Iggy Azalea Vs. The Beatles: Who Is The Toppermost?


Iggy Azalea's handlers are tirelessly trumpeting the rapper's recent accomplishment of being the first artist since The Beatles to occupy the #1 and #2 slot on the Billboard singles chart.  Now, don't get us wrong, that's quite an accomplishment for any recording artist, but there are FOUR things Iggy's PR machine doesn't want you to know:

1. When the Beatles hit #1 and #2 simultaneously with their first two charting singles, "She Loves You" and "I Want To Hold Your Hand", it was with sales of over 1 million copies a week, compared to 55,000 for Azalea's "Fancy" and less than 223,000 for Ariana Grande's "Problem, on which Azalea is featured.  In other words, Iggy takes the top spot with sales that are one-third of the units the Beatles were moving in '64.

2. Based on those sales figures, Azalea's "Fancy" would barely break into the Top 20 by 1964 sales standards.

3. The Beatles hit the #1 and #2 spots with their own singles, whereas Iggy Azalea was merely a featured performer on Grande's hit single.  Additionally, three months after accomplishing the feat, The Beatles would later own all five spots of the US Top 5 for the week of April 4, 1964 with their own singles "Can't Buy Me Love", "Twist And Shout", "She Loves You", "I Want To Hold Your Hand" and "Please Please Me".

4. The Beatles "She Loves You" and "I Want To Hold Your Hand" held the #1 and #2 spots for six straight weeks, whereas Iggy's "Fancy" will face stiff competition from Ed Sheeran's "Sing" and Paramore's "Ain't It Fun".

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