Nicki Minaj calls out Travis Scott for inflating his Spotify numbers after 'Queen' fails to hit at No. 1 on the charts

Nicki Minaj claims she's the victim of an unfair marketing campaign carried out by Scott, as well as a lack of promotional support from Spotify.


                            Nicki Minaj calls out Travis Scott for inflating his Spotify numbers after 'Queen' fails to hit at No. 1 on the charts

Quite surprisingly, and despite her best efforts, Nicki Minaj’s latest album, 'Queen', failed to beat Travis Scott’s 'Astroworld' as the No. 1 album on the Billboard charts. 'Queen' debuted at the No. 2 spot just behind Scott's album. While 'Astroworld' sold 205,000 equivalent units, with 78,000 from traditional sales, 'Queen', in the meantime, sold 185,000 units (with 78,000 were from traditional sales), and it looks like Minaj is not very pleased with the scenario.

Minaj is now blaming her second-place finish on an unfair marketing campaign carried out by Scott, as well as a lack of promotional support from Spotify. Nicki took to Twitter to vent her frustrations calling out Scott for selling “season pass” bundles for his upcoming Astroworld tour, which included a copy of the album. “Travis sold over 50K of these,” Nicki wrote. “With no requirement of redeeming the album! With no dates for a tour, etc. I spoke to him. He knows he doesn’t have the #1 album this week.” 

She also went on to point out how Scott's been allegedly resorting to marketing gimmicks to push his numbers, including using his girlfriend Kylie Jenner's star power to promote his album. “I put my blood sweat & tears in writing a dope album only for Travis Scott to have [his girlfriend] Kylie Jenner post a tour pass telling ppl to come see her & [their daughter] Stormi,” Minaj added.

As CoS points out, it’s worth noting that Minaj herself made the controversial move of retroactively adding her 6ix9ine collaboration, “FEFE”, to the album in an effort to propel it to No. 1.

Minaj also took issue with Spotify, which she said failed to promote her album due to her relationship with Apple Music. Minaj recently joined the roster on Apple Music's Beats 1 radio with her own Queen Radio show.  “Spotify put Drake’s face on every playlist but told me they’d have to teach me a lesson for playing my music 10 mins early on #QueenRadio,” she wrote. “Even tho they’ve been giving away my music for free for years & I am one of the top Spotify artists of all time.” 

“Spotify had to teach me a lesson but rewarded the man who has had an Apple radio show the longest; inadvertently helping the Apple platform the most.” She continued, “My label didn’t want to defend me for fear of Spotify trying to teach Ariana [Grande] a ‘lesson’ too.”

Check out Nicki Minaj's tweetstorm below via her official Twitter page and decide for yourself if Minaj indeed has a point to make.