As I previously reported, Island Def Jam R&B platium recording artist Rihanna will be bringing Nicki Minaj and Key$ha on her Last Girl On Earth Tour http://yodonbleekraps.com/2010/04/06/rihanna-brings-nicki-minaj-and-keha-on-tour-with-her/, Yesterday Nicki Minaj used her twitter page to inform the fans that she will not be touring with Ri-Ri.
“Barbz I’m sorry 2 say I will not be going out on RiRi’s tour. I’ve decided 2 use that time 4 the completion of my album. Hope u understand,” Minaj tweeted (@NickiMinaj) Wednesday. “Thanks to Rihanna 4 being a sweetheart and extending this great opportunity 2 me. Support the show! Luv, HB”
Apparently, that is not the real reason why Nicki will no longer be featured on the tour. According to industry insiders, Rihanna kicked Nicki off the tour and this is how the story is being reported.
Rihanna has been worried that her career is starting to fall off. The insider explained, “No one in Rihanna’s camp is panicking yet, but there is deep concern that Rihanna has peaked, and is on the downside of her music career.”
When Ri-Ri founded out that Nicki Minaj was being included in her tour, she was furious. “Nicki Minaj was brought in to sell tickets, but Rihanna did not want her on.”The insider claimed that Rihanna, presumably fearing that she would be upstaged, used her influence to reduce Nicki’s role in the tour. Nicki was reportedly going to be the opening act, and be limited in the number of songs she could perform and Nicki’s people weren’t feeling that. A person close to Young Money told said, “Nicki is not an opening act, and we would never put her out there like that”
According to the Young Money insider, Nicki ended up calling Rihanna directly to ask whether she was behind all of the tour drama. The insider said, “I only heard one side of the conversation, but there were a lot of curse words thrown back and forth.”