Nicki Minaj took some time to speak to Carson Daly about the status of her upcoming Pink Print album and why the project's latest single "Anaconda" sprung a leak a week prior to its intended release.

“I wanted it out, and then the label came with this great radio plan to put it out next week,” she said of the new single. “So, what my fans don’t know is that we were actually going to put the record out August 11. We were going to have this amazing promotion and have all this stuff leading up to it, and lo and behold the record leaked. We had already sent the song out to people like iTunes and Google and all of that. There was a 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.”

Meanwhile, Nicki remains confident that the album will see the light of day before the year is out despite not having solidified a release date.

"The album will definitely be out in the fourth quarter of the year,” she said. “I just have to say that I’m at such a different place as a human being. 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 ‘Oh my God, 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, it’s 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."

Listen to the full interview here.