Just when you thought you'd seen all of the surprise-album-drop tricks, along comes a new one.
The release date of Nicki Minaj's new album, Queen, has been bumped at least twice, and earlier this month when she knocked it back another week from August 10 to the 17 due to a sample-clearance issue.
That had set her up for a battle with labelmate and collaborator Ariana Grande, whose new album drops on the same day.
But she surprised fans on Thursday night by announcing on her Queen Beats 1 Radio show that the album will actually drop on Friday, August 10) at noon.
Queen will be Minaj's fourth studio album, and her first album release since The Pinkprint in 2014, which received praise from fans and critics as like as well as certified platinum status twice by the Recording Industry Association of America.
Minaj has already released three singles from the album, Barbie Tingz, Chun-Li and Bed, the latter of which is a duet with Grande.
Minaj will also be headlining the 2018 Made in America music festival along with Post Malone, and the two-day festival will feature performances by Meek Mill, Diplo, Miguel, Janelle Monae, Alessia Cara at the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia on September 1 and 2.
Australian Associated Press