Kanye West’s ‘DONDA’ listening party breaks Apple Music’s livestream record

Kanye West packed the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta for his ‘DONDA’ listening party and, in the process, smashed Apple Music’s global livestream record.

Kanye West makes his first presidential campaign appearance on July 19, in North Charleston, S.C.
Kanye West making his first presidential campaign appearance on July 19, 2020, in North Charleston, S.C.

Sources with direct knowledge tell TMZ … Ye’s album event this past week at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta broke the Apple Music Global Livestream record … with 3.3 million viewers who tuned in on their screens.

That’s a heck of a lot more than the previous record, we’re told, which was set by Gucci Mane and Jeezy in their highly-anticipated Verzuz battle earlier last year — at a reported 1.8 million viewers. Kanye practically doubled the number as a solo act!

BTW, the ‘DONDA’ moment was a one-time deal — meaning it aired live for people to stream, but hasn’t gone back up on Apple for folks to watch again… Our sources tell us once Kanye releases Donda — it’s projected to drop August 6 — the Atlanta performance will be posted to Apple for fans to watch again.

MacDailyNews Take: Funniest thing is that Kanye West, once introduced as one of “the owners of TIDAL,” chose Apple Music to stream his latest project (because Apple Music is America’s No.1 music streaming service).

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “Brawndo Drinker” and “Judge Bork” for the heads up.]


  1. I gotta say, I just don’t get why people love Kanye West. The music on his albums in nicely produced but not memorable and, frankly, he is a shitty rapper.

    Whenever I listen to a Kanye album I think of the story of the Emperor’s new clothes…

      1. Hard to listen to the music of someone you despise for many reasons. But I’m always in awe when I do listen and marvel at how overrated he is. Does not move me at all. I’m pissed at Clapton and Van Morrison right now, but their music remains great.

        1. Been a month since I was on MDN because jerks like GoEB were here and I was concerned that I would lose a few IQ points just by reading his ‘Aways Trump’ drivel. So I come back on and voila, he is still here yet even more moronic than before (if that is even possible).
          If KW invited Trump, what would happen? The reality is that there would be a lot of unvaccinated idiots getting together, and then the delta virus would spread rapidly and infect everyone. Needless deaths would follow. Whyy bother to do this…just listen to KW’s music, it alone is enough to kill you.

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