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Nicki Minaj was scheduled to appear on The Ellen Show this week to make an announcement. Due to health reasons, Minaj had to cancel the daytime show visit. The Young Money Queen informed fans that the news would be revealed during an Instagram Live session she hosted on Thursday afternoon (May 24). Sticking to her word, Minaj went on the live stream to announcer her Queen album has been pushed back to August 10.

Lead by the singles/a> “Barbie Tingz” & “Chun-Li,” Queen was originally slated to drop on June 15.

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First announced by Kanye West last month, Pusha T’s King Push album became a reality earlier this week when his manager and Exec VP at Def Jam, Steven Victor, confirmed the project would indeed come out on its intended release date of May 25. On Wednesday (May 22), two days before his third studio LP arrives, Pusha T announced the album is now titled Daytona.

I changed the album title from “King Push” to “DAYTONA” because I felt it didn’t represent the overall message of this body of work,” said the Virginia lyricist. Along with the announcement comes a press release, where the full 7-song track list was revealed. Executive produced by Kanye West, the album features appearances by Kanye himself on “What Would Meek Do?” and MMG’s Rick Ross on “Hard Piano.” See the track list and listen to a snippet via Scott Vener below.

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SZA is going home to rest. The Grammy-nominated songstress has been removed from TDE’s “The Championship” North American tour. In an announcement made on Twitter, TDE CEO Anthony “Top Dawg” Tiffith revealed the singer was taken off temporarily (for now) due to swollen vocal cords. Speaking on the situation Tiffith said, “Her vocal cords are swollen and she have to rest her voice to prevent any permanent damage.” SZA will be re-evaluated in a few days and an update on her health and possible return to the tour will be given soon after.

Starring Kendrick Lamar, ScHoolboy Q, Jay Rock, Ab-Soul and more, “The Championship” tour runs through May, ending on June 16 in Pittsburgh, PA.

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Zaytoven is providing the summer soundtrack later this week with his new album, Trap Holizay. Set to drop this Friday (May 25), the project is lead by the singles “What You Think” and hustler’s anthem “Go Get the Money.” On Tuesday (May 22), Zaytoven revealed the features for his upcoming studio LP. Gucci Mane, Future, 2 Chainz, Rick Ross, Quavo, Ty Dolla $ign, Pusha T and Kodak Black make guest appearances.

Other artists set to appear on Trap Holizay are T.I., Lil’ Uzi Vert, Yo Gotti, Offset, Plies, 21 Savage, Trey Songz, Jeremih and Trouble. Narrated by Gucci Mane, watch the trailer below.

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Jay Rock steps up to the plate. The Watts MC is the next artist from the Top Dawg Entertainment camp with a new album on the way. On Monday (May 21), TDE announced Jay Rock’s upcoming studio LP will be titled Redemption. Along with the title, the album cover was unveiled along with its release date of June 15. The follow-up to 2015’s 90059 is lead by the singles “King’s Dead” featuring Kendrick Lamar, Future and James Blake, and the triumphant “Win.”

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A$AP Rocky’s new studio album TESTING has long been teased, going back to late last year. On Sunday night (May 20), the A$AP Mob leader held a private performance art event in collaboration with Sotheby’s. Dubbed Lab Rat by A$AP Rocky, the event was live streamed on YouTube, where Harlem’s “Fashion Killa” unveiled the cover for his new album. Along with the cover, Rocky revealed the album’s features that includes Kid Cudi, Moby and Skepta. Previews of new records, presumably off the new studio LP were also played during the live stream. While no release date was given, A$AP Rocky tweeted “ALBUM DONE” along with the album artwork.

TESTING is Rocky’s third studio album and first since 2015’s AT.LONG.LAST.A$AP. Watch the performance art piece below.

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Black Milk reveals new 30 dates US tour with the Nat Turner Band in support of his critically acclaimed ‘FEVER’ album. After concluding the first segment of Europe dates in May, the seasoned performance artist will head to the West Coast in June to begin the first leg of the US run, hitting LA, San Francisco, Portland, Las Vegas and more.

The second leg will begin in July and include shows in Boston, NYC, Chicago, DC, Atlanta, and more, before concluding in his hometown of Detroit where he’ll play two back-to-back nights.

You can check out the tour dates after the break and purchase your tickets here.

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Meek Mill is set to perform at one of this summer’s hottest concerts. The Dreamchasers rapper has been added to HOT 97’s Summer Jam 2018 lineup. The announcement, recorded during his recent interview on the radio station, was made public on Thursday (May 17). The MMG MC joins a lineup that includes Kendrick Lamar, Lil’ Wayne, A$AP Ferg, Tory Lanez, Swizz Beatz and Friends, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie and more.

The appearance will serve as Meek Mill’s second performance since being released from prison in late April. The Philadelphia native made a surprise appearance at Miami’s Rolling Loud Festival last weekend. Summer Jam 2018 takes place Sunday, June 10 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

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R&B singer Jacquees has slowly made a name for himself over the past few years, enjoying major success in 2017 with his platinum-selling record “B.E.D.” The momentum continued this year, as the Georgia crooner’s “At the Club” single with DeJ Loaf is a popular track on radio. After putting out a handful of projects, Jacquees is now ready to step into the major leagues with his forthcoming 4275 debut album.

The singer recently unveiled the artwork for the album, scheduled to drop on June 15 via Cash Money Records. Along with the news comes a new single “Inside,” an explicit bedroom banger featuring Trey Songz. “Inside” and “B.E.D.” will both be available for free download when the album pre-order goes live at midnight in North America.

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It’s been a rough couple of weeks for Mac Miller. Just days after news broke that he’d split up with his girlfriend of almost two years, Ariana Grande, the Pittsburgh rapper has been arrested on DUI and hit-and-run charges (don’t worry, no one was hurt).

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