Now, it seems as though those rumors have come to fruition, as Ye’s next stop will be in his hometown of Chicago.
On Wednesday (Aug. 18), West confirmed speculation of a Chicago listening party by posting on Instagram — showcasing that he would be in fact be performing his upcoming LP next week at Soldier Field.
Before Ye had set the date, a Twitter user who claimed to work security at Soldier Field — the home of the city’s historic NFL franchise the Chicago Bears — reported that a “major concert event” would be taking place Thursday, Aug. 26.
I work for security at soldier field and we recently had an event added under “major concert event” and I’m very confident that it’s for Kanye’s listening party. If it’s true, then Kanye will be performing in Chicago at soldier field on the 26th⭐️🤞🏽 #DONDA pic.twitter.com/UgeOFiRIuX— Y Z Z Y ©️ (@ALLOVEFROMYE) August 17, 2021
Clues via Instagram also revealed a pattern from the Chicago-based rapper. Before each Atlanta listening event and the first in Las Vegas, he had posted a photo on IG. Now, he’s done the same, posting artist Damien Hirst’s “The Incomplete Truth” (2006).
Previously, Kanye and company alluded to dropping “Hurricane” with Lil Baby and The Weeknd as the album’s lead single. With billboards spread across the country promoting the album, the Apple iTunes pre-order shows “Hurricane” appearing as the second track, with DONDA now “expected to drop” by Aug. 29.
West’s listening party in Atlanta broke the record for the most-watched Apple Music event in history with over 5.4 million viewers. The event also grossed over $7 million in revenue from in-person merchandise sales.
Here’s hoping DONDA is officially released after Ye revisits his home.