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Nicki Minaj cancels performance in Saudi Arabia

Rapper Nicki Minaj performing
Photo: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for TNT

Rapper Nicki Minaj on Tuesday canceled her performance in Saudi Arabia, citing her "support for the rights of women, the LGBTQ community and freedom of expression," CNN reports.

The big picture: The hip-hop artist was scheduled to headline act at the Jeddah World Fest on July 18, as the "ultraconservative kingdom" works to shake off its reputation for strict regulations on entertainment, per AP.

Podcast events are making a killing

Data: Vivid Seats; Chart: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios

The number of events that have sold based on podcasts has increased by over 2000% in the past six years, according to ticket sales data from Vivid Seats, one of the largest independent ticket vendors in North America.

Why it matters: Live events offer podcasts the opportunity to monetize outside of audio ad revenue, which is growing but still pretty small compared to radio ad revenue.