Rough week for Nicki Minaj! Queen, her new album, debuted at #2, behind Travis Scott’s Astroworld, which led to Nicki lashing out repeatedly on both Scott and Spotify. And now Nicki has postponed the American leg of her arena tour with Future.
As Yahoo reports, a statement from Live Nation claims that Nicki “has decided to reevaluate elements of production.” The tour was set to begin in Baltimore in September, but she’s now pushing it back to next May. And because of what Live Nation calls “scheduling conflicts,” Future won’t be on the American leg of Nicki’s tour. (No word on the widely reviled opener 6ix9ine, whom Nicki was defending yesterday.) Nicki is still planning on touring Europe with Future, beginning with a February show in Munich.
In a video posted on Twitter, Nicki apologizes for the postponement, saying, “This is all happening because I pushed my album back two months, and I just finished writing and recording literally hours before the album came out. So now, I just simply don’t have the time to rehearse and be on the road in time to give you guys the level of a show I need to give.”
My darlings: 🙏🏽 pic.twitter.com/nBmsE2p9SI
— QUEEN (@NICKIMINAJ) August 22, 2018
A few hours before the cancelation, Page Six quoted an anonymous source at Live Nation, who said that the tour was in danger:
Nicki’s tour could be the most disappointing ticket sales of the year for any artist. These are big arenas with up to 20,000 capacities. Sales for opening night in Baltimore is 2,000 tickets. LA is 3,400, New Orleans 1,000, Denver 1,300, Chicago 3,900. Even her hometown Brooklyn is only 5,050…
Nicki has gone off the rails. She can’t take it that she sold less records than Cardi B (who’s stealing her thunder big time) in her first week; she can’t take it that Travis beat her to No. 1. Her ticket sales for her tour are in the toilet, and it’s making her even more crazy.