Spotify responds to Nicki Minaj following ‘Queen’ criticism

The rapper tweeted about her unhappiness with the streaming service after her new album failed to reach number one in the US in its first week

Spotify has responded to Nicki Minaj‘s public criticism of its influence in comments she made after her new album ‘Queen’ failed to reach the number one spot in the US in its first week.

In a series of tweets posted yesterday (August 19), Minaj took aim at both Spotify and Travis Scott – the latter for the fact that his new LP, ‘Astroworld’, has managed to hang on to the top spot in the US for a second week, leaving ‘Queen’ at number two.

Minaj’s beef with Spotify appears to be largely over its promotion of Drake‘s recent album ‘Scorpion’, with the rapper tweeting: “Spotify had to teach me a lesson but rewarded the man who has had an Apple radio show the longest; inadvertently helping the Apple platform the most.”


See Minaj’s tweets about Spotify below.

Spotify has now responded to Minaj’s criticism, emphasising their belief that they supported the release of ‘Queen’ sufficiently.

“Spotify supported Nicki Minaj with a Times Square billboard, a host of the largest playlists, New Music Friday and the new music release shelf,” a representative for Spotify told Variety.


“Her song ‘Bed’ actually saw an increase based on the promotions put behind the campaign. The company continues to be big fans of Nicki.”

Minaj will promoted ‘Queen’ on a joint tour with Future early next year – check out the UK and Ireland tour dates below, and find tickets here.

11 – London, The O2
14 – Birmingham, Birmingham Arena
15 – Dublin, 3Arena
17 – Glasgow, SSE Hydro
18 – Manchester, Manchester Arena