Debut album to be released on 18 / 21 / 22 April 2014 through Island Def Jam and Virgin EMI. Pre-order for the standard and deluxe versions are now available!
Make sure you buy Iggy Azalea's new single “Fancy” featuring Charli XCX and watch the amazing music video now on VEVO!
You can love Iggy Azalea and you can hate her — and most people feel strongly one way or the other — but at the very least, she wants her music to provoke you to feel something. Anything.
Azalea has the blessing and burden of being a rising rapper with a profile at odds with the way most artists come up in the genre. If you wanted a caricature of the least likely rap star, Azalea could be your blueprint.
Looks like a model (and is one).
Raps with a Southern accent (rendering “murder business” as “murda bizness”).
At 23, Azalea has weathered a tsunami of ridicule at every turn, lampooned as culturally insensitive, untalented, opportunistic. There’s one criticism she defies, though: She has worked hard to get where she is.
Calling someone a successful model isn’t usually seen as a put-down. But Iggy Azalea has a definite problem with it.
“I find it so weird that I’m called a model,” says the 23-year-old recording artist. “I’m signed to a modeling agency — but as an artist. It’s the same deal as Chris Brown and Fergie and so many others. But they’re described as artists and I’m called a model.”
Sound a tad defensive? Azalea has some cause to be. She wants to be taken seriously as a rapper — and in certain circles, she already is. She has earned major coverage in genre publications like XXL, as well as in Vogue, while developing a healthy cult following for her early mix tapes.
But with the Tuesday release of her major-label debut, “The New Classic,” she has to rope in a wider audience, despite being hampered by three hip-hop hurdles: She’s female. She’s white. And she’s Australian.
This, in a field still thought of by many as the realm of hyper-masculine American black males.
“Of the three, being Australian is the biggest roadblock,” Azalea asserts.
She didn’t grow up on the streets and she doesn’t come from a broken home, but as Iggy Azalea prepares to drop her debut album, “The New Classic,” on Tuesday, the Australian already has a reputation for being one of the most resilient figures in the hip-hop world.
She started paying her dues back in 2006 when she was just 16 years old. Azalea (real name Amethyst Amelia Kelly) told her parents she was going on holiday to Miami but phoned home two weeks later to say she was staying for good and pursuing her dream of being a rapper. “There was definitely a lot of crying from my mum,” recalls Azalea, now 23, who created her stage name by borrowing the first name from her dog and “Azalea” from the street on which she grew up.
After using up her savings, Azalea settled for a while in Atlanta, where she sold imported hair from Thailand to get by. She moved out to LA in 2010 and self-released her debut mixtape, “Ignorant Art,” in 2011. Azalea’s sexually provocative lyrics (especially on the single “Pu$$y”) and southern-style rapping earned patronage from the likes of T.I. and Nas. She also attracted more personal attention from Harlem rapper A$AP Rocky, and the pair dated in 2012. But her career floundered when a deal with Interscope fell through later that year, and her planned debut was shelved.
Iggy is featured on the new April 26 issue of Billboard Magazine and you can now view some scans and the beautiful photoshoot by clicking on the links below:
Iggy Azalea has admitted her biggest fear is vomiting on stage and she has developed an exit strategy just in case.
Iggy Azalea’s biggest fear is being sick on stage.
The ‘Fancy‘ hitmaker said she’s come up with a plan in case she feels like she needs to be sick whilst she’s performing.
She exclusively told BANG Showbiz: ”It’s my actual nightmare to vomit on stage. If I ever vomited on stage, I would probably kill myself.
”I think if I start to feel like that, I have two plans, I would have already figured out my emergency exits. So if I can make it off stage, I will go off stage and vomit.
Sassy Iggy Azalea is in trouble with her man because there are no love songs on her album.
The rapper wrote her debut album The New Classic before hooking up with LA Lakers basketball player Nick Young, 28, six months ago.
The Aussie star, at No 5 in the singles chart with Fancy, told me: “Nick said to me: ‘Why don’t you have any love songs on your album? It’s all “I hate you” songs.’
“He’s right, all my love songs are ‘f*** love’ songs, but that’s where my head was when I wrote the album.
“Maybe my next album will be a little sweeter.”
The countdown is on to Ariana Grande’s new single. After announcing the title yesterday, the pop star has revealed more details about “Problem,” the first single off her upcoming sophomore album.
She has enlisted rap diva Iggy Azalea for a guest verse on the upbeat song. On the sexy cover art, the 20-year-old kicks back in a folding chair while showing off her legs.
Ariana will debut the song live at the Radio Disney Music Awards on Saturday, April 26. It will be available on iTunes at midnight.
When asked what “Problem” was about, Ariana told one fan, “knowing U’d be better off w/o someone but u can’t resist them & need them no matter what.”
In addition to Iggy, Ariana has collaborated with Chris Brown on “Don’t Be Gone Too Long” for his upcoming album X.
— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) April 17, 2014