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Last week was Thanksgiving, so this week’s list actually collects two weeks’ worth of videos. I figured this wouldn’t be much of a problem, since labels and publicists tend to crank out way less stuff during the holidays. I was wrong. The past two weeks have yielded a whole lot of good music videos, and… More »

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 »

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Blaqstarr & M.I.A. – “Lemme Hump You” Video

Last week another collaboration ("S.U.S. (Save Ur Soul)" is another) from Blaqstarr and M.I.A. hit the web. And it looks like M.I.A. bought another single…
jessica | September 30, 2010 - 12:56 pm

M.I.A. – “The Message” Video

My cohorts and much of the world may disagree, but I think /\/\/\Y/\'s a good record. It opens with "The Message," here recast as "FACEBOOKGOOGLEMYSPACEYOUTUBE,"
brandon | September 27, 2010 - 9:39 am
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M.I.A. & Diplo – “4thepeopleontheboat” (Demo)

Diplo tweeted a link to this "lost" M.I.A. song, presumably from the /\/\/\Y/\ sessions. As you can tell, it's a demo, without much more…
jessica | September 23, 2010 - 9:58 am

M.I.A. – “Story To Be Told” Video

Continuing her low-tech digital-age preoccupations, M.I.A's "Story To Be Told" video offers an endless flow of clunky computer detritus (with zen seagull). As with everything…
brandon | September 20, 2010 - 4:44 pm
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Øyafestivalen 2010 In Photos

Beyond taking place in beautiful Oslo, Norway one of Øya Festival's strongest points is its eclecticism: When I attended in 2006 (and met Amrit), I…
brandon | August 17, 2010 - 10:05 am
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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 Branson…
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 outfits…
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’s…
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 barbs…
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." This…
jessica | May 25, 2010 - 11:33 am
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