November 26th, 2012
06:28 PM ET
We've yet to see how well Minaj's November 19 release, "Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded - The Re-Up," performed in its first week, but the rapper already seems prepared for soft sales.
As she told New York radio station Power 105.1 last week, she's having issues even getting the album stocked in some major retailers, with some fans "driving hours, literally hours, to get one CD."
"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,” she said. "So, Target and Walmart is not selling the album, and Target is actually my biggest retailer — they’ve always been my biggest retailer. They’ve sold the most Nicki Minaj albums ever, so, thank you, Target. But I wish you could’ve sold this one.”
And according to Minaj, Best Buy "only took limited [amounts] because they were like, 'oh, we don't know, we want to play it safe.' So it's very difficult, and it kind of like, sets you up to fail."
"The Re-Up" is an expansion of her sophomore album, "Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded," which landed atop the Billboard 200 when it was released in April and went on to become certified platinum.
"At the end of the day, I'm happy I was able to put the music out," Minaj told the radio station. "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, and I wanted people to have music that I really stand by."
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