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Ice Spice continues to dominate the music scene, solidifying her position as one of the hottest acts of the year. According to Chart Data, the Bronx rapper has achieved the most Billboard Hot 100 hits in 2023. More specifically, she has earned the most Top 5 hits. Her success is evident through chart-topping tracks such as Taylor Swift’s “Karma”, currently at No. 2 and “Princess Diana,” featuring Nicki Minaj, which peaked at No. 4. PinkPantheress’ song “Boy’s A Liar,” which Ice featured on, also reached No. 3.

Not only has Ice Spice made waves on the charts, but she has also broken records. Last month, it was announced that she achieved the biggest streaming debut for a female rapper on Spotify. The Bronx rapper surpassed a record previously held by Nicki Minaj. “Karma,” released as a bonus track on Taylor Swift’s deluxe album, garnered an impressive 5.036 million streams in its first day. This propelled it to No. 5 on the global Spotify chart. Furthermore, this accomplishment contributed to Ice Spice’s biggest streaming day on Spotify. She had nearly half of her 10.5 million plays occur on May 26.

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Ice Spice and Taylor Swift perform onstage during “Taylor Swift | The Eras Tour” at MetLife Stadium on May 27, 2023 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
(Photo by Kevin Mazur/TAS23/Getty Images for TAS Rights Management)

In addition to her chart success, Ice Spice’s manager revealed that she maintains ownership of all her music rights. In a Billboard interview, the rapper and her manager, James Rosemond Jr., discussed her business acumen. They also spoke on her journey to fame since bursting onto the scene in August 2022. Being guided by Rosemond Jr. allowed Ice Spice to establish a strong foundation. The manager comes from a background of successful management in the hip-hop industry With a clear vision and the support of a powerful entertainment lawyer, they navigated a bidding war and secured a joint deal with 10K Records and Capitol Records. This deal granted Ice Spice ownership of her masters and publishing, as well as creative freedom.

This strategic approach has set Ice Spice apart. Unlike many artists, she maintains full control over her music without interference from the label side. The collaboration with 10K Records allows her to dictate her own schedule and make artistic decisions independently. This level of autonomy and empowerment has positioned the rapper for continued success in the music industry. It is also somewhat unprecedented for a label to allow so much power to go to the artist. What do you think of Ice Spice’s impressive showing this year? Let us know in the comments!