Nicki Minaj has confirmed she has pushed back the release of her long-awaited fifth studio album, Pink Friday 2.
The project was originally slated for an October 20 release before being postponed to November 17. However, fans were concerned as Nicki Minaj’s mentor Lil Wayne also announced his forthcoming joint album with 2 Chainz, Welcome 2 ColleGrove, for release on the same day.
On Tuesday evening (October 24) the Grammy Award winner took to Instagram Live to address the chatter. According to Nicki Minaj, the release date was quietly pushed back before Lil Wayne confirmed his release.
“I have changed my album date,” the “Barbie World” hitmaker said before acknowledging fans’ concerns. “It’s been changed for some time now behind the scenes. Weezy and 2 Chainz, they announced their date and you know how me and Weezy play. He would never do that if that was my album date.”
She continued, revealing that the album would come out on a meaningful occasion.
“The new album date for this incredible body of work, that I am so proud of is on a special day to me and to the Barbz — it will come out on my birthday,” Nicki Minaj added. “Pink Friday 2 I am so happy to announce will be out on my birthday.” Check out the clip below and watch the Live at the end of the page.
Pink Friday 2 follows her 2018 album Queen, which debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 and included tracks like “Chun-Li,” “Bed” and “Barbie Dreams.”
Meanwhile, Nicki Minaj has also announced plans for a Pink Friday 2 tour next year. The album is out on December 8 via Republic Records and is available for pre-order.