Ice Spice And Nas Neck And Neck With First Week Sales

Ice Spice and Nas are battling it out on the charts

BYLavender Alexandria
2023 Rolling Loud Miami

Last week two new projects released that got rap fans' attention. One was the deluxe edition of Ice Spice's Like...? EP. Spice reissued her short project from earlier this year with the edition of Nicki Minaj's "Princess Diana" remix and a few brand new tracks. One of those was "Deli" whose music video got Spice herself into some hot water with a scene that featured an underage TikTok star twerking. Another big release was Nas' album Magic 2. It followed up his 2021 album Magic and came in between the third and fourth editions of his Kings Disease series with Hit-Boy. While the two big releases won't compete for a top spot on the Billboard 200, they did end up pretty close to each other.

Though this week's Billboard 200 is releasing late for unspecified processing issues, we know how much each artist sold. In their first weeks, Ice Spice's new EP sold 20k in equivalent units, whereas Nas' new album sold 17k. One difference between the two project's first week is how each artist made up their sales. Ice Spice did far more numbers on streaming services like Spotify and Apple Music, racking up over 19k of her equivalent units entirely through streaming. On the other hand, Nas got a pretty substantial boost from pure sales, where fans buy an entire album in either digital or physical formats.

Ice Spice And Nas Album Sales Are In

The deluxe edition of Like..? isn't the only place you can find Ice Spice on the Billboard 200 this week. The Barbie movie soundtrack is expected to land among the top spots and could debut with as much as 110k in sales. Spice and Nicki Minaj teamed up for a song on the album that samples the classic euro-dance song "Barbie Girl."

As for Nas, Magic 2 will turn up a few thousand copies short of the original Magic which sold 22k in its first week back in 2021. What do you think of the first week sales for Ice Spice and Nas? Let us know in the comment section below.

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Lavender Alexandria is a music and culture journalist based in Los Angeles, California. She’s covered dozens of musical genres and styles from the most mainstream to the most experimental and underground on her blog and accompanying YouTube channel that looks at music, pop culture, and Billboard charts since 2017: Lav’s Music Corner. Lavender has produced editorial and listicle content both in written and video form over the past far years and has also interviewed up-and-coming artists like Censored Dialogue. Her experiences covering culture have taken her from Hyperpop parties in LA to underground rap shows in Atlanta, to DIY punk shows in Charlotte. Lavender has also written for iHeartRadio, covering some of the biggest artists in Hip Hop such as Ice Spice, Drake, Doja Cat and Cardi B. She also has bylines with ScreenRant and continues to write for Ringtone magazine. Lavender is a lifelong Charlotte Hornets fan and her favorite rap artists include Clipping, Little Simz, Earl Sweatshirt, and Kendrick Lamar.