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Here’s What Iggy Azalea Has in Common with the Beatles

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Jordan Strauss—Invision/AP Iggy Azalea performs at a Vampire Academy special event featuring a performance by Iggy Azalea hosted by The Weinstein Company and Universal Music Enterprises, on Feb. 3, 2014, in Los Angeles.

The Fab Four and the "Fancy" rapper are the only two acts to have ever simultaneously scored the top two chart spots with their first hits

Australian rapper Iggy Azalea has one less problem without you: her Charli XCX collaboration “Fancy” is now No. 1 on Billboard‘s Hot 100 chart, while “Problem,” the Ariana Grande track that features her, comes in second place.

That accomplishment makes the platinum-blonde femcee the only other act in chart history besides the Beatles to have simultaneously held the top two spots with their first chart hits. (“Work,” the year-old first single from Iggy Azalea’s debut album, The New Classic, is currently at No. 63 after entering the chart the same week “Problem” did.)

In February of 1964, the Beatles rode the wave of their The Ed Sullivan Show appearance and watched “I Want to Hold Your Hand” climb 3-1 and “She Loves You” jump 3-2.

But that’s not all — Iggy’s chart success makes her the fourth female rapper to ever score a No. 1 (joining Lauryn Hill, Lil’ Kim and Shawnna, of “Ludacris feat.” fame) and the third woman to ever hold the top two chart positions at the same time (joining Mariah Carey and Ashanti). Looks like all her hard work paid off after all.


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