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Nicki Minaj blames Kylie Jenner, Spotify for her album not being No. 1

She's playing down her tweets.


Josh Katzowitz


Posted on Aug 20, 2018   Updated on May 21, 2021, 8:24 am CDT

Nicki Minaj’s new album, Queen, debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard charts, and she is beyond pissed about it. That’s because Travis Scott’s Astroworld came in at No. 1 for the second-straight week—which means he’s in the top spot, and she’s not.

Minaj knows exactly who to blame: Scott and his girlfriend, Kylie Jenner. According to Minaj, Jenner is promoting Scott’s tour/album package on Instagram, and thus, his increased album sales should be shown with an asterisk. In her mind, Scott’s decision to sell tickets to his tour that also include the Astroworld album (and perhaps a peek at the child he has with Jenner) gave him an unfair boost in his sales numbers—a boost Minaj did not get to experience.

(For the record, it doesn’t sound like she’s laughing.)

That’s the package that has made Minaj so upset, especially since Jenner promoted it to her 113 million Instagram followers.

Minaj also blamed Spotify for punishing her because she played Queen too early on her Apple Music-affiliated radio show. She wrote on Twitter that Spotify “told me they’d have to teach me a lesson for playing my music 10 mins early on #QueenRadio.” In effect, she said Spotify is punishing her.

Two hours after that last tweet, though, Minaj said she was joking.


There’s little doubt, though, that Minaj’s online life has been filled with drama. She’s feuded with her longtime ex, rapper Safaree Samuels, accusing him of stealing her credit card and inflicting emotional and physical abuse on her. She’s feuded with Cardi B and Remy Ma, and she’s not taken kindly to media members who use their platforms to critique her work.

She’s one of the most controversial figures in hip-hop today, and to be frank, that kind of neverending media churn almost assuredly helped boost her own album sales as well.

H/T Vulture

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*First Published: Aug 20, 2018, 10:33 am CDT