Nicki Minaj announced the cancellation of the North American leg of her NickiHndrxx tour via Twitter on Tuesday night. The tour, a co-headlining run with Future, was originally scheduled to begin next month in Baltimore, Md.
Live Nation released a statement noting that the North American dates were canceled to give Minaj time to “reevaluate elements of production.”
“This is all happening because I pushed my album back two months, and I just finished writing and recording literally hours before the album came out,” said Minaj in a video posted to her Twitter. “So now I just simply don’t have the time to rehearse and be on the road in time to give you guys the level of a show I need to give.”
These cancellations follow rumors of extremely low ticket sales, as well as a few particularly controversial statements from Minaj, namely concerning the chart position of her latest LP, Queen. The album sat in second position behind Travis Scott’s Astroworld upon the week of its release, and Minaj has blamed both Scott and Spotify for this chart position in a series of heated recent statements.
The European leg of the tour is still set for February as planned, and refunds will be available for the canceled North American dates. The rescheduled dates, though not yet announced, are expected for May of 2019. Future will not be on the rescheduled dates due to scheduling conflicts.