Drake, 21 Savage

Drake and 21 Savage have been slapped with a R71 million lawsuit by Vogue. Image via @champagnepapi/Instagram

Their loss: Drake, 21 Savage sued by Vogue for fake cover story

Vogue is not laughing at Drake and 21 Savage’s fake cover story for their new album ‘Her Loss’ as the publisher is suing them for R71 million.

Drake, 21 Savage

Drake and 21 Savage have been slapped with a R71 million lawsuit by Vogue. Image via @champagnepapi/Instagram

Rappers Drake and 21 Savage have landed themselves in hot water with Vogue after using a fake magazine cover to promote their new album titled, Her Loss, which debuted on Friday, 4 November.

According to The Guardian, Condé Nast — who is the publisher of Vogue magazine — is calling the fake cover story a “deceptive campaign” that violated intellectual property laws. As a result, the company is suing the artists for $4 million (R71 million).

Drake and 21 Savage’s Her Loss album cover. Image via @champagnepapi/Instagram

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In an Instagram post on 30 October, the Honestly, Nevermind rapper shared what appeared to be a Vogue cover featuring himself and 21 Savage.

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He captioned the post: “Me and my brother on newsstands tomorrow!! Thanks @voguemagazine and Anna Wintour for the love and support on this historic moment. Her Loss Nov 4th.”

This was not the only fake interview Drake and 21 Savage appeared on, as they also faked an appearance on NPR’s Tiny Desk as well as an interview on The Howard Stern Show.

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While NPR invited Drake to actually appear on Tiny Desk and Stern joked about the fake interview, Condé Nast did not find any of it funny.


“All of this is false. And none of it has been authorised by Conde Nast,” said a complaint filed on Monday, 7 November, in a Manhattan federal court.

Condé Nast have asked Drake and 21 Savage to remove the fake cover story. The publisher is also seeking at least $4 million in damages, or triple the defendants’ profits from their album and “counterfeit” magazine.

“Vogue magazine and its Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour have had no involvement in Her Loss or its promotion, and have not endorsed it in any way.

“Nor did Condé Nast authorize, much less support, the creation and widespread dissemination of a counterfeit issue of Vogue, or a counterfeit version of perhaps one of the most carefully curated covers in all of the publication business,” the company’s lawyers wrote, according to Billboard.