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Iggy Azalea’s chart battle with Peppa Pig sizzles

By | Published on Tuesday 23 July 2019

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The latest pop feud is well underway, with Iggy Azalea going head to head with Peppa Pig in the charts. And it’s all still to play for.

“It’s over for me now”, tweeted the rapper last week. She was responding to a tweet from the official Peppa Pig account which noted that the cartoon character had just released an album, the same day that Azalea released her first LP for five years, ‘In My Defense’.

Taking the bait, Peppa quickly replied, paraphrasing the lyrics of Azalea’s Charli XCX collaboration ‘Fancy’: “Peppa’s so fancy, you already know’.

“Collab with me now or you’ll end up a breakfast special, Peppa”, shot back Azalea. Things having taken a somewhat sudden dark turn, what with those threats of piggy murder, Peppa rightly dropped out of the game.

It’s all still playing on Azalea’s mind though. Well, it is whenever journalists ask her about it, presumably expecting a humorous answer. Which is something E! News did.

“She hasn’t said anything to me since [my threat to kill and eat her]”, she said. “But I’m beating her on the chart today, surprisingly. I really was scared though, because Peppa Pig is so popular with kids. When I saw that Peppa Pig was releasing an album, I was like, ‘Well that’s it. I’m out of the race'”.

However, as Azalea points out, despite that pessimism, she’s actually ahead in the chart race at the moment. Although, that does depend to an extent on which chart you’re talking about. If you check the all-new daily updating Rolling Stone charts in the US, in fact, what you’ll find, is, well, that neither rapper nor pig is anywhere to be seen in the latest countdown.

Meanwhile, in the UK, the picture is more complicated. In Monday’s Official Charts Company update, Azalea was at number 83 in the top 100 albums, while Peppa Pig did not register. However, in the current iTunes chart, Peppa Pig is at 53 and Azalea is at 114.

So, as you can see, it’s all very exciting.