As the world’s highest-selling female rapper much is made of Nicki Minaj‘s ability to compete with a new wave of Hip-Hop starlets hoping to soar in a lane she carved out for herself.
Now, after Cardi B urged fans not to buy into claims that the ladies are feuding, Minaj has received praise from music lovers after a report published by the platform ‘MNR’ (and substantiated by TGJ’s sources with ties to both ladies) revealed that she delayed the new release of new material to support Cardi’s.
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The release of her new commercial with Karl Benz‘ Mercedes and activity detected by her fans on her VEVO page this month gave Minaj’s fans good reason to believe her new material had nabbed an April due date.
Nicki is trending on iTunes and her vevo account on YouTube was active ? Uhhh sis @NICKIMINAJ wyd?
— Khaii?? (@Ayokhaii) April 7, 2018
Yesterday, said fans learned that they may not have been entirely wrong.
For, according to well-placed sources, Minaj had considered releasing new music at the top of the month but changed her mind after learning Cardi’s well-received set ‘Invasion of Privacy’ was to impact retailers on April 6th.
Industry sources tell us that Nicki Minaj planned to release new music at the beginning of April. Several label staffers wanted her to do so, but she refused as not to overshadow Cardi B’s ‘Invasion of Privacy.’ pic.twitter.com/0LScDy152X
— Music News & Rumors (@MusicNewsRumor) April 7, 2018
The report alleges that Minaj was encouraged to unlock her new sounds in the same period as Cardi but, realising that her pure sales would eclipse the newcomer’s, stepped out of the way to avoid a chart war she is likely to have won.
How Cardi’s opening week numbers are to set fare when compared to her contemporaries? Very well.
The album is set to open around the 170,000 units mark (45,000 of this stemming from pure sales) and outperform the first week figures nabbed by Iggy Azalea‘s ‘The New Classic’, Azealia Banks‘ ‘Broke with Expensive Taste’ and Remy Ma‘s ‘Plata o Plomo.’