Photo by Philip Cosores
Like Pharrell did last year with Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky” and Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines”, Australian rapper Iggy Azalea is dominating pop charts with two candidates for “song of the summer”. Those two tracks, the Charli XCX-assisted “Fancy” and her guest spot on Ariana Grande’s “Problem”, just reached No. 1 and 2, respectively, on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. And with that feat, she’s made history. Aside from The Beatles, who accomplished the feat in 1964 with “I Want To Hold Your Hand” and “She Loves You”, Azalea is the only other artist to simultaneously occupy the top two chart positions with their first two Billboard Hot 100 hits.
In general, artists occupying both top spots is a fairly rare occurrence. Beginning in 1956 with Elvis Presley, who charted with “Hound Dog” and “Love Me Tender”, it’s happened only a handful of times since, with no occurrences between 1979 and 1996. The Beatles hold the record for occupying the top five spots (!) in 1964. Akon, of all people, held the top two spots twice in 2006 and 2007. The most recent artist to hold the honor was Pharrell in 2013.
Interestingly, Azalea’s historic chart placement makes her only the fourth solo female rapper ever to top the Hot 100. She joins Lauryn Hill (1998’s “Doo Wop (That Thing)”), Lil Kim (2001’s “Lady Marmalade”), and Shawnna (2003’s “Stand Up”) as female emcees to have hit No. 1. Even more astounding, Azeala joins just Mariah Carey and Ashanti as the only other woman to hold the top two chart positions.
It wasn’t just a milestone day for Azalea; her “Fancy”-collaborator Charli XCX also achived her first No. 1 record. Prior to that, she peaked at No. 7 with the near-inescapable single “I Love It”, which she penned for Icona Pop.
Listen to Azalea’s two chart-toppers below.