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Kanye West’s New Album Donda 2 Ruled Ineligible for Billboard Charts

The album violates Billboard’s merchandise bundle policy

Kanye West's new album Donda 2 will not appear on any Billboard charts, Billboard reports.


West has been selling the album exclusively via his Stem Player, violating Billboard's merchandise bundle policy, which deems albums sold with the merchandise ineligible.

Reacting to his ineligibility on Instagram on Wednesday, West wrote,

"Big win for the kid We can no longer be counted or judged We won we won we won we won We make my own systems. We set our own value aaaand yesterdays price is not today's price baaaaabeeeee!!!!!"

West premiered Donda 2 at a Miami event on February 22. He shared four songs from the record on his Stem Player website the next day. On February 24, he made available 12 more songs, naming the 16 total tracks as the V2.22.22 Miami release.

Last year, West's Donda debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, moving 309,000 equivalent album units in its first week.

At the time, it was the biggest week for any album release of 2021. The achievement also tied West with Eminem for most No. 1 debuts in a row on the album's chart. In addition, West became one of only seven artists in chart history to release ten chart-topping albums.

The Stem Player currently comes with "Donda 2," the original "Donda" and "Jesus Is King" pre-loaded. Anyone who purchased the device before "Donda 2" was released can download it via a computer connection.

Outside tracks are also playable on the device, which has controls to separate "stems" of a song, vocals, bass, percussion, and other tracks allowing users to create their own mixes.

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