Kanye West Donda LIVE – Apple livestream launched ahead of Atlanta listening party after Mercedes Benz stadium debut

KANYE West's Apple Music Livestream has launched ahead of tonight's listening party in Atlanta — after "Donda" debuted at the Mercedes Benz stadium last month.

West started livestreaming the album via Apple Music on Thursday morning from the dressing room at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia, where he is understood to have been living for the past two weeks.

The rapper, who recently split from Kim Kardashian, has also confirmed the album will be released on August 6th, 2021.

Kanye recently celebrated his next studio album with a listening party event in Atlanta, Georgia two weeks ago.

Donda is a tribute album to his late mother who passed away in 2007 with cover art designed by the late French-born artist Louise Bourgeois.

Read our Kanye West Donda live blog for the latest news and updates…

  • Danielle Cinone

    HOW TO STREAM DONDA

    Apple Music and Spotify Premium users can have access to unlimited music for the price of $9.99 a month.

    TIDAL users, on the other hand, can have the same opportunity for the monthly cost of $10.99.

    Some Spotify users have already leaked several snippets of the album, after it was last teased this Tuesday, July 20, during the NBA finals.

  • Danielle Cinone

    WHEN IS KANYE WEST'S DONDA LISTENING EVENT?

    Kanye West will host another listening party for his long-awaited 10th studio album Donda.

    It follows the album's public premiere on July 22, 201 at Atlanta's Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

    This second event is scheduled for TONIGHT (August 5, 2021) at 9pm. ET at the same location.

    You can watch the live stream on Apple Music.

  • Danielle Cinone

    WHO WAS DONDA WEST?

    Donda was born on July 12, 1949, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

    She was married to Ray West, father of Kanye, but after their divorce, she moved with her son to Chicago in 1980.

    The single mother earned a Bachelor’s degree in English from the Virginia Union University, in Richmond Virginia.

    She received a Master’s degree at Atlanta University, Georgia.

    Donda furthered her education and received a Doctorate in English at Auburn University, Alabama.

  • Danielle Cinone

    RETURN TO SOCIAL MEDIA

    Kanye – who returned to Instagram a few weeks ago after a lengthy hiatus – teased a snippet of No Child Left Behind in an ad starring track star Sha’Charri Richardson.

    Earlier in July, it was revealed that Olympic hopeful Sha’Charri will not be heading to Tokyo for the Games as she was left off the US relay team after testing positive for THC.

    In Kanye’s video, Sha’Carri, 21, worked up a sweat as Kanye sang: “He’s done miracles on me.”

    Text then appeared onscreen that read: “Live Your Truth. DONDA Listening Event. Livestream on Apple Music. Thursday at 8PM ET.”

    Prior to promoting his album, the last post Kanye had shared showed him voting for himself during the United States Presidential election last fall.

  • Danielle Cinone

    KANYE SHARES HIS CALL LOG

    Kanye’s much-anticipated and long-delayed 10th album is reportedly releasing on Thursday, and now his call log is hinting at a possible major collaboration on the project.

    He has one FaceTime video call, one phone call and one missed call with The Weeknd, and fans are convinced the two worked together on Donda and a collab is on the way.

  • Danielle Cinone

    STADIUM BOOKED FOR SECOND DONDA RELEASE PARTY

    According to TMZ, Kanye and his production team have booked August 5 at the Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium for a second Donda listening party, just one day before the album is expected to be released.

    While the first event was a massive hit, an insider tells the outlet the hitmaker is still striving to make this second go-around an even more different experience for the audience.

  • Danielle Cinone

    KID CUDI RUMORED TO BE ON DONDA

    A huge Kid Cudi fan account dmed the rapper to try and confirm whether he would be appearing on the upcoming Kanye West album.

    Kid Cudi responded saying of Kanye “He just walked in,” potentially confirming the rumors.

    The fan account posted the dm’s on their story and revealed they were asked to take them down.

  • Danielle Cinone

    KANYE ONLY FOLLOWING KIM ON INSTAGRAM

    The only person Kanye follows on Instagram is his ex-wife, KUWTK star Kim, 40 – who filed for divorce in February after six years of marriage.

    The Sun exclusively revealed on Monday that Kanye broke down in tears at his album launch after playing a song about his divorce from Kim.

    His new track Welcome to my Life includes lyrics about his tough last two years, which included his split from the reality star, a meltdown on Twitter, and his failed bid to become US President.

    In the song, he likens his and Kim’s marital home in Calabasas, LA, to jail, rapping: “Tell the assassins I escaped from Calabasas.”

    At the listening party in Las Vegas, a source said: “It’s a very deep, sad song about Kanye, with him reflecting on his marriage with Kim.

    “He talks about the kids and mentions her taking everything. After he played this song he paused for like, two minutes, and cried. It was really sombre."

  • Cybele Mayes-Osterman

    WHERE IS KANYE'S NEXT DONDA PARTY?

    According to TMZ, Kanye and his production team have booked August 5 at the arena for a second Donda listening party, just one day before the album is expected to be released.

    While the first event was a massive hit, an insider tells the outlet the hitmaker is still striving to make this second go-around an even more different experience for the audience.

  • Cybele Mayes-Osterman

    FANS WAIT IMPATIENTLY FOR DONDA DROP

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    KANYE POSTS HIS MINIMALIST LIVING ARRANGEMENTS

    Earlier in the week, the music star posted an Instagram photo inside of his “minimal” room while living in Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

    His temporary bedroom included a bed with a white comforter placed in the back right corner, a small closet, a flat screen TV and a digital clock.

    Kanye made no effort to decorate the room, though he noticeably lined his sneakers and an opened suitcase against the bare wall.

    Many of his fans took to the comments section to question his choice to live in the tiny room, as one person commented: “Not even a window?”

  • Cybele Mayes-Osterman

    KIM NOT SEEN ON KANYE'S CALL LIST

    Kanye shared a log of recent calls, which included ones with The Weeknd and model Louise Donegan but none with his ex Kim.

    Kim, who filed for divorce from her husband Kanye in February, reunited with him backstage at his album release event.

    They appeared to be on good terms, as they happily laughed while spending time together backstage at the event.

  • Cybele Mayes-Osterman

    KANYE LEAKS DONDA SONG TITLES

    Kanye shared a black and white photo of himself sitting in front of a partially-obscured whiteboard featuring the track list.

    Kanye faced away from the camera and wore a shirt that had "Donda" written on the back.

    He shared the photo – which appeared to have been taken in a recording studio – on Instagram in late July.

    There are at least 15 songs written on the whiteboard, including No Child Left Behind, which he previewed in a Beats By Dre ad earlier this week.

  • Cybele Mayes-Osterman

    HOW DID DONDA WEST DIE?

    On November 10, 2007, Donda West died of coronary artery disease and multiple post-operative factors due to or as a consequence of liposuction and mammoplasty.

    She underwent liposuction, a tummy tuck, and a breast reduction the day before she died.

    She was 58 years old at the time of her death.

  • Cybele Mayes-Osterman

    IS KANYE LIVING IN THE STADIUM?

    Kanye, 37, has allegedly made Atlanta's stadium his new home, according to TMZ.

    Sources told the outlet the Stronger rapper will miss his weekend performance at Rolling Loud in Miami, however, he is said to have rented a studio space and made living quarters at the stadium.

    A chef was allegedly hired to prepare his meals inside the stadium.

  • Cybele Mayes-Osterman

    $50 FOR CHICKEN FINGERS AT KANYE'S DONDA EVENT

    Kanye's fan were baffled by the "overpriced" snacks which were on sale during his Donda listening event in Atlanta.

    A flurry of followers were equally unimpressed by the expensive nibbles and took to social media to share their confusion.

    Another posted: "This dude has lost his damn mind."

    A third commented: "$50 for chicken tenders??!!…. F*** THAT!!!"

    One fan cheekily shared: "When a Kardashian leaves you, you have to supplement your income with sweet chicken tenders $$$."

  • Cybele Mayes-Osterman

    KANYE WROTE DONDA LYRICS AT $14MILLION RANCH

    Kanye reportedly wrote the lyrics for the Donda album inside of his $14M Wyoming ranch.

    The ranch, located in the town of Greybull, sits on more than 6,700 acres, and it has been the hitmaker's go-to place ever since Kim filed for a divorce.

    According to Page Six, the impressive ranch, aside from its total of seven bedrooms and seven bathrooms.

    Kanye's ranch also has three separate cabins, each with their own full bathroom.

  • Cybele Mayes-Osterman

    KANYE REPEATS 'I'M LOSING MY FAMILY' AT PERFORMANCE

    At the Donda event last month, Kanye covered his face and fell to his knees while playing his new track, Love Unconditionally.

    During the performance, Kanye wore a balaclava and an all-red outfit as he repeatedly said: "I'm losing my family / I'm losing my family / I'm losing my family."

    His late mother Donda – who the album is named after – could also be heard in the song saying, "No matter what you never abandon your family."

  • Cybele Mayes-Osterman

    KANYE NAMED BILLIONAIRE

    In April 2020, Kanye was named a billionaire by Forbes, who claimed his net worth was $1.8billion.

    However, the Donda rapper claimed he was worth way more than that – at least $2billion more.

    Following Forbes' story, Kanye allegedly texted the writer of the story and said: "It's not a billion. It's $3.3 billion since no one at Forbes knows how to count."

  • Cybele Mayes-Osterman

    TWITTER WAITS EXCITEDLY FOR DONDA DROP

  • Cybele Mayes-Osterman

    BEAM OF LIGHT SPOTTED AT STADIUM

    A mysterious beam of light was spotted at the Mercedes Benz stadium ahead of Kanye's Donda release.

  • Cybele Mayes-Osterman

    HOW TO STREAM DONDA

    Apple Music and Spotify Premium users can have access to unlimited music for the price of $9.99 a month.

    TIDAL users, on the other hand, can have the same opportunity for the monthly cost of $10.99.

    Some Spotify users have already leaked several snippets of the album, after it was last teased this Tuesday, July 20, during the NBA finals.

  • Cybele Mayes-Osterman

    WHAT IS THE RELEASE DATE OF DONDA?

    Last week, Kanye announced the release date – August 5th – of his DONDA album, which is named after his late mother who passed away in 2007.  

    In his Instagram post, the Graduation singer shared the image of what appeared to be a black and white spinning wheel.

    Though fans were excited for the release date of the highly anticipated album, there were some who think Donda will continue to be delayed.

    One fan wrote: "KANYE DONT DO THIS TO ME."

    Another fan wrote: "KANYE IF U LIE U WILL BE MY 13TH REASON."

    A commentator stated: "Taking bets now on it not dropping."

  • Cybele Mayes-Osterman

    WHY IS KANYE'S COUSIN BEING INVESTIGATED?

    Kanye's cousin Stephan Scoggins, 59, is a registered nurse who was allegedly overseeing Donda West’s care when she returned home in 2007 after grueling cosmetic surgery that included liposuction, a tummy-tuck, and breast reduction.

    The plastic surgeon who operated on her, Jan Adams, later blamed Scoggins for her death, although he was subsequently cleared of any wrongdoing. 

    State records show that Scoggins retained his nursing license after he was cleared by an official investigation into Donda’s death, which came just a day after the operations.

  • Cybele Mayes-Osterman

    KIM AND KHLOE ROCK MATCHING BODYSUITS TO DONDA PARTY

    KUWTK's Kim was joined by all four of the former couple’s children for the Donda event last week at Atlanta's Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Thursday.

    She and Khloe wore matching catsuits – red for Kim and black for her sister – and sunglasses to celebrate Kanye's highly-anticipated 10th studio album.

    Khloe shared a gallery of new photos from the event, including one of her and Kim sitting close together, leaning on one another, as they watched Kanye perform for the crowd.

    In another, they stood up and posed with Kim's BFF Jonathan Cheban, all of them wearing black sunglasses for the occasion and keeping straight faces for the camera.

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