Iggy Azalea’s The New Classic is expected to sell between 50,000 and 55,000 units in its first week of availability, according to HITS Daily Double.
“In a now altogether too common meeting of marketing prowess and the expectations of a society in the throes of progression, Australian-born emcee Iggy Azalea’s debut album The New Classicis just that; a modern twist on mainstream marketing’s ideal of beauty and expectations from popular music,” HipHopDX says in its review. “Depending on perspective, Azalea unfortunately (or fortunately) follows in a long line of physically attractive blondes pushed to the stars by the music industry. In that being said instead of Azalea’s unique gifts as a lyricist being showcased, the album feels flat and uninspiring. This isn’t as much an enjoyable album as it is a brand marketing impact report highlighting percentages of target demographics reached.”
In October 2013, Azalea spoke about the album with HipHopDX. “There are moments on my album where you’ll go, ‘Whoa that was fucking left of field,'” Iggy said at the time. “It’s probably going to be 14 or 15 tracks, and I can tell you that three or four tracks are really far left compared to the rest of the body of work. I wish they could’ve all been that far left, but I have to make everybody happy. It’s more sonic experimentation than anything. Visually, I try to get away with what I can, but there’s always the issue of censorship.”