With Nicki Minaj’s Queen and Travis Scott’s Astroworld released within the same timeframe, early predictions indicated the two albums would be in a neck-and-neck race for the week’s #1 spot.
As it turned out, Queen came in second place to Astroworld, which prompted Minaj to unleash a volley of tweets on Sunday that alternated between thanking fans (and the Almighty) and casting blame in a number of directions.
In her first tweet, Minaj accuses Scott of selling 50,000 “season pass” bundles to artificially inflate Astroworld sales figures.
In another tweet, Minaj takes a shot at Scott’s girlfriend Kylie Jenner for hyping the album release and upcoming tour to her massive social media following.
In the following tweet, Minaj shifts the blame to Spotify for its campaign promoting Drake’s Scorpion album (by putting “Drake’s face on every playlist”) while telling her “they’d have to teach me a lesson” because she debuted Queen on her new platform for Apple Music, Spotify’s chief rival — despite the fact that Drake has long done the same thing on his “OVO Sound Radio” show on Apple Music.
She also takes aim at her record label, alleging it didn’t want to offend Spotify:
Next, Minaj appears to imply there was sexism at play.
Later, she insists that she’s just joking around:
A Spotify rep has since told Variety: “Spotify supported Nicki Minaj with a Times Square billboard, a host of the largest playlists, New Music Friday and the new music release shelf.
“Her song ‘Bed’ actually saw an increase based on the promotions put behind the campaign. The company continues to be big fans of Nicki.”
On Monday, Minaj continued her Twitter rant, adding, “Queen of the week go to Harriet Tubman! Had she just sat there and ate her rice, you n***** history would’ve been a lot less triumphant.”
In response to Minaj appearing to compare herself to the historic political activist, many fans expressed their discontent. See their responses below.
After Harriet Tubman began trending, Minaj tweeted again: “Y’all I had no idea Harriet Tubman was now trending. I said what I said.
#QueenRadio will honour her tmrw. She said she could’ve rescued more slaves had they known they were slaves. I fought for streaming services to count toward billboard when alotta ni***stayed quiet.”