Nicki Minaj announced her decision to once again push back the release date for Queen. It will now come out Aug. 17. Her highly-anticipated fourth album was originally going to drop on June 15, before she pushed it to Aug. 10. Now fans will have to wait one more week to hear the latest project from Onika.
Nicki announced the delay by sharing her Essentials playlist on Apple Music with a special note to fans:
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. :weary: 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. :speaking_head_in_silhouette: It’s DOPE!!! :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye: I hope you enjoy my playlist. Can’t wait for you guys to hear my 4th album QUEEN ON AUGUST 17!!!!!!!
Nicki also announced that she'll be hosting a listening party in New York City and is hand-picking 100 fans to join her.
Last night, Minaj went on Twitter to share her dilemma and the reasoning for the album’s delay with her Barbs. She revealed that one of the songs on Queen “features 1of the greatest rappers of all time,” but also includes a Tracy Chapman sample that hadn’t been cleared. She presented an ultimatum: does she cut the track, or push back the album date?
Looks like she’s decided to do the latter. She hasn’t revealed which Chapman song she needs cleared, but she did reach out to the artist on Twitter.
Her fans are also attempting to do their part. One overzealous Barb slid into the DMs of a Tracy Chapman fan account, offering up Nicki's own $2 million for the sample. The rapper shared the fan's attempt on Instagram with a tinge of frustration.
Queen will now hit shelves on Aug. 17. Listen to Nicki's new playlist below.