Fancy (Iggy Azalea song)

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"Fancy"
Single by Iggy Azalea featuring Charli XCX
from the album The New Classic
Released February 17, 2014 (2014-02-17)
Format Digital download
Genre
Length 3:19
Label Island
Writer(s)
Producer(s)
Iggy Azalea singles chronology
  • "Fancy"
  • (2014)
Charli XCX singles chronology
  • "Fancy"
  • (2014)

"Fancy" is a song by Australian recording artist Iggy Azalea from her debut studio album, The New Classic (2014). It features English singer-songwriter Charli XCX, and was released on February 17, 2014 (2014-02-17) by Island Records as the fourth single from the album.[2] "Fancy" is an electro hop song, written by Azalea and XCX and composed by production team The Invisible Men, who also produced it, alongside The Arcade. It was leaked under the title "Leave It" in December 2013. It is composed by stabby synths, hip-hop chants and finger snaps.

"Fancy" received positive reviews and was also commercially successful, having reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming both Azalea's and Charli XCX's first number-one on that chart, holding the spot for seven consecutive weeks. It has also topped the charts in Canada and New Zealand and had chart success around the world, including reaching the top ten in several countries such as Australia and United Kingdom, where it became her first top five hit in both countries as a lead artist. It is Charli XCX's second top-ten single after her guest spot on Icona Pop's "I Love It" in 2013. The track was also named Billboard's Song of the Summer for 2014.

The accompanying music video for "Fancy" was directed by Director X and released in March 2014. The visuals are inspired by 1995 American comedy film Clueless, with Azalea playing Beverly Hills socialite Cher Horowitz and XCX as Tai Frasier. The music video was nominated for four awards at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards, although it did not win any of them. The song was performed by Azalea and XCX on Good Morning America and the 2014 Billboard Music Awards. "Fancy" was covered by many artists, such as Anna Kendrick on the 39th season of Saturday Night Live, and received remix versions by rappers such as Da Brat and Lil' Kim.

Composition[edit]

A 19-second sample of "Fancy", an electro hop number

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"Fancy" is a three-minute and 19-second electro hop number[1] that was written by Iggy Azalea and Charli XCX, composed by production team The Invisible Men, who also produced it, alongside The Arcade.[3] The song is played in the key of G minor without any chord progression followed, and Charli XCX's vocals range from G3 to C5. It is in common time and is played at a tempo of 95 beats per minute.[4] Stabby synths, hip-hop chants, and finger snaps are heard in the original mix.[1]

Release[edit]

On 5 December 2013, an unfinished song by Azalea, which surfaced with the title "Leave It" was leaked online.[5][6][7] Azalea later revealed the song was produced by The Invisible Men and The Arcade, whom she collaborated with on her entire album.[8] On 5 February 2014, Azalea announced that she would be releasing a new single titled "Fancy", featuring English singer-songwriter Charli XCX, later that week.[9] The song was premiered on BBC Radio 1 Xtra the evening of 6 February 2014. After the song's premiere, it was revealed "Fancy" was the song that had leaked titled "Leave It".[10] On 17 February 2014, the song was serviced to urban contemporary radio in the United Kingdom as the album's fourth single.[11]

Critical reception[edit]

Charli XCX is featured on "Fancy" and critics praised her appearance in the song.

"Fancy" has received mixed to positive reception from music critics. Brad Stern of MTV Buzzworthy remarked, "Not since Fergie's "Glamorous" has there been such a spectacularly sass-filled ode to the glam life," praising their chemistry, calling it "a match made in heaven that we never would've expected."[12] Chris Tomas of Hip Hop Wired wrote that the song "could be the hit record Iggy Azalea has been looking for," noting that "Charli XCX also provides a very potent chorus that women will be chanting in their clubs, cars, and the like."[13] Mike Wass of Idolator claimed the track is "the duet we’ve all been waiting for" and "a swag-drenched hip hop/pop delight."[14] Janice Llamoca of Hip Hop DX defined it as "a hip hop-slash-pop party anthem in which the emcee lyrically displays her confidence".[15]

Joe Gross of Rolling Stone gave the song a mixed score of 3 out of 5 stars, writing that Azalea "deftly handles the ratchet beat while Charli XCX's earworm hook holds it all down," writing that the song doesn't bring '88 back, but "they can swing on chandeliers with the best of them."[16] Jamie Parmenter of Renowned for Sound noted that the song has "influences in Missy Elliot, and Iggy is almost playing a character or parody of herself like Eminem is renowned for," praising Charli XCX for "nicely breaking up the song, sounding like an edgy Gwen Stefani, matching with Iggy’s rebel style."[17] Bill Lamb of About.com, like Jake Gross, gave a mixed response, but echoed the same thought as Parmenter, praising "Charli XCX's Gwen Stefani styled vocals on the chorus" and noting that its lyrics has been done even better by Stefani nearly 10 years ago on 'Luxurious'." However, Lamb also stated that the entire song seemed "a bit too recycled" and had a "tiresome obsession with material culture delivered with a straight face."[18]

Commercial performance[edit]

In the United States, "Fancy" has peaked at number 1, becoming Azalea's first song to chart on the top of the Billboard Hot 100. The song is Charli XCX's second top 10 as a featured artist on the Hot 100—the first being "I Love It"—and her first number 1. By 12 October 2014, the song had sold a total of 3,754,296 copies according to Nielsen Soundscan.[19] On the issue-date 17 May 2014 "Fancy" reached number two of the Billboard Digital Songs chart, selling 222,000 units (up 104%), occupying simultaneously the top two slots of the chart as "Problem" by Ariana Grande, in which Azalea features, debuted at the summit of Digital Songs chart. With this achievement, Azalea becomes only the sixth artist to occupy the top two position and the first to do so since Taylor Swift with the singles "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" and "Ronan" in 2012.[20] Azalea also became just the third female artist to place her first two Hot 100 hits in the top five simultaneously, first two being Ashanti and Mariah Carey.[21] It also marked Azalea as the first female rapper ever to have two songs concurrently in the top five of the Hot 100 chart.[22] Moreover, Azalea passed Lil' Kim as the female rapper with the longest-leading #1 on the Billboard Hot 100[23] and moves into a tie for fifth place among lead women who have scored the longest commands on the Hot 100 this decade.[24]

On the following week, Azalea became only the second artist in the nearly 10-year history of the Hot Digital Songs chart to have the top two songs concurrently for two weeks and, eventually, for three consecutive weeks.[25] On the week-ending 31 May 2014 the song ascended to number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100, selling 234,000 units, topped the Streaming Songs chart with 8.4 million impressions and continued to dominate the On-Demand Songs chart for a third week.[26] As it led the Streaming Songs chart for a 13th week it tied Miley Cyrus' "Wrecking Ball" for the most weeks tallied at No. 1.[27] "Fancy" also reached number 1 on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and Hot Rap Songs, where it remained for 16 and 18 weeks respectively making it the longest running #1 on these charts.[28] Additionally, she is the first female Australian artist to top the Hot 100 since Olivia Newton-John reached the summit in 1981 with “Physical”.[29] Along with "Problem", Azalea has the distinction of being the first act to have its first two Hot 100-charting singles at No. 1 and 2 at the same time since The Beatles, as "Fancy" and "Problem" did, respectively.[30] She is also only the second female artist to have the top 2 singles for multiple weeks, with the first being Ashanti.[31] Azalea also became the fourth female rapper to top the Mainstream Top 40 chart.[32] The song set new single-week records on Spotify's U.S. streaming service for four consecutive weeks.[33] On September 3, 2014, "Fancy" was named Billboard's top Song of the Summer for 2014 having led their weekly Songs of the Summer chart from start to finish.[34]

In the United Kingdom, "Fancy" became her highest charting single as a lead artist at the time, debuting at number five of the UK Singles Chart and selling 38,320 copies in its first week.[35] In Australia, the song has been certified Platinum for sales of over 70,000 copies.[36] In its ninth week on the New Zealand Singles Chart, the song climbed from number three to the top position,[37] giving Azalea her second number-one single there, after Ariana Grande's "Problem", having replaced herself at the top, and first number-one there as a lead artist. It also marks Charli XCX's second top-ten single, after Icona Pop's "I Love It", and first number-one single in New Zealand. It has also been certified Platinum in New Zealand.[38]

Music video[edit]

Background[edit]

The music video for the song was shot in February 2014 in Los Angeles and premiered on 4 March 2014, on VEVO.[39] Directed by Director X, the visuals are inspired by American comedy film Clueless, with Azalea playing Beverly Hills socialite Cher Horowitz and XCX as Tai Frasier (as well as a redheaded rival filling in as Amber, and the brief appearance of Dionne and Murray lookalikes) in a remake of the 1995 cult classic originally starring Alicia Silverstone, Stacey Dash, Elisa Donovan and Brittany Murphy.[40] On 4 March 2014, a first look with behind-the-scenes footage for "Fancy" was uploaded on Azalea's YouTube channel, shortly before the music video premiere.[41] The video shoot was the very first time Iggy and Charli met in person.[42]

Synopsis[edit]

Many scenes in the video are remakes of key Clueless scenes, with outfits designed to channel the look of the film's clothing, but with a slight update.[43] Both "Fancy" and the source movie used Los Angeles' Grant High School as a filming location.[44]

The video opens with Iggy Azalea in her wardrobe finding the perfect outfit for a speech at school, using a tablet computer, similar to the protagonist of Clueless Cher Horowitz. After a scene with some cheerleaders, the video moves in the schoolyard; there, Charli XCX and Iggy Azalea are sitting on a table, with the former singing the hook. The video later includes a tennis lesson, with Azalea and others dancing close to a chain-link fence. Iggy Azalea with two other characters are seen driving in the highway; the characters of the best friend and her boyfriend are inspired by the role of Dionne Davenport and her boyfriend Murray. The video shifts to a modern version of the Christmas "Val party" from the movie, where the two protagonists arrive with their convertible. The video ends with the Iggy and Charli XCX in the school.

Reception[edit]

Chanel Parks of The Huffington Post wrote: "While it might be a little, dare we say it, sacrilegious to replicate this cult classic – we were wondering when there was going to be a music video homage to our favorite movie of all time. So props to you, Iggy."[45] Brent Taalur Ramsey of Paste magazine praised the video, writing that "Azalea combined a quintessential 90s culture moment with her hip-hop vibes [...] this young Aussie brought it all together with some major beats and classic outfits—a sound and look that will be totally trending in the music world of 2014."[46] It was named one of the 24 most iconic fashion moments in music videos by Harper's Bazaar.[47] The music video was nominated for four awards at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards for "Video of the Year", "Best Female Video", "Best Pop Video" and "Best Art Direction". On June 19, the music video surpassed the 100 million view benchmark, making it Azalea's first VEVO Certified music video.[48]

Use in popular culture[edit]

On 5 April 2014, Anna Kendrick covered the song on the 39th season of Saturday Night Live.[49] On 28 April 2014, late night talk show host Jimmy Fallon lip synched the song in a "Lip Sync Battle" against actress Emma Stone on The Tonight Show.[50] Da Brat also released a remix of the song in that same month.[51] On 15 May 2014, "Fancy" was the featured song on Jimmy Kimmel Live '​s "New Lyrics for Old People" skit, featuring the show creator-host Jimmy Kimmel and Iggy Azalea.[52]

"Fancy" was covered by Rising Star contestant Egypt Dixon on the second week of the show. Azalea and XCX also appeared on Samsung's Milk Music app ad performing the single.[53] On 7 July 2014, Jimmy Fallon did his Neil Young impression while covering the track again on The Tonight Show as an earthy 1970s-styled version, backed up by the real Crosby, Stills and Nash.[54] American rock band The Killers covered "Fancy" during their headlining show in Montreal on 10 July 2014, as an intro to one of their original songs.[55] "Weird Al" Yankovic parodied the song as "Handy" for his 2014 album Mandatory Fun. The parody's music video was released on 17 July 2014 through Yahoo! Screen's "Sketchy" channel.[56] On the same day, English actor Gary Oldman covered it on Capital FM.[57] On 7 August 2014, English band Rizzle Kicks did a mashup of the song with Ed Sheeran's "Sing" on BBC Radio 1's Live Lounge.[58] On 28 August 2014, Lil' Kim released a remix of the track.[59] English rock band Kasabian also covered "Fancy" on BBC Radio 1's Live Lounge on September 1, 2014.[60] On September 2, 2014, Jimmy Fallon did an impression of the track while singing "Old McDonald Had a Farm" as a part of The Tonight Show's "Musical Impressions Generator" segment.[61]

Live performances[edit]

"Fancy" was first performed at the mtvU Woodie Awards during the SXSW Festival in Austin on 13 March 2014.[62] Azalea and XCX also performed "Fancy" on Late Night with Seth Meyers on 17 March 2014.[63] On 22 April 2014, the pair recreated the Clueless-inspired video once again during another televised live performance on Good Morning America for the release of Azalea's debut album The New Classic.[64] They performed the song on Jimmy Kimmel Live on 16 May 2014,[52] at the 2014 Billboard Music Awards on 18 May 2014 and on the season 18 finale of "Dancing with the Stars" on 20 May 2014.[65][66] Azalea performed the song alone on the stage of the 2014 BET Awards on 29 June 2014 and at the 2014 ESPY Awards on 16 July 2014.[67][68] On 8 August 2014, Azalea performed "Fancy" on The Today Show as part of the Toyota concert series in Rockefeller Center, New York City.[69] The song was also included in the setlist of her 2014 The New Classic Tour of North America and Europe, and also XCX's 2014 Girl Power North America Tour.

Track listing[edit]

  • Digital download[70]
  1. "Fancy (featuring Charli XCX)" – 3:19
  1. "Fancy" (featuring Charli XCX) [Riddim Commission Remix] – 4:43
  2. "Fancy" (featuring Charli XCX) [Massappeals Remix] – 3:42
  3. "Fancy" (featuring Charli XCX) [Dabin & Apashe Remix] – 3:55
  4. "Fancy" (featuring Charli XCX) [Instrumental] – 3:24
  1. "Fancy" (featuring Charli XCX) [Yellow Claw Remix] – 3:36

Production credits and personnel[edit]

  • Written by Iggy Azalea, Charli XCX, The Invisible Men, Jon Turner, Kurtis Mckenzie
  • Produced by The Invisible Men, The Arcade
  • All vocals by Iggy Azalea and Charli XCX
  • Drums and Programming by Kurtis Mckenzie, George Astasio, Jon Shave
  • Keyboards by Kurtis Mckenzie, Jason Pebworth and Sean Momberger
  • Iggy Azalea's vocals engineered by Eric Weaver and John Armstrong
  • Mixed by Anthony Kilhoffer and assisted by Kyle Ross.

Charts[edit]

Chart (2014) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[73] 5
Australian Urban (ARIA)[74] 1
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[75] 46
Belgium (Ultratip Flanders)[76] 9
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)[77] 37
Belgium Urban (Ultratop)[78] 10
Brazil (Billboard Brasil Hot 100)[79] 81
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[80] 1
Canada CHR/Top 40 (Billboard)[81] 1
Canada Hot AC (Billboard)[82] 18
Czech Republic (Rádio Top 100)[83] 61
Czech Republic (Singles Digitál Top 100)[84] 11
Denmark (Tracklisten)[85] 36
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[86] 18
France (SNEP)[87] 21
Germany (Media Control Charts)[88] 51
Germany (Deutsche Black Charts)[89] 10
Ireland (IRMA)[90] 12
Israel (Media Forest)[91] 14
Japan (Japan Hot 100)[92] 94
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[93] 29
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[94] 1
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[95] 5
Slovakia (Rádio Top 100)[96] 48
Slovakia (Singles Digitál Top 100)[97] 16
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[98] 23
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[99] 47
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[100] 5
UK R&B (Official Charts Company)[101] 2
US Billboard Hot 100[102] 1
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[103] 1
US Hot Rap Songs (Billboard)[104] 1
US Adult Top 40 (Billboard)[105] 21
US Dance Airplay (Billboard)[106] 2
US Hot Dance Club Songs (Billboard)[107] 1
US Mainstream Top 40 (Billboard)[108] 1
US Rhythmic (Billboard)[109] 1

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Australia (ARIA)[110] 3× Platinum 210,000^
Denmark (IFPI Denmark)[111] Platinum 30,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[38] Platinum 15,000*
Sweden (GLF)[112] Platinum 40,000x
United Kingdom (BPI)[113] Gold 400,000^
United States (RIAA)[114] 4× Platinum 4,000,000^

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

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label
United Kingdom 17 February 2014[11] Urban contemporary radio Virgin EMI Records
United States 3 March 2014[70] Digital download Island Records
Australia 7 March 2014[115] Universal Music
United States 11 March 2014[116] Rhythmic contemporary radio Island Records
Italy 6 April 2014[117] Digital download Universal Music
2 May 2014[118] Contemporary hit radio

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