Iggy Azalea Is "Fancy"-er Than Ever At Billboard Awards
Iggy Azalea, Charlie XCX and Ariana Grande were the emerging stars of last night's Billboard awards.
When future civilizations look back on 21st century pop culture - which they will, if Doctor Who has taught us anything – Iggy Azalea’s performamce at the Billboard Awards on Sunday will be regarded as a career defining move. It was the night Iggy officially went mainstream (in the “very popular and widely recongized” sense, not the way hipsters mean it). In keeping with the Clueless/high school theme she’s been rocking since Fancy came out, the Aussie rapper took the stage in a cheerleader outfit, along with a whole squad of actual cheerleaders and guest vocalist Charlie XCX. The sass was real.
Iggy stuck around for a little while afterwards to help out Arianna Grande, as she performed her new track, problem. The song features blaring horns, Grande’s soaring vocals and a rapid-fire guest verse by Azalea, so pretty much a guaranteed success. Grande debuted Problem at the Disney Music Awards on May 17 and the song later debuted at number 3 in the Billboard chart, thanks to record sales. Problem sold 438,000 downloads in its first week. The song has since dropped one spot down on the chart.
Fancy is Azalea's best-selling single to date.
Azalea's Fancy, featuring Charli XCX, currently stands at No. 3 on the Hot 100. With "Problem at No. 4, Azalea is the first female rapper ever to have two songs concurrently in the top five of the Hot 100 chart.