Release Date: November 24, 2008
Inspired by a breakup with his ex-fiance Alexis Phifer and the untimely death of his mother Donda, Kanye West found solace in the studio and, in less than a month, cooked up the sullen Auto-Tuned album, 808s & Heartbreak. After debuting its lead single, "Love Lockdown," at the MTV VMAs in September, he planned on dropping the LP weeks later in October.
It was pushed back, and given a release date of December 17. Kanye previewed the album for press on October 14. Then, he took to his old blog, KanyeUniverseCity, and announced, "I changed my album to November something 'cause I finished the album and I felt like it. I want y'all to hear it as soon as possible."
It wound up hitting on November 24, the Monday before Thanksgiving.