Donda 2, Kanye West’s new album, was released a few weeks ago exclusively on the artist’s $200 Stem Player. However, surprisingly, it is absent from the Billboard charts.
The reason why the album is not currently charting has been officially explained, and it all has to do with the album bundling rules that Billboard implemented a few years ago after Tekashi 6ix9ine was called out for sneaking onto the charts through merch bundles. According to Billboard’s album bundle guidelines, Kanye West’s “Donda 2” is not eligible for chart consideration because it is only available through Ye’s $200 Stem Player.
According to a new Fader report, Ye’s Stem Player is being classified as merchandise, which implies that Donda 2 cannot be introduced to its charts for the time being. The device, which separates songs into different musical elements, is included with the new album, but the machine “can be used for other means besides the playing of the album,” according to Billboard, which is why Donda 2 was denied a chart debut.
It is currently unknown when the album will be more widely released, or if it will ever be available on streaming services. The current version of the album sounds unfinished, with appearances by XXXTentacion, Future, Travis Scott, Migos, Jack Harlow, Soulja Boy, and others.
According to MRC Data, when Ye released Donda on August 29, it topped the Billboard 200 albums chart with 309,000 equivalent album units moved, making it 2021’s top single-week release to that point. He was later surpassed by Drake’s Certified Lover Boy and Adele’s 30 and ended 2021 as the 39th biggest album of the calendar year, according to the Billboard 200 year-end chart.
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