M.I.A. and Janelle Monáe Team Up for Hologram Duet

Janelle Monáe and M.I.A.

Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg brought out a hologram of Tupac at Coachella in 2012, and M.I.A. and Janelle Monáe debuted their own holograms on Thursday as part of Audi’s A3 launch.

The British rapper and Wondaland singer performed solo concerts in different cities, teaming up at the end of their shows as life-sized 3D projections in what’s being called “the first hologram performance with integrated video mapping.”

Janelle rocked the stage at Quixote Studios in West Hollywood, while M.I.A. played to a packed crowd at New York’s SIR Stage 37.

During “Bad Girls,” a hologram Janelle spit a new verse alongside M.I.A., while Janelle performed “Q.U.E.E.N.” with a life-size hologram of M.I.A.

“The idea is that we teleport into each other’s show,” said M.I.A. “There’s a show and then it goes beyond the space where you’re performing and the city where you’re performing, so that’s what’s kind of interesting about it.”

Watch their hologram duet below.

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Single Cover: M.I.A. – ‘Double Bubble Trouble’

Double Bubble Trouble

In the midst of her ongoing battle with the NFL, M.I.A. has announced “Double Bubble Trouble” as the next single from her fourth album Matangi. The singer has revealed the edgy artwork and plans to shoot a video soon.

Following her performance at the Ultra Music Festival in Miami, she will tour with A$AP Ferg this spring in addition to her own solo dates.

She has also teamed with Janelle Monáe on a new campaign for Audi’s A3. According to a tweet from the car manufacturer, the two have “something big planned on April 3rd.”

In the meantime, check out some photos of them on set of their mysterious shoot.

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M.I.A. and A$AP Ferg Announce Spring Tour

M.I.A. and A$AP Ferg

M.I.A. and A$AP Ferg are invading a stage near you this spring. The Sri Lankan superstar and Harlem rapper are teaming up for a joint tour.

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M.I.A. Previews Remix to Beyoncé’s ‘Flawless’

Beyoncé and M.I.A.

M.I.A. is giving ‘Yonce the remix treatment. The “Paper Planes” hitmaker has recorded her own version of Beyoncé’s empowering female anthem “***Flawless.”

“finished flawless what do I do with it @beyonce,” M.I.A. tweeted on Monday.

She later posted a preview of the song on Instagram. With the remix playing off her iPhone, she and her son Ikhyd danced along.

“Baddie girl, baddie girl,” raps M.I.A. over the reworked Hit-Boy beat.

Listen to Maya put her spin on “***Flawless.”

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M.I.A. Leaves Roc Nation


Out with the old, in with the new. M.I.A. is saying goodbye to Roc Nation in 2013.

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New Music: M.I.A. – ‘Trouble Again’


Here comes trouble. M.I.A. lives up to her reputation on “Trouble Again,” an exclusive bonus track off her album Matangi.

“Oh oh, you’re in trouble/ I step up in the game and I burst that bubble,” she raps over the dancehall-infused beat.

Matangi has earned a spot on the critics’ year-end lists. The album ranked No. 11 on SPIN’s 50 Best Albums of 2013 and No. 47 on Rolling Stone‘s top albums.

Spotify users can stream the song below.

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M.I.A. Performs on ‘The Colbert Report’


M.I.A. brought Matangi to “The Colbert Report” on Wednesday. After wrapping her brief U.S. tour last week, the Sri Lankan rapper performed her single “Y.A.L.A.” with a red and green effect made to look like her album cover. For the non-televised encore, she continued with “Come Walk With Me.”

She also sat down for an interview and spoke about mixing politics with her music. “I was really inspired by a lot of American artists like Bob Dylan, Public Enemy,” she said. “So about the time I put out my first song and came to America, I thought you guys were used to it already. I didn’t realize it was so shocking.”

When asked what she thinks of the U.S., she responded, “I think it’s an interesting place, adding, “In my mind, there’s no countries. We’re all one. We all live on this planet.”

Watch the guns go off when she enters the building.

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