Kanye West‘s tenth album Donda surpassed almost 100 million streams within the first 24 hours of its release on Spotify.
The 27-song record reached the milestone on the Global Spotify Chart on Sunday, according to ChartData, marking it the platform’s second-biggest album debut of all time.
It’s a promising sign for the 44-year-old rapper, who took to Instagram over the weekend to claim that Universal had released the LP without his permission.
Impressive: Kanye West’s Donda album garners nearly 100 MILLION streams in its first day on Spotify… breaking record for second-biggest debut of all time
However, he is still one step behind his arch-rival Drake, who has the biggest debut of all time for his fifth album Scorpion, which clocked 132 million streams.
Kanye’s Donda is said to have reached 94,455,883 streams exactly.
However, as UpRoxx reports, the album was released around 8am, and not the usual time of midnight set for most albums, meaning this was based on just 16 hours of listening time.
Big hit: The 27-song record reached the milestone on the Global Spotify Chart on Sunday, according to ChartData , marking it the platform’s second-biggest album debut of all time
If extra time was included the streaming figures may have soared past Drake.
Drake confirmed today that his new album Certified Love Boy will be released this Friday, Sept. 3.
Meanwhile, the release of Kanye’s Donda has been anything but smooth.
After a year-long delay, the rapper began holding a number of controversial listening parties, one that included the likes of Marilyn Manson, DaBaby, and his estranged wife Kim Kardashian in a wedding dress.
Trouble in paradise: Kanye West claimed his record label released his 10th studio album without his approval in a shocking post shared to Instagram on Sunday
His manager, Bu Thiam, confirmed that the record had dropped on social media, posting a screengrab of one of the album’s 26 tracks alongside the caption: ‘Listening now Donda.’
Fans rushed to Twitter in the wake of its release to declare it ‘one of the greatest pieces of art of all time’.
Taking to social media, one person gushed: ‘Just finished listening to DONDA. That was quite possibly the most beautiful, breath-taking and angelic album I have ever experienced.
Listening now: Kanye’s manager Bu Thiam confirmed the record had dropped on social media, posting a screen grab of one of the album’s 26 tracks
‘Thank You Kanye. Life will be great. My ears have been blessed. This is one of the greatest pieces of art of all time.’
Another added: ‘DONDA dropped I have officially left my body,’ while a third penned: ‘DONDA is album of the decade so far.’
A fourth person tweeted: ‘You heard it hear first folks, donda is fine!’ [sic] as a fifth noted: ‘Okay Donda is actually pretty fire.’
Epic event: The dramatic evening saw Kanye reunite with his estranged wife Kim Kardashian on stage as she wore a wedding dress and veil
Shock factor: Kanye West was joined on stage at his Donda listening party in Chicago by disgraced artists DaBaby and Marilyn Manson
Donda’s album artwork is a simple black square and the record racks up an impressive 108 minutes.
Artists including The Weeknd, Jay-Z, Young Thug, Travis Scott, and Kid Cudi feature on the album.
The record – named after Kanye’s late mother Donda West, who died in 2007 at the age of 58 – follows three high-profile listening parties held through July in both Chicago and Atlanta.
Ye’s tenth studio album was first rumored to be released in July 2020 and named Donda: With Child, but he continually pushed the work back, and at one point tweeted he wasn’t releasing any new music ’till I’m done with my contract with Sony and Universal.’