After asking fans if she should delay the album for one extra week on Twitter, Nicki Minaj will drop the release date for her new album Queen to August 17. This news marks the second pushback for the album that was going to drop at first in June.

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Nicki shared her Apple Music essentials playlist to currently hold over the fans and reminded them they can ease their Nicki fix by taking in some of her recent releases with Tekashi 6ix9ine, who she says is “really sweet,” “Big Bank” with YG and additional collaborations with Ariana Grande and Post Malone.

Minaj reveals the reason for the delay of her album is a track that she holds very high, which she collaborated with a legend, and contains a sample that needs to be cleared by the owner, Tracy Chapman.


View the full statement below, take a listen to the playlist Nicki offered and Barbz, hold on a bit longer for your Queen to reign supreme.

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!!!!!!!