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Nicki Minaj Knows Her Reissue Might Not Do Well

Sept. 24, 2012 - New York, New York, U.S. - Hip hop artist NICKI MINAJ launches her new fragrance 'Pink Friday' at Macy's Herald Square. (Credit Image: © Nancy Kaszerman/ZUMAPRESS.com)

Nicki Minaj's Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded — The Re-Up might not tear up the charts like its original iteration (253,000 sold in its debut week in April, No. 1 on the Billboard charts), but Minaj can explain. "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," Minaj says. Target and Walmart aren't selling the album, and Best Buy "only took limited [quantities] because they're like 'Oh we don't know, we want to play it safe,' so it's very difficult and it kind of sets you up to fail." Minaj says some of her fans have been driving "hours, literally hours, to get one CD," failing to comment on whether these fans are aware of iTunes or Amazon. "At the end of the day, I was happy I was able to put the music out," Minaj says. We're happy you tacked eight tracks onto your hugely underwhelming nineteen-song sophomore album, too, Nicki.