If you had circled one of the stateside dates of Nicki Minaj’s previously announced tour on your calendar, we have bad news. The entire North American leg of the tour has been canceled, amid rumors of poor ticket sales.
The initial reason peddled last Tuesday night by Live Nation was that Nicki had “decided to reevaluate elements of production on the NickiHndrxx Tour.” The statement maintained that Minaj wanted to “contribute more time to rehearsal ahead of the tour’s launch to make certain her fans get the absolute best quality show that they deserve.”
The Queen rapper later doubled down in a tweet: “…I simply don’t have the time to rehearse and be on the road and give you guys the level of a show I need to give. I really apologize but it will be worth it.”
Tour dates for Europe and Australia remain unchanged with Future still co-headlining the tour. Unfortunately, scheduling back home slated to start September 21 in Baltimore has been postponed to May 2019. No specific dates or locations have been divulged, but there is significant doubt in Future’s availability when the North American run gets underway.
In a related tweet, Nicki shared the concern: “With Future’s schedule, I may have to take another co-headliner or I may just do it like I did The Pinkprint Tour and it wouldn’t be a co-headline. I probably will just have three or four opening acts.”
Fans who’d already purchased tickets for the North American dates will get refunds at their point of purchase, with new on-sale dates to be revealed soon.
The NickiHndrxx North American Tour cancelation caps off a tumultuous stretch for Nicki Minaj that goes back to her fourth album—Queen—singles failing to gain traction. Consequently, the album’s release was pushed back two months from June to August. Even then, the album was unable to top the Billboard 200 chart on release, missing the mark by 20,000 album equivalent units as Travis Scott’s “Astroworld” continued its stay at #1 for the second consecutive week.
“Queen” debut week sales total 185,000 failed to beat the 244,000 first week total of Nicki’s previous 2014 release, “The Pinkprint.” The disappointing results caused Minaj to lash out at varied targets from Travis Scott to streaming giant Spotify; first with a Twitter rant and later with a follow up diatribe on her Apple Beats 1 radio show.