In a surprise to fans, Nicki Minaj has dropped Queen as an Apple Music exclusive — a week ahead of schedule.
After a number of delays (the rapper's latest was originally slated for a June 15 release), there was significant backlash from Ariana Grande and Minaj stans alike when the latter announced her album would be available the same day as Grande's highly-anticipated project, Sweetener.
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Listening to #Queen by @NICKIMINAJ got me like.... #QueenRadio https://t.co/8xo5woxjiK— ✰𝘼𝘿𝘼𝙈 ✰ (@✰𝘼𝘿𝘼𝙈 ✰)1533917646.0
#Queen is out and so are my tiddies https://t.co/3gGc6j8HDX— val (@val)1533917545.0
Whewwwww! #QueeanRadio #QUEEN @NICKIMINAJ We can’t even call this album Fire it’s on another Level. 🙌🏿🙌🏿🙌🏿🙌🏿🙌🏿 https://t.co/DAXOzuYJLm— Nan’Jee🇧🇸 (@Nan’Jee🇧🇸)1533917545.0
This whole album is crazy!! THE WAIT WAS WORTH IT!!! @NICKIMINAJ #queen #Queenradio https://t.co/5YyitfepDl— yikes (@yikes)1533917412.0
There's no telling whether today's drop is a result of the Tracy Chapman sample clearing earlier than expected, or it was all a stunt to throw fans off-track. Regardless, fans are scurrying to devour Queen — even if they have to download Apple Music to do it. In fact, it's already trending worldwide. Happy Nicki day!
Listen to the preview, below.
Photo via Nicki Minaj