Nicki Minaj's Tour Is Postponed Due To "Disappointing" Tickets Sales, But She Doesn't Agree

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Nicki Minaj is once again on the defensive. The rapper, who released her album, Queen, on August 10, is desperately trying to dispute claims that she postponed the North American leg of her Queen tour by eight months because of "disappointing ticket sales."
"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."
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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.
An unnamed source from Livenation, however, disputed Minaj's claim to Page Six.
"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.
These beefs come on the heels of her alleged drama with Cardi B and, after the VMAs, Tiffany Haddish. Earlier this month, Minaj also called out fans and other artists for treating her like "a Barbie" who's not allowed to have emotions or to defend herself from public attacks.
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