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It Sounds Like Nicki Minaj May Make Us Wait A While For Her Next Album

But we'll see her onscreen soon

Since transitioning from her mixtape days to album mode and bonafide stardom, beginning with 2010's Pink Friday, Nicki Minaj has paced herself in between releases: There was a sixteen-month span between that debut and the follow up, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, and another nineteen, once that dropped, before The Pinkprint hit stores.

We're now approaching that sweet spot -- it's been fifteen months since The Pinkprint's December 2014 release -- but it doesn't sound like Nicki has any imminent plans to drop a new project.

“I needed time to hear myself think again, because where I left off with The Pinkprint was a little bit emotionally unstable,” she told Nylon, in a new cover story, about her upcoming music. "I wanted to take a moment to just live my life, enjoy my life, have fun, go out. I think that’s very important before you start writing again. It’s a spiritual experience for the people who are hearing the music, so I’m trying to be very careful of what mental space I’m in while I’m creating it. Now, I want my happiness to be reflected in the new stuff.”

For the time being, she's focusing on her acting. She stars in Barbershop: The Next Cut, in theaters next month, and Nicki, the ABC Family series based on her life growing up in Queens, is on the way, too.

“Musically, I feel very fulfilled, and now I can start tapping into my acting world, where it’s about passion and not about the money,” she said. “It’s wanting to be what I set out to be when I was in high school: an actress.”

Despite this potential impending musical drought, though, thankfully, we've got "No Broken Hearts," the new single from Bebe Rexha, which features Nicki, and was released today, just like the cover.

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