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Nicki Minaj’s ‘Queen’ Is Out Today

Nicki Minaj’s Queen is literally a moving target.

Just last week, it was unveiled that Minaj would be delaying her album’s release for a second time, pushing Queen back to Aug. 17, due to complications relating to the clearance of a Tracy Chapmansample. Its release date has been moved a third time, to noon today (Aug. 10). The new release window piggy-backs on her new “Queen Radio” show on Apple Music’s Beats 1, which went live late Thursday.

“I was gonna play the album right now but someone fucked up,” she said during the broadcast, Spin reports. “It’s a lot of corporate drama in here.” Nicki also said she’d completed the album just three hours before going on air.

Nicki Minaj performs onstage at the 2018 BET Awards at Microsoft Theater on June 24, 2018 in Los Angeles.

On Friday, just 60 minutes before its release, Minaj will return to Beats 1 to play Queen in full and walk through each track, sharing stories behind each number, which should include the previously-released “Chun-Li,” “Bed” and “Rich Sex.”


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