Nicki Minaj has called out Travis Scott and Spotify after her fourth album Queen debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 Chart. Despite moving 185,000 equivalent album units in its opening week, the album failed to match Scott’s Astroworld, which sold 205,000 copies in its opening.
Minaj took to Twitter to air out her grievances. There the rapper alleged that Scott’s sales were boosted by his Astroworld packages, in which fans could purchase the album, tour tickets and merchandise in bundles. In a tweet, she wrote, “I spoke to him. He knows he doesn’t have the #1 album this week.”
She later added that these bundle sales shouldn’t count towards Billboard’s rankings, especially when fans were given the incentive to potentially catch a glimpse of the rapper’s partner Kylie Jenner and newborn, Stormi.
Scott and Jenner weren’t the only ones in the firing line. Minaj also pointed out that she lost 12 hours of sale time by not releasing her album exactly at midnight. She later claimed that Spotify was trying to “teach her a lesson” for debuting Queen on her Apple Radio show ahead of its Spotify release, a mistake she says she didn’t realize until after.
Minaj also cites Spotify’s relentless promotion of Drake‘s music despite his business dealings with Apple Music and believes her record label, Republic, didn’t defend her in fear of a knock-on effect for labelmate Ariana Grande and her fourth album, Sweetener.
Despite the ruckus from fans and netizens alike, the rapper passed off her remarks as a “sarcasm/dry humor.”
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