"This is all happening because I pushed my album back two months, and I just finished writing and recording literally hours before the album came out," she explained to fans in a video she posted to Twitter. "So now I simply don't have the time to rehearse and be on the road in time to give you guys the level of show I need to give. Jamie King and I are working tirelessly to give you guys the best show of my life, and I really apologise. But it'll be worth it."
Despite North American delays, Minaj said her shows in Australia and Europe, scheduled for early next year, are still on schedule. She also mentioned that she may need to find "three or four opening acts" to fill in for her original co-headliner Future, due to scheduling conflicts.
"Nicki's tour could be the most disappointing ticket sales of the year for any artist," the source reportedly said. "These are big arenas with up to 20,000 capacities. Sales for opening night in Baltimore is 2,000 tickets. LA is 3,400, New Orleans 1,000, Denver 1,300, Chicago 3,900. Even her hometown Brooklyn is only 5,050."
Representatives for Minaj and Livenation didn't immediately respond to Refinery29's request for comment.
The tour postponement comes on the heels of some recent Minaj controversies. Prior to the MTV Video Music Awards, the rapper called out Kylie Jenner for helping unfairly boost her boyfriend Travis Scott's ticket sales by "telling ppl to come see her & Stormi." Shortly after, Minaj also went after Spotify for allegedly trying to "teach me a lesson" for playing her music on her Apple Music radio station, Queen Radio. In a series of tweets, Minaj also claimed Spotify had treated her differently than male artists who also have Apple radio shows.
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
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