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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. – “XXXO” & “lly Girl” Videos

M.I.A.'s "XXXO" gets a video that uses the same GIF-y illustration style as her press photos (as mentioned in her New York Times profile):…
jessica | August 11, 2010 - 1:08 pm
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Virgin Mobile FreeFest 2010 Lineup

Virgin Mobile's Festival will be free just like it was last year. And it'll happen September 25th at Maryland's Merriweather Post Pavilion. Sir Richard Branso…
jessica | July 20, 2010 - 11:24 am

M.I.A. Does Letterman With “Born Free,” Martin Rev, Clones

M.I.A. was on Letterman last night to perform "Born Free." She brought along a lot of friends -- nine lookalikes dressed in sunglasses and outfit…
jessica | July 14, 2010 - 9:40 am
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Hard L.A. Fest With M.I.A. Cancelled, And The Reason Is…

...bifurcated, probably. Yesterday the L.A. Times characterized the M.I.A./Die Antwoord/Sleigh Bells festival's preemptive shutdown with a headline that principals had been "Citing Security Concerns." Which…
Amrit Singh | July 13, 2010 - 3:44 pm
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M.I.A. – “Teqkilla (Remix Feat. Nicki Minaj)”

The juiciest, loosest track on /\/\/\Y/\ just got a little more fun with this remix, featuring Nicki Minaj (the full title is the "Lost my…
jessica | July 6, 2010 - 12:43 pm
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M.I.A. – /\/\/\Y/\ Premature Evaluation

It took the full album leak to hear where M.I.A. went with her third album, /\/\/\Y/\, because the first tracks we heard were so different:…
Stereogum | June 30, 2010 - 4:36 pm
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M.I.A. – “Teqkilla”

The latest leak from M.I.A.'s imminent/\/\/\Y/\ album is "Teqkilla," produced by Rusko, MIA, Switch and John Hill. In the juicy track she mentions many alcohol…
jessica | June 29, 2010 - 4:30 pm
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Vice & Intel’s Creator’s Project @ MILK Studios, NYC 6/26/10

For 12 hours on Saturday, Vice took over an eight-floor studio in Chelsea. It was Coachella in an art museum, basically. I'm not saying that…
Amrit Singh | June 28, 2010 - 12:06 pm
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M.I.A. – “XXXO (Remix Feat. Jay-Z)” & Hear /\/\/\Y/\ Snippets

Earlier in the week it was Sali’s “Toldya." Yesterday we got “Steppin Up." Today's M.I.A. update is a remix of /\/\/\Y/\’s first single “XXOO." It’…
brandon | June 11, 2010 - 3:03 pm
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M.I.A. – “Steppin Up”

It's hard to say if this is the new M.I.A. single -- once bitten, twice shy -- but I will say it's a song that…
brandon | June 10, 2010 - 7:21 pm
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Sali – “Toldya” (Feat. Sampling M.I.A.)

UPDATE: As our commenters pointed out, M.I.A.'s vocal is a sample from "M.I.A.," a bonus track on Arular. GoldiLocks says so too. The Voice mentioned…
jessica | June 9, 2010 - 4:18 pm
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M.I.A. /\/\/\Y/\ Album Cover

And now for something having to do with M.I.A. that is less controversial than Diplo, truffle fries, and redheads. The image above is the cover…
jessica | June 2, 2010 - 5:43 pm
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M.I.A. – “Haters”

As M.I.A. promised on Friday, she posted some audio from her image-damaging (and frenemy-making) Lynn Hirschberg interview in the New York Times. In the short…
jessica | June 1, 2010 - 10:10 am
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Diplo & M.I.A. Are Frenemies

M.I.A.'s big New York Times Magazine piece reveals a lot about the singer, and a lot of it isn't good. Writer Lynn Hirschberg includes bar…
jessica | May 27, 2010 - 10:31 am
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Christina Aguilera & Le Tigre – “I Hate Boys” “My Girls”

Christina Aguilera's forthcoming comeback album Bionic will feature some cred-boosting guests like M.I.A., Ladytron, Santigold and Le Tigre, who appear on "I Hate Boys." Thi…
jessica | May 25, 2010 - 11:33 am
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M.I.A. /\/\/\Y/\ Gets A New Release Date

Continuing its assault on our Top Stories, the N.E.E.T. label imprint has posted two bits of M.I.A.-related news this morning: 1) that M.I.A.’s new album…
Amrit Singh | May 11, 2010 - 11:20 am
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M.I.A. – “XXXO”

Stepped away from the computer for a few minutes and this Lady Maya BBC radio rip just exploded the internet: (via so many email…
Amrit Singh | May 10, 2010 - 9:01 pm
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Sleigh Bells (And M.I.A.), Mr. Dream @ Coco 66, Brooklyn 5/7/10

Ironic that for all the talk about the production on the gut-buckling razor-pop call-to-arms “Tell ‘Em,” Sleigh Bells’ first proper-studio track — their blown-out-to-bits beats swapped for…
amrit and jessica | May 10, 2010 - 1:37 pm
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M.I.A. – “Born Free” Video (NSFW)

Before last week ended, M.I.A. dropped the Suicide-sampling "Born Free" on the internet, a track likely to appear on her forthcoming long-player. As this week…
Amrit Singh | April 26, 2010 - 9:17 am
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M.I.A. – “Born Free”

In that recent NME interview where M.I.A. cut-down Lady Gaga, she offered enthusiastic praise to her recent N.E.E.T. signees Sleigh Bells: The new Sleigh…
brandon | April 23, 2010 - 12:21 pm
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