Started at the top now she’s here: The remarkably quick implosion of Iggy Azalea’s career
One year ago, Azalea had the No. 1 single in the country.
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Iggy Azalea canceled her “Great Escape” tour, which had already been rescheduled once. It’s not the first time that an artist’s tour has been canceled for one reason or another, but in Iggy Azalea’s case, it’s just the latest controversy in a never-ending stream of public drama and over the past year, has made headlines more for her dust-ups than her music. Looper.com examines the five-year career of Amethyst Amelia Kelly through all its wins and losses. Is this the end of the Iggy era?
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RISE: THE SONGS OF THE SUMMER
Azalea dominated the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart during the summer of 2014, thanks to two hit songs: “Fancy,” off her debut CD, The New Classic; and Ariana Grande’s “Problem,” on which Azalea provided the rap verse. In May of that year, Azalea became the first artist since the Beatles to have their first two hits rank number one and two simultaneously when “Fancy” and “Problem” took the top two spots. Fancy would remain at number one for seven consecutive weeks, officially making it 2014’s Song of the Summer.
FALL: THE SEX TAPE SCANDALAzalea faced her first of many public woes in September 2014, when reports broke of a sex tape featuring the Australian-born rapper was being shopped around to numerous places, including the company that distributed Kim Kardashian’s now-infamous video. The shopper turned out to be Azalea’s ex-boyfriend, Hefe Wine, who also wanted the rights to music she had recorded before hitting it big. Thus began a long, drawn-out legal battle that did not reach a settlement until July 2015. According to multiple reports, Azalea agreed to pay Wine a miniscule sum of money, worth less than a Honda Accord.
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FALL: SHE UPSETS THE GAY COMMUNITYAzalea was forced to cancel her performance at the 2015 Pittsburgh Pride after multiple groups pulled out of the gay pride parade over homophobic tweets that Azalea had posted prior to fame. “I am a firm believer in equality,” Azalea wrote, mere days before her scheduled performance. “Unfortunately in the past as a young person, I used words I should not have. The last thing I want is for something so carelessly said to be interpreted as reflective of my character.” Ironically, Azalea was replaced by Nick Jonas, who was originally supposed to be her arena tour’s opening act.
FALL: THE FEUD WITH BRITNEY SPEARS
Never the one to avoid a heated debate over Twitter, Azalea enraged fans of Britney Spears—and possibly Spears herself—after she seemingly accused Spears of being the reason that their joint single, “Bad Girls,” flopped on the charts. “its [sic] difficult to send a song up the charts without additional promo and tv performances etc. unfortunately im [sic] just featured…” Azalea tweeted to a fan who mentioned that the single had bombed. Fans naturally threw their arms in the air at Azalea’s tweet, to the point where Azalea felt the need to step in and make things worse. “my comment is factual, it applies to any song. I dont have to suck the womans a****** 24/7 to be her friend, do i? bye girls,” she wrote. The following day, Spears appeared to tweet out a jab at both Azalea and the canceled Great Escape tour, writing, “Can’t wait to get back to Vegas. So thankful I have shows for the rest of the year to look forward to… #YouWantAPieceOfMe.” Game: Spears.
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