Nicki Minaj has been forced to push back the release date of her fourth album Queen, after being unable to clear a sample by US musician Tracy Chapman.
Earlier this year, Nicki Minaj announced that her first album since 2014’s The Pinkprint, was set to be released on June 15th, but her record has been once again delayed following her decision to push back the release date until August 10th.
Taking to Twitter yesterday, Nicki Minaj wrote (in a now-deleted Tweet) that she was desperately looking for Tracy Chapman after she discovered her new album unintentionally sampled a track from the musician.
“So there’s a record on Queen that features 1 of the greatest rappers of all time,” she began. “Had no clue it sampled the legend Tracy Chapman.”
“Do I keep my date & lose the record? Or do I lose the record & keep my date?” she asked fans.
Almost instantly, fans went into overdrive trying to work out which artist may feature on the new record (current guesses seem to be leaning towards Eminem), but many were left devastated at the prospect of Queen being pushed back briefly.
Following a Twitter poll about whether the record should be released or delayed (which came back with a 50/50 split in results), Minaj revealed that her new album is now set to be released on August 17th.
Oddly, a Nicki Minaj fan account went searching for Tracy Chapman, sending the singer a message on Instagram offering $2 million of Minaj’s money to clear the sample in time for the August 10th release date.