Nicki Minaj Believes Kylie Jenner Helped Keep Travis Scott’s ‘Astroworld’ Atop the Billboard 200 Chart
Travis Scott's Astroworld is the No. 1 album in the country again, holding off Nicki Minaj's Queen, but the "Ganja Burn" rapper isn't buying it. On Sunday (Aug. 19), Minaj called out Scott and girlfriend Kylie Jenner for the promotion and selling of Astroworld bundles that include clothes and concert tickets packaged with the album.
"I looked at the numbers the Carters, Kanye, Nas, etc recently did. Travis sold 200k in his first week of clothes alone," she tweeted, referring to the hoodies, t-shirts and more the Houston rapper sells. "I spoke to him last night & he said he's been selling clothes b4 the music. Billboard says they'll change the rules cuz of this, so it should be changed now!"
Minaj then dragged Jenner into the feud, calling out the reality TV star for posting a link to Scott's Astroworld bundles, which she claims led to over 50,000 in album sales. "Travis sold over 50K of these. With no requirement of redeeming the album! With no dates for a tour, etc," she tweeted. "I spoke to him. He knows he doesn't have the #1 album this week. I love my fans for the #1 album in AMERICA!"
In another tweet, Nicki added, "I put my blood sweat & tears in writing a dope album only for Travis Scott to have Kylie Jenner post a tour pass telling ppl to come see her & Stormi. lol. Im actually laughing. #Queen broke the record of being number 1 in 86 countries. Thank Jesus & thank you to my fans."
While bundling an album with concert tickets is nothing new, Billboard states the album has to be downloaded or redeemed for it to count as a sale. Minaj herself even got in on the practice, bundling tickets for her NickiHndrxx Tour in July with physical copies of her Queen project.
But Nicki's issue with her album not reaching No. 1 didn't just stop at Scott and Jenner, the rapper also called out Spotify for cheating her out of sales and canceling her promotion after she premiered Queen on her Apple Music radio show first.
"Spotify had to teach me a lesson but reward the man who has had an Apple radio show the longest; inadvertently helping the Apple platform the most," she tweeted, referring to Drake and Spotify promotion of Scorpion, which featured Drizzy's image plastered throughout the site.
"My music went up on Apple so I played it," Nicki continued. "I assumed it was on Spotify & Tidal at the same time. Spotify said that Apple tweeted fans advising #Queen was up & therefore they had to teach me a lesson... They took away my promotion they had promised for the 1st [couple] days b/c of this. #Queen."
Later on, however, she attempted to clarify her comments and called them "dry/sarcastic humor."
Check out the rest of Nicki Minaj's tweets below.
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