Sales figures for Kanye West's new album aren't available, but judging by the top songs charts on both Apple Music and Spotify, lots of people are listening and Ye is performing well. So much for a Kanye boycott.
On Saturday afternoon, Kanye pointed out that the top seven songs on iTunes were made up entirely of Ye tracks, and as of Sunday night at 11:00 p.m. ET, that is still true.
The same could be said for Spotify's charts this afternoon:
Not bad for an album that Kanye "completely redid" after his comments about slavery on TMZ a month before the project's release date. Speaking with BigBoyTV at his listening party in Wyoming last week, Kanye was asked why the final album sounded different from early versions that members of the press had previously heard. "I just completely did a completely new album," Kanye answered. "With what the universe was giving me, I wanted something that matched that energy."
"I completely redid the album after TMZ," Kanye added. "We just sat there and really honed in on the words."
Kanye told BigBoyTV that the original version of the album was more political, but he knew certain lines would be turned into headlines in the wake of his controversial comments. "We know now it's all headlines and every bar can be used," he explained. "There were even bars that we had about that. I took them off the album. It was just too sensitive. It was about that topic. I was like, 'Yo, I'm going to just chill right now." You can watch the full interview below.