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Queen
Queen
Studio album by Nicki Minaj
Released August 10, 2018
Genre Hip-Hop/Rap
Length 66:19
Label Young Money, Cash Money, Universal Republic
Format CD, vinyl, cassette, digital download, streaming
Producer Ashley Bannister, Beats Bailey, Ben Billions, Big Juice, Boi-1da, Chris Braide, DJ Wes, Eminem, Frank Dukes, Henry Walter, !llmind, JFK, JMIKE, J Beatzz, J Gramm, J. Reid, Kane Beatz, Labrinth, Mike Will Made It, Messy, Metro Boomin, Mel & Mus, Murda Beatz, Nawakii, Nicki Minaj, Pluss, Rashad Smith, Rex Kudo, Sevn Thomas, Sool, Supa Dups, Zaytoven
Nicki Minaj chronology
Nicki-Minaj-The-Pinkprint Queen
(2014) (2018)
Singles from Queen
  1. "Chun-Li"
    Released: April 12, 2018
  2. "Barbie Tingz"
    Released: April 12, 2018
  3. "Bed"
    Released: June 14, 2018
  4. "Barbie Dreams"
    Released: August 15, 2018

Queen is the fourth studio album by Nicki Minaj, released on August 10, 2018. She announced it at the MET Gala on May 7, 2018. Queen is Minaj's first album in four years, following The Pinkprint (2014). On April 12, 2018, Minaj released the lead single "Chun-Li" along with another single "Barbie Tingz". A subsequent promotional single entitled "Rich Sex" featuring Lil Wayne was released, followed by the albums official third single "Bed" featuring Ariana Grande. The release of the album was delayed multiple times, but was eventually released one week ahead of schedule. The album debuted at number two on the Billboard Hot 100 with a total of 185,000 album-equivalent units, giving Minaj her fourth top two album. Shortly after the release of the album, the fourth single "Barbie Dreams" was released following a lot of media hype.

Following the release of the album, Minaj became the female artist with the most songs on the top 100 of Apple Music, with a total of twenty one songs. The album has been certified Gold in the United States.

Release and promotion

On May 19, 2018, she performed "Chun-Li" and "Poke It Out" with Playboi Carti on the final episode of season 43 of Saturday Night Live. Minaj also revealed on her live Instagram stream that there will be surprises between June 11-15, including the album cover, which was shot by Mert and Marcus. During the live video, Minaj also confirmed that she is set to embark on a tour. Minaj announced on an Instagram livestream that "Chun-Li" serves as the lead single from the album, which was released on April 12, 2018 alongside "Barbie Tingz", the second single. The first promotional single, "Rich Sex" featuring Lil Wayne was released on June 14, and the third official single, "Bed" featuring Ariana Grande was released on June 14, 2018. The highly-buzzed song "Barbie Dreams" was released as the fourth single from the album and impacts Rhythmic Radio on August 14, 2018.

Originally, the album was intended to be released in June of 2018, but the release was delayed and pushed back to August 10. It was later announced that the album would be released a week later, on August 17, due to Minaj trying to get a sample cleared. Soon after this however, the date was changed back and released on August 10. The special Target edition was released on August 17 along with the standard physical release. The Target edition contains a special insert cover over the album booklet.

Minaj revealed the tracklist via her social media accounts shortly before the album dropped on August 10, 2018. On Snapchat, an exclusive filter was created which featured elements of the album cover, a pyramid, and the tracklist while a clean version of "Chun-Li" played over the top.

Queen Radio

Queen Radio is a radio show Minaj has done through Beats 1 in promotion for Queen. It debuted on August 10, 2018 at 7PM Pacific Daylight Time.

Artwork

The artwork for Queen was done by Mert and Marcus on the set of the music video for "Ganja Burn". It was unveiled by Minaj on Twitter on June 7, 2018. It is also Minaj's first album to be released on cassette.

Singles

"Chun-Li" was released as the lead single from the album on April 12, 2018 alongside "Barbie Tingz". The first promotional single from the album, "Rich Sex" featuring long-time collaborator Lil Wayne was released on Jule 11, 2018. Three days later, Minaj released the albums third official single entitled "Bed", which marks her fourth collaboration with Ariana Grande. Approximately two months later, the albums fourth official single "Barbie Dreams" was released following a lot of media hype and attention the song garnered after the album release due to its lyrical content.

Tour

Minaj announced on social media that she would be going on a 2018/2019 tour titled the NICKIHNDRXX Tour with rapper Future across North America and Europe. Following her performance at the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards, it was announced that while the 2019 European leg of the tour would go ahead as planned, the North American dates are being pushed back until May of 2019. Due to scheduling conflicts however, Nicki will embark on the North American leg without Future.

Track Listing

The standard release of the album initially had nineteen tracks before it was updated to include "FEFE". The opening track, "Ganja Burn" was initially released under the misspelled title of "Ganja Burns", as Minaj was being pressured for the final tracklist, however the official video for the track was released under the new correct title. Minaj announced that there would be a special release of Queen exclusively through Target that would include two bonus tracks, these were later revealed to be the previously released single "Barbie Tingz" and a new track titled "Regular Degular".

No. TitleWriter(s)Producer(s) Length
1. "Ganja Burn"  Onika Maraj, Jairus Mozee, Jeremy ReidJ. Reid 4:54
2. "Majesty (feat. Eminem & Labrinth)"  Onika Maraj, L. Resto, Marshall Mathers, Timothy MckenzieLabrinth, Eminem 4:55
3. "Barbie Dreams"  Onika Maraj, Rivelino Wouter, Melvin Hough li, Rashad SmithMel and Mus, Rashad "Ringo" Smith 4:39
4. "Rich Sex (featuring. Lil Wayne)"  Onika Maraj, Dwayne Carter, Aubry "Big Juice" Delaine, Jawara Headley, Jeremy ReidAubry "Big Juice" Delaine, J. Reid 3:12
5. "Hard White"  Onika Maraj, Matthew Samuels, Ramon Ibanga Jr., Brittany HazardBoi1da, !llmind 3:13
6. "Bed"  Dwayne Chin-Quee, Ben Diehl, Onika Maraj, Brett Bailey, Gamal Lewis, Mescon David AsherSupa Dups, Beats Bailey, Messy (also exec.), Ben Billions 3:09
7. "Thought I Knew You (featuring The Weeknd)"  Brittany Hazzard, Abel Tesfaye, Onika Maraj, Jeremy ReidJ. Reid 3:18
8. "Run & Hide"  Brittany Hazzard, Abel Tesfaye, Onika Maraj, Jeremy ReidRex Kudo, Sevn Thomas 2:34
9. "Chun Swae (featuing Swae Lee)"  Onika Maraj, Khalif Brown, Leland WayneMetro Bloomin 6:10
10. "Chun-Li"  Onika Maraj, Jeremy ReidJ. Reid, Nicki Minaj 3:11
11. "LLC"  Jason Fox, Onika Maraj, Rasool Diaz, Wesley DeesSool, DJ Wes, JFK 3:41
12. "Good Form"  Asheton Hogan, Michael Williams, Onika MarajPluss, Mike WiLL Made It 3:19
13. "Nip Tuck"  Brittany Hazzard, Jeremy Coleman, Onika Maraj, Daniel Johnson, June NawakiiJune Nawakii, JMIKE, Kane Beatz 3:27
14. "2 Lit 2 Late Interlude"  Julian Gramma, ADAM KING FEENEY, Brittany Hazzard, Onika MarajJ Gramm, Frank Dukes 0:55
15. "Come See About Me"  Brittany Hazzard, Christopher Braide, Henry Walter, Onika MarajHenry Walter, Christopher Braide 4:06
16. "Sir (featuring Future)"  Onika Maraj, Xavier Dotson, Leland Wayne, Nayvadius WilburnMetro Boomin, Zaytoven 3:44
17. "Miami"  Douglas Patterson, Onika Maraj, Rasool Diaz, Shane LindstromMurda Beatzz 3:10
18. "Coco Chanel (featuring Foxy Brown)"  Ashley Bannister, Onika Maraj, Joshua Adams, Inga MarchandJ Beatzz 4:44
19. "Inspirations Outro (Hip Hop N More)"  Onika Maraj, Joshua Adams, Ashely BannisterJ Beatzz, Ashely "Blank" Bannister 0:58
20. "FEFE"  Andrew Green, Daniel Hernandez, Onika MarajMurda Beatz, Cubeatz 2:59
21. "Barbie Tingz"  Jeremy Reid, Onika MarajChevy Music 3:11
22. "Regular Degular"  Onika Maraj, Vincent Watson, Cory MartinInvincible 3:33


Unreleased songs

Certifications

Country Certifications
United States (RIAA) Gold