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Iggy SZN

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"Iggy SZN"
Promotional single by Iggy Azalea
from the album Reclassified
Released24 October 2014
FormatDigital download
GenreHip hop
Length3:20
LabelVirgin EMI
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)

"Iggy SZN"[1] (also known as "Iggy Szn"[2]) is a song by Australian recording artist Iggy Azalea, taken from her reissue for her debut studio album, Reclassified (2014). The song was produced by The Invisible Men and The Arcade. On 23 October, it was made available for streaming. A day later, the track was available as an instant track upon pre-ordering the album via iTunes stores. "Iggy SZN" is built on electro handclap based beats and synthesisers. The song gained mixed critical reception and peaked at number ninety-five and eleven on the Australian Singles Chart and the Australian Urban Chart, respectively. In the United States, the track charted at number forty-eight on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.

Background and composition[edit]

Azalea talks about her success in the song.

On 4 September 2014, Azalea announced that she would be reissuing her debut studio album The New Classic.[3] On October 19 2014, the track list of Reclassified was released, which also included "Iggy SZN" as 9th track.[4] On 23 October 2014, the track was available for streaming.[5] A day later, the track was made available as an instant digital download track upon pre-ordering Reclassified via iTunes Stores.[6] "Iggy SZN" was written by Iggy Azalea, The Invisible Men, Jon Mills, Darryl Reid and Jon Turner. It was produced by The Invisible Men and The Arcade.[7] Lasting for a duration of 3:20 (three minutes and twenty seconds),[1] "Iggy SZN" is built on "club-ready" electro handclap-based beats and heavy synthesisers.[5][8] Lyrically, Azalea talks about her success and goes after her "haters" on the song.[9][10] At one point, she raps: "Haters gon' hate while critics critique, I pay them no mind whenever they speak / what they make a year I make in a week, I know you can't stand it, just get you a seat!"[11] On the hook, she raps: "Everywhere I go they say it's Iggy SZN / Until l get what I want, I ain't leaving… Simmer down bitch / It's Iggy SZN."[9]

Reception[edit]

"Iggy SZN" received mixed reception from music critics. An editor from the website Music Times compared the minimal production on the track to that of Azalea's previous single "Fancy" featuring Charli XCX (2014), writing that "It's not quite as catchy as 'Fancy,' but it is still a lot of fun."[12] Brennan Carley of Spin opined that the background on "Iggy SZN" was similar to works done by Diplo. He further shared that, "she'll need to do a little better than 'Iggy SZN' if she wants to keep anyone's interest."[13] Jim Farber of the New York Daily News commented "the star doubles down on her love of 'fancy' (read: gimmicky) hooks, pitting a shrill beat, a lion's roar and a nagging synth against one another for attention."[14] Mike Wass of Idolator, while reviewing Reclassified, said that, "Of the trio of fuck-you anthems, 'Iggy SZN' is the most light-hearted and upbeat. It showcases Iggy's knack for memorable quips – 'what they make in a year, I can make in a week' – and The Invisible Men's ability to deliver crazy beats."[15] Rory Cashin of State added that the song is "built on hand claps and a deep electronic buzz, which will sound great in a high tempo Zumba class."[16] David Jeffries of AllMusic also complimented "Iggy SZN" stating that it "is wonderful schoolyard silliness and helps to add some charm to Iggy's ice-queen persona".[17]

The track entered and peaked on the Australian Singles Chart at number ninety-five.[18] It additionally charted at number eleven on the ARIA Urban Charts.[19] Following the premiere of the song in the United States, "Iggy SZN" debuted at number thirty-seven on the weekly Billboard Twitter Top Tracks chart.[20] It also charted at number nineteen on the Rap Digital Songs chart[21] and twenty-four on the R&B/Hip-Hop Digital Songs[22] after the song being unlocked on the Reclassified album pre-order, resulting in a number forty-eight debut on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart dated 29 November 2014.[23] Moreover, the track debuted at number sixty-three on the Hot Canadian Digital Songs.[24]

Live performances[edit]

On December 4, 2014, Azalea performed "Iggy SZN" at the Yahoo! On the Road concert.[25] She also performed the song during the Jingle Ball Tour on December 8, 2014.[26]

Credits and personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from Reclassified liner notes.[27]

Locations
Personnel

Charts[edit]

Chart (2014) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[18] 95
Australia Urban (ARIA)[19] 11
Hot Canadian Digital Songs (Billboard)[24] 63
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[23] 48

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Reclassified by Iggy Azalea". iTunes Store (US). Apple Inc. Archived from the original on 21 November 2014.
  2. ^ "Reclassified by Iggy Azalea". iTunes Store (BE). Apple Inc. Archived from the original on 20 November 2014.
  3. ^ "Iggy Azalea to reissue 'New Classic' with six new songs". UPI. September 4, 2014. Retrieved July 27, 2015.
  4. ^ "Iggy Azalea Unveils 'Reclassified' Album Tracklisting". Direct Lyrics. October 19, 2014. Retrieved July 27, 2015.
  5. ^ a b Hughes, Josiah (23 October 2014). "Iggy Azalea Details 'Reclassified,' Shares New Song". Exclaim!. Retrieved 15 November 2014.
  6. ^ "New Music: Iggy Azalea – 'Iggy SZN'". Rap-Up. 23 October 2014. Retrieved 31 October 2014.
  7. ^ Reclassified (liner notes). Virgin EMI. 2014.
  8. ^ Coplan, Chris (23 October 2014). "Iggy Azalea shares new song "Iggy SZN" — listen". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved 15 November 2014.
  9. ^ a b Ramirez, Erika (23 October 2014). "Iggy Azalea Brings Big Boasts On New Song 'Iggy SZN'". Billboard. Retrieved 21 November 2014.
  10. ^ Muller, Marissa (23 October 2014). "Iggy Azalea Takes on the Haters with 'Iggy SZN': Listen". Radio.com. CBS Local Media. Retrieved 15 November 2014.
  11. ^ Daw, Robbie (23 October 2014). "Iggy Azalea's "Iggy SZN": Listen To The New 'Reclassified' Song". Idolator. Retrieved 15 November 2014.
  12. ^ "Iggy Azalea Shares New Track 'Iggy SZN' from 'Reclassified' [LISTEN]". Music Times. 23 October 2014. Retrieved 15 November 2014.
  13. ^ Carley, Brennan (23 October 2014). "Iggy Azalea Greets 'Iggy Szn' With Lackluster Rhymes and Beats". Spin. Retrieved 15 November 2014.
  14. ^ Farber, Jim (21 November 2014). "Iggy Azalea "Reclassified" album review". New York Daily News. Retrieved 24 November 2014.
  15. ^ Wass, Mike (24 November 2014). "Iggy Azalea's 'Reclassified': Album Review". Diolator. Retrieved 24 November 2014.
  16. ^ Rory, Cashin (25 November 2014). "Iggy Azalea – Reclassified". State. Retrieved 25 November 2014.
  17. ^ David Jeffries. "Reclassified – Iggy Azalea | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 5 December 2014.
  18. ^ a b Ryan, Gavin (1 November 2014). "Ed Sheeran Tops ARIA Singles For Third Week". Noise11. Retrieved 1 November 2014.
  19. ^ a b "ARIA Australian Top 40 Urban Singles". ARIA Charts. Archived from the original on 1 November 2014.
  20. ^ Gruger, William (30 October 2014). "Iggy Azalea's 'SNL' Appearance Generates Big Social Chart Gains". Billboard. Retrieved 21 November 2014.
  21. ^ "November 29, 2014 - Rap Digital Songs". Billboard. Retrieved 21 November 2014. (subscription required)
  22. ^ "November 29, 2014 - R&B/Hip-Hop Digital Songs". Billboard. Retrieved 21 November 2014. (subscription required)
  23. ^ a b "Iggy Azalea Chart History (Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved 21 November 2014.
  24. ^ a b "November 29, 2014 – Hot Canadian Digital Songs". Billboard. Retrieved 21 November 2014. (subscription required)
  25. ^ Billy Johnson, Jr. (December 5, 2014). "Yahoo On the Road: Iggy Azalea Embodies Rags-to-Riches Story in Concert". Yahoo!. Retrieved July 26, 2015.
  26. ^ Jon Bream (December 5, 2014). "Pop goes the Jingle Ball: Ariana Grande, Jessie J and Iggy Azalea". Yahoo!. Retrieved July 26, 2015.
  27. ^ Reclassified (Liner notes). Iggy Azalea. United States: Virgin EMI. 2014.

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