Grammy-winning rapper Kanye West can’t help but win. Whether he really put out Donda or Universal forced his hand, the project is expected to do ridiculous numbers in its opening week.
Kanye West’s ‘Donda’ First-Week Projections
Despite only dropping just 24 hours ago, the LP is expected to do insane numbers in a day and time when digital streams reign supreme. The LP is slated to put out at least 300,000 audio listens by this time next week.
After one (partial) day, Kanye West’s Donda (G.O.O.D./Def Jam) is now trending at or above 300k for its first week. Given the album’s arrival on Sunday, typically the lowest streaming day of the week, there aren’t many, if any, models to project from. So call this one our best guess for now. Can Kanye beat J. Cole’s 308m first-week audio streams for the largest total of 2021 thus far? Kanye West (G.O.O.D./Def Jam): 300k-300k+ Halsey (Capitol): 95-115k total activity, 70-85k albums Lil Tecca (Galactic/Republic): 30-35k, 1-2k OneRepublic (Mosley/Interscope): 21-24k, 16-19k (HDD)
Universal Records Calls Cap On Kanye West
The huge estimates come following some heated words from Ye to his label Universal over the project reaching the masses without his official approval.
Unnamed sources have called Kanye’s claim about his 10th studio album, which dropped Sunday morning, “preposterous”. Universal representatives have not chimed in on the matter, but some people in the company have anonymously spoken about the matter.
Representatives for Universal had no comment on the allegation, but sources at the company called it “preposterous.” (Variety)
Soulja Boy Calls Big Cap On Kanye West
Atlanta rapper Soulja Boy has also spoken about Ye’s claim, and he’s not impressed. The hip-hop star has stepped up to give his two cents on Kanye West publicly blasting Universal for allegedly forcing out his newly released Donda album.
SB hit up his Twitter page to repost Ye’s Universal claim. Along with laughing at the statement, Big Draco suggested West might have lied about the LP rollout.
Soulja Boy’s Big Mad At Kanye West
Hours prior, SB appeared big mad at Kanye. The hip-hop star appeared to take aim at the hitmaker for not coming through with a major collaboration for Ye’s new Donda album.
SB hit his Twitter page and did much more than spill some tea. Soulja shared screenshots allegedly from Yeezy and revealed being on a song with the hitmaker.
“Idk how to feel, Kanye sent me that song “remote control” and I don’t hear my verse on it… hmm f*ck that n*gga … This n*gga Kanye smh. Tell homie dont hit my phone no more. … That n*gga Kanye weird af … F*ck that my Kanye west diss song finna drop im tired of sparing this clown 🤡 a** n*gga”
DaBaby’s Boss Slams Kanye West
North Carolina rapper DaBaby’s label boss Arnold Taylor is also speaking out. The CEO of South Coast Music Group has checked Kanye West over allegedly stalling the release of his Donda album over a clearance.
Taylor hit up his Instagram page to share a slideshow of screenshots from Ye. The text message pics show Kanye suggesting Arnold kept Baby from appearing on the album’s “Jail” song.
“This is CAP, I woke up this morning to this social media bullshit. I never got a call or email from @[email protected][email protected] I just received it today and Cleared it in 2 seconds. Why wouldn’t I want a hit song out when #SCMG is all about the growth and culture of hip hop and my artist!!! To all of the media blogs and outlets don’t believe everything you see in a post, thank you!!! #SCMGSh*t“
R&B singer Tank hopped into the comments section to show his support for Taylor.
“They need to clear you name.. You’ve been a stand up guy since day 1! 20 plus years!..”