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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 some stylistic… More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 14, 2014 - 10:19 am

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 chairs clutching pink… More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 13, 2014 - 11:08 am

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 images to… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 4, 2014 - 8:48 am

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 - 1:34 pm

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 - 3:22 pm

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. As SPIN points out,… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 2, 2014 - 2:38 pm

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 in 2013, and… More »

By: Michael Nelson / December 27, 2013 - 11:38 am

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 - 2:50 pm

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. But… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 22, 2013 - 11:50 am

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 - 9:14 am

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 of gargoyle-quee… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 15, 2013 - 9:18 am

Watch M.I.A. Play Conan

No one on the corner has swagger like Conan O’Brien. Actually, that’s not even remotely true. Everyone on the corner has exponentially more swagger than Conan O’Brien. Have you seen that guy lately? Jesus. Every time I catch a glimpse of that guy onscreen, he looks like an absolutely broken man. It’s tragic. But Cona… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 14, 2013 - 8:48 am

The 15 Most Memorable Moments At Fun Fun Fun Fest 2013

Fun Fun Fun Fest went down this past weekend in Austin, Texas, aka “the Live Music Capital Of The World.” The Fest celebrated its eighth year with headliners M.I.A., Snoop Dogg, and Slayer, along with a stacked lineup that included Ice-T, the Descendents, Kurt Vile, the Julie Ruin, Bleached, Killer Mike, the Men, Chelsea Light… More »

By: Ryan Leas / November 11, 2013 - 2:17 pm

Watch M.I.A. Play With The Roots On Fallon

M.I.A. stopped by 6A last night to perform “Come Walk With Me” with the Roots, but not before talking to Jimmy Fallon about the time she embarrassed herself in front of them at a Japanese club. It’s a rare live band performance for the rapper and you can watch it along with the interview below. More »

By: Scott Lapatine / November 8, 2013 - 8:01 am

The 10 Best M.I.A. Songs

M.I.A. is supposed to be a messenger, but the mission of her music is often obscured by critics’ and listeners’ schismatic view of her work. But before her war with the NFL, her allegiance with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, or those goddamn truffle fries, she was a neon prism at the end of a long… More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / November 6, 2013 - 4:01 pm

M.I.A. Says Her Super Bowl Middle Finger Was Actually A Godly Hand Gesture

M.I.A.’s Matangi is out today and along with the religious iconography that is referenced throughout the album, in a recent interview with NPR, the “Bad Girls” rapper has explained that the middle finger she gave at the 2012 Super Bowl halftime show is part of that spiritual expression. When asked why she did it, she… More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / November 5, 2013 - 12:44 pm

Premature Evaluation: M.I.A. Matangi

Talking to Pitchfork last month, M.I.A. called “Paper Planes” “an accident”: “It wasn’t a song we made for the masses. It took two years to get popular, and there were many fights about censoring the gunshot sounds.” And she’s right; the track took a weird and circuitous route to pop ubiquity; it famously had to… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 4, 2013 - 1:16 pm

The 10 Best Moments From The 2013 YouTube Music Awards

After an ambitious and awkward 90-minute production, the inaugural YouTube Music Awards have disappeared into a cloud of blue chalk dust. The ceremony, streamed live from a warehouse in New York, attempted to capture the madcap spirit of early MTV and only occasionally succeeded — and if success means a lot of eyeballs on the… More »

By: Chris DeVille / November 3, 2013 - 9:22 pm

Watch The YouTube Music Awards Feat. Performances By Arcade Fire, M.I.A., Earl Sweatshirt, & More

Grab some popcorn (but don’t dare smear butter on that keyboard) and cozy up in front of your laptop screen because the inaugural YouTube Music Awards are going down this evening live from New York’s Pier 36. Reggie Watts and Jason Schwartzman will host (crossing my fingers for an original-lineup Phantom Planet reunion), and Spike… More »

By: Chris DeVille / November 3, 2013 - 5:36 pm

Watch WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange Open For M.I.A. In NYC

Last night, before M.I.A.’s set at NYC’s Terminal 5, Julian Assange Skyped into the venue from his current home in London’s Ecuadorian embassy. M.I.A. has had a long mutual admiration with the WikiLeaks founder, taking inspiration from him on her Vicki Leekx mixtape in 2010 and writing the theme to his The World Tomorrow programMore »

By: Stereogum / November 2, 2013 - 4:08 pm
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