Nicki Minaj

Nicki Minaj Postpones ‘Queen’ Album Release to August 17

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Nicki Minaj announced on Apple Music today that she is pushing back the release of her new album, Queen, a second time. She then quickly deleted the message.

The announcement came through the rapper’s Apple Music playlist. We’ve obtained a screenshot (below).

“My darlings!!! I have a huge surprise that I can’t share until the day before #Queen drops. So in the meantime, check out this playlist I made for you guys. I did #FEFE with my new BFF from BROOKLYN. He’s a little funny looking but he’s really sweet under all those tats. -- New York til da DEF!!!! Ha! Last time I teamed up with YG was for his remix to “My Hitta.” We recently performed #BigBank at the BET Awards and had a blast wit my dudes Big Sean and 2 Chainz. I have classic bops with all 3 of them so I’m including them on this list. I’m super excited about my recent collaboration with Ariana Grande. She’s one of the realest artists I’ve had the pleasure of working with. She couldn’t fly with me to Turks to shoot the #BedVideo so we shot her scenes in Malibu. We’re actually working on edit number 2 for the #BedVideo to include all the fun stuff we had to remove. I love “Ball For Me” with Post Malone. Not sure why he won’t release the video. -- It’s DOPE!!! -- I hope you enjoy my playlist. Can’t wait for you guys to hear my 4th album QUEEN ON AUGUST 17!!!!!!!”

According to Pitchfork, the push may have to do with Nicki Minaj using an unapproved Tracy Chapman sample, which the star tweeted about on Tuesday.

“So there’s a record on Queen that features 1 of the greatest of all-time. Had no clue it samples the legendary Tracy Chapman – do I keep my date and lose the record? Or do I lose the record and keep my date? Do we push #Queen back 1 week? Ugh, I’m torn y’all help,” Nicki tweeted.

She posted again with a Twitter poll asking fans if she should keep the release date and “lose the record” or keep the record and push back the date.

Queen was originally expected to drop in June but was pushed back to August 10. The new release date is August 17, just weeks before Nicki goes on tour with Future and 6ix9ine to promote the album.

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