There she goes again.
Over 4 days after her new album, Queen, was blocked from the #1 spot on the Billboard 200 Album Chart by Travis Scott’s Astroworld, Nicki Minaj is still furious.
Today, during her Beats 1 show, Queen Radio, on Apple Music, Minaj lashed out at the “Sicko Mode” rapper, stating:
“Travis Scott is out here selling f*cking clothes, and he got y’all thinking he’s selling f*cking music. Sit your stupid ass down!”
“Hoe ni**a of the week, of course, is Travis Scott! Travis Scott, on Thursday, when he realized the Queen was about to have the #1 album in America, he and his label decided to have Kylie and baby Stormi put up a tour pass. He had her go and post and say, ‘Hey, I can’t– me and Stormi can’t wait to see y’all.’ How are you selling something that does not have anything to do with your album but it is being counted on Billboard as album sales?”
“But what we not gon’ do is have this autotune man coming up in here selling fucking sweaters and telling y’all he sold half a million fucking albums, ’cause he didn’t. And there’s a lot of rappers behind the scenes that wanna talk about it, and they’re scared. But sweetheart, I’m not scared, I’m legendary in these streets.”
Hear the rant for yourself below:
For one, the “Chun-Li” lyricist is coming off as a major hypocrite in this situation. She fails to mention that she too resorted to strategic tactics to sell more albums. Minaj may not have bundled her albums with clothing merchandise as Travis did, but halfway through the sales tracking week, she added the Tekashi 6ix9ine song “Fefe,” on which she is featured, to Queen‘s tracklist on all streaming platforms. The move saw every stream of “Fefe” contribute to her first week album streams. In addition, for a 48-hour period during the first week of release, she offered a $5 bundle which included a digital copy of Queen, an official album poster, and a free 6-month trial of Tidal. And finally, like Scott, Minaj offered a tour bundle to fans, which granted a copy of Queen to every person who bought a ticket to her upcoming joint-tour with Future; the NICKIHNDRXX Tour. Still, with all of those tactics, Queen came in at #2, selling 20,000 copies less than Scott’s Astroworld, which achieved 205,000 sales-plus-streams on its second week of release.
For Minaj, the tour bundle was a complete failure. According to Page Six, the tour was not even selling a quarter of its tickets. Minaj had booked arenas that held 20,000 people, but the opening night for the tour’s Los Angeles date had only sold 3,400 tickets, followed by 3,900 in Chicago, and just 2,000 in Baltimore. On Tuesday, Rolling Stone reported that Live Nation had confirmed that Minaj decided to cancel the tour earlier today. Despite her claim that “production reevaluation” was the cause of the cancellation, it is easy to see that the poor ticket sales are what led to her decision. Now, the North American leg of the tour will not include Future, and will not launch until May 2019.
So much for being “legendary in these streets.”
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