Amidst New Music Anticipation, This 2016 Kanye West Album Was the First Ever to Go Platinum With a Unique Distinction

Published 09/27/2023, 2:59 PM EDT

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The heights of musical hype that Kanye West presents today are a force to reckon with. The rapper has several award-winning albums, including 24 wins and 75 Grammy nominations to his name. For someone who started freestyling and ended up making big is a remarkable achievement. Notably, the singer has all seven of his studio albums in the platinum category. Moreover, many of them have gone on to set record milestones.

As the ‘Donda’ singer now prepares to launch his next album after more than seventeen months, here is one of his albums that has a unique distinction.

The Kanye West album that earned platinum from streaming alone

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A music’s success is often defined by the number of copies it has sold or the daily streams it accumulates. In a magnificent show of his popularity and acclaim, a 2016 Kanye West album has the unique distinction of earning a platinum certification from its streaming numbers alone. 2016 release, ‘The Life of Pablo’ has achieved a staggering 3 billion streams across several platforms globally. Further, its US streams of 1.5 billion alone safely carried it toward a platinum certification. 

Apart from its streaming-alone platinum record, it also holds other unique traits as well. For, unlike traditional album releases, this was a Tidal exclusive, a Jay-Z-owned platform. Featuring Chance the Rapper, Kelly Price, Kirk Franklin, The-Dream, Rihanna, The-Dream, Young Thug, and Desiigner, the album is a celebrated masterpiece among the fans. Another uniqueness lies in the fact that it was updated in ‘real-time’ by the singer after its release. New vocals such as a Sia track, lyrics, and album art were changed as per fans’ feedback, making it truly a unique release.

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Basking in all of his fame and perhaps lamenting recent album leaks, Kanye West is now gearing up to launch his upcoming music.

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In less than one month, two of Ye’s past unreleased albums made their way onto the Internet. ‘Jesus Is King II’ and a visual “Donda’ sequel leaked online. Regardless, West is ever so focused on his upcoming track productions. After long-back reports of a full-fledged production in Italy, news hints have pointed at a possible combination of West’s previous works, such as ‘College Dropout’ and ‘Yeezus’ to be the base for the upcoming album.

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West has also heated up his fan base with music teases on several occasions. With previews at Mowalola Fashion Week in London and a Steve Lacy concert, the hype is on a high. As for the rapper, Kanye West was recently in Milan and Florence, with his wife, Bianca Censori, for the Milan Fashion Week. However, he is yet to officially announce the confirmation of the release of his next album after ‘Donda II’.

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What did you think of ‘The Life of Pablo’? Let us know in the comments below.

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Imteshal Karim

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Imteshal Karim is a Hollywood News reporter at NetflixJunkie. With a penchant for writing in multiple forms, he is a published writer with his works published in anthologies. A star at his college’s writing competitions, he loves telling a good story and hopes to tell impactful ones about the unexplored side of the Entertainment industry.

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