M.I.A.

Nov
14
Video: M.I.A. – ‘Y.A.L.A.’

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M.I.A. lights up the screen in the electrifying video for “Y.A.L.A.” (You Always Live Again). Fresh off the debut of her album Matangi, the Sri Lankan rapper teams with i-D magazine and fashion house KENZO for the epilepsy-inducing clip, directed by Daniel Sannwald.

i-D sums it up perfectly as a “rainbow rave explosion starring glow-in-the-dark goddess M.I.A.” It even carries its own warning for its flashing images.

Grab some Cointreau, put it in your poncho, and watch the explosive results.

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Nov
14
M.I.A. Performs ‘Y.A.L.A.’ on ‘Conan’

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After wrapping her “Matangi” tour in L.A. on Tuesday, M.I.A. brought the noize to “Conan.” Dressed in all red, the trendsetting rapper performed her raucous single “Y.A.L.A.” against a lit backdrop that looked just like her live show.

Her fourth album Matangi debuted at No. 23 on the Billboard 200 this week with 15,000 copies sold.

She may put some of her unreleased material on a mixtape. “At some point, I’ve got to get back to London and actually have the time,” she told Revolt TV. “I know that I can put it together in a day, but I need to get there and collect my thoughts on it.”

Next up, she will perform on “The Colbert Report” on Nov. 20.

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Nov
8
M.I.A. Performs with The Roots on ‘Late Night with Jimmy Fallon’

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With her fourth album Matangi in stores, M.I.A. stopped by “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” on Thursday night for an interview and performance.

The Sri Lankan rapper recounted her embarrassing run-in with The Roots at a club in Japan, where she hit a glass wall and fell down.

“That was the coolest fall of all time,” said Questlove.

She later performed her single “Come Walk With Me” with some help from the band, marking her first time performing with a band in the U.S.

If you’re in L.A., you can catch her performing at the Belasco Theater on Monday and Tuesday during her “Matangi” tour. She will also perform on “Conan” on Nov. 13 and “The Colbert Report” on Nov. 20.

Watch M.I.A. rock with The Roots below.

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Nov
7
M.I.A. Unleashes Fierce Fashion in V Magazine

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M.I.A. is getting fierce and fur-ocious in the pages of V Magazine. With her fourth album Matangi in stores this week, the rebellious rapper gets dolled up in the wild fashions of Jeremy Scott for the shoot, which was photographed by Inez and Vindoo and styled by Carlyne Cerf de Dudzeele.

She covers herself in a hairy outfit straight out of Where the Wild Things Are and shows some skin in a multi-colored skirt and crop top.

In the interview, she discusses Matangi, which marks her first official Interscope release. “This record also gives me a way to say something about all the shit that has happened to me over the past ten years, which has all been out in the open and everyone has seen,” said M.I.A. “You can go through all this stuff and still be alright.”

But despite her popularity, she doesn’t consider herself a pop star. “I’m not really a pop star. I don’t think I’m popular enough to be a proper pop star. I prefer being called a rapper,” she said.

Read the full interview and see more photos in V Magazine, on newsstands now.

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Nov
5
M.I.A. Talks Super Bowl, Versace Collaboration, & The Weeknd on Hot 97

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To kick off her album release week, M.I.A. stopped by Hot 97 for a sit-down interview with Peter Rosenberg, Cipha Sounds, and Laura Stylez. The controversial singer, who is currently embroiled in a legal battle with the NFL, opened up about the Super Bowl controversy.

She even met the man who was in charge of censoring her performance and they struck up a friendship. “It was a battle of the fingers,” she said.

Her bootleg-inspired collaboration with Versus Versace is now in stores. But she admitted that the pricey collection can be had for less on the streets. “Some of the bootleg stuff is actually better than the real Versace,” she said.

She samples The Weeknd on “Exodus” and “Sexodus” off Matangi. “I feel like The Weeknd probably is gonna inspire a whole generation of babies being born,” she said of the Canadian crooner. “In 18 years we’ll find out there was a little peak in the population, then I’d put that down to The Weeknd.”

Plus, hear her break down the lyrics to “Paper Planes.”

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Nov
3
Eminem, Lady Gaga, M.I.A., & Odd Future Kick Off YouTube Music Awards

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YouTube sensations and music superstars came together at the inaugural YouTube Music Awards at New York’s Pier 36 on Sunday.

The unscripted event, which was live streamed across the globe, featured performances from Eminem, Lady Gaga, M.I.A., Odd Future’s Tyler, the Creator and Earl Sweatshirt, and Arcade Fire. All of the performances were conceived as music videos and directed by filmmakers selected by Spike Jonze.

After showing her teeth on the red carpet, Lady Gaga delivered an emotional performance of her new ballad “Dope” off ARTPOP, while M.I.A. lit up the stage with “Come Walk With Me” off her album Matangi.

She also struck up a friendship with Tyler, the Creator. “M.I.A MIGHT BE THE COOLEST FEMALE OF EVER,” tweeted the Odd Future frontman, who performed “Sasquatch” with Earl Sweatshirt.

Eminem was named Artist of the Year and closed out the show with a black-and-white performance of his MMLP2 cut “Rap God.”

T-Pain also hit the stage with some YouTube stars, and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis were honored as YouTube Breakthrough.

Check out a photo gallery from the evening below.

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Nov
3
M.I.A. Lights Up YouTube Music Awards

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There was never a dull moment during M.I.A.’s electrifying performance at the YouTube Music Awards. The provocative Sri Lankan brightened up Sunday’s show with a seizure-inducing set that included glowing hula hoops and light sticks.

One of her dancers made her way down a lit corridor before Maya appeared to perform “Come Walk With Me,” which appears on her album Matangi, due Tuesday.

See her turn the stage into a rave with her light show spectacular.

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