Nicki Minaj: Is the queen of rap’s crown fading? (bbc.co.uk).
Having surprisingly cancelled the entire North American leg of joint NickiHndrxx Tour with fellow rapper Future.
The rapper has apologised saying she “simply doesn’t have the time to rehearse… to give the level of show I need to give”.
But there are uncomfortable unconfirmed reports of poor ticket sales and her recently released album Queen has despite strong sales and on the whole mediocre to positive reviews—albeit highlighting as much her tribulations and acerbities of late as the music (theguardian.com)—has so far failed to top the US Billboard 200 as expected, languishing in 2nd position behind Travis Scott’s Astroworld resulting in another yet Twitter tirade directed at the rapper and girlfriend Kylie Jenner whom she accused of using baby Stormi to help promote the album and of flogging merchandise and live show discount “bundles”.
The European leg of the tour however will go ahead as planned (independent.co.uk) and the North American dates are set to be rescheduled for May next year.
Updated 25th August 2018
The “NOOOOPPPE” being TMZ’s shouted impression of Kylie not giving Nicki’s prospective feud the oxygen for TMZ to … gleefully fan the flames.
Nicki was making her entrance at Radio City Music Hall Monday night, and Kylie was walking in her direction from the other end … when she stopped in her tracks upon seeing Nicki. It’s pretty clear she didn't want a confrontation—’cause she doubled back fast.
- Nicki Minaj, Paper tongue (Latest Picks 18th November 2017)