Kanye West breaks Apple Music records again, still no 'Donda' release

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in iPod + iTunes + AppleTV edited August 2021
Kanye West's "Donda" album has another release date, plus rumors of more production delays, but in the meantime its second livestream topped Apple Music charts.

Kanye West delivering a 'keynote' at an Apple Store in 2018.
Kanye West delivering a 'keynote' at an Apple Store in 2018.


The first Kanye West "Donda" live-stream event on Apple Music broke records for the streaming service, with some 3.3 million people watching on July 22. Now, however, his second live stream on August 5 reportedly beat that with 5.4 million viewers.

According to Billboard, sources say that as well as the high viewing figure, West may have earned $7 million from merchandise sales.

The original live event was meant to be the launch of West's 10th studio album, "Donda," but it didn't appear. West himself didn't turn up to that event until almost two hours into it, and then didn't say anything.

"Donda" was then believed to be being released the following day, July 23, before sources said that it was moved to August 6. It later moved to August 7.

It was reported then that West was still working on the album. Now, according to XXL Magazine, that work may be more extensive than editing or mixing.A now deleted tweet from rapper Kaycyy, who is working on "Donda," said that "We're moving to another stadium."


"Donda" is unlikely to really have a Spinal Tap-like cover, but this is all the detail so far on iTunes


Seemingly, West was not just holding the Apple Music live-stream events at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium, he was actually working on the album there.

At the same time, it is claimed that at least one track from Donda was been released on Russia's Yandex Music service. However, it does not appear to available at time of writing.

Apple's iTunes Store is now advertising Kanye West's forthcoming "Donda" album as being released on August 13.

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Comments

  • Reply 1 of 5
    crowleycrowley Posts: 10,453member
    At this point, would anyone be surprised if the album turned out to be 60 minutes of fart noises?

    Kanye on a roll with some amazing trolling.
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 2 of 5
    Rayz2016Rayz2016 Posts: 6,957member
    But Black Skinhead is a classic. 
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 3 of 5
    fred1fred1 Posts: 1,112member
    Not surprising. How many people have paid for and downloaded the Philip Glass song that’s 3 1/2 minutes of silence?
  • Reply 4 of 5
    mknelsonmknelson Posts: 1,126member
    crowley said:
    At this point, would anyone be surprised if the album turned out to be 60 minutes of fart noises?

    Kanye on a roll with some amazing trolling.
    Well, he is a friend of Elon Musk's so… yeah, maybe!  :D
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 5 of 5
    fred1 said:
    Not surprising. How many people have paid for and downloaded the Philip Glass song that’s 3 1/2 minutes of silence?
    Glass hasn't written such a piece. You're thinking of 4'33" by John Cage, dating from 1952.
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