For the last 11 years, Iggy Azalea – via a slew of mixtapes, studio albums, and EPs – has turned the music world on its head with her Australian-meets-Southern U.S. dialect, unwavering dedication to the production of quality music videos, and drop of bop-after-bop across Hip Hop and Pop.
And while those efforts were met with varying levels of success, what remained constant was that her devoted fans – affectionately called #Azaleans – seemed to have an insatiable appetite for her content, demanding more after each critically-acclaimed delivery.
Yet, as alluded to by the title of her August 13-released album ‘End of An Era’ (click here to stream), all good things must come to an end.
Look inside to hear her explain why.
Fans who thought her latest LP’s moniker was figurative language were stunned when Azalea confirmed otherwise while hitting her press rounds in support of the project. Taking to ‘Entertainment Tonight’ (as seen above), the 31-year-old revealed ‘End of an Era’ will indeed be the end of the musical era of her entertainment career.
“This may be the last one, and I’m pretty sure it will be, so I just really wanted to make it something that I was so happy with and that I can live with loving the cover, loving every song. And for me, it’s a no skip album,” she said.
While some speculate the commercial nonresponse to her last set of efforts is to blame, she asserts the need for privacy, motherhood, and desire to focus on other creative interests are taking her away from music.
“I always felt that I had other creative things that I really wanted to get to, and it’s hard to get to them when you’re a recording artist because so much of recording is going on tour after the fact,” she said before later asserting, “My decision to not make any more music is ultimately, really at this point, truly 95% of it is about the fact that I just don’t feel that I am comfortable being that level open to the public.”
That discomfort, according to Iggy, is due in great part to her 1-year-old son, Onyx.
“Maybe it’s partially because I have a son now and I feel that maternal instinct to want to really protect him and have that safe space,” she revealed. “And, I don’t really want to invite strangers to have an opinion about my life so much anymore.”
Another incentive to pump the brakes is her distribution deal, which closed with the ‘End of an Era’ album.
“…this is my last album on my distribution deal, so I don’t have an obligation to write any more. And I haven’t signed any other offers and I don’t intend to, so we will see, but right now there is nothing else contractually that I am obligated to do,” she stated.
The ‘Fancy’ hitmaker took to ‘Billboard’ to double down on the sentiment relayed at ‘Entertainment Tonight.’
“For me The End of an Era…just references the ‘era’ as in the decade but also a nod to the fact that it’s a last hurrah… it’s probably the last project I’m going to put out musically, so it’s the end of a chapter of my life,” she said.
Click here to see what else she said about the new LP.