“We are beyond proud and excited to welcome Iggy to the Island Def Jam family,” said Massey. “Iggy has created a massive buzz and rightfully so: she’s incredibly talented, she’s focused, driven, and has great creative tastes and instincts. She is nothing short of an international star, and the team here – includingSteve Bartels, Chris Anokute, Karen Kwak, our chairmanBarry Weissand myself – are thrilled she’s chosenIsland Recordsas her U.S. home.”
“I am elated to be a part of theIsland Def Jamfamily!” said Iggy Azalea. “After speaking in depth with David, Steve and Chris, it became clear that Island Records was attuned to the type of artist I am. They are a great addition to my UK team. Along withT.I.and theGrand Hustlefamily, I couldn’t have asked for a more understanding and aspirational group of people to work with.”
The signing comes as Iggy’s debut single“Work”– an autobiographical tale of a young girl with “no money, no family, 16 in the middle of Miami,” who lands stateside with barely a dollar and a dream – is rocketing up the charts in the U.K. The track has been A-listed at Radio 1 and has broken into the Top 15 at iTunes.
The real story, however, is the incendiary video for the track, which has racked up over6 million viewsonVEVOsince its release earlier this month – the majority of those views coming from U.S. audiences. American fans are hungry for Iggy, andIsland Def Jamis preparing to service “Work” to radio and video outlets immediately.
Iggy’s highly-anticipated debut album,The New Classic, is set for release later this year on Island Records.