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Kanye West will “absolutely” release Donda next Friday, says manager

By | Published on Friday 20 August 2021

Kanye West Donda listening party

Will Kanye West finally release his ‘Donda’ album next week? “Absolutely” he will, says West’s manager Bu Thiam. Whether this is based on intimate knowledge of a clear plan or desperate wishful thinking on the manager’s part remains to be seen.

It was announced earlier this week that West would host a third listening party for the long awaited album, this time at Chicago’s Soldier Field stadium, next Thursday.

Like the previous two playbacks at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, the plan is to release the album the next day. That, of course, has not happened so far. Instead, having listened to the album on the stadium’s sounds system, each time West has decided that there is more work to be done.

This time, however, Thiam is “100%” confident that the album will be released on 27 Aug (as the ever-updating pre-order page on iTunes is now saying). We know this because he told fans on Instagram, who reasonably asked if they should expect the album to actually be available to hear, outside of a stadium, from next week.

However confident Thiam is right now, it seems unlikely anyone will know for sure that West is going to allow the record to be released until after next week’s listening event. Even West himself. How long will people be willing to fork out money for these listening events before they start feeling ripped off? Tickets go on sale for the latest one at 6pm tonight UK time.