Iggy Azalea Clarifies Relationship With Interscope

Iggy Azalea Clarifies Relationship With Interscope

Iggy Azalea says she was not dropped by the record label.

Published May 21, 2012

After T.I. revealed last week that Iggy Azalea, contrary to her own earlier statements, is not signed to Interscope Records, the up-and-comer from Australia has come forward herself to clear a few things up.

In an interview with XXL.com after a recent performance in New York, Azalea said that she never actually closed a deal with Interscope and instead pursued a relationship with T.I.'s Grand Hustle imprint at the competing Atlantic Records. She is, however, signed to Interscope management.

“I wasn't dropped by Interscope. I’m still managed by [Interscope], but when T.I. came on board it became a Grand Hustle thing," she said. "There’s things that change when other people get involved. For me, I choose my involvement with Tip because that’s my family over other things, so I’m thankful that I have him and he can kinda get me out of that situation; now it’s just strictly Grand Hustle.”

Yvette Gale, VP of Publicity at Interscope, confirmed the story.

“Iggy decided not to sign with Interscope, but she is still managed by Interscope Management," she said in a statement.

Azalea, who first broke the news about going with Interscope on Twitter and in an interview with Billboard earlier this year, said she hadn't felt the need to provide an update on her status with the label.

“This has been this way for about two months now. Me or Interscope didn’t really feel it was necessary to speak on it because we have a great relationship still," she said. "Everyone in that building is my friend and there’s a mutual respect there and nobody wants to do anything that makes anyone feel uncomfortable about anything else. There’s no bad blood between me and Interscope of course, they still manage me. So they play a big part in my career; but I can’t sign something that I don’t feel, you know, is 100 percent right. So I did what was best for me and they did what was best for them business-wise."

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Written by Reggie Ugwu


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