Fans have been anxiously waiting for Kanye West to drop his “Jesus Is King” album, but the scheduled release date, Friday (Sept. 27), came and went. Kim Kardashian announced on her Instagram Stories that the album will now be released on Sunday (Sept. 29), claiming that Kanye is adding “final tweaks to the mixes.” “Kanye’s doing a listening session in Chicago tomorrow, then NYC Sunday. He’s dropping the album Sunday. Just a few final tweaks to the mixes,” she wrote.
While Kim has been teasing that the album was going to be released on Friday (Sept. 27), reports surfaced earlier this week that “Jesus Is King” might be delayed.
Last month, Kim revealed the album’s tracklist, which featured 12 religious-themed records including songs titled “Baptized,” “God Is,” and “Sweet Jesus.”
Despite the delay, Kanye held a special event for the album in Detroit yesterday (Sept. 27). According to the Fox Theatre Detroit, ‘Ye held the “Jesus Is King: A Kanye West Experience” at the venue, and it was presented by IMAX and Def Jam. The 5200-person venue tweeted that doors were to open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets were also free and only available on Ticketmaster. Phones were not allowed inside of the venue and were locked in a pouch until after the show.
On another note, Kanye has released merchandise to go along with the album. According to Complex, the 13-piece collection was made available on Kanye’s website last night (Sept. 27). The collection of clothing includes short-sleeve and long-sleeve tees, as well as crew neck sweatshirts. The merch also dons graphics inspired by the album and Kanye’s Sunday Service. The items range from $50 to $140, and according to the site, each purchase comes with a digital copy of “Jesus Is King.”
Kanye also hosted a Sunday Service at Detroit’s Aretha Franklin Amphitheatre. According to the Detroit Free Press, the service was held in the afternoon and attracted about 6,000 people. The 90-minute concert included gospel records, some of Kanye’s “church-ified” hits and a Mariah Carey cover.
Fans arrived outside of the amphitheater as early as 5:30 a.m. Some even traveled from San Francisco, Chicago, and Canada.