A sold-out crowd chanted “Iggy! Iggy! Iggy!” impatiently as Iggy Azalea’s stage crew ran through finala preparations for her show Friday night, Sept. 12, at the Meadow Brook Music Festival.
Azalea, along with Magic!, performed for the Oakland University Student Programming Board 2014 concert, an annual event that in previous years has hosted Kendrick Lamar, Gym Class Heroes and Steve Aoki, among others. This year’s show was also the end of Meadow Brook concert season.
The chart-topping Azalea’s group of backup dancers took the stage as fans cheered to the opening melody of Azalea’s cover of Aoki’s “Beat Down.” Azalea appeared to a roar from the crowd, and she jumped right into her first song.
For an act that’s a genuine pop sensation, Azalea’s stage set was modest, featuring only a DJ booth and a small riser, the latter of which Azalea climbed frequently throughout the show as her dancers hugged the front edge of the stage. The Australian singer and rapper’s hour-long set consisted of mostly fan favorites such as “Black Widow,” “F**k Love” and “Work.” And , not surprisingly, the crowd’s roar doubled in volume in response to Azalea’s last song, her breakthrough hit “Fancy” – and the Oakland University students could be heard still singing the song’s chorus as they trooped back to their apartments and dormitories.
It’s been a while since the last celebrity sex-tape scandal, but hollywoodlife.com is reporting that folks at Vivid Entertainment are vetting a tape brought to their attention, allegedly starring “Fancy” rapper Iggy Azalea.
Now she has 100 problems.
Iggy’s boyfriend, basketballer Nick Young, is not too happy about the news.
“He hates it on so many levels,” said a source. “If it is true, he doesn’t believe that it is him in the video, he feels terrible for Iggy and what it would do to her career.
“Plus, with the NBA season coming about next month and with him being on the Lakers, he knows so much off-court attention will be brought to it and him, and that is a nightmare scenario for him,” the source added. “He really hopes that this is not true, and, if it’s true, that it never comes out.”
Vivid co-chairman Steven Hirsch said in a statement: “I believe there would be a huge demand for her sex tape. Iggy has proved that she’s an amazing talent. If there is any tape out there that can rival that of Kim Kardashian, this one is it!” he said. “We are conducting our due diligence, and if we are satisfied with our review, we will definitely try to make a deal to distribute the tape.”
Our thoughts: We don’t want to think about what entails their due diligence.
Faux sex-tape outrage is so passé. Not only has no one’s career been ruined by a sex tape, most have been enhanced. People whose careers will be ruined by sex tapes tend not to make sex tapes.
Britney Spears has spoken of her desire to work with Katy Perry and Iggy Azalea.
The singer recently confirmed that she is back in the recording studio as she follows up 2013’s ‘Britney Jean’.
It seems the US star has some big names in sight when it comes to possible collaborations.
Spears told Extra that she would love to duet with Perry and Azalea, with the ‘Baby One More Time’ star saying of the former:
“I think she’s just electric. Her hair is always a different colour. She’s so flamboyant. I love that energy. I think it’s contagious.”
Speaking meanwhile about the progress of her new record, the singer added:
“Very slowly, but progressively. I want to do something very ‘artsy fartsy’, something I’ve never done before. Even if it’s just taking a left lane and doing something more rock or rock pop. I just want do something really out there and different.”
Iggy Azalea and Demi Lovato will headline Vevo’s inaugural Certified SuperFanFest concert, slated for Oct. 8 at Santa Monica, Calif.’s Barker Hangar.
Just as YouTube started its own awards ceremony last year, video streaming outlet Vevo, is following with its own live event.
An artist is “certified” on Vevo when his or her music videos reach 100 million views on the platform’s online, TV and mobile apps. Both Azalea and Lovato have attained that level for a combined five times and will be presented their awards by selected fans at the concert. Among videos certified by Lovato are “Heart Attack,” “Let It Go,” “Give Your Heart A Break” and “Skyscraper.” For Azalea, her 100 million-viewed vids include “Fancy” and Ariana Grande’s “Problem,” on which she is featured.
Fans can go to here to register to win tickets.
Since Vevo began its Certified Awards, more than 325 by more than 100 artists have reached the benchmark.
The concert will begin airing on Vevo on Oct. 16.