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Kanye West books new Donda listening event in Chicago

By | Published on Thursday 19 August 2021

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After two missed release dates over the last month, Kanye West fans were hopeful that the rapper’s new album ‘Donda’ would finally be released tomorrow. Kanye West fans should really know better than to have hope though. The hope now is that it’ll finally arrive some time after a third listening event next week.

Don’t start booking your tickets to Atlanta just yet though, as this new listening event – set to take place on 26 Aug – won’t be hosted by that city’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium like the previous two. This time, West is heading for his home town of Chicago and its Soldier Field stadium.

Already delayed by a year, it was announced last month that ‘Donda’ would finally arrive on 23 Jul, after a listening event for 42,000 fans at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium. It did not arrive, however. It then emerged that West was still working on the record and had set up a makeshift studio in the stadium in order to complete it.

A new listening event was scheduled for 5 Aug, with the promise that the album would arrive on 6 Aug. On the day of the second stadium event, Apple Music livestreamed West “finishing” the album throughout the day. The listening event went ahead, but the album did not appear online.

Since then, a pre-order page for the album on the iTunes store has listed a regularly changing release date. At one point it said the album was expected on 22 Aug. That then slipped forward to 20 Aug. And as of this morning it says 29 Aug.

After all the ceremony around the missed release dates, it seemed somewhat unlikely that ‘Donda’ would just quietly appear one day. Now this new listening event suggests that the album will finally be available to listen to outside stadiums towards the end of next week – possibly on 29 Aug as iTunes suggests. You probably shouldn’t get your hopes up though.