Nicki Minaj Pushes Back ‘Queen’ Album Release Date Again
Nicki Minaj's Queen album once again gets a new release date. Sharing her Apple Music Essentials playlist with her fans earlier today, the Queens rapper revealed that she's pushing back her latest project, which was originally slated for a June 15 release, is getting moved to Aug. 17.
In a message that included updates on a version two for her "Bed" video with Ariana Grande and a shout out to Big Sean, 2 Chainz and her new "BFF" 6ix9ine, Nicki spotlighted her new playlist while serving up the news that her new LP will no longer be released on Aug. 10.
"My darlings!!! I have a huge surprise that I can’t share until the day before #Queen drops," Nicki begins in her message. "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," she continued.
"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!!!!!!!"
Now, this news shouldn't be surprising for diehard Nicki fans. Yesterday (July 31), Onika tweeted out her thoughts about potentially delaying the release of Queen so she could clear a sample from singer Tracy Chapman. In the tweet, Nicki wrote that the track would feature a guest appearance from one of "the greatest rappers of all time," and gave her fans the chance to give her feedback on whether or not she should move her album to a later release date.
The chance to give Nicki feedback came in the form of a poll which is technically still open for another eight hours. As of press time, the poll is split 50-50 for fans for and against Nicki moving her release date. Nonetheless, it looks like she's made her decision.
Check out Nicki's Apple Music playlist below. Peep the video for "FeFe" when you're done with that.
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