Chart Watch: Meet Iggy Azalea!
As recently as a few months ago, few had heard of Iggy Azalea. This week, the 23-year old female rapper from Australia accomplishes something that nobody has done since the Beatles in early 1964—hold down the top two spots on the Hot 100 with his or her first two chart singles. "Fancy" (featuring Charli XCX) jumps from #2 to #1. Ariana Grande's "Problem," which features Azalea, jumps from #3 to #2. The Beatles held down #1 and #2 for six weeks in early 1964 with their first two Hot 100 entries, "I Want To Hold Your Hand" and "She Loves You."
Broadening the discussion beyond initial chart hits, Azalea is the third female artist to hold down the top two spots simultaneously. R&B star Ashanti was the first female artist to achieve the feat. She scored in the spring of 2002 with her own smash "Foolish" and Fat Joe's "What's Luv?," on which she was featured. Mariah Carey scored in late summer 2005 with "We Belong Together" and "Shake It Off."
"Fancy" is the first all-female collaboration to reach #1 on the Hot 100 since "Lady Marmalade" by Christina Aguilera, Lil' Kim, Mya & P!nk in 2001. Two other all-female collabos have reached #1: "No More Tears (Enough Is Enough)" by Barbra Streisand/Donna Summer (two weeks on top in 1979) and "The Boy Is Mine" by Brandy & Monica (13 weeks on top in 1998).
Billboard's Gary Trust also notes that Azalea is the fourth solo female rapper to reach #1. She follows Lauryn Hill ("Doo Wop (That Thing)"), Lil Kim (the aforementioned "Lady Marmalade") and Shawnna (Ludacris's "Stand Up," on which she was featured).
Azalea's new hit, "Work," jumps from #77 to #63 in its fourth week. Both "Fancy" and "Work" are featured on her debut album, The New Classic, which rebounds to #9 on The Billboard 200.
"Fancy" also moves up to #1 on Hot Digital Songs, displacing "Problem." Azalea is the sixth artist to have back-to-back #1 hits on this chart (combining lead and featured credits). She follows Mariah Carey ("All I Want For Christmas Is You" and "Don't Forget About Us"), T.I. ("Whatever You Like" and "Live Your Life"), Beyonce ("If I Were A Boy" and "Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)") The Black Eyed Peas ("Boom Boom Pow" and "I Gotta Feeling") and Glee Cast ("Teenage Dream" and "Forget You").
"Problem" tops the 1 million mark in digital sales this week. "Fancy" reached that plateau last week. Azalea is just the third act to have two songs each sell 1 million or more copies so far this year. She follows Lorde ("Team" and "Royals") and Imagine Dragons ("Demons" and "Radioactive").
"Fancy" also moves up to #1 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs.
Charli XCX, 21, is a singer/songwriter from England. She first cracked the top 10 last year as a featured artist on Icona Pop's "I Love It."