Kanye West Launches Behind-the-Scenes ‘Countdown to Donda’ Livestream on Apple Music

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Overnight, Apple Music launched a replacement Livestream event and unrolled a rare in-app takeover before the expected unveiling of Kanye West’s new album, Donda. Indeed, around 1:00 a.m. ET, the streaming music provider shared a link to the exclusive Livestream event, which—like its predecessor—is happening at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. Notably, West was born within the Georgia capital. Within the app, “Kanye West Presents a Donda Event” is displayed prominently under a replacement Countdown to Donda tab. Earlier into the stream, which was initially focused on what appears to be West’s quarters inside the stadium with a countdown clock affixed to the wall, Chance the Rapper was seen stopping by. As of later Thursday morning, Vic Mensa was also seen on the stream. Other familiar faces so far include Mike Dean (of course!), Steve Lacy, Five Foreign, and more.

At one point, a vocal mic was positioned above the bed that West was seen sitting in. Elsewhere, West was seen doing push-ups during a special Donda-emblazoned vest. As Apple Music has explained, audio for the stream has been “intentionally muted,” a minimum of for now. Meanwhile, over on the official Kanye site, an inventory of Donda Super Room: Public Live Streaming Events has been shared, all with a listed start time of 9:30 p.m. ET. See the complete rundown of worldwide coordinates here.

While West has remained silent during the Donda rollout, including on Twitter where his most up-to-date tweet remains his “KANYE 2024” message dated Nov. 4, he’s been sporadically active on Instagram. There, the 22-time Grammy winner has shared updates from inside the stadium in Atlanta. Speaking with Antony Green for a GQ piece published earlier in the week, the Weeknd mentioned West when asked who he would really like to figure with soon. “I’d like to work with Kanye again. Especially on production,” he said.

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