In April 2014, Azalea released her debut album The New Classic. Following its release, The New Classic debuted at number three on the US Billboard 200 and in the top five of several international markets. The album also topped the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and Rap Albums charts. It was met with mixed reviews from music critics. The album's fourth single "Fancy" became a breakthrough hit for Azalea, peaking at number one on the US Billboard Hot 100, holding the top spot for seven consecutive weeks. It went on to become the longest running number one single from a female rapper as a lead artist surpassing "Lady Marmalade", which featured Americanrapper Lil' Kim. The following single "Black Widow" peaked at number three on the US Hot 100.
On 4 September 2014, Azalea announced that she would be reissuing her debut studio album The New Classic. She commented that a collaboration with English recording artist Ellie Goulding would be included on the forthcoming project, and previewed the tracks "Beg for It" and a scrapped solo recording from The New Classic recording sessions titled "Cheeks". Azalea later revealed that she would be collaborating with Ellie Gouldingon a track called "Heavy Crown" featured in the film Kingsman: The Secret Service. In October, a friend of Azalea uploaded a video on her Instagram account. The video featured her and Azalea in a car, listening to the new song "Beg for It". Another song was also teased via Instagram entitled "Iggy SZN". Azalea then confirmed that "Beg for It", featuring Danish singer MØ, would be her next single.
Recording and productionEdit
It's likely the album was rush-released due to Azalea's unexpected success in the U.S. The release was poorly planned, and as a result, was not well promoted.
|1.||"We in This Bitch"||Amethyst Kelly, Jason Pebworth, George Astasio, Jonathan Shave, Salt Wives, Jon Turner||The Invisible Men, Salt Wives||4:10|
|2.||"Work"||Kelly, Pebworth, Astasio, Shave, Trocon Markous Roberts, Natalie Sims||FKi 1st, The Invisible Men||3:43|
|3.||"Change Your Life" (featuring T.I.)||Kelly, Sims, Raja Kumari, The Messengers, Lovy Longomba, Clifford Harris, Jr.||The Messengers||3:40|
|4.||"Beg for It" (featuring MØ)||Kelly, Charlotte Aitchison, Kurtis McKenzie, Turner||The Invisible Men, The Arcade||2:58|
|5.||"Black Widow" (featuring Rita Ora)||Kelly, Tor Erik Hermansen, Mikkel Storleer Eriksen, Benjamin Levin, Katheryn Hudson, Sarah Hudson||Stargate||3:29|
|6.||"Trouble" (featuring Jennifer Hudson)||Kelly, Judith Hill, Isabella Summers, Pebworth, Astasio, Shave, Salt Wives, Turner||The Invisible Men, Salt Wives||2:46|
|7.||"Don't Need Y'all"||Kelly, Pebworth, Astasio, Shave, Turner, Jon Mills||The Invisible Men, The Arcade||3:33|
|8.||"Rolex"||Kelly, Pebworth, Astasio, Shave, Turner, McKenzie||The Invisible Men, The Arcade||3:23|
|9.||"Iggy SZN"||Kelly, Pebworth, Astasio, Shave, Darryl Reid, Turner||The Invisible Men, Darryl Reid||3:20|
|10.||"Fancy" (featuring Charli XCX)||Kelly, Aitchison, Pebworth, Astasio, Shave, Turner, McKenzie||The Invisible Men, The Arcade||3:19|
|11.||"Heavy Crown"||Kelly, Goulding, Pebworth, Astasio, Shave, Salt Wives, Turner||The Invisible Men, Salt Wives||3:52|
|12.||"Bounce"||Kelly, Talay Riley, Oladayo Olatunji, Sims, Mark Hadfield, Mike Di Scala, Jochem George Paap||Reeva & Black||2:47|