Nicki Minaj Blames Low Album Sales on Retailers

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Nicki Minaj is playing the blame game.

The raptress’ new album, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded — The Re-Up, is slacking in sales. Why? Minaj is pointing the finger at the big-name retailers.

“It is 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,” the American Idol judge told The Breakfast Club at New York radio station Power 105.1. “So Target and Walmart is not selling the album.”

The singer’s sophomore album, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, debuted in April at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, sold 253,000 copies sold in its first week and went on to become certified platinum. But her re-release — an expanded version of her second album which includes eight new songs — has failed to fly off the shelves since it hit stores on Nov. 19.

“Target is actually my biggest retailer — they’ve always been my biggest retailer,” Minaj said. “They’ve sold the most Nicki Minaj albums ever, so, thank you, Target. But I wish you could’ve sold this one…. Best Buy only took limited because they’re like ‘Oh no, we want to play it safe,’ so it’s very difficult and it kind of sets you up to fail.”

Nevertheless, the Young Money singer is keeping her chin up. “At the end of the day, I’m happy that I was able to put the music out,” Minaj explained. “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.”

Watch Minaj’s interview with The Breakfast Club, below.

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