Barack Obama won’t force Kanye West to release new album despite petition topping 100,000 signatures

"Kanye West has kept us thirsty for too long" says creator of petition

President Obama won’t be using his executive powers to force Kanye West to release his forthcoming new album ‘Swish’ next week.

That’s despite a petition started yesterday (August 12) by a fan on the White House’s We The People website quickly gaining 100,000 signatures. As pointed out by Billboard, the site’s terms of participation requires the US President to respond to all petitions that reach over 100,000 signatures within 30 days.

“Kanye West has kept us thirsty for too long,” read the petition, since removed for violating terms of participation. “We haven’t gotten any new singles in months. The President should order Ye to drop the album on the date August 21st, as his producer Mike Dean has been teasing people about.”

However, the White House closed the petition on Wednesday afternoon and claimed that it violated We the People’s terms of participation.


The rapper-producer’s last release was the single ‘All Day’, which was performed at the Brit Awards in February.

Meanwhile, West recently met US Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, photobombing his wife Kim Kardashian’s selfie with the politician in the process. Clinton, who is campaigning to be the Democratic candidate for the 2016 US election, appeared at a fundraiser in Hollywood last week (August 6), with West and Kardashian also in attendance.