Iggy Azalea “doesn’t give a f**k” if just 42 people buy her new album.
The Australian rapper is preparing to drop her second record ‘In My Defense’ – her first LP since her debut ‘The New Classic’ back in 2014 – on Friday (19.07.19), and she insisted she doesn’t intend to stop there with more new material on the horizon as she revealed plans for another release in 2020.
Asked by a fan if she’s excited for the album to be out in the world, she replied on Twitter: “Yes & I just want to say now, I don’t give a f**k if only 42 ppl buy it.
“All 42 of y’all getting another album next year. I’m not stoppingggg (sic)”
The artwork for the LP features the ‘Saviour’ hitmaker soaked in blood on the side of her car while wearing a glistening silver dress, whilst there is also blood splattered on the side of the car and a red light illuminating the scene.
Posting the picture of the artwork on Instagram, Iggy wrote: “In My Defense: July 19th Pre Order: June 28th (sic)”
Iggy spoke about the artwork’s inspiration on Twitter, where she said it was a “statement” about women in the public eye finding it hard to “defend themselves”.
In a series of tweets explaining the artwork, Iggy wrote: “It’s a statement about women not having the ability to defend themselves under public gaze, not rebirth.
“I guess I don’t feel women are really given a fair chance to be “heard out” so how could anyone survive that amount of judgement.
“I wore a “going out” dress and clutch because I wanted it to feel like I had been out somewhere and was clearly unprepared for a fight (sic)”
Lewis Capaldi and Noel Gallagher met up and ended their feud.
The ‘Someone You Loved’ hitmaker has been embroiled in a war of words with the former Oasis rocker but they look to have buried the hatchet after meeting up backstage at Mad Cool festival last weekend.
Lewis told the Daily Star newspaper’s Wired column: “I actually met him, I met him at Mad Cool, he was lovely, I gave him a big hug.
“And I whispered in his ear: ‘It’s going to be OK’ and he wriggling, he was wriggling, I pinned him down and I said: ‘Noel, come here, it’s going to be fine.’
“It’s all a good laugh, it’s very funny, you can’t take it seriously, he doesn’t care and I’m not bothered, say what you want.”
Most recently, Lewis had worn a Chewbacca mask to TRNSMT festival, when he also dedicated his rendition of Oasis hit ‘Don’t Look Back In Anger’ to his “dear, dear father” Noel and changed the title to ‘Don’t Chewbac In Anger’.
The band’s former guitarist had fumed in an interview: “F***ing Chewbacca should enjoy his 15 minutes. The greatest day of his life that I slagged him off or called him an idiot.”
After the insult, Lewis instantly changed his Twitter username to Chewis Capaldi and updated his profile picture to him as Chewbacca.
Lewis also used his Glastonbury appearance last month to mock Noel.
He donned a green parka and matching bucket hat, the Britpop group’s trademark outfits in the 90s, as a clip of Noel saying “Who’s this Capaldi fella?” played on repeat on the screens around the stage.
Taking off the parka, Lewis then revealed he was wearing a T-shirt emblazoned with Noel’s face, surrounded by a heart and the whole stunt was in response to the ‘Wonderwall’ hitmaker’s dismissal of Lewis and his songs in a radio interview that happened before the Worthy Farm gig.
The beef with the ‘Hold Me While You Wait’ singer started after Noel said in an interview: “Music is f**king w**k at the moment. Who’s this Capaldi fella? Who the f**k’s that idiot?”
Taking to his Instagram Stories to respond, Lewis posted a video in which he joked that becoming the latest in a long line of musicians to be “slagged off” by Noel was better than having a number one album or number one single.
He said: “F***ing c’mon! F***ing peaked – slagged off by Noel Gallagher! Number 1 single – who gives a f**k? Number 1 album – who gives a f**k? Noel Gallagher has just slagged me off. This is dreams coming true. It’s Father’s Day and I’m being slagged off by a man who’s old enough to be my dad, and I’ve never been more happy.”
Jermaine Dupri has denied he is sexist after Cardi B called him out.
The 46-year-old rapper recently slammed hip-hop for being filled with “strippers rapping” but Cardi, 26, took to Instagram and blasted him and others for not supporting female rappers.
She said: “There’s a lot of female rappers who be rapping they ass off and don’t be talking about their p***y and don’t be talking about getting down on dirty and y’all don’t be supporting them. So don’t blame that s**t on us, when y’all not the ones supporting them.”
Now, after receiving a massive backlash to his comments, Jermaine is trying to defend himself.
He told TMZ: “The one thing I want to make sure I’m clear on, is people keep saying, sexist – I’m far from a sexist. Let’s not do that, let’s not do that, that’s terrible.
“It’s something that’s been brewing before I was even asked the question. When I saw what Cardi said, Cardi started off her message off by basically saying, ‘Now that Jermaine Dupri has said it, I’m going to address it’ – that means to me somebody else had already said it to her – or she’s heard it before.”
Jermaine also insisted he “never dissed anybody” and was just responding when asked about three particular rappers, Cardi B, Nicki Minaj and Meghan Thee Stallion.
He said: “There’s a million artists rapping, there’s a million female rappers that’s out here rapping. What my statement was, was about the three [artists] that she asked me about – it wasn’t about a general conversation about female rap, but everybody turned it into that.”
Emeli Sande changed her name after people kept confusing her and Adele.
The 32-year-old singer’s real name is Adele Emeli SandÃ© but she decided to use her middle name for her music career because of Adele, who won the Brit Awards Critics’ Choice award in 2007 and went on to huge success.
Emeli told Sky News: “Everyone kept ringing me saying, ‘Hey, congratulations on your Brit award’. This was when I was studying in Scotland.
“I was like, ‘What are you talking about?’ And they were like, ‘Yeah, I just saw you won the Brit’. ‘I was like, no’.
“The one person I happen to meet called Adele my entire life, apart from one girl in school… She just blew up and I thought this would just be a double battle for me to fight… I think I’m happy I went with Emeli.”
And Emeli is ultimately happy with the change of moniker as it was the name of her grandmother.
She said: “She’s Emeli Sande the first, I’m Emeli Sande the second. And it reminds me of living out her legacy, and a lot of things she wasn’t able to do in Zambia; I have so many more opportunities to do here.
“Now knowing that she was so musical, I feel like that kind of spirit of music’s come from Zambia now through me, and then Emeli Sande the second gets to sing to the world.”
Emeli also spoke about her love of writing for other artists and her joy when Rihanna chose to record one of her songs.
She said: “The song that got on her album was called ‘Half Of It’, a song I wrote with Naughty Boy one night.
“She said she heard it randomly and it reminded of her situation in her life.
“It just reminds you of this magical music thing that’s connecting us all in ways that we could never even imagine.”