Kanye Says ‘Donda 2’ Will Be Exclusive To His $200 Stem Music Player

  • Billionaire musician and designer Kanye West isn’t putting his new album on major streaming services.
  • In place, You saidthe new album “will only be released on my own platform, the Stem Player”.
  • The Stem Player is a $200 music device that plays music and allows songs to be remixed on the fly.

The only way to listen to Ye’s upcoming album will be to buy his $200 music player, the billionaire musician and fashion designer says.

The album does not arrive on “Apple, Amazon, Spotify or YouTube” he said Thusday. “Today, artists only get 12% of the money the industry makes. It’s time to free music from this oppressive system. It’s time to take control and build our own.”

Yes who officially changed his name from Kanye West last Octobertook to Instagram Thursday night to explain how it will work.

“‘Donda 2’ will only be


on my own platform, the Stem Player,” You said. “You can download new music from stemplayer.com. You can play 4 different elements of the song: vocals, drums, bass and music. It also has an MP3 player. We currently have 67,000 available and are making 3,000 a day.”

Kanye West's $200

The first generation Stem Player.

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Ye’s Stem Player was launched last year, shortly after the release of debut album “Donda”. The one he currently sells attached to “Donda 2” is the “second generation” device model.

In a separate post, Ye said he “turned down a hundred million dollar Apple deal” and is instead releasing his next album on a platform he owns.

“Tech companies have made music virtually free,” he told a second shot at the aforementioned companies, “so if you’re not doing merch and sneakers and touring, you’re not eating.”

Many musicians, including Ye, have repeatedly criticized music streaming platforms like Spotify and Apple Music for paying artists low royalties for their music. Ye even released his 2016 album, ‘The Life of Pablo,’ exclusively through Tidal – a service now owned by Twitter’s parent company Block, but at the time owned by the longtime friend and mentor. of West, Shawn “Jay Z” Carter.

He later released the album on Spotify and Apple Music as well.

The new album, “Donda 2”, is set to be released on February 22. It is unknown if the album will remain exclusive in perpetuity. Ye’s publicist did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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