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Nicki Minaj surprise releasing her new album today



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  • Nicki Minaj announced on Thursday that she is releasing
    her new album, “Queen,” today at noon EST, a week before it was
    scheduled for release on August 17.
  • Minaj’s album faced several delays this year.

Nicki Minaj announced on Apple Music’s Beats 1 Radio on Thursday
that she is surprise releasing her new album, “Queen,” today
at noon EST (9 a.m PST), a week before it was
scheduled for release on August 17. 

The album has faced several delays this year. Most
recently, it was pushed back a week from August 10 to August 17
over a sample clearance for a Tracy Chapman song.

Earlier this month, Minaj wrote in
a since-deleted tweet
 directed at Chapman, “Tracy
Chapman, can you please hit me,” regarding the sample’s

“So there’s a record on #Queen that
features 1of the greatest rappers of all time. Had no clue it
sampled the legend #TracyChapman – do I keep my date
& lose the record? Or do I lose the record & keep my
date? ‍do we push #Queen back
1week? Ugh! I’m torn, y’all help,” Minaj
on August 1, in another deleted tweet. 

Minaj also asked her fans to vote in a Twitter poll whether
to lose the song that sampled Chapman or to push the album back
one week, to August 17, and keep the song. It is unclear if the
Chapman-sampled song will appear on the LP now that it drops
August 10. 

When Minaj took to her Beats 1 Radio show, “Queen Radio,” on
Thursday night to announce that she had moved up the release of
“Queen,” she said, according to
, “I was gonna play the album right now but
someone f—ed up. It’s a lot of corporate drama in here.”

Minaj’s “surprise” release date follows a years-long trend
of artists trying to catch listeners off-guard with the release
of their albums, a shift from the previous model of set release
dates anticipated by a string of single releases. 

In June, Beyoncé and Jay-Z dropped their joint album,
“Everything Is Love,” as a true surprise release without any
promotional singles, following in the path of Beyoncé’s surprise
releasing of her solo albums “Beyoncé” in 2013 and “Lemonade” in

Minaj’s “Queen,” her fourth studio album and first release
since 2014’s “The Pinkprint,” has been preceeded by two singles,
“Chun-Li” and “Bed,” featuring Ariana Grande.

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