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Queen Studio album by Nicki MinajReleased August 10, 2018 (2018-08-10)Length 66:19Label
Queen is the fourth studio album by American rapper Nicki Minaj, set to be released by Young Money Entertainment, Cash Money Records and Republic Records on August 10, 2018. It is Minaj's first album in four years, following The Pinkprint (2014). It features production by J. Reid, Big Juice, Supa Dups, Beats Bailey, Messy and Ben Billions.
The album's lead single, "Chun-Li", was released on April 12, 2018, alongside the single "Barbie Tingz". The second single, "Bed", featuring American singer Ariana Grande, was released on June 14, 2018, alongside the album pre-order. A promotional single, "Rich Sex", featuring American rapper Lil Wayne, was released on June 11. The album will be further promoted by NickiHndrxx Tour, an international co-headlining tour with American rapper Future, which is set to commence in late September 2018.Contents
In October 2016, Minaj went into Hot 97's Ebro in the Morning, where she was asked for details about her upcoming album, responding, "The album is so freaking epic, but it's a journey right. Before my first album came out, I was on everybody's song; I had my own campaign without realizing it. Right now, I have to complete a few things for other people."
January 26, 2017, saw the release of "Run Up", a song by American electronic band Major Lazer featuring Minaj. In her verse, she raps, "'Bout to drop an album, this is my fourth." In an interview with DJ Whoo Kid on Shade 45 in June, Minaj provided the first major update on her album in months, telling the DJ, "I know it's going to be my best body of work. That's next on my bucket list, to deliver my fourth album and make sure that it's a classic hip-hop album that people will never forget."
In an interview with Dazed in September, Minaj spoke about the album in depth, promising that it would bring about an era "a billion times more epic than anything "Anaconda" could have delivered. I think this era will definitely be the most memorable and the most impactful of my career yet." She also gave an update on the album's progress, "I can’t say if I’m 50 percent, 80 percent or 10 percent done, because I don’t know," she said. "Tomorrow, I might walk into the studio and decide that I don’t like anything I’ve done in the last six months. Or tomorrow I might walk in and feel like the whole album is done. There’s so much beauty in not knowing." In October, Minaj opened up for T Magazine about her vision for the album. "Sonically, I know what the album’s about to sound like," she said. "I know what this album is gonna mean to my fans. This album is everything in my life coming full circle. Now, I can tell you guys what happened for the last two years of my life. I know who I am. I am getting Nicki Minaj figured out with this album and I’m loving her."Release and promotion
On May 7, 2018, Nicki Minaj announced the album's title and original release date during an interview at the Met Gala. It was initially scheduled for a June 15 release, but was later pushed back to August 10, before being postponed again to August 17. It was later postponed to August 17 due to Minaj getting clearance to use a sample from a Tracy Chapman song on the album. On May 19, she performed "Chun-Li" and "Poke It Out" with Playboi Carti on the final episode of season 43 of Saturday Night Live.
She performed a medley of "Chun-Li" and "Rich Sex" at the BET Awards 2018. To further promote the album, Minaj announced that she is set to embark on her first co-headlining tour with Future, NickiHndrxx Tour, which will begin at the end of September.Artwork
Minaj revealed the cover art for the album via Twitter on June 7, 2018, and described it saying, " my greatest work to date." The portrait was taken by Turkish-Welsh fashion photographers Mert and Marcus, and features Minaj posing on a fallen tree trunk in front of a setting sun, wearing pasties and Egyptian head beads.Singles
"Chun-Li" was released on April 12, 2018 as the lead single of the album. On May 4, 2018 Minaj uploaded the music video for "Chun-Li" on her YouTube and Vevo account. It was directed by Steven Klein of Good Company Pictures. It peaked at number ten in the United States.
On June 14, 2018, Minaj released "Bed" featuring Ariana Grande as the album's second single along with the album pre-order. Its music video was released on July 6, 2018. The song debuted and peaked at number 43 on the US Billboard Hot 100.Promotional singles
"Rich Sex" featuring Lil Wayne was released on June 11, 2018 as the first promotional single from the album. The track debuted and peaked at number 88 on the Billboard Hot 100.Other songs
"Barbie Tingz" was released on April 12, 2018, alongside "Chun-Li". It was originally intended to be included on Queen but did not make the final cut.Track listing Queen — digital downloadNo.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length1."Ganja Burns" 4:542."Majesty" (featuring Eminem and Labrinth) 4:553."Barbie Dreams" 4:394."Rich Sex" (featuring Lil Wayne)
Credits adapted from Tidal.