People have debated her talent and hip-hop ­credentials, but the one thing that is not in dispute is that Iggy ­Azalea, the plucky white rapper from Australia, is sitting atop the Billboard Hot 100. And she has plans to stay.

Late one early-summer Saturday night, Iggy Azalea, one of the hottest pop stars on the planet, enters the lobby of Manhattan's Mondrian Soho, one of the hottest hotels on the planet. In the lush garden patio, expensively dressed couples finish up elaborate dinners, while in the bar, women in this season's Louboutins are half-dancing to a steady electro throb and fielding the attentions of well-heeled bankers.

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