The Barbz will have to wait a little more longer for Nicki Minaj’s new studio LP, Queen. On Wednesday (Aug. 1), the Young Money rapper took to Twitter asking fans should the album be delayed due to sample clearance of one important record that Nicki says “features 1 of the greatest rappers of all time.” Minaj’s team has had trouble getting in contact with Tracy Chapman, the hitmaking blues/soul artist who Nicki sampled on the song. After deleting the original tweet, the Queens MC decided to post a poll for fans to vote.

Now, it appears the album is indeed pushed back one week. Instead of dropping on Aug. 10, Queen will arrive one-week later on Aug. 17. Minaj will share the release date with her bestie and frequent collaborator Ariana Grande, whose Sweetner album drops the same day. In an editor’s note on the Minaj-curated Nicki Minaj Takeover Apple Music playlist, it confirms the new release date.

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“My darlings!!! I have a huge surprise that I can’t share until the day before #Queen drops. So in the meantime, check out this playlist I made for you guys. I did #FEFE with my new BFF from BROOKLYN. He’s a little funny looking but he’s really sweet under all those tats. 😩 New York til da DEF!!!! Ha! Last time I teamed up with YG was for his remix to “My Hitta.” We recently performed #BigBank at the BET Awards and had a blast wit my dudes Big Sean and 2 Chainz. I have classic bops with all 3 of them so I’m including them on this list. I’m super excited about my recent collaboration with Ariana Grande. She’s one of the realest artists I’ve had the pleasure of working with. She couldn’t fly with me to Turks to shoot the #BedVideo so we shot her scenes in Malibu. We’re actually working on edit number 2 for the #BedVideo to include all the fun stuff we had to remove. I love “Ball For Me” with Post Malone. Not sure why he won’t release the video. 🗣 It’s DOPE!!! 😜 I hope you enjoy my playlist. Can’t wait for you guys to hear my 4th album QUEEN ON AUGUST 17!!!!!!!

Previously: Nicki Minaj Feat. Ariana Grande – “Bed” (Video)