In the 24 hours since its release, ‘DONDA’ shot to the top of the Apple Music charts in 152 countries, with 19 songs from the top 20 on Apple Music’s Daily Top 100 Global songs chart coming from ‘DONDA’.
Other records being smashed include the accolade of most-streamed artist and album in a single day, while over at Spotify, ‘DONDA’ also became the most-streamed album in a single day in 2021, breaking Olivia Rodrigo‘s record.
Following the release of the album at the weekend, West took to social to media to claim that Universal, the parent company for Def Jam Recordings and West’s own G.O.O.D. Music imprint, put the album out without his approval.
“Universal put my album out without my approval,” he posted on Instagram, before adding that the company allegedly “blocked” ‘Jail, Pt. 2’, his controversial new collaborative track that features DaBaby and Marilyn Manson, from being on ‘DONDA’.
Hours before the ‘DONDA’ dropped, West took to social media to share a pair of text message screenshots that appeared to show his manager Bu Thiam informing him that DaBaby’s manager wasn’t giving clearance for the ‘Rockstar’ rapper’s verse on ‘Jail, Pt.2’ to be used.
Reviewing ‘DONDA’, NME wrote: “While ‘DONDA’ certainly isn’t a rushed job, it could have benefitted from West spending a little less time on it and learning when to let things go. Nobody needs all 27 of these tracks, but dig deep into its contents and you’ll find enough gems to make his 10th album worth your time.”