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In a recent interview with AMP Radio, Nicki Minaj discusses the status of her highly anticipated, upcoming album, The Pink Print.

During the chat with Carson Daly, the Young Money rapper reveals that her third studio LP will drop in the “fourth quarter of this year.” She also touches on the concept and soundscape, describing it as “sonically amazing.”

“The album will definitely be out in the fourth quarter of the year. I just have to say that I’m at such a different place as a human being,” says Nicki. “I know artists say that all the time but now I understand why. Nothing really surprises me anymore. I handle things more maturely. Just writing wise I can put my thoughts together better I feel. So sonically I think the album sounds so amazing. And there are so many surprises on the album. I had Drake come by the studio the other day and he was like “Omg you’re talking about new stuff, I’m so proud of you.” And that’s what I’m most excited about. I’m speaking about new things on this album. I’m excited I’m not allowing anyone else to define what the album is going to be. I’m comfortable, its not going to be rushed, I’m taking my time. But overall the music just sounds really, really great. There’s no substitute for that.”

She goes on to offer an explanation for her single’s leak:

“I wanted it [“Anaconda”] out, and then the label came with this great radio plan to put it out next week. So what my fans don’t know is that we were actually going to put the record out August 11th. We were going to have this amazing promotion and have all this stuff leading up to it, and lo and behold the record leaked,” she explains. “We had already sent the song out to people like iTunes and Google and all of that. There was on particular app that didn’t delete it out of their system and by mistake gave it to their customers. It just was inevitable, the leak started happening online and so we had to just release it today.”

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