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M.I.A.’s “The Message” Not So Paranoid After All?

M.I.A. is no stranger to controversy and criticism. But with the recent revelations about government surveillance, she has culled together a grip of remarks that called /\/\/\Y/\ opening track “The Message” paranoid and juvenile on her Tumblr, seemingly as a statement that she was right all along. Back in 2010, this site called for a… More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / June 19, 2013 - 12:56 pm

M.I.A. – “Bring The Noize”

Despite an initial April release date, M.I.A.’s fourth studio full-length, Matangi, has been temporarily shelved for allegedly being “too positive.” Over the weekend, we heard a snippet of skittering but spritely and “Me And Bobby McGee”-referencing new cut “Bring The Noize” but it was debuted in full on Zane Lowe’s BBC 1 show this afternoon. More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / June 17, 2013 - 2:44 pm

Hear A Snippet Of M.I.A.’s “Bring The Noize”

M.I.A. has a new record coming out at some point this year, Matangi, for which she has already released the single “Bad Girls.” Next week, M.I.A. is set to premiere a second single, “Bring The Noize.” As BBC Radio 1 DJ Zane Lowe tweeted, the song will air on Monday sometime between 7-9pm. And now… More »

By: Liz Pelly / June 15, 2013 - 4:52 pm

Stream M.I.A.’s Matangi Mixtape

M.I.A. released new material at a fashion show in Paris today, an 8-minute Matangi mix. It was used to soundtrack her collaboration with the fashion line Kenzo. Matangi is also the name of M.I.A.’s next album, which is tentatively out on April 15th, so it’s likely this mix is a sign of what’s to come… More »

By: Liz Pelly / March 3, 2013 - 12:22 pm

M.I.A. – “Doobie”

Super producer Danja’s contribution to the Internet’s nostalgia machine #ThrowBackThursday comes in the form of sharing music he’s made via YouTube. Yesterday he unveiled “Doobie,” a song that he and M.I.A. recorded together when they made “Bad Girls.” No word on whether or not this will have placement on her upcoming album Matangi, the release… More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / February 1, 2013 - 3:44 pm

M.I.A.’s Matangi Rejected By Label For Being “Too Positive”

M.I.A.’s fourth studio album, Matangi was slated for release this April — in time for the Tamil New Year on the 15th — but has been pushed back by her label, Interscope, who has said the record is “too positive.” In an interview with Australian outlet Gold Coast, the rapper said, “[Interscope was] like ‘We… More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / January 7, 2013 - 11:56 am

The Gummy Awards: Your Top 10 Music Videos Of 2012

Our rundown of this year’s Gummy Awards results continues! Close watchers of yesterday’s Top 20 Tracks reveal will be interested to learn that 60% of these selections also appeared on yesterday’s list, though the #1 Best Video isn’t on your top Top Tracks list, and vice versa. Interesting! (And a note to aforementioned Close Watcher… More »

By: Stereogum / December 11, 2012 - 2:19 pm

M.I.A. – “AtTENTion”

Apparently, sometimes it’s a good idea to harangue pop stars on Twitter. After a group of fans made a point out of Twitter-bothering M.I.A. about her complete lack of new music, she caved and sent a new song to one fan, who then shared it on YouTube. The song, “AtTENTion,” is a tense and squiggly… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 5, 2012 - 12:17 pm

M.I.A. Matangi Coming In December

As Billboard points out, M.I.A. has been answering fans’ questions on Twitter today and, in the process, making some announcements about her next album, Matangi. She says it’ll arrive in December and that it’ll come alongside an autobiography, a documentary, and an art exhibition. She also says that it won’t have any collaborations and that… More »

By: Tom Breihan / August 7, 2012 - 3:39 pm

M.I.A. – “Bad Girls (Switch Remix)” (Feat. Missy Elliott & Rye Rye)

Well, this is awesome. Here’s a track from M.I.A.’s forthcoming Bad Girls remix EP, a Switch remix that features verses from Missy Elliott (!!!) and Rye Rye. It reworks the original into a stuttering dancehall anthem and tailors the beat to the choppy deliveries of the rappers. Hear it at Soundcloud. Bad Girls: The RemixesMore »

By: Corban Goble / June 21, 2012 - 2:15 pm

M.I.A. – “Come Walk With Me” (Preview)

M.I.A. has been in the news a whole lot lately, usually for pretty-bad reasons. But despite a looming new album, we haven’t heard a proper new song from her since the still-great “Bad Girls.” Over the weekend, though, she Tweeted a YouTube link. The video in question features a bunch of kids dancing absurdly well… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 30, 2012 - 8:51 am

Hear M.I.A.’s Theme For Julian Assange’s The World Tomorrow

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been under house arrest in the UK for a while, but he’s still launching a brand-new talk show called The World Tomorrow, which airs on the government-funded Russian news network RT and which he’s taping at home. And though glamor isn’t exactly a big part of the WikiLeaks aesthetic, Assange… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 17, 2012 - 9:03 am

Madonna (Feat. M.I.A.) – “B-Day Song”

Madonna’s new LP, her first since 2008’s Hard Candy, drops today, so a few of those tracks have found their way to the web, one of which includes the M.I.A. collab “B-Day Song.” It’s the second track to feature “M.I.A.” we’ve heard so far, and that’s not even the most memorable M.I.A./Madonna hookup of the… More »

By: Corban Goble / March 26, 2012 - 9:10 am

M.I.A. Picks A Twitter Fight With Anderson Cooper

Anderson Cooper is better at showing up in disaster areas and looking concerned than probably any other person in the history of the human race. This means he’s probably not the person you want to be lambasting on Twitter. This, however, is what M.I.A. chose to do on Wednesday. And in the ensuing exchange, Cooper’… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 16, 2012 - 12:38 pm

Watch SNL Parody M.I.A., Zooey Deschanel

Zooey Deschanel hosted SNL over the weekend with musical guest Karmin (I won’t even get into that) and overall, she did a pretty nice job. The show featured Nasim Pedrad’s M.I.A. impression for a parody episode of Piers Morgan Tonight investigating the Super Bowl Halftime “scandal” as well as Abby Elliot’s own Zooey Deschanel impressio… More »

By: Corban Goble / February 13, 2012 - 9:29 am

Madonna Comments On M.I.A.’s Bird Flip

Ever since Monday, we’ve been hearing rumors that Madonna was furious at M.I.A. for flipping off the camera during Madonna’s Super Bowl halftime show. Today, we get confirmation, as NME reports. Talking to Ryan Seacrest earlier today (because of course she was), Madonna said that she “wasn’t happy about it,” breaking it down thus: “It’… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 10, 2012 - 1:59 pm

M.I.A. Requests Extras In Burkas On Tour Rider

Every big-time touring musician has a slightly ridiculous tour rider, but most of those riders don’t appear on the Smoking Gun. M.I.A., once again notorious thanks to her bird-flipping stunt at the Super Bowl, appears to be the exception. As the Smoking Gun reports, M.I.A.’s 2011 tour rider includes all the luxuries you’d expect: absinthe,… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 8, 2012 - 12:31 pm

Watch M.I.A.’s Super Bowl Middle Finger

The biggest story to come out of last night’s Super Bowl was this: In a repeat of their historic 2008 victory, the New York Giants won a dramatic come-from-behind victory over the favored New England Patriots, with the Patriots botching their last-minute touchdown attempt. The second-most-important story was this: During her short appearance at Madonna’… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 6, 2012 - 8:59 am

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

This was not the week to release a halfassed music video. This was the week when a whole lot of people, from microbudget indie nobodies to massive stars, worked hard on giving us something. Even the terrible videos, like the absurd and garish Madonna football-themed car-wreck “Give Me All Your Luvin’” were the product of… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 3, 2012 - 1:17 pm

Madonna – “Give Me All Your Luvin'” (Feat. M.I.A. & Nicki Minaj) Video

Madonna’s forthcoming album, bearing the frankly awesome title MDNA, will feature two collaborations with M.I.A. This forthcoming weekend, Madonna and M.I.A. and Nicki Minaj will perform at the Super Bowl Halftime Show. This morning, we posted up this amazing M.I.A. video for “Bad Girls.”

So if you could add up all those word… More »

By: Amrit Singh / February 3, 2012 - 9:28 am
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