Christmas is coming early for the Barbz this year. Although Nicki Minaj’s 4th album Queen was allegedly hit by a setback, it will now arrive on schedule today (August 10). The 35-year-old announced the news during the first episode of her Apple Music radio show, Queen Radio early this morning. Just last week, a rumored delay with a sample caused the project to be pushed back. This would have left her competing for the top of the Billboard 200 with close friend and frequent collaborator Ariana Grande’sSweetener. Although they both took to social media to assure fans it would only be a friendly competition, the latest news will give both divas a chance to shine on their own.
According to Nicki, it was a race to the finish line as she approached the LP’s release date. During today’s broadcast she revealed that everything had come together a mere three hours before she went on air. Additionally, she teased plans to play the full record to commemorate the first night of her radio engagement. However, she ran into some delays. “I was gonna play the album right now but someone fucked up,” she said. “It’s a lot of corporate drama in here.” Instead, she filled the time with a bevy of superstar appearances. Everyone from Kim Kardashian and Kelly Rowland to Normaniwere present for the launch. Now, Queen will drop online at noon ET. An hour earlier, she will be back on the air to play the album and share some details.
Impressively, it remains one of the most mysterious LPs of the year. Since the 35-year-old first announced it at the Met Gala in May, major details have remained under wraps. Less than 12 hours ahead of the official release, we still do not even have a final tracklist. It is expected to include previously released singles and buzz tracks including Top 10 hit “Chun-Li” as well as the Lil Wayne-assisted “Rich Sex” and Ari duet, “Bed.” Notably absent from all promotional material has been the rainbow bright “Barbie Tingz,” which appears to have been dropped from the final list. However, she has linked up with Swae Lee on a track, which the Rae Sremmurd rapper described as a “banger.”