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Nicki Minaj has postponed the release date of her album Queen yet again. The project was originally scheduled to drop on June 15th, until she pushed the date to August 10th. She shared Queen will now be dropping August 17th and created an Apple Music Essentials playlist for fans to listen to in the mean time. She left this message in the editors notes:
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!!!!!!! ♥️
The reason for the date change is due to a sample from Tracy Chapman that is supposed to be on the project and had not yet been cleared. She took to Twitter Tuesday to ask her fans whether or not she should keep the track and postpone the album, or if she should lose the track. The fans spoke, and as a result Nicki is adding an extra week to the release date.
Since I may have asked it wrong. 🤭🦄 vote. You guys can only imagine how much this means to me. It’s such a perfect body of work 🎈love you. Long time.
— Chun-Li (@NICKIMINAJ) August 1, 2018
Nicki also announced that she will be hosting a listening party in New York and picking 100 random people to join her. For all you Barbz fans, listen to Nicki’s curated playlist of her songs below and get ready for Queen’s official release.