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The 5 Best Songs Of The Week

The ballot box for this week’s 5 Best Songs was already overstuffed and brimming with contention even before Wilco dropped a surprise LP last night. The biggest arguments flared up over one Lana Del Rey. Hard to believe, right? Music nerds fighting about LDR? Well it happened. But it’s over now, thank goodness. Ultimately, “Honeymoon”… More »

By: Stereogum / July 17, 2015 - 4:30 pm

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

If anything big came out on Thursday evening, you’ll note that it’s not on this list. I wrote this yesterday afternoon, as I am now on a plane to Chicago for the Pitchfork Music Festival. If you see me there, say hi; I’ll be the tall guy. Even without any late-breaking additions, this was a… More »

By: Tom Breihan / July 17, 2015 - 11:54 am

M.I.A. – “Broader Than A Border” Video + Matahdatah Details

After some teasing over the past week, M.I.A. has debuted a new project called Matahdatah with a video dubbed “Matahdatah Scroll 01 ‘Broader Than A Border’.” It was shot in West India and Africa and features traditional dancers from both locales, along with shots of M.I.A. sitting among it all. The video incorporates a new… More »

By: James Rettig / July 13, 2015 - 1:01 pm

Preview New M.I.A. Music And Visuals

Over the past week, M.I.A. has been sharing new visuals and music on her social media accounts. As Pitchfork points out, it all seems to be tied to some project called “Matahdatha.” Some of the stuff she’s shared so far include a bunch of new press shots and what looks like a video shoot. One… More »

By: James Rettig / July 6, 2015 - 12:33 pm

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

Madonna’s “Bitch, I’m Madonna” is a bad video. It might be a good video if Madonna wasn’t out here trying to compete with Taylor Swift’s “Badd Blood” in the guest-star department and failing hilariously. Swift got her guest stars to throw knives and kung fu fight. Madonna has higher-wattage celebrities, but she can’t get them… More »

By: Tom Breihan / June 19, 2015 - 9:33 am

GENER8TION – “The New International Sound (Pt. II)” (Feat. M.I.A.) Video

You ever get the feeling that you’re about to lose a war? That’s what watching this video feels like. GENER8TION is a new project from the French dance producer Surkin, who roped M.I.A. into doing vocals on the excellent new track “The New International Sound (Pt. II).” But the track really takes off once you… More »

By: Tom Breihan / June 15, 2015 - 12:55 pm

GENER8ION – “The New International Sound (Part. II)” (Feat. M.I.A.)

May has been a big month for M.I.A. She shared a new demo and teased a potentially controversial video, and when A$AP Rocky’s At.Long.Last.A$AP credits broke, her name was included alongside many of her fellow superstars. Now Ms. Arulpragasam has guested on a new track by the French producer Surkin’s music/art/fashion collective GENER8ION. Hear her… More »

By: Chris DeVille / May 22, 2015 - 4:56 pm

A$AP Rocky’s At.Long.Last.A$AP Features Kanye West, M.I.A., Lil Wayne, UGK

A$AP Rocky’s new album At.Long.Last.A$AP is only a couple of weeks away from release, but the LP has been shrouded in secrecy ever since we learned of its release. But a tracklist just hit the internet, and it’s pretty fascinating. We’ve heard a few of the tracks that’ll be on it: “Lord Pretty Flacko JodyeMore »

By: Tom Breihan / May 21, 2015 - 1:55 pm

M.I.A. Says Her Video’s Release Is Being Blocked Because Of “Cultural Appropriation”

M.I.A. is no stranger to clashes with her record label, but the latest issue is truly a puzzling one. On Twitter, M.I.A. says that she shot a recent music video in Africa but that an unknown party (perhaps Interscope, but that’s unclear) is preventing its release because of concerns over “cultural appropriation.” Apparently, the entire… More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 19, 2015 - 9:30 am

M.I.A. – “Platforms” (Demo)

M.I.A. just uploaded a demo of a new song titled “Platforms,” after Instagramming a video of her singing along to the track earlier today. “Platforms” follows “CanSeeCanDo,” which came out in March and was the first new track we’d heard from M.I.A. since she released Matangi back in 2013. More »

By: Gabriela Tully Claymore / May 8, 2015 - 4:59 pm

M.I.A. & Diplo Are Still Bickering Via Subtweet

Diplo and M.I.A.’s feud has been going on for so long that I barely remember a time when they were collaborators, let alone romantic partners. The spats are ongoing, and in a recent interview with Rolling Stone, M.I.A. stated that Diplo was controlling and envious of her success when she signed to Interscope:… More »

By: Gabriela Tully Claymore / April 27, 2015 - 12:05 pm

M.I.A. Discusses Rocky Relationship With Diplo, Unpleasantness With Oprah In New Interview

Arular, M.I.A.’s powerful, adventurous debut, turns 10 years old this Sunday. To celebrate the anniversary and that record’s enduring legacy, she spoke to Rolling Stone, looking back on the making of the album, the political and cultural climate of 2005, her rocky relationship with now-superstar producer Diplo, and an unpleasant encounter with Oprah. More »

By: Peter Helman / March 20, 2015 - 7:36 pm

M.I.A. – “CanSeeCanDo”

M.I.A. shared a new track earlier today called “CanSeeCanDo.” It’s her first new track after the release of Matangi in 2013. “DEMOCRACY CONVERSATIONS ! TAMILS ARE STILL WAITING ! AND NO MY BEATS ARE NOT BETTER WITHOUT MY POLITICX,” reads the Soundcloud description. On Twitter, she originally promised that she would share a song called… More »

By: James Rettig / March 7, 2015 - 12:32 pm

Watch M.I.A. Goof Off In “The Only Fresh Exciting Bit” Of Diplo Doc F1ORIDA

It’s hard to believe these days, but Diplo and M.I.A., who now seem to sit on opposite ends of the pop-cultural spectrum, were a couple for a long time. Diplo’s surprisingly meditative solo debut LP Florida turns 10 this year, and a new reissue comes with F1ORIDA, a 20-minute documentary about Diplo’s early career that… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 8, 2015 - 10:19 am

PJ Harvey, M.I.A., Thurston Moore, Tom Morello Issue Statement In Support Of Online Whistleblowers

As Pitchfork reports, a number of musicians have joined the luminaries who signed a public statement that calls for public support of online whistleblowers like Edward Snowden, Daniel Ellsberg, Chelsea Manning, and Jeremy Hammond. The Courage Foundation issued the statement, and the list of musicians who have signed it includes PJ Harvey, M.I.A., Thurston Moore,… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 10, 2014 - 12:15 pm

M.I.A. Settles With The NFL, Maybe Now They Can Afford A Halftime Show

M.I.A. and the NFL have settled the lawsuit that the organization filed after M.I.A. flipped the middle finger during her part in Madonna’s 2012 Super Bowl halftime show. The Hollywood Reporter says that M.I.A.’s attorney Howard King confirmed the settlement, but that details of the arbitration will remain private. The NFL filed a lawsuit a… More »

By: James Rettig / August 22, 2014 - 6:36 pm

M.I.A. – “Gold”

Dutch DJ duo the Partysquad contributed production to M.I.A.’s Matangi, and now they’ve aligned again for a song on The Partysquad Summer Mixtape 2014. It’s a typically noisy M.I.A. track that wouldn’t have sounded out of place on Kala, with a beat that remains spacious despite busy drum programming and various agitated blasts of sound. More »

By: Chris DeVille / July 24, 2014 - 5:20 pm

Watch Glastonbury 2014 Performances From Lana Del Rey, Arcade Fire, Jack White, Disclosure, Haim, & More

Glastonbury, the world’s biggest and wettest music festival, is going down this weekend and despite what M.I.A. claims the BBC has been broadcasting bits of all the performances from the legendary Somerset extravaganza. Below you can watch professionally shot footage of songs from Lana Del Rey, Arcade Fire, Haim, Metallica, MGMT, Parquet Courts, Chvrches, Interpol,… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / June 28, 2014 - 2:33 pm

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

This week’s central battle came down, as so many do, to the eternal conflict between well-intentioned grand-scale storytelling and gleefully trashy bloodletting. It’s the Forrest Gump vs. Pulp Fiction of the 5 Best Videos Of The Week column! And just like in 1994, the middle-of-the-road epic won. Life is like a box of chocolates, etc. More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 23, 2014 - 12:41 pm

M.I.A. – “Double Bubble Trouble” Video

Last week, M.I.A. gave a fascinatingly berserk performance of “Double Bubble Trouble,” a song from her 2013 album Matangi, on Late Night With Seth Meyers. She surrounded herself with neon drone cameras, uzi-clutching attendants, an amazing dirtbag dancer, and various other right-this-minute cultural artifacts, and now she’s put them all into the raw, frantic “Double… More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 19, 2014 - 1:21 pm
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