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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… More »

By: Peter Helman / March 20, 2015

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

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

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.,… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 10, 2014

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 lawsuitMore »

By: James Rettig / August 22, 2014

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… More »

By: Chris DeVille / July 24, 2014

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,… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / June 28, 2014

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

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,… More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 19, 2014

M.I.A. – “Baddygirl 2″ (Beyoncé “***Flawless” Remix)

When you've had a Beyoncé remix sitting on your hard drive for a few months, you're eventually going to want the world to hear it. It's just human nature. "***Flawless" was one of the highlights from Beyoncé's great self-titled album, and with its clipped electro-beat and its snarling intensity, it may have owed… More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 14, 2014

Watch M.I.A. Perform “Double Bubble Trouble” On Seth Meyers

"Double Bubble Trouble," a highlight from M.I.A.'s 2013 album Matangi, did us the favor of reminding the world that Shampoo's "Trouble" exists, and last night she was on Late Night With Seth Meyers to perform it. Her stage set was a thing of beauty: An excitable dirtbag dancer, bored extras in office chair… More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 13, 2014

Watch M.I.A. And Janelle Monáe’s Bicoastal Hologram Duet For Audi

Last night, M.I.A. and Janelle Monáe played shows at simultaneous launch events for Audi's new A3. M.I.A. was in New York, and Monáe was in Los Angeles, but they still came together for a collaboration at the end of the show, thanks to the magic of technology. Both became holograms, beaming their 3D image… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 4, 2014

M.I.A. And Janelle Monaé To Perform Hologram Duet For Audi

We can debate in circles about the unholy intersection of music and business, but in this instance the combination might be producing something cool. Janelle Monaé and M.I.A. are scheduled to perform at dual launch events for Audi's new A3 this Thursday. Each artist will perform a full set, Monaé in LA and M.I.A. i… More »

By: Chris DeVille / April 2, 2014

NFL Seeks Additional $15M From M.I.A. For Super Bowl Middle Finger

The feud between the NFL and M.I.A. is getting more heated and even more entertaining. More »

By: Chris DeVille / March 17, 2014

M.I.A. Leaves Roc Nation, Is Accepting Résumés

M.I.A. has had a messy couple of years: The Super Bowl flap, the great single with no album attached, a blocked documentary, the years-long wait for Matangi. And when stuff like that happens, the artist can usually share some blame with her management. Well, now M.I.A. is looking for new management. More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 2, 2014

The 10 Biggest Music Beefs Of 2013

As time-tested album cycles are discarded and abandoned, so too is an artist's traditional publicity window. In 2013, the best way to stay in the public eye was not to do interviews, but to bicker, troll, and brawl -- on Twitter, on TV, or in person. Yes, beef was what's for dinner i… More »

By: Michael Nelson / December 27, 2013

M.I.A. – “Trouble Again”

Last week M.I.A. announced that she would be releasing a bonus track from her recent album Matangi on Spotify, and sure enough, today she delivered. You can listen to "Trouble Again" below via Spotify, and be sure to check out our Premature Evaluation of the album. More »

By: Miles Bowe / December 3, 2013

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

I was embarrassingly excited for it, and it took until near the end of Kanye West's "Bound 2" video for me to contemplate the possibility that it sucks. But yes, I'm pretty sure it sucks. There's some definite trolling involved, what with the sweeping Hallmark-card opening and the deranged mean-mugging and the beyond-obvious greenscreening. More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 22, 2013

Watch M.I.A. On Colbert

M.I.A. may be one of the most politically charged artists on the popscape today, but there's a reason she's not really making the Sunday morning talk-show circuit. Last night, she was the guest on The Colbert Report, and things got a bit messy, especially when she said she'd never seen the show. The interview wasn't… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 21, 2013

M.I.A. – “Y.A.L.A.” Video

M.I.A. is on her Enter The Void shit. The video for "Y.A.L.A." -- the contra-Drake rave assault from her new album Matangi -- comes with an epilepsy warning, and holy shit does it ever earn it. The clip uses flashing lights and negative color-schemes to turn M.I.A.'s already-severe on-camera presence into some sort… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 15, 2013
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