Saturday, May 18, 2024

Kanye West Gave Away 5,000 Seats for Listening Party to Fill Stadium, Hundreds Remain Unsold


Tonight’s listening party in Atlanta for Kanye West’s new album will be an interesting mixed audience.

Some of the fans will have paid a couple hundred bucks for seats. Thousands are going for free.

To ensure a full looking Mercedes Benz Stadium, Kanye’s said to have given away 5,000 tickets to students. Will they go? Why not? It’s free!

The reason for this largesse is because tickets didn’t sell well. There are still hundreds of seats for sale, maybe up to a thousand. Only a small portion of the stadium is being used for the “Donda” listening event.

The “Donda” show will be broadcast on Apple Radio, bypassing Jay Z’s Tidal service where Kanye was an original partner. The album drops at midnight for those who are waiting for the full experience.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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