Iggy Azalea's Inspiring New Song "Million Dollar Dream" Parallels Her Success Story — LISTEN
It’s Iggy Azalea’s world, and we’re all just livin’ in it. Last week, the Australian rapper scored an impressive top-three debut with her first full-length album, The New Classic. This week, “Problem,” Azalea’s collaboration with pop singer Ariana Grande, skyrocketed to the number three spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart (making it her highest-charting single to-date). Meanwhile, “Fancy,” Azalea’s ultra-catchy Charli XCX-assisted track, sits at number four. Oh, and Azalea also currently occupies the top two chart spots on U.S. iTunes. Yeah, she’s kind of a big deal right now.
Hot on the heels of the announcement that Azalea will be featured on Jennifer Lopez’s forthcoming album, A.K.A. (!!!), comes the release of “Million Dollar Dream” — a new song that will appear on the soundtrack for Disney’s upcoming movie, Million Dollar Arm. Wow. In just a couple of months, Azalea has gone from being a relatively unknown artist in the United States to having a hit album, scoring two of the country’s most popular songs, and landing a soundtrack deal for a big-budget Disney flick. That’s seriously impressive.
Million Dollar Arm , which hits theaters on May 16, tells the inspirational true story of a down on his luck sports agent (Mad Men’s Jon Hamm) who travels to Mumbai to find fresh baseball pitching talent to bring back to the United States. What begins as a strictly professional mission to get two young men from India signed by major league baseball teams turns into a heartwarming story of commitment and friendship. Awww!
Produced by Academy Award-winning composer A.R. Rahman (Slumdog Millionaire), the brief “Million Dollar Dream” features a couple slick verses from Azalea about achieving your dreams in a new country (complete with baseball references) and a super-infectious hook from Bollywood singer Sukhwinder Singh. On the song’s first verse, Azalea raps:
I give it all for the dream
‘Cause the goal ain’t as far as it seems
I got this million-dollar arm throwin’ everything I got into this million-dollar dream
Into this million dollar dream, into this millionaire dream
Live and direct, fresh off the jet
Yelling, “You ain’t seen nothin’ like this yet!”
Confident walk, it’s success when I step
You’ll probably never see this again
Don’t hold your breath
Coincidentally (or perhaps not, depending on when exactly the song was recorded), “Million Dollar Dream” parallels Azalea’s own U.S. success story quite nicely. Disney really couldn’t have picked a better rapper for the job. Check out "Million Dollar Dream" via Rolling Stone below.
The Million Dollar Arm soundtrack will be released digitally on May 13.