LISTEN: Iggy Azalea Drops ‘Savior’ Featuring Quavo
Iggy Azalea released her new single “Savior” on Friday featuring Migos rapper Quavo.
It is the first taste of her upcoming album, Surviving The Summer.
"Been around the world and I, I, I / I can't find my baby,” Azalea opens the track, paying tribute to Lisa Stansfield’s 1989 hit “All Around The World.”
Having experienced changes on both a professional and personal level within the last few years, Iggy tells iHeartRadio she is feeling a mix of emotions about releasing new music.
"I feel like people are being really supportive lately, more than I'm used to, and sometimes when things are going so good, I get worried that I'll think they're going to go too good, and then I'll disappoint myself. So, I'm scared to get too excited, but I feel excited. But I feel nervous." she explained. "It's just been so long since I've put out music that I have a bowl of mixed emotions. But mainly I think I'm very anxious, but happy.”
On how “Savior” is personal to the Australian rapper:
"Usually I'll do a collaboration that's more fun and upbeat, and the kind of thing you can run to in the gym. And this is still something you can have fun to, but I wrote it at a really heavy period in my life where I'd had a lot of changes that had happened overnight. I'd had a big break up, and my career wasn't going well, and I sort of found myself in this space where everything that I was used to, just my day to day routine, had abruptly stopped. And I just didn't know how to get my life back together, or what my life looked like with all of these changes, and how to get a routine going again, and just how to get my happiness back and feeling normal. So that was the space that I was in when I wrote this song. It's a hard one to put out there, I think, because sometimes it takes me back to that place, which was so heavy. But it also makes me really happy when I hear it because I figured it out for myself, and I'm so happy now that when I do hear it, I'm like 'Whoa that was really dark.' And you know what? I managed to figure it out and I'm in a really good place now. So I feel a sense of pride when I hear it, knowing that I was in that space and I came here, but it's also a heavy one to admit to people when you always want to keep a smile on your face. Like actually, yes. I did feel this sad, or this stuck, or this stagnant, or depressed. And it's hard to be vulnerable, but I hope I can connect with my fans through having more emotional honesty in this record.”
Azalea has a knack for connecting with her fans, not only through her music, but on social media as well – whether it's answering fans' questions directly, or expressing her love of chicken nuggets, there is no denying she's an open book with all the Azaleans out there.
How "Savior" sets up the rest of Surviving the Summer:
"It's a really good first single just because it's been such a long time since people have heard from me. So it's good to just kind of come out and say hey, this is what I've been doing for the last couple of years. This is how I've been feeling and this shows growth. And you can expect just more honesty from me and my records. I still have the fun ups and downs and stuff, but the point of my record, as a whole, is the turbulence that you go through in summer when you've just experienced a big break up. And it's a lot of highs, and it's a lot of burn outs. My record is that sort of juxtaposition. So it's good to start out with, just initially. For me, this record, 'Savior,' kind of sets the scene of like 'Okay. This is day one. This is where I was at.' And then moving along from there, this is what happened to me and what I went through. So this is sort of like ground zero, this record, when it comes to what I went through in my summer for this record.”
On what fans can expect from Surviving The Summer:
"It takes a while to get your routine back. I think when you lose something overnight, and it took me all summer, but I still had fun. I figured it out. So there were vacations, and there were parties on yachts, and there were barbecues with friends and all that good stuff. So it's not like a completely melancholy record, but I think it has those moments where you can go out with your friends, and you're really enjoying yourself, and thinking 'How could I ever truly be depressed when I have all my friends and I have all this great stuff?' And then there are those moments too when you come home after all that and then there's this almost abrupt feeling of emptiness. And you're like 'Whoa. Actually I'm still not over this thing and I still feel this sadness.' So it's kind of that up and down rollercoaster of extreme fun and then, 'I still feel this extreme loss. I'm not okay.' It goes up and down like that. And I want to do that in my single choices and things as we roll out that too, because I just really want people to understand the journey. I think it's something that we all go through. More so in summer than winter, just because everybody looks so hot in summer. Such a fun month. And I feel like when it gets cold, everybody wants to cuddle and watch Netflix together and you find your boo."
Surviving the Summer is expected to be released on June 30.
Check out the lyric video for “Savior” below:
Original article by Nicole Mastrogiannis at iHeartRadio