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Kanye West's 'Donda' Sets 2021 Apple Music Record With 60M First-Day U.S. Streams

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Kanye West is seen at ‘DONDA by Kanye West’ listening event at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on July 22, 2021 in Atlanta.

The album set a new 2021 record for the steaming service and the third-most in history.

Kanye West’s 10th studio album, Donda, pulled in over 60 million streams in the U.S. during its first 24 hours on Apple Music after its release Sunday, a source close to the situation tells Billboard, setting a new 2021 record for the streaming service.

Those numbers make Donda Apple Music's third-most streamed album ever in the first 24 hours of release, and it set another record by topping Apple Music's top albums charts in 152 countries in that time span.

In the 24 house since Donda's release, West also became Apple Music's most-streamed artist and took 19 of the top 20 spots on the streaming service's Daily Top 100 Global songs chart.

After multiple delays, West released the 27-track Donda on Sunday, following a Thursday night listening event held at at Soldier Field in Chicago that was livestreamed on Apple Music.

That event was preceded by two livestreamed listening sessions at Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium, which collectively brought out 80,000 fans to hear the project named after West’s late mother who died in 2007 at age 58.

On Spotify, Donda garnered over 94 million streams globally, good enough for second place all-time for the streaming service which boasts 365 million monthly users. (Apple Music said it had over 60 million monthly users back in June 2019 but hasn’t released an updated figure since then.)