ACT-OFF! One Direction Vs. Iggy Azalea: Who Comes Out On Top?

By Melissa Unger

This week Iggy Azalea drops her highly anticipated new album, “The New Classic.” In addition to her new album, she also has a brand-new track, featuring Keyshia Cole, covering Diana Ross’ classic song “I’m Coming Out” for “The Other Woman” movie soundtrack, which hits theaters this Friday. But Iggy is not the only artist putting out new music.

One Direction recently released their new music video for “You and I,” which is the latest single off of their platinum album “Midnight Memories.” The group’s very own Liam Payne has remixed his own version of “You and I,” which he put on the group’s SoundCloud. Likewise, the group has made vocals and other music streams of the song available online to allow fans to create their own versions and upload them to the “You and I” remix group. In addition to their new music video, 1D is kicking off their world tour this Friday in Colombia and will land the US the first part of August.

So with so much great music hitting the airwaves, we gotta ask: Is this Australian rapper any match for the biggest boy band in the world? Forget the singles or music downloads — we are talking giving back to others. Point. Set. Match. Here’s the act between Iggy Azalea and One Direction.

 + Iggy Azalea Stands Up for Women’s Issues

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Iggy is not afraid to rap about the female body or stand up for women’s empowerment. Last year she took part in Chime for Change’s The Sound of Change concert. The show, which included performances by Beyoncé and Madonna, was meant to put women’s rights firmly in the spotlight and was part of Gucci’s new global campaign for girls’ and women’s empowerment. The concert, like the charity, sought to raise awareness of education, health and justice for women.

+ One Direction Stands Up to Cancer

It may seem like One Direction raises awareness for so many charities and causes, including AIDS & HIV, disaster relief, homelessness, hunger and poverty, but, hey, they do have 5 members. One cause that they come together to stand up for is fighting cancer.

These UK lads pledged over $300,000 of ticket profits from their ‘Where We Are’ 2014 tour to Stand Up to Cancer. Similarly, they took time out of their busy tour back in 2012 to visit a sick fan of theirs. Niamh Power may be only 8 years old, but she had the time of her life when Niall Horan, Harry Styles, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne and Louis Tomlinson all surprised her by showing up to her hotel room in London. Niall posed for pictures with her and posted it on Twitter. This lucky girl even got a kiss from Harry on the cheek.

The following year Harry Styles and Liam Payne made time in their busy schedules to help with a new campaign for the youth cancer charity Trekstock. The two posed for a photo shoot to promote the fundraising platform Prizeo, which aims to raise money for young people suffering from cancer. The group even signed up to help with this campaign by allowing a fan the chance to win a flight from anywhere in the world to London to spend the night out with the boys. Check out the video from the campaign!

+ The Verdict?

Let’s face it, with these two powerhouse music acts, we all win. They are not just singing about changing the world — they’re both actually doing it!

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