Despite all the drama surrounding his family life, Kanye West is still working quite hard on his “Donda 2” album. The hotly anticipated album is set to be released on February 22 and will feature an unspecified number of artists. The tracklist was released earlier by the singer via an Instagram post.
In an earlier Instagram post, West announced that he wouldn’t release his album on popular streaming sites. The forthcoming album would only be available on the purchase of his $200 streaming platform, Stem Player.
Apple reportedly offered the rapper $1 million to release the song, but Ye declined. He also recently announced getting over $2.2 million in sales after his album release announcement. Here are all the details.
West Announced ‘Donda 2’ Release On Stem Player
West’s much-anticipated album was given a February 22 release date. The “Donda Experience Performance” will hold the same day at LoanDepot Park, Miami. The artist announced that the only way fans could access his new album would be via his new platform, Stem Player.
The rapper wrote, “‘Donda 2’ will only be available on my own platform, the Stem player. Not on Apple, Amazon, Spotify, or YouTube. Today artists get just 12% of the money the industry makes. It’s time to free music from this oppressive system. It’s time to take control and build our own.”
In another post, West wrote, “I feel that same feeling like when I first moved to New York to make it in music. I ain’t know what was gonna happen, but I knew had to move. After 10 albums after being under 10 contracts. I turned down a hundred million dollar Apple deal. No one can pay me to be disrespected. We set our own price for our art. Tech companies made music practically free, so if you don’t do merch sneakers and tours, you don’t eat.”
The artist then referred to Jay Z and the reaction when the rapper released Tidal. Jay Z released the streaming platform in 2015 and named it an “artist-owned” streaming platform but was attacked by who West referred to as the “fake media.” West concluded the post by asking God to “cover him.”
West Netted $2.2 Million Since Announcing’ Donda 2′ Release
The “Praise God” artist just hit $2.2 million in sales after announcing how his newest album will be released. West said “Donda 2” would be available with the purchase of his $200 “Stem Player.”
The rapper posted his reported sales since the announcement earlier on Instagram on Saturday. He wrote, “We’ve made $2,227,012.05 in 24 hours. God is Good Thank you guys for taking this journey.”
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The artist’s “Stem Player” sale page allows users to customize songs to their taste. The artist announced previously that he wouldn’t release his album on streaming platforms like Amazon, Spotify, Apple, and YouTube.
West Has A History With Streaming Platforms
This isn’t West’s first rodeo challenging the streaming system. He had several occasions when he talked about how he was less than pleased with streaming platforms and current album release methods.
Three of his live events for “Donda” plus the Chicago performance that had Marilyn Manson were all streamed through Apple Music. After the album’s much-anticipated release, the “Gold Digger” artist accused the label of releasing the album without his consent.
West released his 2016 album, “The Life of Pablo,” first only on Tidal then on other streaming platforms. The same year, West accused Tidal and Apple of averting a possible collaboration with Jay Z. The artist didn’t mention Tidal while discussing the “Donda 2” release.
West’s Tracklist For ‘Donda 2’
The tracklist for “Donda 2” was released on February 18. The 44-year-old posted a handwritten note via Instagram, where he detailed the album’s tracklist. The artist revealed a total of 22 tracks; however, his guest artists were not mentioned.
Manson, who appeared on his previous album “Donda,” was recently accused of sexual assault by several women will reportedly be in “Donda 2.” West also publicly announced the removal of Kid Cudi from the project after a public feud.
“Donda” was released in August and had no less than 30 musicians, so it wouldn’t be too off the mark to expect similar for “Donda 2.” The previous album had artists like Jay-Z, DaBaby, Chris Brown, Lil Durk, Roddy Ricch, Young Thug, The Weekend, Manson, and several other artists.
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