UPDATE: Nicki Minaj announced the delay of her Queen album in a since-deleted note shared alongside her new Apple Music playlist. The LP is now scheduled to drop on August 17, though iTunes still lists its release date as August 10.
Read her note below.
On Tuesday (July 31), Nicki Minaj revealed she might have to push the August 10 release of her Queen album.
Minaj hopped on Twitter to explain that the album currently features a song with an uncleared Tracy Chapman sample on it. But since “1 of the greatest rappers of all time” also appears on the track (as well as some “mad tea”), Minaj doesn’t want to cut it from the project.
Minaj even attempted to reach out to Chapman on Twitter before posting a poll for her fans to vote on keeping the track or dropping it. “Tracy Chapman, can you please hit me,” the now-deleted tweet stated.
After 100,000 votes, the poll had 51 per cent in favor of pushing the album to keep the song.
One of the Barbz even took matters into their own hands and reached out to Chapman personally.
Although it seems that Chapman’s social media accounts are run by fans of the singer/songwriter famous for “Fast Car” and “Give Me One Reason.”
Minaj has released multiple singles and videos from the project already, including “Bed” with Ariana Grande and “Chun-Li” and “Rich Sex” with Lil Wayne. The album was originally announced for a June 15 release.