Thursday 25 April 2013, 10:55 | By Andy Malt
Iggy Azalea signs US deal with Island Def Jam
Australian rapper Iggy Azalea has signed a deal with Universal’s Island Def Jam in the US, it was announced yesterday. As previously reported, Azalea previously signed with the mega-major’s Mercury label (which has since relaunched as Virgin EMI) in the UK back in February.
Island president David Massey said in a statement: “We are beyond proud and excited to welcome Iggy to the Island Def Jam family. Iggy has created a massive buzz and rightfully so: she’s incredibly talented, she’s focused, driven, and has great creative tastes and instincts. She is nothing short of an international star, and the team here – including Steve Bartels, Chris Anokute, Karen Kwak, our chairman Barry Weiss and myself – are thrilled she’s chosen Island Records as her US home”.
Iggy added: “I am elated to be a part of the Island Def Jam family! After speaking in depth with David, Steve and Chris, it became clear that Island Records was attuned to the type of artist I am. They are a great addition to my UK team. Along with TI and the Grand Hustle family, I couldn’t have asked for a more understanding and aspirational group of people to work with”.
Azalea recently released new single ‘Work’, and her major label debut album, ‘The New Classic’, is due for release in the UK in June.