Mullumbimby MC Iggy Azalea is quickly learning the ways of the media world after recent comments she made about fellow Antipodean, Lorde, appeared to take a shot at the Auckland prodigy, despite the pair having earlier teamed up against the critics.
Azalea currently occupies the top two spots of Billboard’s Hot 100 survey between No.1 single Fancy and her feature spot on Ariana Grande’s Problem, so interest in her every word is at a premium. Unfortunately, among her recent words were comments to Billboard on the Team singer’s performance with the surviving members of Nirvana upon their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April.
"I think when you’re doing a tribute to someone that’s dead, generally it should be the person’s peer," Azalea said. "Lorde is not Kurt Cobain’s peer. No matter if she killed the performance or not, I just don’t think it’s appropriate."
We don’t think her use of the word "killed" is appropriate here but anyway, Azalea was quick to laugh off the story that erupted from her comments, tweeting: "Lol I have a feud with lorde now? I Don’t think so she’s my southern hemispheric soul sister. Keep reaching world."
Lorde, meanwhile, was on the receiving end of further criticism this week when Guardian reviewer Michael Hann gave her sold-out show at London’s Brixton Academy on Sunday night a respectable, rather than rave-worthy, three stars out of five.
While praising her "wonderfully unselfconscious" dancing and her voice’s "slight husky catch that lends gravitas even when the sentiments don’t quite deserve it", Hann found the gig "literally a little monotonous".
"The songs are of almost uniform pace and tone," he wrote. "With Tennis Court out of the way three songs in, there’s a distinct sag until Royals and Team are played towards the end of the set, because everything sounds the same."
At least Lorde herself found solace in a review of her show at the Shepherd’s Bush Empire on Thursday, retweeting it to her 1.73 million followers. That it was by a different Guardian writer will hopefully teach both her and perhaps even Azalea a little more about the ways of the media world.
Lorde plays at Challenge Stadium in Perth on July 5, Sydney's Hordern Pavilion from July 11-12, Melbourne's Festival Hall from July 15-16 and at Brisbane's Riverstage on July 20.