Iggy Azalea greets fans at Westfield Miranda

Iggy Azalea Inspired by Crappy Year

24 Mar 2016

The singer believes events in 2015 made her stronger

Life is what we make of it, and singer Iggy Azalea understands this better than anyone. The singer has had quite the rough 2015, but she didn't let that get her down! She's convinced the ups and downs of the past year have helped her overcome the 'sophomore curse', where artists feel their second offering won't be as well received as their first.

The Fancy hitmaker is gearing up for the release of Digital Distortion, the follow-up to her 2014 debut The New Classic, and she recently shared her first single, Team, with fans online.

The track, her first offering since Pretty Girls collaboration with pop icon Britney Spears, conveys a message of confidence. Iggy recently confessed she wishes she could 'erase' all of her 'crappy' 2015. What was so crappy about it though? Here's what you need to know.

Azalea was accused of cultural appropriation last year, and as a result became engaged in a series of social media feuds with the likes of African-American stars Azealia Banks, Snoop Dogg and Q-Tip. There's no easy way around being a white, female rapper!

The blonde Australian insists life as a celebrity is tough, but she's learning.

"No matter what, if you're a rapper or an actress... if you're in the public eye, you get criticised and picked apart," Iggy reasoned, "and for me, that's the thing people like to pick out with me (cultural appropriation) and I just have to deal with it."

Iggy channeled her feelings over the disputes into her new music, and she believes the harsh criticism has made her step up her game.

"I had such a good time making this album, and I think there's this thing called the sophomore curse that people talk about, where you have so much pressure after the success of your first album where you don't know what to write about, and then the second album falls apart, it can be a bit shambly," she explained on U.S. breakfast show Good Morning America.

So I think me having a rough year last year and taking a step away, it gave me the ability to have the space to just quietly create my little masterpiece, and I feel like that gave me the ability to have something really strong, and I hope I don't have the sophomore curse this time."

Meanwhile, the hip-hop star is also thinking of delaying the release of her new music promo for Team because a lyric dance video has proved so popular online. The footage, which features a group of dancers showing off routines to the new song, was released online on 18 March and has racked up 7.5 million views on YouTube in less than a week.

"I'm so excited about it!" Iggy exclaimed about the popularity of the Team dance promo. "It's only been out, like, four days!"

Explaining why she felt the need to serve up two versions for fans, she said: "It's been so long since I put something out so I wanted to have something that fans could look at straight away, so now I think I might wait a couple more days to put out the new music video because people are loving the dance video so much!"

The full video is expected to drop Friday 25 March and we can't wait to watch it!