Nicki Minaj has taken aim at Travis Scott after his album beat hers to the top spot in the USA charts at the weekend. Over the weekend, she went on a Twitter rampage over her first-week sales and dragged Travis Scott, Kylie Jenner and their child Stormi into it.
According to TMZ, the decision was made because Travis has the No. 1 album in the country and not out of fear for retaliation or a potential feud with Nicki.
Nicki vowed to address it further on her "Queen Radio" show, and then turned her attention to Spotify, suggesting debuting her album on her Beats 1 show meant the competing streaming service was punishing her.
The "Chun Li" rapper didn't stop there, as she accused Scott of artificially inflating his chart position by bundling the album with tickets for his upcoming North American tour.
Nicki Minaj defended the performance of her album Queen after it finished second on the Billboard 200 behind Travis Scott's Astroworld, saying that the marketing of Scott's album - involving his girlfriend Kylie Jenner - artificially inflated the numbers.
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A livid Minaj tweeted yesterday (August 20): "Travis sold over 50K of these [merch/tour bundles]".
Nicki's rant did not sit well with tweeps, with some fans comparing her "sloppy" job of promoting her new album to other successful artists. "With no requirement of redeeming the album!" Reportedly Scott is not anxious about a fight breaking out with Minaj; rather, he doesn't think the artist with the #1 album should have to sit behind the artist at #2.
She argued: "Spotify put drake's face on every playlist but told me they'd have to teach me a lessons for playing my music 10 mins early on #QueenRadio. Thank Jesus & thank you to my fans", Minaj tweeted. I spoke to him last night, and he said he's been selling clothes b4 the music.
For Nicki Minaj, coming in at No. 2 on the Billboard charts feels like, well, No. 2.
The Barbie Tingz artist pointed out changes in the business model of the music industry: 'My first album sold 400K. Her song "Bed" actually saw an increase based on the promotions put behind the campaign.