Sony/ATV Music Publishing has signed Iggy Azalea to a worldwide publishing deal.
The long-term agreement with the Australian singer-songwriter and artist is a partnership between Sony/ATV and T.I.’s company Grand Hustle and covers both existing and future works. It includes her contributions to debut album “The New Classic”, which was released in April and features the global hits “Fancy” and “Black Widow”.
Martin Bandier, Sony/ATV Chairman and CEO, said: “We are incredibly excited to be working with such a fresh and electrifying new talent as Iggy Azalea. She is an incredibly smart and dynamic songwriter and artist and has made an amazing start to what looks set to be a long and successful career ahead.”
Sarah Stennett, Iggy Azalea’s manager at Turn First Artists, said: “It was clear from Iggy’s first meeting with Sony/ATV that they were as excited about the next phase of Iggy’s career as all of us at Turn First and that their excitement was genuine.
“The completion of this partnership agreement with Sony/ATV, Grand Hustle and Iggy continues the original mission that we at Turn First had agreed to with Iggy the day we met her: to only enter into relationships with people who truly support the vision and believe in her staying power, ability to write and deliver exciting records and her potential to grow as an artist and cultural icon.”
Iggy Azalea has established herself this year as one of the biggest music stars on the planet with a first album and a series of hit singles she co-wrote that have secured her place in the record books alongside such iconic names as The Beatles.
“Fancy”, which features Charli XCX, reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in June, making her only the fourth female solo rapper in history to head the chart. It subsequently spent seven consecutive weeks at No.1, giving her the longest chart-topping run of all time by a female rapper on the countdown. The single has to date sold more than 3.5 million downloads in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan, and remained in the Top 10 for four months.
The song also respectively spent 16 weeks and 18 weeks at No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Song and Hot Rap Songs charts, led the On-Demand Songs streaming chart for 10 weeks and set single-week streaming records on Spotify’s U.S. service for four consecutive weeks. It was named Billboard’s Song of the Summer.
During part of “Fancy’s” chart-topping run Azalea also sat at No. 2 on the countdown as a featured artist on Arianda Grande’s single “Problem”, making her only the second act after The Beatles to simultaneously occupy the chart’s top two positions with their first two Hot 100 entries.
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