Australian rapper Iggy Azalea has joined The Beatles to become the second act in history to hold both the Number 1 and Number 2 positions simultaneously, with their first two US Billboard Hot 100 hits.
Iggy’s latest single, Fancy FT Charli XCX, hit the Number 1 spot yesterday (May 28) while Ariana Grande’s Problem, which features Iggy, rose to Number 2 - giving Iggy a new US chart record in the process!
The feat of claiming both the Number 1 and Number 2 spots with an artist's first two US Billboard Hot 100 hits has only previously been claimed by legendary British rock band, The Beatles. In 1964, the Liverpool quartet’s I Want To Hold Your Hand stormed to Number 1 while She Loves You followed at Number 2.
Not content with equalling chart legends, The Beatles, Iggy has also made her place in female rap history. US Billboard Hot 100 Number 1, Fancy, has become only the second song by a solo lead female rap artist to have topped the chart since Lauryn Hill in 1998 with Doo Wop (That Thing).
On our shores, Nicki Minaj became the highest-charting solo female rapper in UK history, back in 2012, when her album, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, topped the Official Albums Chart. Nicki beat the likes of Neneh Cherry, Lauryn Hill, Betty Boo, Missy Elliott, Eve, and Lil Kim, to claim the title.
In related news, Iggy Azalea’s Fancy FT Charli XCX was sitting at Number 21 in yesterday’s UK Official Singles Chart Update, while Ariana Grande’s Problem FT Iggy Azalea is set for UK release later this year.