Nicki Minaj has rescheduled the North American leg of her “NickiHndrxx Tour”. The tour was originally set to launch on September 21 in Baltimore, Maryland, but now is pushed back to May 2019. Future, who was on board as a special guest, will no longer be part of the tour.
The 35-year-old raptress announced it in a statement released on Tuesday, August 21. “Following her unforgettable VMA performance, Nicki Minaj has decided to reevaluate elements of production on the NickiHndrxx Tour,” the statement read. “The outing will now kick off in Europe this coming February as planned. Nicki has decided to contribute more time to rehearsal ahead of the tour’s launch to make certain her fans get the absolute best quality show that they deserve.”
It continued, “Due to scheduling conflicts Future will not be on the North American run. Nicki Minaj will be announcing new North American dates to kick off in May 2019. Refunds for the previously scheduled North American dates will be available at point of purchase, with new Nicki Minaj on-sale details announced soon.”
New date for the rescheduled tour has not been announced yet. Meanwhile, the European leg of the tour will kick off as previously scheduled in Munich, Germany on February 21. News about the rescheduled North American leg comes shortly after it’s reported that Nicki is “spiraling out of control” and the tour is in danger of being canceled due to low ticket sales. A Live Nation source told New York Post’s Page Six, “Nicki’s tour could be the most disappointing ticket sales of the year for any artist. These are big arenas with up to 20,000 capacities. Sales for opening night in Baltimore is 2,000 tickets. LA is 3,400, New Orleans 1,000, Denver 1,300, Chicago 3,900. Even her hometown Brooklyn is only 5,050.”
Her tour aside, Nicki has been lashing out at fellow rapper Travis Scott (II) after his album “Astroworld” topped the Billboard 200 while her album “Queen” placed second. She accused him of using “unfair” methods to promote his new album. “Travis sold over 50K of these. With no requirement of redeeming the album! With no dates for a tour, etc,” she tweeted on Sunday. “He knows he doesn’t have the #1 album this week.” She also blasted Travis’ girlfriend Kylie Jenner for helping him promote the album. “I put my blood sweat & tears in writing a dope album only for Travis Scott to have Kylie Jenner post a tour pass telling ppl to come see her & Stormi. Lol. Im actually laughing,” she added.
She also said on her radio show, “Queen Radio”, on Tuesday, “When [Scott] realized that Queen was about to [be] the No. 1 album in America, he and his label decided to have Kylie and baby Stormi put up a tour pass… He had her post and say, ‘Hey, me and Stormi can’t wait to see y’all.’ How are you selling something that does not have anything to do with your album but it is being counted on Billboard as album sales?”
Travis has not responded to Nicki’s comments.