Nicki Minaj Postpones Tour After Latest Scandals And Poor Ticket Sales

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Don't expect to see Nicki Minaj on the road soon. The rap artist is delaying her forthcoming tour -- the one that was set to promote Queen, her newest studio album -- for reasons that are reportedly less-than-flattering. According to recent reports, Minaj is opting not to embark on this latest nationwide tour not simply because she has been garnering rather unkind press for her comments directed towards Kylie Jenner and her baby daughter Stormi, but because the ticket sales for the now-delayed tour are reportedly dire. To be more specific, the ticket sales might go down as the "most disappointing" of the year for a major artist. Yikes. That's not good. If it's true, that's damn embarrassing for Nicki Minaj too. Here's what a source at Live Nation said about Nicki Minaj's once-upcoming tour, which was originally supposed to begin next month. It's unclear when it will now occur.

Nicki's tour could be the most disappointing ticket sales of the year for any artist. These are big arenas with up to 20,000 capacities. Sales for opening night in Baltimore is 2,000 tickets. LA is 3,400, New Orleans 1,000, Denver 1,300, Chicago 3,900. Even her hometown Brooklyn is only 5,050.

This brutal ticket sales report comes from Page Six. Reportedly, Nicki Minaj is having a difficult time accepting that Cardi B has sold more record than her, and she has "gone off the rails," according to a source close to the industry, in light of this dip in her fame. That disappointment has caused the artist to speak out against her other stars, which isn't helping her reputation. The lackluster sales for her upcoming tour have gotten to her head, and she isn't taking the news well, according to the source. This tour ticket sale controversy is only one that Minaj is weathering at the moment, however.

Nicki Minaj recently earned bad press when she lashed out against Travis Scott and Kylie Jenner. Specifically, Minaj accused Scott of using his famous girlfriend Kylie Jenner to help boost album sales for his latest studio album, Astroworld, which is currently on the top of the Billboard charts. To be more exact, Minaj claimed Jenner was promising her fans that she and her daughter, Stormi, would be joining Scott on the tour, which boosted album sales. The controversy seemingly resulted in Nicki Minaj and Travis Scott/Kylie Jenner having their seats moved at the VMAs on Monday. Minaj also earned some criticism when she compared herself to Harriet Tubman on Twitter Plus, she started a feud with DJ Self when he claimed Cardi B produced the best album of the year by a female rap artist. It's evident this isn't Nicki Minaj's shining moment, and she might be waiting until the fire dies down a bit.

As People reports, the NickiHndrxx Tour will be announcing new dates that will kick off in May 2019. Refunds are currently available at point of purchase for buyers who have already gotten tickets for the delayed tour, and the new dates for the tour are expected to be announced momentarily. While Future was originally announced as one of Minaj's co-headliners, he is no longer involved with the tour due to "scheduling conflicts." The North American portion of the tour was originally supposed to kick off in Baltimore, Maryland on September 21st. While the North American portion of the tour is currently in a state of flux, the European side of the tour still plans to begin on February 21st in Munich, Germany with Future still by her side.

Will Ashton

Will is an entertainment writer based in Pittsburgh, PA. His writing can also be found in The Playlist, Cut Print Film, We Got This Covered, The Young Folks, Slate and other outlets. He also co-hosts the weekly film/TV podcast Cinemaholics with Jon Negroni and he likes to think he's a professional Garfield enthusiast.