While Kanye West is hosting the third and final livestream listening event for his upcoming album Donda, the rapper has already amassed a bombshell for his first two listening events in Atlanta. The 44-year-old power rapper amassed nearly $ 12.75 million prior to his tenth studio album, according to Billboard. Both events, which took place in July of that year, grossed Kanye between $ 1.5 million and $ 2.7 million each.
Kanye West’s Atlanta events raised more than $ 1.5 million each
Last month, nearly forty-two thousand fans of the rapper flocked to the first event at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, each paying between $ 25 and $ 100 per ticket. It was streamed live by Apple Music for free with the expectation that the album would be released the next day.
The second event, which happened later that month, drew 5.4 million viewers, breaking Apple Music’s livestream records. The rapper also reportedly raised around $ 7 million from goods sales.
The third and final audio event will take place at Soldier Field in Chicago before the album, named after his late mother, is released. TMZ had previously reported that the rapper has decided to build a real house in the middle of the stadium where he will perform his album.
Unlike other major cities, the musician did not instruct participants to get vaccinated or submit a negative COVID-19 report.
More on Kanye’s 10th studio album
The mother of The Life of Pablo star, after whom the album is named, died in 2007 at the age of 58 of complications from plastic surgery. The album marks the artist’s first project since the release of his 2019 Jesus Is King album, which won him the best contemporary Christian album Grammy. The late rapper Pop Smoke as well as artists like The Weeknd, Travis Scott and Kid Cudi will contribute to the album. Distributed by Def Jam Recordings, Donda will also feature the legend Jay-Z, who marks his reunion with Kanye after 5 years.
Donda was originally scheduled to be released last July, but has been postponed week after week for various reasons, with a final release date set for that month. The rapper’s album would also be the first since his separation from his wife Kim Kardashian, who attended two sold-out listening parties from West with their children – daughters North, 8 and Chicago, 3 and sons Saint 5 and Psalm. 2, despite the duo’s differences.
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