Countdown To #PrettyGirls: Iggy’s Best Collabs

Photo courtesy of BreatheHeavy.com

Photo courtesy of BreatheHeavy.com

Less than a month from now the world will be graced with the newest single from Britney Spears featuring Iggy Azalea – “Pretty Girls”.

Spears and Azalea were spotted on the set of the song’s new music video in Los Angeles over the weekend.

Working totally 80’s fashions and hairstyles, the two mounted the back of a red convertible as they were driven down Sunset Blvd. singing the song’s lyrics.

This isn’t either of the musicians first time collaborating with another artist. It is, however, the first time Azalea has directed another artist’s video.

Azalea has collaborated with more than a hand full of musicians from Ariana Grande to T.I., so we counted down her top 5 collaborations based on YouTube.com views.

5. “Murder Business” ft. T.I.

Rapper T.I. has been credited with the discovery of Azalea since she first began to strut her way onto the music scene in 2011. The song itself is your run-of-the-mill rap song that has an infectious beat complimented by catchy lyrics. However, what sets this song apart is the video which pokes fun at child beauty pageants and shows such as “Toddlers and Tiaras”.

Total Views: 17,903,229

4. “Beg For It” ft. M0

Though the official video for this song was scrapped due to it “not needing to be done” according to Azalea, the song itself still saw much success on radio airways. The song peaked at No. 3 on the US Hot Dance Club Chart. Azalea brought aboard new artist M0 who delivers the chorus of this track.

Total Views: 23,722,761

3. “Black Widow” ft. Rita Ora

Azalea followed up the massive success of “Fancy” (see below) for another collaboration. This time with British pop singer Rita Ora. The video for the song pays homage to Quentin Tarantino’s film Kill Bill. The two women are dressed in outfits similar to that worn by Uma Thurman in the film and fight in a similar fashion. “Black Widow” peaked at No. 1 on multiple Billboard charts. The song is now one of Azalea’s signature tracks.

Total Views: 273,716,597

2. “Problem” ft Ariana Grande

Okay, so this song isn’t headlined by Azalea herself, but it is no denying that Ariana Grande helped usher Azalea into a  whole new level of super stardom. Her feature on this track helped the song hit No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart and No. 1 on the US Rhythmic Chart. It is no doubt that without Azalea this track would not be the same.

Total Views: 484,518,093

1. “Fancy” ft. Charlie XCX

The breakout hit from Azalea has got to be without a doubt “Fancy”. Until releasing this song, Azalea struggled to find success with her previous singles. However, the song’s dancefloor beats and catchy lyrics paved the way for Azalea’s chart takeover. Not to mention she took advantage of the recent revival of 90’s fashion with the video that perfectly pays homage to the iconic 1995 film Clueless. The song hit No.1 on almost every US Billboard Chart and was named the 2014 “song of the summer” by Rolling Stone Magazine. It is Azalea’s defining song.

Total Views: 519,418,721

Azalea’s latest collaboration with Spears is set to be released on May 5.

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The Grammys 2015: Who Should Win and Why

Photo courtesy of SamSmithWorld.com

Photo courtesy of SamSmithWorld.com

So, it is that special time of year again. The time of year when all of our favorite pop acts come together and celebrate the year in music and the best of the best are awarded with coveted Grammy.

This past year, the world of pop music has seen some pretty amazing acts.

We saw the birth of Australian raptress Iggy Azalea. We saw the birth of Meghan Trainor and all her bass, hips and lips. We saw Beyonce… oh, did we see Beyonce. And, we can not forget, we saw Country teen dream Taylor Swift morph herself into a 1989 pop phenom. It’s been a great year. But who did 2014 the best? I’m here to break down my picks and why I think they deserve to win. And, if they don’t, it is because the awards are rigged and no one likes to see Beyonce or her dad (who is a voting member of the Grammy council) mad.

** = who I want to win

* = who could possibly win

Best Pop Solo Performance
All Of Me (Live)- John Legend
Chandelier – Sia**
Stay With Me (Darkchild Version) – Sam Smith*
Shake It Off – Taylor Swift
Happy (Live) – Pharrell Williams

Past winners of this category include Macy Gray and Christina Aguilera, two powerhouse vocalist. Based on that fact, I’d say Sam Smith is set to win this category. However, I’d love to see “I won’t show my face” queen Sia win an award just because I would love to see if see gives her acceptance speech facing away from the crowd.

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance

Iggy Azalea ft. Charlie XCX – Fancy**
Coldplay –  A Sky Full of Stars
A Great Big World ft. Christina Aguilera – Say Something*
Jessie ft. Ariana Grande + Nicki Minaj – Bang Bang

Katy Perry ft. Juicy J – Dark Horse

This category is quite lackluster. Due to the fact that “Fancy” reigned supreme in 2014, I’d love to see Iggy win. Plus, she is such a baddie I just want to hear her acceptance speech and hear that glorious Australian accent! And though I do love me so Katy Perry, “Dark Horse” does not hold a candle to “Fancy”. However, the Grammy’s have blinded us before and gone with the less interesting couplings. In this case, A Great Big World ft. Christina Aguilera. But, if Aguilera won another Grammy that means I lose my six year bet with my mom! THIS CAN NOT HAPPEN!

Best Pop Vocal Album

Coldplay – Ghoststories
Miley Cyrus – Bangerz
Ariana Grande – My Everything
Katy Perry – Prism
Ed Sheeran – X
Sam Smith – In The Lonely Hour**/*

This is an easy one – Sam Smith. And he probably will win. Compared to the other acts in this group, Sam Smith’s In The Lonely Hour trumps over them all vocally. Miley has done way better vocal presentations then anything that can be found on Bangerz and Ariana Grande’s My Everything is really nothing compared to Smith’s effort. And don’t even get me started on Prism.

Record of The Year

Iggy Azalea ft Charlie XCX – Fancy**
Sia – Chandelier
Sam Smith – Stay With Me*
Taylor Swift – Shake It Off
Meghan Trainor – All About That Bass

Though I do love me some Taylor Swift pop music delights, her latest effort 1989 and all the offerings from it are too new to be considered for “Record of The Year” award in my opinion. Though, Swift is the only artist in the category to really have a large catalog of music behind them. So, I rule outShake It Off”. Again, I would love to see “Fancy” win because I’ve been a huge supporter of miss I G G Y since her Ignorant Art EP. However, the vocal ability and success of Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me” is undeniable. So, he’ll probably be the winner, which I am absolutely okay with.

Album of The Year

Beck – Morning Phase
Beyonce – Beyonce*
Ed Sheeran – X
Sam Smith –  In The Lonely Hour**
Pharrell Williams – Girl

Why is Beyonce’s album nominated? That album, a masterpiece indeed, came out two years ago. We all know it is only nominated this year because her daddy is up in there whipping all that work for his baby girl. In other words: CONFLICT OF INTEREST. I don’t think she’ll win considering she’s up against Sam Smith, but she is Beyonce and Beyonce is a female version of a hustla. I want Sam Smith to win because that album as a whole deserves to be praised and recognized for it’s deep, true and artistic content. However, Beyonce is Beyonce and Beyonce gets what Beyonce wants. Beyonce.

For the full list of nominees click here.

The 2015 Grammys are set to air Sunday Feb. 8 at 8 p.m. on CBS.