|New York, NY (Top40 Charts)
Nicki Minaj took to Instagram on Thursday
(June 7) to share the cover art for Queen, her forthcoming fourth studio album and what she believes is her most stellar body of material. The striking image, shot by Mert and Marcus, finds the rapper perched on a tree while channeling an Egyptian queen in a beaded headdress and only pasties covering her breasts.
Originally due June 15, the follow-up to 2014's The Pinkprint will now arrive Aug. 10 featuring the singles "Chun-Li
" and "Barbie Tingz." "My greatest work to date," Nicki told fans. "Thank you for your patience & love."
Ahead of the release, she will perform at the BET Awards on June 24 and headline Made in America
before launching a tour of her own this fall. A pre-order for Queen
will hit retailers next week.