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Kanye West snubs Apple Music, allegedly declines $100 million deal


Kanye West
How could you be so heartless?
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Kanye West’s upcoming Donda 2 album will not be available on Apple Music — or any other streaming service. The rapper claims he turned down a $100 million deal with Apple because it doesn’t pay artists enough.

“No one can pay me to be disrespected,” read one of a number of Instagram posts that have since been removed. Donda 2 will now be exclusive to West’s own platform, the $200 Stem Player that allows listeners to “customize” songs.

Drake’s new album breaks Apple Music record just set by Kanye


Drake Certified Lover Boy
More than 60 million streams in just 12 hours.
Photo: Drake

Certified Lover Boy, the newest album from Drake, has broken the Apple Music streaming record set by Kanye West just a few days ago.

In just 12 hours after the album’s release at midnight EST on Friday, September 3, it become 2021 most-streamed album and surpassed the 60 million streams that Donda racked up during its first 24 hours of availability.

Kanye West breaks Apple Music streaming records with Donda


Kanye West's Donda breaks Apple Music records
More than 60 million streams in 24 hours.
Image: Universal Media Group

Kanye West’s much-anticipated 10th studio album finally landed Sunday — and quickly broke Apple Music streaming records. Donda saw a staggering 60 million streams during its first 24 hours of availability. It also topped the Apple Music album charts across 152 countries worldwide.

Kanye West’s next album debuts with livestream on Apple Music this week


Kanye West's new album Ye drops today on Apple Music (and elsewhere).
Kanye has long been an outspoken Apple fan.
Photo: Mark Azali/Flickr CC

Apple Music will exclusively livestream a special “sold-out listening event” for Kanye West’s 10th album, Donda, on July 22. The event will take place at 5 p.m. PDT, with the album launching the following day.

Donda is West’s first album since 2019’s Jesus Is King, which won a Grammy for Best Contemporary Christian Album. It also achieved the No. 1 position on the Rap Album, Gospel Album and Billboard 200 charts.

iPhone clock may have struck a major blow against Kanye West’s presidential dreams


Kanye West's new album Ye drops today on Apple Music (and elsewhere).
Kanye West wants to be the next president of the United States.
Photo: Mark Azali/Flickr CC

Noted Apple fan Kanye West is blaming the iPhone’s clock for his failure to turn in the correct nomination signatures on time in Wisconsin for his U.S. presidential bid.

State laws say the papers had to be filed “not later” than 5 p.m. local time on Monday. Unfortunately, West’s campaign submitted them 14 seconds after the 5 p.m. deadline. West’s lawyer argues that, because it was before 5:01 p.m., the paperwork should still be admitted.

Kanye wants Apple to build Trump an ‘iPlane 1’


Oh look, Kanye said something crazy again.
Photo: Bloomberg

Kanye West wants President Donald Trump to ditch Air Force One and force Apple to build him a really neat concept airplane that he saw a GIF of on the internet.

No, this is not a new episode of Keeping Up with the Kardashians. This is what American politics have devolved to. During a visit to the White House today, West shared a bunch of his outlandish ideas with the president — while revealing his totally insecure iPhone passcode in the process.