Drake to release album through Apple Music

Drake and Apple are making history through the release of an exclusive studio album.

The rapper appeared on stage during Apple’s opening WWDC presentation yesterday to announce that he will partner with the tech giant’s new Connect publishing platform.

This will be the first major promotion for new steaming service Apple Music’s Connect, which aims to unite artists and their fans through a variety of content.

Artists will be able to upload lyrics, behind-the-scenes videos and exclusive remixes all through the Connect service.

“Focus on your body of work,” Drake told those in attendance at WWDC. “Instead of having to post your stuff on these different and sometimes confusing places, it’s all in one place: Connect.”

The hip-hop superstar previously partnered with iTunes to release his surprise album If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late, with its debut coming six months after Apple gave away the new U2 album Songs of Innocence to all of its users for free.

There is no word yet on when Drake’s exclusive Connect album will be released.

Apple Music will launch in over 100 countries on June 30 as a 24-hour broadcast service for a $9.99 monthly fee, with shows from DJs Zane Lowe, Ebro Darden and Julie Adenuga included.