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Nicki Minaj Delays "Queen" Album Release Date

Nicki Minaj has opted to postpone her album release.

The new date will be August 10 — almost two months later than the first-announced release date of June 15.

8|10|18 #Queen

— Chun-Li (@NICKIMINAJ) May 24, 2018

Minaj went live on Instagram to make the announcement, and added she’d be providing some “surprises” in June, including the album cover. She also promised a documentary before the album drops and a tour that will kick off in September.

Even the delay announcement itself was postponed, which had eager fans far from pleased.

“You guys, after careful consideration, I’ve decided to do my announcement tmrw when most of my fans all around the world are wide awake. A lot of them are asleep right now due to it being like 3 or 4 in the morning in their various countries. Let’s do 3pm EST tomorrow,” Minaj tweeted on Wednesday (May 23).

You guys, after careful consideration, I’ve decided to do my announcement tmrw when most of my fans all around the world are wide awake. A lot of them are asleep right now due to it being like 3 or 4 in the morning in their various countries. Let’s do 3pm EST tomorrow. ♥️you ?

— Chun-Li (@NICKIMINAJ) May 24, 2018

Minaj was immediately met with a myriad of memes from fans upset with the 24-hour delay. The rapper appeared to take the reactions in stride, retweeting a few of them and offering a bit of sarcasm in her response to one fan.

“Ok well why don’t I just scrap it altogether? No announcement. And another hiatus. XO,” Minaj tweeted in response to one fan’s claim that half her timeline would be “busy” tomorrow.

Ok well why don’t I just scrap it altogether? No announcement. And another hiatus. XO https://t.co/SS3g7Qf0hG

— Chun-Li (@NICKIMINAJ) May 24, 2018

Me upset but also scared to say anything pic.twitter.com/M6XRcFztut

— Male Minaj Fans (@MaleMinajFans) May 24, 2018

Another hiatus? Oh god .. plz no pic.twitter.com/ajdeYIDOQl

— Bitch its King Kong ?? (@GyanniMinaj) May 24, 2018

Minaj’s decision to postpone her album comes after she canceled her Tuesday (May 22) appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. She went on to credit “Doctor’s Orders” as the reason behind the cancellation.

I couldn’t fly out to shoot Ellen. Doctor’s Orders]. I’m sad about that. There’s an announcement I was going to make on Ellen. I’ll make it tomorrow social media instead. Love you. ? pic.twitter.com/gR2060mCsS

— Chun-Li (@NICKIMINAJ) May 23, 2018

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