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Kanye West, now known officially as "Ye," does not plan to release his next album, "Donda 2," on streaming services that include Apple Music and Spotify, opting instead for a proprietary platform.

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Ye said today on Instagram that "Donda 2" will be available only on the Stem Player, a $200 device that was released with the initial "Donda" album pre-installed. The Stem Player is designed to allow users to "customize any song" with controls for vocals, drums, bass, effects, and more.

As an explanation for why the album will not be coming to major streaming platforms, Ye said that artists "get just 12% of the money the industry makes," and that it's "time to free music from this oppressive system."


The Stem Player was developed in partnership with Kano Computing, and Ye is ramping up production to meet demand. Ye said that there are 67,000 units available, and 3,000 units are being manufactured each day.

Ye has in the past claimed that an album will be exclusive only to release it on streaming services later. Back in 2016, he said that his album "The Life of Pablo" would "never never never" come to Apple Music, only to release it on Apple Music a month later.

"Donda 2" is expected to launch next week, on February 22, and the Stem Player can be purchased online.

Article Link: Kanye West's 'Donda 2' Album Not Coming to Apple Music
 
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drumpat01

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anyone who really wants the album can simply go to any pirate website and download it later that day it comes out. I do think the player is a novel idea, but gimmicky. Most people just want to listen to the music as it was written. I mean how often are you going to really sit there and remix the track as you listen to it?
 

jayducharme

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Ye said that artists "get just 12% of the money the industry makes," and that it's "time to free music from this oppressive system."
So in other words, now he'll be making the equivalent of 2% of what the industry makes. While I agree that the recording industry robs many artists blind, the industry is what gave him the exposure to get where he is. And when you have your song streamed a billion times, that 12% adds up fast.
 
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