Ariana Grande And Nicki Minaj Have Nothing But Love Over Their Shared Album Release Date

"You guys will be VERY happy."

Don't pit Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj against each other or they'll have something to say about it. That was the case this week after Minaj pushed the release date for her album Queen back to August 17 — the same day Ariana Grande's new album Sweetener is set to debut.

As Entertainment Weekly reports, Minaj needs more time to clear a Tracy Chapman sample on one of the album's tracks. However, that explanation didn't stop fans from speculating that there was drama between her and Grande. According to Teen Vogue, some fans pointed to the fact that only one album can top the Billboard chart.

"If Nicki blocks Ariana from #1 I'm gonna be so pissed," one fan wrote. However, Grande and Minaj were quick to deny that there was any competition between them.

After one user scolded Grande's fans for "pitting her and Nicki against each other," Grande responded that Minaj is "my fucking sister," and encouraged listeners to buy both of their albums on the release date. She added that "these numbers don't mean as much to the artist as they do to y'all."

She then tweeted that she and Minaj had "laughed at" the drama, to which the rapper responded, "I love this woman. Can't wait for the fans to benefit from all the hard work on both ends. We love your passion. You guys will be VERY happy. Trust. That's all I'll say."

Grande and Minaj have collaborated on the songs "Side to Side," "Bed," and "The Light Is Coming" (not to mention "Bang Bang" with Jessie J), and Billboard also points out that they're on the same record label, Republic Records.

It's heartening to see the women supporting each other instead of playing into the supposed beef. And they're not the only artists who have shot down fan attempts to put them in competition. Last year, after Ed Sheeran said he received Twitter hate from Lady Gaga's fans, Gaga shared her "love" for the fellow singer and encouraged followers to "be kinder."

More recently, Carrie Underwood and Kelly Clarkson responded to a Twitter poll asking which of the American Idol winners is "more iconic." As Underwood wrote, "I do wish more publications would just celebrate women's success without pitting them against each other."

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