Nicki Minaj & Ice Spice's "Barbie World" Streams Skyrocket After Film's Release

"I’m a 10, so I pull in a Ken."

BYGabriel Bras Nevares
Nicki Minaj Ice Spice Barbie World Boost Movie Release

Barbie is finally here, and it seems like the biggest movie of the year so far is even making songs pop off again. Of course, it's not like "Barbie World" flopped on impact- far from it, in fact- but surely Nicki Minaj and Ice Spice appreciate the extra help. Moreover, TMZ reported on Monday (July 24) that their collab garnered so many streams this past weekend that it ranked in the top ten on sales charts across all genres. In addition, "Barbie World" landed in the top five on Spotify and Apple Music and went up by six placements in radio play rankings. Furthermore, it seems like the rap duo placed their bets well by working with the film and producing an anthem for it.

However, it seems like there was once an alternate universe where Nicki Minaj didn't want to make a song for Barbie- at least, from what she heard. Apparently, she rejected multiple tracks for the star-studded soundtrack before landing on "Barbie World." "There were a couple songs that I didn’t love," the Queen told Entertainment Tonight at the motion picture's premiere. "This ‘Barbie’ sample, I loved it. I just wanted it to have a dope drum, and so the one that they sent me, I loved! And I jumped on it right away."

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Ice Spice & Nicki Minaj's "Barbie World" Music Video

Also during that premiere, the Trinidadian hip-hop leader spoke on how meaningful this collaboration with Ice Spice and Barbie truly is. "I’m so excited to be here for this entire moment, I’m glad that they thought of me. I’m excited just how everybody else is excited to see this movie,” Nicki Minaj told the outlet. “I know I’ve been saying Barbie my whole career and so this a very full circle moment for me."

Meanwhile, the "Princess Diana" MC spoke to Zane Lowe about how much she appreciates Minaj's mentorship. "I feel like I am absorbing advice from [Nicki] and learning from her and stuff," the 23-year-old remarked. "And she’ll tell me, 'Learn from my mistake, do this or don’t do that,' or whatever. And I just really pay attention to what she’s saying. Because if there’s anyone I’m going to listen to, it’s the Queen." With all this success in mind, surely "Barbie World" will soundtrack us to the end of the summer and beyond. On that note, keep checking in with HNHH for the latest news and updates on Ice Spice and Nicki Minaj.

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Gabriel Bras Nevares is a music and pop culture news writer for HotNewHipHop. He started in 2022 as a weekend writer and, since joining the team full-time, has developed a strong knowledge in hip-hop news and releases. Whether it’s regular coverage or occasional interviews and album reviews, he continues to search for the most relevant news for his audience and find the best new releases in the genre. What excites him the most is finding pop culture stories of interest, as well as a deeper passion for the art form of hip-hop and its contemporary output. Specifically, Gabriel enjoys the fringes of rap music: the experimental, boundary-pushing, and raw alternatives to the mainstream sound. As a proud native of San Juan, Puerto Rico, he also stays up-to-date with the archipelago’s local scene and its biggest musical exponents in reggaetón, salsa, indie, and beyond. Before working at HotNewHipHop, Gabriel produced multiple short documentaries, artist interviews, venue spotlights, and audio podcasts on a variety of genres and musical figures. Hardcore punk and Go-go music defined much of his coverage during his time at the George Washington University in D.C. His favorite hip-hop artists working today are Tyler, The Creator, Boldy James, JPEGMAFIA, and Earl Sweatshirt.