After running into problems regarding clearance of last-minute samples, Nicki Minaj has decided to push her highly-anticipated album back to August 17th. The singer/rapper delivered the news with a note to fans coinciding with her Apple Music Essentials playlist takeover:

“My darlings!!! I have a huge surprise that I can’t share until the day before #Queen drops. So in the meantime, check out this playlist I made for you guys. I did #FEFE with my new BFF from BROOKLYN. He’s a little funny looking but he’s really sweet under all those tats.  New York til da DEF!!!! Ha! Last time I teamed up with YG was for his remix to “My Hitta.” We recently performed #BigBank at the BET Awards and had a blast wit my dudes Big Sean and 2 Chainz. I have classic bops with all 3 of them so I’m including them on this list. I’m super excited about my recent collaboration with Ariana Grande. She’s one of the realest artists I’ve had the pleasure of working with. She couldn’t fly with me to Turks to shoot the #BedVideo so we shot her scenes in Malibu. We’re actually working on edit number 2 for the #BedVideo to include all the fun stuff we had to remove. I love “Ball For Me” with Post Malone. Not sure why he won’t release the video.  It’s DOPE!!!  I hope you enjoy my playlist. Can’t wait for you guys to hear my 4th album QUEEN ON AUGUST 17!!!!!!!”

She asked her fans whether or not to include the song which samples Tracy Chapman and push back the album or ditch the song and release the album on its originally scheduled date.

The 35-year-old ultimately decided to delay the Young Money/Cash Money release an additional week until August 17th, where she will go head-to-head against her “Bed” collaborator and close friend Ariana Grande, who will be releasing her Sweetener album the same day.

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