Saturday, June 15, 2024

Nicki Minaj’s New Album is a Sales Flop, Did She Jinx Herself By Titling it “Queen” The Same Week Aretha Franklin Died?


Nicki Minaj has a turkey on her hands and it’s not even Thanksgiving.

Nicki’s new album, “Queen” is a sales dud. It’s so bad that she’s cancelled the tour that was supposed to accompany the album’s release, postponing it until next May. By then she’ll have to have new music or a new marketing plan because “Queen” will be long gone.

There’s some thought that Nicki jinxed herself by calling her album “Queen.” There was only Queen, and that was Aretha Franklin. In a very damning coincidence, Franklin passed away as the “Queen” album was being released. Talk about cosmic interference!

The “Queen” album debuted at number 2 last Friday. This week it will be lucky to make number 3 as Ariana Grande swoops in for the kill. With 24 hours left to this week, Grande’s “Sweetener” has already sold 133K copies including downloads, CDs, and streaming. Minaj has a total of 50,000. Travis Scott is running just ahead of Nicki at number 2.

Rap and hip hop is extremely dependent right now streaming numbers. Nicki’s album has not been enthusiastically embraced track by track. One single is number 2 on Spotify. Grande, however, has several in the top 50.

One radio insider told me, “Nicki’s album release was rushed. She didn’t work the stations until the last minute. We were surprised. That’s as opposed to Janet Jackson, who worked radio very carefully for her new hit, Made for Now, and she really scored.”

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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