Kanye West Donda LIVE – New album release date pushed again after rapper debuts different sounding version at livestream

KANYE West's new album was released on iTunes pre-orders as the rapper's wild event was live-streamed at Mercedez Benz stadium.

The pre-order option — which lists 24 untitled tracks at $9.99 — showed up on iTunes on Thursday evening, according to XXLMag.

It comes after the rapper wowed in his performance of DONDA in Atlanta's Mercedes-Benz Stadium. At his second performance, the album sounded distinctly different than it did when he first debuted it.

Kanye's Apple Music Livestream of the performance inside the Georgia stadium – where he is rumored to have been living for the last two weeks – has still not been publicly available on services like Apple Music or Spotify.

With 24 tracks on the album, Kanye ended the performance by literally ascending to the arena's roof as the live stream went to black.

Donda is a tribute album to his late mother who passed away in 2007 with cover art designed by the late French-born artist Louise Bourgeois.

Read our Kanye West Donda live blog for the latest news and updates…

  • Katie Balevic

    WHO WAS DONDA WEST?

    Donda was born on July 12, 1949, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

    She was married to Ray West, father of Kanye, but after their divorce, she moved with her son to Chicago in 1980.

    The single mother earned a Bachelor’s degree in English from the Virginia Union University, in Richmond Virginia.

    She received a Master’s degree at Atlanta University, Georgia.

    Donda furthered her education and received a Doctorate in English at Auburn University, Alabama.

  • Katie Balevic

    WHAT HAS KANYE SAID ABOUT HIS MOTHER?

    Kanye was extremely close to his mother, and her death seemed to impact him greatly.

    Kanye told Q magazine in 2015: “My mother was my everything. 

    “If I had never moved to LA, she’d be alive. I don’t want to go far into it because it will bring me to tears.”

  • Katie Balevic

    KANYE OFTEN DELAYS ALBUM RELEASES

    Kanye’s fans are well aware his work is often delayed due to him being a perfectionist.

    One previously announced album, Yandhi, was delayed multiple times in 2018 and ultimately was never released at all.

    Kanye’s last album was titled Jesus Is King and released in October 2019 but was also postponed. It arrived as Kanye’s Sunday Service gospel and worship series began.

  • Katie Balevic

    WHO IS COLLABORATING WITH KANYE ON THE ALBUM?

    Kanye announced several collaborations with the likes of Jay Z, Travis Scott, and Lil Yachty on the album.

    Other notable names include Kid Cudi, The Weeknd, Roddy Ricch, Lil Baby, Playboi Carti, Fivio Foreign, Don Toliver, Young Thug, Westside Gunn, Conway The Machine, Jay Electronica, and The LOX.

  • Katie Balevic

    APPLE MUSIC SUBSCRIBERS CAN PREVIEW DONDA

    If you have an Apple Music subscription, you can preview the album from Saturday.

    You can also pre-order the album through iTunes right now.

  • Katie Balevic

    FAN REACT TO DONDA PERFORMANCE

    Fans erupted with excitement as DONDA closed out, sending gratitude and high accolades to Kanye for his tenth album.

    “This is the most Kanye s**t, he literally ASCENDED into Heaven,” joked one person while posting a video of Kanye ascending into the arena’s top as taken from the seats.

    “I know it’s way too early to be saying this but Donda looking like it got potential to be Kanye’s best album ngl,” wrote another.

    Someone else wrote “Kanye really assembled the Avengers for this one. This is his best album since TLOP. Honestly one of his best works I think. This gonna grow on me so much.”

  • Katie Balevic

    'DONDA' PUSHED TO AUGUST 9

    Kanye is yet to reveal why the album has not been released. It has now been pushed back to August 9, according to iTunes.

    Irritated fans flocked to Twitter in their droves to express their anger at the latest delay.

    One raged: "Why is Kanye doing this to me? How many times is he going to delay this album."

    A second fumed: "I'm f**king tired of Kanye, where's the album bro?"

  • Katie Balevic

    'DONDA' RELEASE FURTHER DELAYED

    Kanye West's fans are furious after the rapper delayed dropping his Donda album once again.

    The Yeezy mogul, 44, was set to release his 10th studio album on Thursday night after throwing a huge listening party in Atlanta.

    However, listeners were left frustrated to find that the new LP was still not out by Friday.

  • Danielle Cinone

    OUTRAGE AFTER LATEST GAP/YEEZY RELEASE

    Kanye West fans were outraged after the latest Gap/Yeezy release featured the one "ugly" $200 red coat unavailable until spring of 2022.

    While the fans were furious over the delayed release of the Donda album by Kanye, 37, they were also not thrilled about the pricey and unfashionable red coat either. 

    When the Gap countdown was over, an image of a puffy and "rubberized" round jacket appeared on the site. 

    The jacket was only available in the United States as well.

    The rubberized round jacket will be released in 2022Credit: GAP

     

  • Danielle Cinone

    'MENTAL CONDITION'

    Earlier in 2018, the Jesus Is King rapper admitted to suffering from a "mental condition."

    “I think everybody got something. But like I said on the album, it’s not a disability. It’s a superpower," he remarked, referencing his 2018 release of Ye.

    In November of 2016, Kanye experienced a "nervous breakdown" which led to the cancellation of 21 of his tour dates.

    Set off by the anniversary of his mother Donda West's death, the singer was overwhelmed by stress from trying to balance his The Life of Pablo tour, album, and his Yeezy fashion line.

    After recovering, he told Charlamagne Tha God in an interview: “I think I’m in a stronger place than I ever was after the breakdown or, as I like to say, the breakthrough.”

  • Danielle Cinone

    MENTAL HEALTH STRUGGLE

    Thursday night was not the first occasion where Kanye West made mention of thoughts of self-harm.

    The rapper shared a series of tweets on the topic in 2018.

    After watching a documentary about the suicide of fashion designer Alexander McQueen, he mentioned "having thoughts" of taking his "own life."

    “I saw the Alexander McQueen documentary and I connected with his journey. I know how it feels to want to take your life back into your own hands even if it means taking your own life,” he tweeted.

    “To make this clear and not weird. I’ve had these kinds of thoughts and I’m going to tell you things I’ve done to stay in a content place.”

    Kanye continued: “How to NOT kill yourself pt 1[:] Avoid being around people who make you want to kill yourself.”

  • Danielle Cinone

    KANYE SPARKS WORRY AFTER RAPPING ABOUT 'SUICIDAL THOUGHTS'

    Kanye West sparked concern during his legendary Donda live stream performance, as one of his unreleased songs mentioned "suicidal thoughts" following his divorce from Kim Kardashian.

    The rapper stunned fans during his monumental live stream performance at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta on Thursday night.

    In the emotional track that focused on painful memories, the famed musician sang about "losing all my deepest friends" and experiencing "suicidal thoughts."

    The songwriter's album release follows his divorce from Kim Kardashian, 40, in mid-February of this year.

    Kanye made many references to his failed marriage and the loss of his family during the shocking live stream event last night.

  • Danielle Cinone

    EMOTIONAL LIVESTREAM

    During the livestream on Thursday, Kanye also made headlines when he became emotional while begging his ex Kim Kardashian – who was in the audience – to "come back."

    Some of the emotional lyrics in the song Love, Unconditionally included "Never abandon your family," "I'm losing my family" and "She’s screaming at me, ‘Daddy, how could you leave?'"

    At one point during the performance, Kanye got on his knees as he sang: “I’m losing all my family, darling come back to me."

    The performance marks the second time Kanye has performed the emotional song, which he debuted at the DONDA launch event in July.

  • Danielle Cinone

    KANYE ANNOUNCED COLLABORATIONS

    Kanye announced several collaborations with the likes of Jay Z, Travis Scott and Lil Yachty on the album.

    Other notable names include Kid Cudi, The Weeknd, Roddy Ricch, Lil Baby, Playboi Carti, Fivio Foreign, Don Toliver, Young Thug, Westside Gunn, Conway The Machine, Jay Electronica and The LOX.

  • Danielle Cinone

    HOW CAN YOU PRE-ORDER DONDA?

    Donda was initially due to be released on July 24, 2020, but Kanye missed the deadline, and it was then was scheduled to drop on Friday.

    You can pre-order the album through iTunes right now.

    If you have an Apple Music subscription, you can preview the album from Saturday.

  • Danielle Cinone

    WHAT HAVE FANS SAID ABOUT THE DONDA ALBUM DELAY?

    Irritated fans flocked to Twitter in their droves to express their anger at the latest delay.

    One raged: "Why is Kanye doing this to me? How many times is he going to delay this album."

    A second fumed: "I'm f**king tired of Kanye, where's the album bro?"

    A third user shared a brief clip of Kanye suspended on wires in the air during his livestream on Thursday night.

    They wrote alongside it: "Don't listen to Kanye but this dude is f**king floating instead of dropping the album. Wtf this bro doing?"

  • Danielle Cinone

    DONDA ALBUM DELAY LEAVES FANS FURIOUS

    Kanye West's fans are furious after the rapper delayed dropping his Donda album once again.

    The Yeezy mogul, 44, was set to release his 10th studio album on Thursday night after throwing a huge listening party in Atlanta.

    However, listeners were left frustrated to find that the new LP was still not out by Friday.

    Kanye is yet to reveal why the album has not been released. It has now been pushed back to August 9, according to iTunes.

  • Danielle Cinone

    WHAT DID FANS SAY ABOUT KIM K'S SUPPORT?

    Fans believed Kim Kardashian's continued support of the 44-year-old was a sign of a rekindled romance.

    One Twitter user asked: "Are mommy and daddy getting back together?"

    "So you went back to him didn't you? LOL sis move on," another fan wrote.

    A third exclaimed: "NO DONT GO BACK TO HIM STAY AWAY PLEASE!"

  • Danielle Cinone

    WHO WAS DONDA WEST?

    Donda was born on July 12, 1949, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

    She was married to Ray West, father of Kanye, but after their divorce, she moved with her son to Chicago in 1980.

    The single mother earned a Bachelor’s degree in English from the Virginia Union University, in Richmond Virginia.

    She received a Master’s degree at Atlanta University, Georgia.

    Donda furthered her education and received a Doctorate in English at Auburn University, Alabama.

  • Danielle Cinone

    WHAT HAS KANYE SAID ABOUT HIS MOTHER?

    Kanye was extremely close to his mother, and her death seemed to impact him greatly.

    Kanye told Q magazine in 2015: “My mother was my everything. 

    “If I had never moved to LA, she’d be alive. I don’t want to go far into it because it will bring me to tears.”

  • Danielle Cinone

    WHAT DID KIM AND HER CHILDREN WEAR TO THE ALBUM RELEASE PARTY?

    Kim and their four kids – North, Saint, Chicago and Psalm – returned to Atlanta's Mercedes-Benz Stadium, where they were two weeks ago, for the second release party of Kanye's 10th studio album.

    The 40-year-old reality star and the children were dressed head to toe in Balenciaga's collection with Yeezy.

    Kim was seen standing by the stage in a black catsuit and shades alongside North, eight, who also donned all black with her hair in braids.

    She shared a glimpse of her outfit on social media before the bash and rocked a zipped grey face mask, matching gloves and a matching jacket.

  • Danielle Cinone

    KIM K & ALL FOUR OF HER KIDS ATTENDED THE DONDA RELEASE PARTY

    Kim Kardashian and all four of her kids attended Kanye West’s DONDA release party as fans insist the pair are "getting back together." 

    The reality star along with all four of their children showed that the family support is still strong despite the famous divorce as they jetted in to Atlanta for the rapper’s encore album listening event.

  • Danielle Cinone

    ‘NO SOUND’

    Kanye West left fans furious when he “live-streamed his new album” without sound on Wednesday — before the release date.

    The rapper has confirmed the album release for August 6th, 2021, though he has a notorious history of delaying his own schedule.

    Kanye, 44, filmed a live video debuted via Apple Music from the dressing room at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia.

    The father of four has been reportedly living in the space for the past two weeks, and he recorded himself doing push-ups, hugging friends, wearing a ski mask, and singing.

    However, fans were taken aback at the beginning of the stream when they realized there was no sound coming from the video.

  • Danielle Cinone

    KANYE SHARES POST OF MINIMALIST LIVING SPACE

    On Tuesday, the rapper took to Instagram to share a photo of his temporary bedroom.

    Many of his fans took to the comments section to question his choice to live in the tiny room, as one person commented: “Not even a window?”

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  • Danielle Cinone

    FAN REACT TO DONDA PERFORMANCE

    Fans erupted with excitement as DONDA closed out, sending gratitude and high accolades to Kanye for his tenth album.

    “This is the most Kanye s**t, he literally ASCENDED into Heaven,” joked one person while posting a video of Kanye ascending into the arena’s top as taken from the seats.

    “I know it’s way too early to be saying this but Donda looking like it got potential to be Kanye’s best album ngl,” wrote another.

    Someone else wrote “Kanye really assembled the Avengers for this one. This is his best album since TLOP. Honestly one of his best works I think. This gonna grow on me so much.”

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