle with Drake for being the number one album on the UK Album Charts, the band’s lead singer Bruce Dickinson talked about missing out on the top spot to Drake and said that he doesn’t get what Drake does.
Both Iron Maiden’s seventeenth studio album ‘Senjutsu’ and Drake’s sixth studio album ‘Certified Lover Boy’ were released on September 3, 2021. Thus, they have been competing in various music charts since that day. In the early days of the two releases, Iron Maiden was beating Drake on sales but Drake had more streaming.
Their head-to-head battle also drew great media attention as it was between two very different music genres. Later on, Drake beat Iron Maiden by a small margin on Billboard charts for 2021. During a conversation, Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickinson was asked about his thoughts on Drake’s beating them on the charts.
Dickinson said that he appreciates Drake’s popularity in the music scene but his music just doesn’t appeal to him and he doesn’t understand what Drake does. Bruce Dickinson described Iron Maiden’s music as the ‘real music’ and said that he is proud of what they achieved up to this day.
Dickinson also stated that he is very content with the band’s existing popularity. The rocker also didn’t forget to mention that they don’t use social media to attract more fans.
Here are Bruce Dickinson’s words on losing the top spot to Drake:
“We went head to head with Drake the week the album was released. I don’t really get what he does, though a lot of people do, but going head to head with him felt like, ‘No, this is real music played by a bunch of old geezers who make no concessions to the times in which we live.’
People say, ‘You’re dinosaurs.’ And we go, ‘Yeah and there aren’t too many of those left.’ This is who we are, it’s what we do. We’ve grown organically – not through social media or any of that stuff. We’ve grown by going out and doing it in front of people.”
Iron Maiden and Drake’s head-to-head competition show that heavy metal still keeps its popularity among many people. Considering Drake’s huge popularity and fanbase, it is really gratifying to see that heavy metal isn’t defeated by contemporary music after all.