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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 »

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 »

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 »

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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…
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…
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
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.
Tom Breihan | May 19, 2014 - 1:21 pm

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.
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…
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…
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…
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.
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…
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…
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.
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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.
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…
Claire Lobenfeld | November 5, 2013 - 12:44 pm
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