Nicki Minaj Shuts Downs Speculation She Delayed Album to Compete with Ariana Grande
Both Queen and Sweetener will now arrive Aug. 17
This week, Minaj, 35, announced she was pushing back her Queen album release one week to Aug. 17 — the same day that Grande is dropping her own album, Sweetener. The news caused some to speculate if the longtime friends and frequent collaborators might be feuding, but both were quick to shut it down.
“Jesus is this what’s going on today?” Grande — who recently took a brief social media hiatus — wrote. “Imma jus stop logging in at all lmfao. that’s my f—ing sister. she’s clearing a sample. buy and stream Queen & Sweetener aug 17 bye. these numbers don’t mean as much to the artist as they do to y’all. jus want y’all to listen to the project.”
When Grande, 25, added, “me n nicki laughed at dat,” Minaj replied, “I love this woman. Can’t wait for the fans to benefit from all the hard work on both ends. We love your passion. You guys will be VERY happy. Trust. That’s all I’ll say.”
Grande also tweeted, “happy Sweetener and Queen and Bloom month” — additionally calling out collaborator Troye Sivan‘s upcoming album, Bloom, due out Aug. 31.
According to Billboard, Minaj’s album was first set to be released on June 10, before being pushed to August 10. Both Grande and Minaj are signed to the same label, Republic Records.
Last month, Minaj and Grande appeared together in the music video for their new single “Bed.” They have previously collaborated on “Get on Your Knees,” “The Light Is Coming,” “Bang Bang,” and “Side to Side.”
Grande has been teasing her album for months, revealing the tracklist during the lead-up. One of the songs on Sweetener? “Pete Davidson,” an homage to her fiancé, Saturday Night Live star Pete Davidson.
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Grande recently defended her decision to include him in the album. “He’s my fiancé,” she replied to a fan on Twitter. “this is my album. i’m an honest & emotional artist & human being and if my openness in my work isn’t for u, that’s ok i won’t be offended.”