Kanye West's Yeezy Season 3 fashion show / listening party is starting to wrap up over at Madison Square Garden, and the early viewership numbers are insane. According to a Tidal press release, over 20 million people attempted to watch the stream at its peak. It's unclear how viewership held up throughout the broadcast, which stretched out over almost two hours. We'll include that information once it's available.
Representatives for the service also chalked up some early technical issues — people had trouble watching the stream at high bitrates — to AMV and Akamai, the companies responsible for the stream's technical aspects. (AMV is a digital media company, and Akamai is a "content delivery network.") If you're still watching Kanye speak — he's currently unveiling a video game about his mother flying to heaven — know that millions of people (!) are probably doing the same. There aren't many other musicians who could pull this off.
DUE TO OVERWHELMING DEMAND OF OVER 20M PEOPLE TRYING TO STREAM KANYE WEST, THERE WERE ISSUES WITH THE FEED PROVIDER AMV.— Def Jam Recordings (@DefJamRecords) February 11, 2016