Update, 7/1: With a flurry of tweets simultaneously denouncing the press for doing its job and invoking the Feminism Defense, Iggy Azalea has given her side of story re: Britney Spears. Spoiler: It's not her fault.
Okay. Cool. Let's take stock. In chronological order, we've got...
- a subtweet expressing dissatisfaction with another artist's business decisions about her own song
- an insistence that she fully supports the aforementioned artist whose business decisions she previously questioned in a public forum
- the argument that the media is reporting on this only because it wants to pit two women against each other and not because a controversial back-and-forth really did occur
I rest my case.
Update, 6/30: You will read Britney's flawless response to Iggy Azalea's rudeness—because that is ostensibly what is was—and you will stumble around gasping "the shaaaaaade, the shaaaaade" before collapsing into a pile of giggles.
(If you're like, "huh?" B is seemingly referring to Iggy's postponed then canceled Great Escape tour. That, combined with the name of her Vegas show Piece of Me, means this tweet = retribution.)
Have there ever been ellipses more fraught with tension in the history of punctuation? I think not.
Update, 6/29: In another episode of Social Media: The #1 Killer of Celebrities' Careers, Iggy Azalea responded to a fan's backhanded compliment by displacing the blame...onto Britney Spears.
When blogs called her out, Amethyst took offense and returned fire, putting 5.53 million people off their second lunches in the process.
Then she came back and dispensed some heartfelt friendship wisdom.
Remember when she left Twitter in a huff and her management took over? Those were the days.
Update, 5/13: The "Pretty Girls" music video has dropped and it's out of this world, to say the least. There's Brit's throwback dance routines, the unapologetically '80s wardrobe, and lots o' hair crimping. Oh and an alien abduction, because of course. Enjoy!
Update, 5/4: The wait is over! Well, sort of. While the music video is still under wraps, the duo's song has been unveiled and it's a girls-rule-boys-drool jam that brings us back to our schoolyard days.
The lyrics beg the ever-pertinent question: Are men from Mars? Plus, Spears' hook on the chorus is reminiscent of her sound from the early aughts, while the song's infectious beat is comparable to that of Azalea's "Fancy," which was totally the unofficial song of last summer.
According to various reports, Spears and Azalea are scheduled to perform the song live at the Billboard Music Awards on May 17 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Original Post, 4/10: Britney Spears and Iggy Azalea are teaming up, and get in, loser, they're going '80s. Yesterday, the ladies began filming their music video for their new single, "Pretty Girls," and if the candid snaps below are any indication, it promises a serious visual party of what the more-is-more decade had in spades: crimped hair, acid wash denim, and neon jewelry.
Filmed in California's Studio City, the two appear to go rogue, cruising around town in a bright orange jeep. In an Instagram post, Spears captioned a picture with emojis and what we can only assume are the song's lyrics: "Girls roll up. Windows roll down. Eyes on us. Jaws on the ground." Sounds about right.
Stay tuned for the new video, but for now enjoy a first look, below: