Minaj declares former Live Nation/Ticketmaster CEO Irving Azoff her "C--ksucka of the Day" and alleges he had the media spread negative stories about her tour.
And fans thought Queen Radio was just going to be about spotlighting the music of Nicki Minaj. The rapper is also using her Beats 1 show to trash all of her perceived enemies, and the latest in her crosshairs is Travis Scott's co-manager Irving Azoff.
Minaj declared him the "C--ksucka of the Day" during Thursday's show. "Allegedly, he tried to put out a smear campaign against my tour," she told her audience. "He allegedly contacted people in the media to spread negative things about my tour."
"May God be with you, Irving," she added. "It's disgusting what these people have been systematically trying to do."
Azoff was CEO of Live Nation/Ticketmaster until five years ago or so, but Minaj claims he still has a lot of influence there. He now manages various A-level acts, including Christina Aguilera, Gwen Stefani, Bon Jovi and Harry Styles.
Live Nation is her tour's promoter. While she didn't specify what exactly this alleged "smear campaign" entailed, it might add fuel to theories that her tour was postponed over low ticket sales. Azoff declined to comment to Variety for their report on her accusations.
News of Minaj's North American tour dates being canceled came just a couple hours after Page Six reported extremely low ticket sales on Tuesday. According to a source with Live Nation, per the report, "Nicki's tour could be the most disappointing ticket sales of the year for any artist."
The source went on to detail several major cities where Minaj has sold a few thousand tickets in venues that can hold up to 20,000 people. At the time of that report, those same sources said the tour was in danger of being cancelled. Minaj, meanwhile, said that the tour was postponed due to the delays in finishing the "Queen" album impacting rehearsal time for the tour.
My darlings: 🙏🏽 pic.twitter.com/nBmsE2p9SI— QUEEN (@NICKIMINAJ) August 22, 2018
On wednesday, Minaj took aim at Billboard and other publications that reported her tour cancelled when it was just postponed. In other words, while all of the tour dates have technically been cancelled, they are also being rescheduled, so Minaj sees it as a misleading and damning headline.
In a lengthy caption to a screenshot of a Billboard tweet, Minaj lashed out at the publication and encouraged her fans to follow suit. The "Barbie Dreams" rapper asked her fan base to find the name of the writer and tell them "what's good."
"The narrative they are trying to create is just disgusting," Minaj said of these media outlets, adding that maybe they just pretended to not have "basic sense" to board the "Nicki Hate train" for clicks.
"We are all grown right?" she said. "We can all do math right? Or will they just pretend to not have basic sense so that they can board the Nicki Hate train & get some clicks? I can't rehearse 4 WEEKS for a tour I originally planned on rehearsing 3 months for. I give my fans QUALITY. I write & co produce my own music. Therefore, I can't rehearse while I'm WRITING & RECORDING my album."
You are now in the running for #CockSuckaOfTheDay award on #QueenRadio this Thursday. Barbz get me the name of this writer then hit them & tell them this is one black woman they will not bully into a corner by FRAUDULENT SHAMING TACTICS. So to clarify; because I realize common sense is far from common... I haven’t CANCELLED anything. I reversed the order of the US & EUROPEAN LEGS of my tour. This is for obvious reasons to anyone with a brain. My album was originally going to drop in June which would’ve given me 3 months of tour rehearsal. However, I was still writing & recording up to last week. We are all grown right? We can all do math right? Or will they just pretend to not have basic sense so that they can board the Nicki Hate train & get some clicks? I can’t rehearse 4 WEEKS for a tour I originally planned on rehearsing 3 months for. I give my fans QUALITY. I write & co produce my own music. Therefore, I can’t rehearse while I’m WRITING & RECORDING my album. My true fans understand & know that I will deliver an extraordinary US TOUR which begins in MAY just like I delivered an extraordinary album entitled #Queen. My European fans get the SAME EXACT DATES they’ve always had. Australian fans SAME EXACT DATES they had. Cancelled what? Where? The narrative they are trying to create is disgusting. But I must say, I’m enjoying this. I love bringing some excitement to this shit. I love having the balls others only dream about. Wait, who’s been dreaming about balls? 🙈 There’s another publication I’m giving CSOTD award to. I won’t tell you who. It’s a surprise 😜 Shout out to my fans around the world. I love you guys so much for holding me down. I’m working on a M&G experience for the tour & will update you ASAP.
Minaj concluded by saying that her "true fans" will understand her reasoning and teased another publication would be getting the "CSOTD" award soon.