Amethyst Amelia Kelly (born 7 June 1990), better known by her stage name Iggy Azalea , is an Australian recording artist and model from Mullumbimby, New South Wales. She left for the United States at the age of 16 to pursue a career in hip hop music. In September 2011, she released her debut mixtape Ignorant Art and subsequently aligned herself with Atlanta-based rapper T.I. Also in 2012, Azalea became both the first female and the first non-American rapper to be featured on XXL’s annual Top 10 Freshmen cover issue.
After label conflicts, her debut studio album The New Classic was finally released on 21 April 2014, under Virgin EMI and Def Jam Recordings. The album debuted among the top five of several charts worldwide and received generally mixed reviews. Additionally, Azalea went on to pass Lil’ Kim as the female rapper with the longest-leading number one single on the Billboard Hot 100 and moved into a tie for fifth place among lead women who have scored the longest commands on the Hot 100 this decade.