Nicki Minaj has responded to the relatively poor sales of latest album ‘Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded The Re-Up’, pointing the finger at US retailers Target and Wal Mart for their refusal to stock the disc.
A special box-set reissue of the rapper’s earlier ‘Pink Friday’ album, Minaj says retailers are wary of re-released albums. The rapper told radio station Power 105.1 : “It’s hard to get the album because the stores basically said that the last few re-releases they had put out did not do well and they didn’t want to take a chance. So Target and Walmart [are] not selling the album. And Target is actually my biggest retailer. They’ve sold the most Nicki Minaj albums ever – thank you Target, but I wish you could have sold this one… it kind of sets you up to fail.”
In spite of this, reissuing albums is becoming common practice, with Lana Del Rey recently releasing the ‘Paradise’ edition, and Mumford and Sons prepping a deluxe re-release of ‘Babel’. Minaj seemed to admit that her re-release was a stopgap between albums. “The real reason for me to put out The Re-Up is because I wanted to have a bridge between this time and the third album. I wanted people to have music that I really stand by,” she said.
Last week, Minaj reportedly snubbed her own album launch party in the US. The singer apparently ended up ditching the bash on November 20 after her boyfriend’s entourage were refused entry into New York nightclub Greenhouse. The singer invited Safaree Samuels, who arrived before his girlfriend with a giant entourage of 30 people to the Manhattan club, according to the New York Post.
A club representative was quoted as saying: “Nicki was in a car outside, and didn’t come in because only a portion of her boyfriend’s group of 30 was allowed entry. He was trying to bring in too large a party, and therefore Nicki chose not to come in.”