Kanye West albums discography

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Kanye West albums discography
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Kanye West performing at Singfest in Singapore on August 5, 2010.
Studio albums9
Live albums2
Compilation albums3
Video albums1

American rapper, musician and record producer Kanye West has released nine studio albums, two collaborative studio albums, one compilation album, two live albums, one video album and four mixtapes. West has sold 21 million albums and 100 million digital downloads worldwide.[1] All nine of his studio albums have been certified at least gold in the United States.[2] As of November 2020, West has certified 24 million equivalent albums units in the United States,[3] placing him among the highest-certified music artists in the United States

West's debut album The College Dropout was released in February 2004, it debuted at number two on the US Billboard 200,[4] and was certified double-platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) in June 2004.[5] In August 2005, West released his second studio album Late Registration, which debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, with first-week sales of 860,000 copies.[6] The album was the ninth best-selling album of 2005 in the United States. In September 2007, West's third studio album Graduation debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, selling 957,000 units in its first week, becoming the fastest-selling album in the US since Late Registration, and breaking the record for most digital albums sold in a week.[7] West's fourth studio album 808s & Heartbreak was released in November 2008, and became his third consecutive number one release on the Billboard 200.[8]

In November 2010, West released his fifth studio album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, which debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, with the fourth-highest ever digital first-week sales.[9] Watch the Throne, a collaborative album with Jay-Z, was released in August 2011 and broke the US iTunes first-week sales record.[10] Compilation album Cruel Summer released with his label GOOD Music in September 2012 debuted atop the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart.[11] West's sixth studio album Yeezus was released in June 2013 and debuted at number one in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and New Zeleand.[12]

The Life of Pablo was released in February 2016, and made history by becoming the first album to top the Billboard 200 predominantly from streaming, while also having the second-highest total of first-week streams for an album.[13] In June 2018, West released both his eighth studio album Ye,[14] and his second collaborative album Kids See Ghosts (with Kid Cudi).[15] The former recorded the second-highest ever per-track streaming average for an album. Following multiple delays, West released his ninth studio album Jesus Is King in late-October 2019. The album became West's first to top Top Christian Albums, and Top Gospel Albums charts,[16] and made him tie Eminem as the only other act to have nine successive studio albums debut at number one the Billboard 200.[17]

Studio albums[edit]

List of studio albums, with selected chart positions, sales figures and certifications
Title Details Peak chart positions Sales Certifications
US
[4]
US
R&B

[18]
US
Rap

[19]
AUS
[20]
CAN
[21]
GER
[22]
IRL
[23]
NZ
[24]
SWI
[25]
UK
[26]
The College Dropout 2 1 5 77 33 96 32
Late Registration
  • Released: August 30, 2005[33]
  • Label: Roc-A-Fella, Def Jam
  • Formats: CD, LP, digital download
1 1 1 1 1 1 2 1 3 1
Graduation
  • Released: September 11, 2007[40]
  • Label: Roc-A-Fella, Def Jam
  • Formats: CD, digital download
1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
808s & Heartbreak
  • Released: November 24, 2008[47]
  • Label: Roc-A-Fella, Def Jam
  • Formats: CD, LP, digital download
1 1 22 4 30 11 15 13 9
My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
  • Released: November 22, 2010[50]
  • Label: Roc-A-Fella, Def Jam
  • Formats: CD, LP, digital download
1 1 1 6 1 1 1 1 1 1
Yeezus
  • Released: June 18, 2013[52]
  • Label: Roc-A-Fella, Def Jam
  • Formats: CD, digital download
1 1 1 1 1 1 4 1 6 1
The Life of Pablo
  • Released: February 14, 2016[55]
  • Label: GOOD, Def Jam
  • Formats: Digital download
1 2 2 58 6 65 8 87 100 5
Ye
  • Released: June 1, 2018
  • Label: GOOD, Def Jam
  • Format: CD, LP, digital download, streaming
1 1 1 1 1 25 1 1 7 2
Jesus Is King
  • Released: October 25, 2019[58]
  • Label: GOOD, Def Jam
  • Format: CD, LP, digital download, streaming
1 2 25 15 7 19 2 6 8 2
Donda
  • To be released: 2021
  • Label: GOOD, Def Jam
To be released
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Collaborative albums[edit]

List of collaborative studio albums, with selected chart positions, sales figures and certifications
Title Details Peak chart positions Sales Certifications
US
[4][60]
US
R&B

[18]
US
Rap

[19]
AUS
[20]
CAN
[21][61]
GER
[22]
IRL
[23]
NZ
[24]
SWI
[25][62]
UK
[26][63]
Watch the Throne
(with Jay-Z, as The Throne)
1 1 1 2 1 2 5 4 1 3
Kids See Ghosts
(with Kid Cudi, as Kids See Ghosts)
2 1 1 4 3 33 2 3 12 7
Jesus Is Born[nb 1]
(as Sunday Service Choir)
  • Released: December 25, 2019[69]
  • Label: INC
  • Format: Streaming, digital download
73

Compilation albums[edit]

List of compilation albums, with selected chart positions, sales figures and certifications
Title Details Peak chart positions Sales
US
[70]
US
R&B

[71]
AUS
[72]
CAN
[73]
DEN
[74]
NED
[75]
FRA
[76]
GER
[72]
SWI
[77]
UK
[78]
Cruel Summer
(as GOOD Music)
2 1 7 4 12 10 30 74 10 2

Live albums[edit]

List of live albums, with selected chart positions and certifications
Title Details Peak chart positions Certifications
IRL
[23]
UK
[26]
Late Orchestration
  • Released: April 24, 2006[79]
  • Label: Roc-A-Fella, Def Jam
  • Formats: CD, LP, digital download
46 59
VH1 Storytellers: Kanye West
  • Released: January 5, 2010[80]
  • Label: Roc-A-Fella, Def Jam
  • Formats: CD, digital download
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Video albums[edit]

List of video albums, with selected chart positions and certifications
Title Details Peak chart positions Certifications
US
Video

[81]
The College Dropout Video Anthology
  • Released: March 22, 2005[82]
  • Label: Roc-A-Fella, Def Jam
  • Formats: DVD
6

Mixtapes[edit]

List of mixtapes
Title Details
Get Well Soon...
  • Released: 2003[83]
  • Formats: CD
I'm Good...
  • Released: 2003[84]
  • Formats: CD
Welcome to Kanye's Soul Mix Show
(with A-Trak)
  • Released: September 5, 2006[85]
  • Label: Tube
  • Formats: CD
Can't Tell Me Nothing
  • Released: May 27, 2007[86]
  • Label: RGS
  • Formats: CD, digital download

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The album is not considered by music journalists to be "a Kanye West album, per se", as Jake Uitti of PopMatters writes.[67] According to Billboard magazine's Michael Saponara, "this definitely isn't a Kanye West album, but more so a Kanye West production", citing the lack of vocals from the rapper, whose function is that of an "orchestrator".[68]

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