Spotify Responds to Nicki Minaj Tweets Claiming Unfair Treatment

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Spotify Responds to Nicki Minaj Tweets Claiming Unfair Treatment

After the tumultuous rollout of her new album Queen, Nicki Minaj still can’t catch a break, as Monday, a Spotify rep responded to her tweets claiming unfair placement by the service.

Queen debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard album chart, behind the second week of Travis Scott’s ASTROWORLD. In a lengthy tweetstorm, Minaj explained her chart position, using everything from Scott’s use of merch and tour bundles, and his girlfriend Kylie Jenner’s social media platforms, to Spotify’s taking away her album promo due to Queen Radio, her radio show on Spotify rival Apple Music.

Minaj also alluded to Spotify’s infamous overpromotion of her label-mate and fellow Apple Music host Drake’s Scorpion in her tweets.

While the stars mentioned in Minaj’s tweets have yet to respond, a rep for Spotify responded to Minaj’s claims of being penalized by the service.

“Spotify supported Nicki Minaj with a Times Square billboard, a host of the largest playlists, New Music Friday, and the music release shelf,” the rep told Variety. “Her song ‘Bed’ actually saw an increase based on the promotions put behind the campaign. The company continues to be big fans of Nicki.”

In June, Minaj launched a fiery direct message at writer Wanna Thompson after she posted a tweet critiquing her music prior to the release of Queen.

Minaj is set to embark on the co-headlining NICKIHNDRXX Tour with Future starting Sept. 21, sales from which were included in the first-week numbers for Queen, according to Billboard. While Queen hasn’t landed quite where she wanted in its first week, the embattled rapper is running short on excuses if it underperforms in the coming weeks.

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