Nicki Minaj was recently considering pushing her new album Queen's release date back a week so that she could clear a Tracy Chapman sample on one of her songs — a song she promises will spill all the tea. And she ended up doing it! Queen will now arrive on August 17th ... which is also the same day that Ariana Grande's new album Sweetener is set to be released. However, Ari's fans are not pleased and are expressing their feelings on social media.
Ariana's fans are worried that Nicki's album might take away streams from Ari's album with one Ariana fan account writing, "I love nick to death. By why is her album going to be pushed back the same day as 'Sweetener' now Sweetener will loose streams bc the barbz are going to be listening to queen and 'Queen' is going to loose streams bc arianators are going to be listening to 'Sweetener.'"
After seeing a tweet about pitting both stars against each other, Ari responded by saying, "jesus is this what’s going on today? 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."
Another fan responded to Ari's clapback saying, "Girl miss me with this bulls***.. You’re constantly liking Popcrave's tweets about your accomplishments/charts/sales and YOU MAKE MUSIC FOR THE CHARTS. And don't even get me started on Nicki's annoying a** constantly posting her peaks and s*** on instagram. We're not dumb sis." So Grande stepped in and responded back, "wait so ... i'm not allowed to say thank u or celebrate w y'all when something does do well? u tell me. being grateful and having a competitive intention behind what you're creating are two very different things. learn to be loving n grateful.... it's real simple. i'm out."
Ari also tweeted, "me n nicki laughed at dat," which Nicki Minaj retweeted saying, "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."
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 😉🍵🦄 https://t.co/dWE95pfYi2— Chun-Li (@NICKIMINAJ) August 1, 2018
Meanwhile, Nicki has been dropping hints left and right about Queen. She tweeted that she would be choosing fans who she hasn't met yet to personally call and invite them to an in-studio listening session in New York City. She also explained that the "other surprise" she has up her sleeve is "just as major as the album."
Also, the “other” surprise is just as major as the album. It’s a gift that keeps on giving. It’s a dream come true for me, but for you guys as well. You’re gonna get your whole life. I hate not being able to discuss it yet but in a week & a half I’ll be able to spill. 😋— Chun-Li (@NICKIMINAJ) August 1, 2018
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