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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.

A journey through the superstar’s challenging career.

How did Iggy go from the most promising crossover rap star of 2014 to completely a laughing stock in under a year?

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 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.


StreeXB would like to thank Looper for the article. Click here to read how did Iggy become the world’s most hated rapper.

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