Iggy Azalea clarifies Interscope situation: “I’m still managed by Interscope” | Music News

For a number of months, it was assumed Iggy Azalea was signed to Interscope. After all, not only did she tweet out “Interscope, if you were wondering” and “Get used to me + jimmy [Iovine] smashing sh*t, cause that’s the plan ^.^”, but the Australian femcee told Billboard’s The Juice that the label was “a family” and the deal was “a long-term commitment”.

After her Grand Hustle (with whom she signed back in March) boss T.I. claimed she was a “free agent” on MTV’s Hip Hop POV earlier this week, raising plenty of confused looks in the hip-hop community, it has been revealed today that Ms. Azalea was never officially signed to Interscope.

Speaking with XXL after her sold-out show at SOBs in New York City last night (May 7th), Iggy herself cleared up the situation, stating that although a full deal with the label was never made, she is still under Interscope Management.

“I wasn’t dropped by Interscope,” she said. “I’m still managed by [Interscope], but when T.I. came on board and it became a Grand Hustle thing. We were working on restructuring and we worked down to the final deal. 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.”

Her statement was clarified by Interscope’s Vice President of Publicity, Yvette Gayle, who said: “Iggy decided not to sign with Interscope, but she is still managed by Interscope Management.”

Iggy then added: “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. 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% right. So I did what was best for me and they did what was best for them business-wise.

“I’m not in a rush to sign anything with anyone,” she said, speaking on possible future deals. “I have some really great things coming up that you will see why and maybe it will make more sense why I chose what I’ve chosen. I can’t elaborate on them yet.

A source close to Ms. Azalea believes her signing to Atlantic (under which Grand Hustle is distributed) is “certainly possible”.

Stay tuned for more details as and when they surface.

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