Iggy Azalea: 'Fancy' sets new Billboard record for a song by a female rapper
Iggy Azalea's song 'Fancy' beat the record held by Lil' Kim's song 'Lady Marmalade,' according to Billboard. Australian Iggy Azalea also collaborated on Ariana Grande's hit song 'Problem.'
The song has spent six weeks at that spot, according to Billboard. It topples the song “Lady Marmalade,” which was released in 2001 and featured rapper Lil’ Kim singing with other vocalists such as Pink and Christina Aguilera. “Marmalade” was first recorded by Labelle in 1974 and Lil’ Kim’s version was released as part of the soundtrack for the Baz Luhrmann film “Moulin Rouge.”
Azalea’s song “Fancy” was first released this past February and features singer Charli XCX. “Fancy” is a single from Azalea’s album “The New Classic," which was her first studio album.
Ariana Grande’s song “Problem,” on which Azalea is featured, was at No. 2 on the chart for five weeks, according to Billboard, giving Azalea the No. 1 and No. 2 spots on the Billboard chart. However, this week, it dropped to No. 3. (Azalea ties with singer Ashanti for the length of time a female artist has held those two spots.)
She was nominated this year at the BET Awards for best female hip-hop artist but lost the award to rapper Nicki Minaj. In addition, she was nominated in 2013 for the MTV Video Music Award category Artist to Watch but lost to singer Austin Mahone and is nominated in the Teen Choice Awards category of Choice R&B/Hip-Hop Artist. The Teen Choice Awards ceremony will take place on Aug. 10.
The Australian rapper (who's real name is Amethyst Amelia Kelly) recently spoke with the Guardian about how she’s sometimes reluctant to have others work with her on her songs
“I never want to do duets,” she said. “I don't think of other people when I'm writing my songs. I have to try and hold my own so much, it does not seem natural to me to ask for help. Sometimes a feature feels like asking for help."
She said she was actually unaware that Charli XCX was working on “Fancy.”
“I have no idea how that song with Charli came about," she told the Guardian. "I have no idea how she got on it – they decided it would be a good idea and I found out later. I thought, she sounds good, let's keep her!”