While some thought the repeated delays of Kanye West‘s 10th studio album ‘Donda’ would negatively impact its commercial performance, his incredibly patient and devoted fan base has proven the contrary.
Finally released Sunday morning (August 29), the 27-track set zoomed to the top of every real-time digital sales and streaming tally – dominating each platform to historic measure.
See what we mean inside:
According to HDD:
“Apple reports that the album was streamed 60m+ times in the U.S. on its first day at the platform, breaking the streamery’s record for most-streamed album and artist in a day and (setting another record) hit #1 on Apple’s Top Albums chart in 152 countries during that same day. Donda became the third-most-played album on its first day ever on Apple.”
The domination doesn’t stop there, however.
In addition to seeing its songs own owns the entire Top 20 on Apple Music USA, peruse of real-time Spotify charts shows West’s name printed in all top 10 spots.
The high-powered streams, coupled with topping real-time iTunes charts (in nearly 50 countries including the USA), are the potent combo that’s set to give the 44-year-old the highest first-week sales of the year.
When ‘Donda’ hits #1 on next week’s Billboard 200 (as expected), it will make Kanye the third artist in history to score 10 consecutive #1 albums – following Eminem and Jay-Z. The accomplishment will also mean he’s nabbed the most Billboard 200 #1 debuts from studio albums of any artist this century.
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