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Minaj, who recently teased an upcoming global arena tour, hinted that presale tickets will be available to Citi cardmembers, as part of the bank’s partnership with LiveNation. Dozens of U.S. artists have partnered with the program, including Beyoncé, Pitbull, and HAIM.
Do you guys have a Citi bank card?— Chun-Li (@NICKIMINAJ) April 30, 2018
Fans were alarmed when they saw Minaj’s tweet—many didn’t know why she was asking, while others who knew were upset to find out she’s selling presale tickets that way. Others were just excited to hear that the tour will be announced soon and pledged to do whatever was necessary to get ideal seats.
WHATS WRONG WITH MY NORMAL BANK CARD IM SO CONFUSED JUST TAKE MY MONEY— NM4 (@NM4Tingz) April 30, 2018
Hold on sis let me sign up for one pic.twitter.com/SGzF3aaeEA— Donna The G ✨ (@lorr_moneyy) April 30, 2018
It’s like a special card thing for concerts. Don’t know too much about I just remember seeing it for Beyoncé tickets— Sayźaar (@SayzaarTMUK) April 30, 2018
Nicki I had 1 credit card empty for years and now you telling me I had the wrong card all alone pic.twitter.com/E3tFKl6xEB— Lawrence MP. Edwards (@MisterPrinceLE) April 30, 2018
NO! Where can I find one? Girl, why do you do this to us, oh God, I need one of these. pic.twitter.com/khDzvbz2Il— guilherme (@ifsnicki) April 30, 2018
no but i got a food stamps card. what can i get for that? pic.twitter.com/J1gAStvPbN— DASHAWN •|| ✨ (@SLAYLIKEBUFFY) April 30, 2018
currently tryna figure out how to get one lol pic.twitter.com/LDkqRXD08J— ~Melissa~ (@EYE_LUV__ONIKA) April 30, 2018
Anything for you, Chun Li 💕💞 pic.twitter.com/ipwhmBpK0Q— J Seals (@JSinglePringle) April 30, 2018
Concerned tweets caught Minaj’s attention and she asked her fans if they really felt that a few days of the Citibank presale would actually affect their chances of getting tickets.
Pre-Sale is only a few days guys. You feel all the good seats will go by then? https://t.co/V3vbRnH3Be— Chun-Li (@NICKIMINAJ) April 30, 2018
When her question was met with a resounding yes, Minaj seemed to be re-thinking the presale. Fans begged her to release her new album first and announce the tour later, to give them more time to save up.
Minaj hasn’t made any concrete decisions about the presale, but it looks like fans can expect a tour announcement soon.
Tess Cagle is a reporter who focuses on politics, lifestyle, and streaming entertainment. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Texas Monthly, the Austin American-Statesman, Damn Joan, and Community Impact Newspaper. She’s also a portrait, events, and live music photographer in Central Texas.