Music on TV This Week: Drake

Plenty of rap artists have had their debut release go through the hype machine, but how many arrive with songs already complaining about the price of fame? Toronto native Drake*, 23, might just be the first, as his popularity is already through the roof thanks to some famous friends and a big single (2009's "The Best I Ever Had").

And yes, the artist born Aubrey Graham chose a great stage name, don't you think?

Drake's debut release, Thank Me Later, dropped last week to critical raves and features a star-studded guest list, with the likes of Kanye West, Jay-Z, T.I., Young Jeezy and Lil' Wayne. To promote the release, the former DeGrassi High star is making appearances on The Tonight Show on Wednesday, Jimmy Kimmel Live on Thursday and a special performance on the 2010 BET AWARDS on Sunday night. On top of that, MTV is airing a documentary Wednesday night entitled Drake: Better Than Good Enough. This week is turning out to be just like my life -- all Drake, all the time.

Meanwhile, what should be the crown jewel of the re-launched VH1 franchise Behind the Music debuts this Monday, and it just might be required viewing. Courtney Love has always had a reputation for being a bit crazy, and the two hours spent watching this show do nothing to dissuade one from that opinion. In fact, she just might be even more insane that we originally thought. Trainwrecks like this make for good TV, but at a certain point, it becomes kind of sad. Take a look below at this uncensored clip pulled from the spectacle and form your own opinion (warning: foul language).

Finally, this Friday marks the one year anniversary of the death of Michael Jackson, so there will be a few (too many) pieces on the former King of Pop, including the debut of a documentary called Gone Too Soon on TV Guide Network. The two-hour special comes from writer/director Ian Halperin, who predicted Jackson's death six months prior and wrote the 2009 New York Times best-selling book Unmasked: The Final Years of Michael Jackson.

Playlist: Picks for the week

Monday, June 21

ABC: The View: 50 Cent

CBS: Late Show With David Letterman: Herbie Hancock

MTV: Unplugged (Airing online): Phoenix

NBC: Last Call With Carson Daly: Citizen Cope (REPEAT)

VH1: Behind the Music: Courtney Love

Tuesday, June 22

CBS: Late Show With David Letterman: Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue

IFC: Dinner With the Band: My Brightest Diamond

NBC: The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Robert Randolph

NBC: Late Night With Jimmy Fallon: Herbie Hancock

NBC: Last Call With Carson Daly: RJD2 (REPEAT)

Wednesday, June 23

ABC: The View: Macy Gray

CBS: Late Show With David Letterman: Bettye LaVette

MTV: Drake: Better Than Good Enough: Drake

NBC: The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Drake
NBC: Late Night With Jimmy Fallon: Macy Gray

NBC: Last Call With Carson Daly: Sia, Holly Golightly (REPEAT)

TBS: Lopez Tonight: Kid 'n Play

Thursday, June 24

ABC: Jimmy Kimmel Live: Drake

NBC: The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings

NBC: Late Night With Jimmy Fallon: MGMT

NBC: Last Call With Carson Daly: Daniel Merriweather (REPEAT)

SYNDICATION: Live With Regis and Kelly: Cyndi Lauper, Jonny Lang

Friday, June 25

ABC: Good Morning America: Alicia Keys

ABC: Michael Jackson: After Life: Michael Jackson

ABC: Jimmy Kimmel Live: Sia

CBS: The Early Show: Alicia Keys

NBC: The Today Show: Maxwell

NBC: Last Call With Carson Daly: David Gray (REPEAT)

SUNDANCE: Live From Abbey Road: Yousuf Islam, White Lies, The Fray (REPEAT)

TV Guide: Gone Too Soon: Michael Jackson

Saturday, June 26

BBCAMERICA: The Graham Norton Show: Fyfe Dangerfield

NBC: Saturday Night Live: Bon Jovi (REPEAT)

VH1: Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage: Rush

Sunday, June 27

BET: BET Awards 2010: Drake, Kanye West, DJ Khaled, Eminem, Alicia Keys

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