Kanye West’s record album apparently released the long-awaited album “Donda” prematurely, with Apple Music subscribers able to listen to tracks from the album for a few hours before it got pulled.
Quietly surfacing on Sunday morning, Kanye West’s “Donda” album is now playable on Apple Music. The album’s tenth studio album features a black album cover. It was released by West’s GOOD Music label as well as Def Jam Records.
The album lasts 1 hour and 49 mins and is comprised of 27 tracks. It can be purchased as Lossless or as an Apple Digital Master. The tracklist begins with a 52-second “Donda Chant” followed by the first track, “Jail”.
The release of the album has been repeatedly delayed, from July 23 through August 6, before speculations on August 13 suggested that a launch would take place on August 22.
West’s promotion for the album has been unusual, consisting of multiple streaming listening parties in July and August. These listening parties attracted thousands of people and were streamed simultaneously on Apple Music, which saw West break other Apple Music event records.
The record label made the decision to release Kanye’s album, and not the artist.
Variety reported that Def Jam parent company UMG published the album on Sunday without West’s consent. UMG blocked West’s access to the song “Jail 2”, West claims.
The controversial “Jail” and its counterpart “Jail 2”, which feature Marylin Manson, DaBaby and make homophobic remarks, are Marylin and DaBaby. On Thursday, both artists were present at West’s fourth listening party.