Superstar rapper may or may not be bringing gospel performance to Detroit this week

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Kanye West is performing in Detroit on Friday.

Or maybe he's not.

Typical of most of Kanye's moves these days, the event is shrouded in mystery and surrounded by rumors.

Here's what we know. Early in the week a flyer appeared on social media, soliciting singers to join a special Friday edition of Sunday Service, the name given to the gospel events the superstar rapper has been staging over the last several months. Recent weeks have seen Kanye, 42, hosting Sunday Services in Chicago, Atlanta and Cody, Wyoming.

A logo for Hannon Entertainment Agency, an Atlanta-based production and tour management company, appeared at the bottom of the flyer. 

No time or location was given for the event. And there was the question of the date, which would make it the first Sunday Service not held on a, well, Sunday. 

Friday, though, is the supposed release date of Kanye's latest album, "Jesus is King." But even that has been called into question: as of Wednesday, several outlets are reporting the album may not hit its release target, although Kanye's wife, Kim Kardashian, is sticking to the schedule. On Wednesday, she retweeted a post that read, "2 more days  Jesus is King."

Meanwhile, prospective singers who registered online who were chosen to audition for the event were sent an email with further instructions. 

"Congratulations!" the letter reads. "You have been selected to participate with the Kanye West Choir for the upcoming Sunday Service in your city. We appreciate you volunteering your gift and time to fulfill the vision of Kanye West, all while building the Kingdom."

Those trying out for the choir were asked to attend a pair of rehearsals, Wednesday and Thursday night, and were told not to post any information about the performances on social media.

They were also told in the letter, "no approaching or asking for pictures or autographs of Kanye West," and were asked to sign a lengthy, 4-page non-disclosure agreement.

An email inquiry sent to Hannon Entertainment Agency was not returned on Wednesday. 

Kanye's last Detroit performance was three years ago this month at Joe Louis Arena as part of his Saint Pablo tour. A planned return eight days later at the Palace of Auburn Hills was canceled when Kanye abruptly pulled the plug on his tour.  

Perhaps the mystery is all a part of the excitement, and the plan. When Kanye performed at the Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island in his hometown of Chicago earlier this month, the 9 a.m. event was officially announced with less than 24 hours lead time. Tickets were handled through Ticketmaster and were given out for free on a first-come, first-served basis. For those who could not attend, the concert was livestreamed at sundayservice.com

The lesson? As with all things Kanye, stay tuned. 

agraham@detroitnews.com

@grahamorama 

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