The rapper tweeted about how Travis Scott’s merch sales and Spotify’s bias blocked her from the top spot
It‘s been over a week since Nicki Minaj released her fourth studio album, Queen. Over that week, the rapper has been characteristically candid on Twitter, commenting on sexism in the hip hop industry, getting into it with her ex Safaree Samuels, and even throwing shade at Tyga’s hairline in the process.
Over the weekend, news of where Queen debuted on the Billboard charts reignited the rapper’s feed. According to Billboard, Minaj‘s project sold 185,000 equivalent album units, with 78,000 traditional album sales. While this beat expectation that Queen would sell between 135,000 to 150,00 units with 45,000 to 55,000 in traditional album sales, it wasn’t enough to overtake Travis Scott’s Astroworld, placing her at number two on the charts.
Minaj responded to the news in a series of tweets, calling out Scott for inflating his numbers by selling merch, and also making note of the fact that Kylie Jenner posted on Instagram that she will be attending Scott’s tour with their six month old baby, Stormi.
Travis sold over 50K of these. With no requirement of redeeming the album! With no dates for a tour, etc. I spoke to him. He knows he doesn’t have the #1 album this week. I love my fans for the #1 album in AMERICA! I’ll explain on #QueenRadio 4 albums in, #1 in 86 countries ♥️ pic.twitter.com/CiYEuczgm3— QUEEN (@NICKIMINAJ) August 19, 2018
I looked at the numbers the Carters, Kanye, Nas, etc recently did. Travis sold 200K in his first week of clothes alone. I spoke to him last night & he said he’s been selling clothes b4 the music. Billboard says they’ll change the rules cuz of this, so it should be changed now!— QUEEN (@NICKIMINAJ) August 19, 2018
I put my blood sweat & tears in writing a dope album only for Travis Scott to have Kylie Jenner post a tour pass telling ppl to come see her & Stormi. lol. Im actually laughing. #Queen broke the record of being number 1 in 86 countries. Thank Jesus & thank you to my fans.— QUEEN (@NICKIMINAJ) August 19, 2018
Minaj also directed her frustration at Spotify, claiming that the streaming service is punishing her for debuting her album on Queen Radio via Apple Music.
Spotify had to teach me a lesson but rewarded the man who has had an Apple radio show the longest; inadvertently helping the Apple platform the most. Oh I can’t wait for #QueenRadio on Tuesday. They took away my promotion they had promised for the 1st cpl days b/c of this. #Queen— QUEEN (@NICKIMINAJ) August 19, 2018
In true Twitter fashion, many have responded to the rapper’s outburst with a series of memes.
The apparent reasons Nicki isn’t #1:— The Opinion (@SheraeSpeaks_) August 19, 2018
-Lady Gaga and R.Kelly
-Mercury having been in retrograde
-The weather outside