American rapper Ye (formerly Kanye West) signs on Instagram that his upcoming album “Donda 2” will not be released on either Apple Music, Amazon Music, Spotify or Youtube.
According to Ye, the album will instead be released on his own platform, Stem Player, a music player that is sold via stemplayer.com and costs 200 dollars, equivalent to about 1879 kronor.
The hardware is developed in collaboration with Kano Computing and will also let users adjust the songs’ vocals, drums, bass, effects, etc. It also contains an mp3 player. Stem Player was originally released in conjunction with the first Donda album in 2021.
“Today, artists get just under 12 percent of the money the industry earns. It’s time to free music from this oppressive system. It’s time to take control and build our own,” Ye wrote on Instagram.
“Donda 2” is scheduled for release on February 22. At present, 67,000 Stem Players will be available and 3,000 new units will be manufactured every day.
It is worth mentioning that in 2016 Kanye West said that his album The Life of Pablo would never be released outside the streaming service Tidal but did so a month later.