Iggy Azalea catches a lot of flack on social media, and while she might not be ‘running hip-hop’, she’s having a pretty damn good run.
Her single, “Fancy” featuring Charli XCX just hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. Not only that, her feature on Ariana Grande’s single “Problem” sits at No. 2, making Iggy Azalea the first artist since The Beatles in 1964 to have their first two Hot 100 hits rank No. 1 and No. 2 simultaneously.
Expanding beyond only artists’ first two Hot 100 hits placing up at Nos. 1 and 2 in the same week, Azalea is the 15th act to double up at those ranks with any two titles. She’s the first since Pharrell Williams did so for five weeks last year as featured on Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” (also featuring T.I.) and Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky.” She’s just the third woman to rank at Nos. 1 and 2 concurrently, following Mariah Carey (Sept. 10, 2005) and Ashanti (five weeks, 2002).
Azalea additionally becomes only the fourth solo female rapper ever to top the Hot 100. Lauryn Hill was the first, having taken her debut solo hit “Doo Wop (That Thing)” to No. 1 for two weeks in November 1998. (She had first made her mark with the Fugees.) In 2001, Lil’ Kim led for five weeks with Christina Aguilera, Mya and P!nk on “Lady Marmalade,” while Shawnna assisted Ludacris on “Stand Up,” which topped the Dec. 6, 2003, chart.
Notably, a pair of other prominent female rappers have yet to reach the Hot 100’s summit. Among her nine top 10s, Missy Elliott climbed to No. 2 twice: for 10 weeks in 2002 with “Work It” and for seven frames in 2005 as a guest on Ciara’s “1, 2 Step.” Nicki Minaj has also tallied nine top 10s, reaching No. 3 twice, both in 2011: as featured on Britney Spears’ “Till the World Ends” and with her own “Super Bass.” This week, Minaj debuts at No. 47 on the Hot 100 with her new single “Pills N Potions.”
Congrats to Iggy!