Change Your Life (Iggy Azalea song)

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"Change Your Life"
Single by Iggy Azalea featuring T.I.
from the album The New Classic
Released 12 September 2013
Format Digital download
Genre
Length 3:40
Label Island
Writer(s)
Producer(s) The Messengers[2]
Iggy Azalea singles chronology
"Bounce"
(2013)
"Change Your Life"
(2013)
"Fancy"
(2014)
T.I. singles chronology
"I Wish"
(2013)
"Change Your Life"
(2013)
"Coke Bottle"
(2013)

"Change Your Life" is a song by Australian hip hop recording artist Iggy Azalea, featuring a guest appearance from American rapper T.I.. The song, serviced as the third single from her debut studio album The New Classic (2014), was released in the United States on 12 September 2013[3] through Island Def Jam, with a track-titled EP also going up for pre-order, and became available worldwide in October 2013 through Virgin EMI and Universal. "Change Your Life" serves as the album's second single in North America. An alternate solo version of the track, often performed live by Azalea and featuring a new verse replacing T.I., was also released in Europe on 15 October 2013.[4]

Background[edit]

In January and February 2013, while working on her upcoming singles and debut album The New Classic, Iggy Azalea was the opening act for Rita Ora's Radioactive Tour, in the United Kingdom.[5] As part of her set for Ora's Radioactive Tour, Azalea premiered "Work", the lead single from her debut studio album. The single then premiered officially on BBC Radio 1Xtra on 11 February 2013.[6] On 13 February 2013, it was announced Azalea had signed a record deal with Mercury Records.[7]

On 23 April 2013, Azalea announced that she had signed a solo record deal with Island Def Jam.[8] The third single from The New Classic, titled "Change Your Life", was premiered by BBC Radio 1Xtra's MistaJam, on 19 August 2013.[9][10][11] On 3 October 2013, Azalea made her first appearance on BET's 106 & Park, where she was interviewed and performed "Change Your Life," alongside T.I.[12][13][14]

Critical reception[edit]

"Change Your Life" received positive reviews from critics. Clash praised the track's commercial potential, "'Work' saw the singer's profile rise exponentially, and new single 'Change Your Life' could well become her breakthrough moment. Retaining the hip hop swagger of her previous work, the upcoming release finds Iggy Azalea backed by the impeccable bass-driven production of The Messengers."[2]

Azalea's singing was also complimented, "Iggy admitted that "Change Your Life" is one of the most poppiest moments on the album (alongside "Bounce"). She even decided to sing for the first time on "Change Your Life" to give the track some extra shine and sizzle."[15]

"The rapper sets her sight on a man, seducing the potential suitor with promises of taking him to the next level, i.e., "[adding] muscle to [his] hustle" so that they'll be "eating crumpets with the sailors/ on acres without the neighbors," with the track also being compared to Beyoncé and Rihanna, "Even though the lyrics remind us of Beyoncé's "Upgrade U," the music's pure Rihanna, specifically "Pour It Up." The mantra-like chanting, the lilting effortless swagger -- it's all in here."[16]

Music video[edit]

The music video for the song was shot in early July 2013 in Las Vegas and premiered 9 September 2013, on VEVO.[17][18] Directed by Jonas & François, the visuals are inspired by the movies Showgirls, Casino and Blade Runner.[19][20]

In the cinematic video, Azalea plays a Vegas dancer, while T.I. acts as the club owner. After some passionate love making on the hood of his car, she ends up taking his money and torching the vehicle before being dragged off in handcuffs.[18] On 16 October 2013, a behind-the-scenes video for "Change Your Life" was uploaded on Azalea's VEVO channel.[21] As of April 2015, the video had accumulated over 50 million views on YouTube.[22]

Tracklisting[edit]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2013–14) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[28] 44
Australian Urban (ARIA)[29] 5
Belgium (Ultratip Flanders)[30] 56
Belgium Urban (Ultratop)[31] 44
Ireland (IRMA)[32] 28
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[33] 38
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[34] 12
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[35] 10
UK R&B (Official Charts Company)[36] 3
US Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles (Billboard)[37] 22
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[38] 34
US Rhythmic Songs (Billboard)[39] 37

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Australia (ARIA)[40] Gold 35,000^
United States (RIAA)[41] Gold 500,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

Release history[edit]

Country Date Format Label
United States 12 September 2013[3][42] Main single Island Records
30 September 2013[43] Rhythmic contemporary radio
8 October 2013[44] Extended play
Canada 8 October 2013[26][45]
Ireland 11 October 2013[46] Main single Universal Music
United Kingdom 13 October 2013[23] Virgin EMI Records
Australia 18 October 2013[47] Universal Music

References[edit]

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