Nicki Minaj's new album Queen is debuting at number two behind a Travis Scott album—the one with the transgender woman in the artwork—that's already been out for a couple of weeks, and she's not taking it well. Last night on Twitter, she suffered what some people are calling a full-on meltdown.
It started when DJ Akademiks reported that Queen hadn't racked up enough sales to topple Travis Scott's Astroworld, this despite the fact that Minaj resorted to multiple gimmicks to try to get people to cop, including a bundle version of the album that comes with a free poster and a trial version of Tidal and only costs $5.
First Nicki denied that this was true, but then Chart Data or whatever it's called (which is really just some guy) tweeted the same thing. Then she tried to claim that she'd called Billboard and talked them into changing their rules, but Travis Scott's sales figures supposedly include some bundle that went onsale before the album was released? She probably didn't actually call Billboard.
Then she let loose with all kinds of excuses. She tried to make it seem as if the only reason Travis Scott sold more albums was because Kylie Jenner urged people to buy tickets to his tour (which I guess comes with a free copy of the album) so they could see her and the baby Stormi—which is unfair to Nicki, because I don't think she has any kids.
She's also claiming that Spotify fucked her over. Specifically, she says that they aren't promoting her album because Apple Music put her album up like two hours before it was available elsewhere, so everyone went there to listen to it. Now Spotify is making an example of her, even though Drake has a huge deal with Apple, and they still promoted the shit out of his album. Of course she blames sexism.