Iggy Azalea Looks Fancy On The Cover Of ‘Billboard’, Shades Lorde & The Beatles In Her Interview

Robbie Daw | June 6, 2014 9:59 am

For having locked down both the #1 and #2 positions on the Billboard Hot 100 for the past two weeks — with Song Of The Summer contenders “Fancy” and “Problem,” respectively — Aussie rapstress Iggy Azalea has a pretty blase attitude about it all…especially that part about matching a record set by The Beatles.

“It doesn’t mean anything,” Iggy tells Billboard about being the first artist to hold the top two positions on America’s main singles roundup with their first two charting singles since the Fab Four. “I’d rather be The Rolling Stones.”

And that’s just the sassy attitude Azalea’s fans have come to love. In her cover story, she discusses leaving home at the age 16 for stints in Miami, Houston and, eventually, Los Angeles. She also talks about criticism she’s received over the perception that’s she’s not being authentic to her Australian roots.

On that subject in particular, Iggy quips, “One critic was like, ‘Why didn’t you talk about more Australian things?’ I don’t understand why I’m supposed to write a song about living in the outback and riding a kangaroo to be authentic.”

Charli XCX also chimes in, and explains why she paired up with Iggy for their current chart-topper, “Fancy” (which, by the way, started out as a demo called “Leave It”).

“I was so into it,” says Charli. “I wanted to make it into, like, a 2014 girl power moment. There aren’t enough high-profile female collaborations happening.”

Azalea went on to speak her mind about Lorde‘s recent performance with the surviving members of Nirvana at the seminal alt-rock band’s induction into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame in April.

“Nothing against her, but I think when you’re doing a tribute to someone that’s dead, generally it should be the person’s peer,” Azalea says. “Lorde is not Kurt Cobain‘s peer. No matter if she killed the performance or not, I just don’t think it’s appropriate.”

Sharp words, especially given Iggy’s finger-wagging tweet from earlier this week:

And let’s not forget that Lorde came to Iggy’s defense when Complex gave an unfavorable review to The New Classic.

Catch more from Iggy’s Billboard interview, including a behind-the-scenes video from the set of the cover shoot, here.

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