When Iggy Azalea came on the scene in 2011, her unique style brought color to what many hip hop lovers know to be a male-dominated music genre. Thanks to her uniqueness and style, the Aussie rapper is currently sharing a world record with the Beatles as her singles ranked both first and second on the Billboard Hot 100 simultaneously. That’s quite a feat especially when you consider how only a spoonful of present-day artists ever measures up with the records of the legendary Beatles. A four-time Grammy Award nominee, Azalea received twelve whopping nominations at the Billboard Music Awards in 2015. Her musical success has brought her a commensurate level of wealth, placing her estimated net worth at $10 million.
Iggy Azalea Got Her Music Breakthrough Thanks To The Success of Two Music Videos
As of this writing, sources put Iggy Azalea’s net worth at over $10 million. Although her exact annual income is not public yet, what’s no secret, however, is that the rapper carts home a sizeable income.
Amethyst Amelia Kelly, professionally dubbed Iggy Azalea, broke into the spotlight after the release of the music videos for two of her songs titled Two Times and Pu$$y on the video-sharing platform, YouTube. Although Azalea has been on the scene since 2011, her debut studio album, The New Classic, released in 2014, became her launchpad to stardom. The album fetched her several nominations and awards including four nominations for the Grammy Award—for best new artist, the best rap album, the record of the year, and best pop duo/group performance (for Fancy).
Although most fans would tie Azalea’s career success to fellow artists who mentored her all the way, there is a back story most people do not know. Azalea’s love for hip hop got triggered after touring Los Angeles and Las Vegas with her grandparents. Though a short trip, it left 12-year-old Azalea hungry for the American hip hop experience. She especially loved music by the late hip hop star, Tupac Shakur, Buster Rhymes, and Missy Elliott.
On her return to Australia, young Azalea realized how far she was from the center of action. And so in 2005, after saving up enough money from working as a Janitor, she flew to the United States to pursue her musical dream. That meant quitting school and going all in.
Her First Taste of Success Was With The Release of her 2011 Mixtape Ignorant Art
Azalea kicked off her music career with Backbone, a member of the Atlanta-based hip-hop group ‘Dungeon Family’. It was here she met and later collaborated with fellow hip hop artists, FKi and Natalie Sims. She released her first mix tape titled Ignorant Art in 2011. It became a massive success; propelling her name to a waiting audience of millions. She then adopted the stage name, Iggy Azalea. A name she coined from her childhood pet dog, Iggy, and the name of the street she lived with her parents in Australia, Azalea Street.
Her next work, Trappgold, was released in October 2012. She then signed up to the Island Def. Jam in the United States and Mercury in the U.K. Her big break album The New Classic was a brilliant combination of trap and pop. It churned out five hit singles—Work, Bounce, Change Your Life, Fancy and Black Widow—and made Number 3 on the international album chart.
In May of that year, Azalea rubbed shoulders with the 1964 music legends, The Beatles, in music history when she occupied both the first and second spots on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart. Her single Fancy was on the top spot while Problem by Ariana Grande which she featured in ranked second.
She Ran Over 50 Performances in Her Debut Tour: The New Classic
Second only to her relocation to the US, Azalea’s biggest career move was her year-long tour, The New Classic tour, in 2014. The tour was a major promotion for her debut studio album. Beginning in April 2014, The New Classic tour involved over 50 performances (including 15 concerts) across North America and Europe. In the summer of 2014, Azalea performed at several music festivals in Europe.
In 2015 she briefly headlined a solo tour where she performed together with fellow rappers such as Drake, Charlie Puth, Troye Sivan, Melanie Martinez, Ruth B. and Mike Posner. However, this tour was not as successful as the first as it had to be canceled due to low sales.
Her Deal With Empire Records Made Her $2.7 Million Richer
In 2018, Azalea announced that she had moved on from Island Records and signed a $2.7 million deal with indie hip-hop powerhouse Empire. The multi-year contract will allow her to leverage the expertise and wide network of the San Francisco-based label to produce and promote her music.
More recently, Azalea has been pushing the needle. She released a single Dance Like Nobody’s Watching, with Tinashe. The single was only a harbinger of her third studio album End of an Era slated for release in 2020
Azalea Also Makes Money From Online Streams and YouTube Views
With the advent of new media, CDs and other forms of storage have since phased out. That leaves modern-day artists with metrics such as number of steams and views to rate how well their work is performing in the market.
Going by that metric, Streams remain Iggy Azalea’s basic source of income from her music. But it’s hardly the only one. Azalea earns from percentages on YouTube streams.
Back in the day, making money on YouTube only took uploading super content, attracting millions of views, and then carting home a share of YouTube’s advertising revenue. While that stands, artists like Azalea who have a huge viewership and following on YouTube can make money in several other ways.
These include corporate sponsorships from major brands, merchandise sales and of course, fan funding. As of this writing, Iggy Azalea has garnered about 8 million subscribers on her YouTube Channel. Her last uploaded video (of her latest single Dance Like Nobody’s Watching) now has over 4 million views. Put in perspective, YouTube is a major revenue stream for Azalea.
Iggy Azalea Has Dated Over Eight Hip Hop Artists
Iggy Azalea seems to have a thing for rappers and NFL stars. Her dating history is an long lineup of hip hop artists from the likes of Playboi Carti to A$AP Rocky. Azalea and Carti began dating in 2018 and moved in together about a year later. In June 2020, Azalea revealed that she had welcomed a son, Onyx Carter, with her lover, Carti.
Although she’s got a long list of exes, some were only rumors; especially her purported fling with Michael B. Jordan, Jimmy Butler and Tyga.
1. Hefe Wine
Iggy Azalea’s first “real” relationship began in 2007. The 17-year-old fell in love with the rapper Heff Wine (Maurice Williams) who is almost twice her age. They dated for a few months before going their separate ways in October 2014. The aftermath of their split led to legal action from Wine who claimed they were married since September 2008. The rapper clapped back, tagging the law suit a money grab. She also revealed that they dated for only six months and there was no marriage contract between them.
Earlier, Azalea had obtained a court injunction banning Wine from releasing any of her songs and/or using her name from profiting himself on social media or elsewhere. The bad blood between the two went on for years until recently. The DailyMail reported that the former couple have resolved their differences privately. According to sources, Hefe Wine is still single and hasn’t been spotted with any woman in public.
2. A$AP Rocky
Long before she met Hefe Wine, Iggy Azalea was romantically linked with A$AP Rocky in 2011. However, she went public with their relationship in an interview with Vibe in January 2012. Azalea professed her love for the rapper with a “Live, Love, A$AP” tattoo. She also revealed that the tattooing was mutual and A$AP also has a tattoo of her. Sadly, their relationship did not move past 2012. By the end of that year, the couple had gone their separate ways. She has since wiped the A$AP tattoo off of her fingers.
3. Michael B. Jordan
Rumors went wild about a possible affair between Azalea and Black Panther actor, Michael B. Jordan. However, Jordan dispelled these rumors in a live chat with The Breakfast Club. He maintained that although he and Azalea are good friends, they have no romantic fling together.
4. Nick Young
Nicholas Young, popularly known as Swaggy P or Nick Young is an American professional basketball player who played shooting guard for the Denver Nuggets. Unlike most celebrity love stories that begin with a meeting at a mutual friend’s party, Young and Azalea met on Twitter. The love birds started dating after Young dubbed her his #WomanCrushWednesday back in 2014.
The following year, Young proposed. What followed were major plans for their wedding but Azalea’s music career reportedly made their plans difficult. In June 2016, the couple went their separate ways. The rapper expressed regret over the painful split saying that it was hard for her to part ways with someone she’d planned her entire future with. She also added that it was becoming more difficult to trust who Young had become in the months after his proposal.
5. French Montana
Just months after her split with Nick Young, Iggy Azalea started having a fling with the American-Moroccan rapper, French Montana. The two were spotted in a boat having a great time together. That would have passed for a minor time out, but the nature of their PDA sparked questions among fans and followers. However, it was only a “fling.”
6. Ljay Currie
In 2017, Azalea dated the music artist and producer Ljay Currie. The two were spotted engaging in a steamy PDA while riding a boat after which Currie led her onto a jet ski. Although there are no details about the reasons for their sudden split, they were no longer together by May of that year.
Azalea dated the Georgia-born rapper and record producer, Quavious Marshall. Popularly called Quavo. Sources believe that the two developed feelings for each other while working on their album, Savior. A year later, 2018, Azalea revealed that Quavo was a huge source of courage and support to her in times she needed help the most. She also listed fellow singers Kesha and Demi Lovato as huge support systems in her life. Rumors had it that Quavo had been friend-zoned.
In 2018, there were rumors about Iggy Azalea dating Tyga. Fans had spotted the unusual fondness between them at that year’s Coachella. However, Azalea later cleared the air about her single status. Adding that her eyes are for her career.
9. DeAndre Hopkins
By August 2018, Azalea broke the news to her fans about her relationship with NFL wide receiver, DeAndre Hopkins. But with only a month together, that would be Azalea’s shortest relationship yet.
10. Jimmy Butler
That August, Azalea reportedly fell in love with Miami Heats shooting guard, Jimmy Butler. But that turned out to be mere rumors. She took to her twitter handle to rebuff the news; adding that it’s high time fans stopped weaving a love story between her and every single man she takes a photo with.
11. Playboi Carti
In 2018, Azalea met fellow rapper Jordan Carter popularly called Palyboi Carti. Their relationship evolved at such speed that by December of the following year, the two had moved in together in their Atlanta home. With the birth of their son, Onyx Carter, in June 2020, it’s only a matter of time before wedding bells jingle.
With a long list of splits and breakups behind her, fans are keen to see Iggy Azalea settle into nuptial bliss soon. Whenever those wedding bells go off, we wish them a happy married life.