NICKI MINAJ ANNOUNCES RELEASE DATE FOR FIRST ALBUM SINCE 2018’S ‘QUEEN

Nicki Minaj is ready to drop her first album in nearly five years, announcing the release date to her forthcoming fifth studio LP.

After releasing a string of one-off singles in the years since 2018’s Queen, Minaj will finally give her Barbz what they’ve been waiting for later in 2023.

“10/20/23 The Album,” she announced in a well-received tweet that’s received over 100k likes as of this writing.

You can view the post below.

Queen arrived in August 2018 and featured appearances from Eminem, Foxy Brown, Future and more. It debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 with 185,000 album-equivalent units in its first week.

In 2019, Nicki Minaj released the platinum-selling one-off single “Megatron,” followed by both the Lil Baby-assisted “Do We Have A Problem” and the record-breaking “Super Freaky Girl” in 2022. She’s also recorded a handful of high-profile collabs, including the recent chart-topper “Princess Diana” with Ice Spice – which led to Minaj becoming the rapper with the most No. 1 hits on Billboard’s Digital Song Sales chart.

As she began her album rollout in 2023, she dropped the teaser single “Red Ruby (Da Sleeze)” as a warm-up in March. She later promised that this will be her best year yet with her upcoming album and tour, vowing to “raise the bar to new & unreachable heights.”

As part of a recent Twitter conversation with her Barbz, the rapper proclaimed that the tentatively-titled NM5 will be the “best thing that comes out of 2023” and that it will be hailed as “genius.”

She also reprimanded those same Barbz over the weekend after they apparently made her Twitter experience a bit more x-rated than she was looking for.

“Barbz why is there yet another penis on my TL?” she tweeted on Sunday (June 4). “Lucky I’m in a good mood. Y’all know that’s usually an automatic flag on the play & comes with an immediate unfollow. Y’all got 5 mins 😒 since y’all wanna be fast in the pants.”

In other Nicki Minaj news, it’s been revealed that the Queens native will appear alongside Ice Spice, Lizzo and more big names on the soundtrack to the forthcoming Barbie movie.

Barbie: The Album is also expected to boast features from Charli XCX, Dua Lipa, Kali, Khalid, PinkPantheress, Ryan Gosling, Tame Impala and the Kid LAROI. Check out the full lineup here.

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