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Nicki Minaj postpones North American leg of her tour

Nicki Minaj's "NickiHndrxx Tour" has been postponed in

Nicki Minaj's "NickiHndrxx Tour" has been postponed in North America, though she is keeping European dates. Credit: Getty Images/Nicholas Hunt

Nicki Minaj is postponing until May the North American leg of her NickiHndrxx Tour, originally scheduled to commence next month and to have included an Oct. 11 date at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center.

In a Twitter video Wednesday, the 35-year-old rapper blamed time pressures after having pushed the release of her new album, "Queen," from June 15 to Aug. 10. "I just finished writing and recording literally hours before the album came out," Minaj said. "So now I just simply don't have the time to rehearse and be on the road in time to give you guys the level of a show I need to give."

Minaj added that she and co-headliner Future "will now start the European leg of our tour first, so those dates will stay exactly the same," but noted that "with Future's schedule, I may have to take another co-headliner, or I may just do it like I did the 'Pinkprint Tour,' and it wouldn't be, like, a co-headliner; I probably would just have, like, three or four opening acts." Future, 34, has not commented publicly on the change in plans.

Promoter Live Nation said in a statement announcing refund availability that "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. Due to scheduling conflicts Future will not be on the North American run."

The tour, announced June 11, had been set to open Sept. 21 in Baltimore and conclude Nov. 24 in Las Vegas. While Minaj stated in the video, "I still am going to do Australia in January," no Australia or January dates appear on the NickiHndrxx Tour schedule or on online ticketing sites, and a Live Nation spokeswoman said the promoter was not handling any Australian shows. The schedule indicates a European leg starting Feb. 21 in Munich, Germany.

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