Rapper Drake pulls UK tour due to a 'family emergency'

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Drake has postponed his UK appearances due to a 'family emergency'

Canadian rapper Drake has postponed his forthcoming UK tour dates due to a "family emergency".

The Grammy-nominated artist, whose debut album topped the US chart, was due to play headline shows in Europe as well as perform at festivals.

In a statement he said: "Despite my best hopes, it is apparent that my mother will need surgery earlier than anticipated.

He called it "a difficult decision" but wanted to "support her".

Rescheduled dates

A headline show scheduled in London has now been rescheduled for November, with promoters advising fans to hold onto their tickets.

However, his appearances at the Wireless, Oxegen and T In The Park festivals will not take place.

In a message to fans he added: "I ask everyone to please respect my family's privacy during this time."

Drake only recently made his UK live debut with a string of shows supporting Jay-Z.

Earlier this month, in its first week of release his debut album Thank Me Later sold 447,000 copies in the US.