M.I.A. kicked off her “Matangi” tour with a bang. The Sri Lankan firecracker delivered an explosive set during the first date of the U.S. trek at New York’s Terminal 5 on Friday. For her opening act, she called on WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who appeared via Skype from London.
“I’ve become a fan of M.I.A. because she is the most courageous woman working in Western music,” he said as the crowd cheered.
Dressed in a metallic gold coat and pants with red heels, M.I.A. stormed the stage with material off her fourth album Matangi, which arrives Tuesday, including “Bad Girls,” “Bring the Noize,” and “Y.A.L.A.” She also took it back with her bombastic hits “Bamboo Banga,” “Paper Planes,” and “Boyz,” and pulled audience members onstage to sing the chorus on “Galang.”
M.I.A. will play a second show in NYC on Monday before making her way to Austin and L.A. for two shows at Belasco Theater.
You can also catch her performing on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” (11/7), “Conan” (11/13), and “The Colbert Report” (11/20).
Watch some fan-filmed footage from opening night below.
On Tuesday, M.I.A. will finally drop her fourth album Matangi. Ahead of its release, VEVO has made the entire album available for streaming. The 15 tracks include The Weeknd-assisted “Exodus” and “Sexodus,” with production from Surkin, Switch, Danja, Hit-Boy, Partysquad, and Doc McKinney.
“If Matangi was the last record that I made, then I’d be happy with it,” M.I.A. told The FADER. “I lived and connected the dots then got to this place, and whatever happens in this bit, it just is what it is.”
Rolling Stone gave the album 3.5/5 stars, calling it a “mixtape-style mash-up of political provocations, ripostes, tough-gal love songs, neon DJ memes, and ass-whooping South Asian-spiced beats.”
Maya will perform at this weekend’s YouTube Music Awards and headline shows in New York (11/1 and 11/4), Austin (11/9), and Los Angeles (11/11 and 11/12).
M.I.A. declares “You Always Live Again” on her explosive new single “Y.A.L.A.,” which is a response to Drake’s “YOLO” catchphrase. Over a heavy-hitting beat, the Sri Lankan spitfire drops lyrical bombs (i.e. “I drink some Cointreau, keep it in my poncho”).
“YOLO, I don’t even know anymore, what that even mean though,” says Maya. “If you only live once why we keep doing the same shit? Back home, where I come from, we keep being born again and again and again. That’s why they invented karma.”
Her fourth album Matangi is due Nov. 5 featuring The Weeknd (“Exodus” and “Sexodus”), with production from Surkin, Switch, Danja, and Hit-Boy.
Forget “YOLO.” It’s all about “Y.A.L.A.” (You Always Live Again). M.I.A. introduces a new acronym in response to Drake’s popular catchphrase. Over a heavy-hitting beat, the British rapper lays down some in-your-face rhymes (“I drink some Cointreau, keep it in my poncho”).
“If you only live once why we keep doing the same shit?” she asked.
The song will be available for download on Oct. 22 with the album pre-order.
Matangi arrives Nov. 5 featuring The Weeknd (“Exodus” and “Sexodus”), with production from Surkin, Switch, Danja, and Hit-Boy.
M.I.A. is teaming up with Versace for her latest collaboration. The “Paper Planes” rapper has designed a capsule collection for Versus, the label’s lower-priced line. The flashy campaign includes pants, hoodies, and accessories with Sanskrit lettering, gold medallions, and glowing lotus flowers, all inspired by bootleggers.
“The theme of counterfeits, of those that produce and sell them has always been part of the culture of M.I.A.,” Maya told WWD. “When I was contacted by Versace, it seemed a great idea to invert the circle. Versace’s designs have always been copied, now it’s Versace that copies the copies, so those that copy must copy the copies. So this will continue.”
Donatella Versace loved the concept. “I adore the energy of the street, so when M.I.A. proposed to expose the issue of counterfeit Versace pieces by creating a collaboration inspired by these items, I thought it was an incredible idea,” said the designer. “The collection represents all that I love of the new Versus Versace: it’s fast, it’s noisy, it’s brazen and it blends the world of music with that of fashion. I can’t wait to see it worn.”
M.I.A.’s fashions debut on Oct. 16, while her fourth album Matangi drops Nov. 5.
It’s been a big week for M.I.A. After waging war against the NFL and releasing her album artwork and tracklisting, the fashionista stepped out to the Balenciaga show during Paris Fashion Week on Thursday. The “Paper Planes” hitmaker turned the streets into a catwalk as she strut in a shiny black hoodie and rose-print leggings. During the show, she revealed that she has teamed with Versace on a new fashion project.
“I have a collaboration with Versace coming out in two weeks,” she told WWD.
The collaboration is reportedly for Donatella Versace’s line Versus, which invites designers and other creatives to put their own spin on the brand.
On Nov. 5, she will release her fourth album Matangi and has announced tour dates for New York (Nov. 4), Austin (Nov. 9), and Los Angeles (Nov. 11 and 12).
Check out more pics of the trendsetter parading through Paris.
A day after waging war against the NFL, M.I.A. unveils the fiery cover for her fourth album Matangi. The controversial singer-rapper hypnotizes with her red eyes and hair on the digitally-altered image.
The follow-up to 2010′s /\/\/\Y/\, described as “Paul Simon on acid,” arrives Nov. 5 featuring production from Surkin, Switch, Danja, Hit-Boy, and M.I.A.
She has been releasing tracks throughout the year including “Come Walk With Me,” “Bring the Noize,” and “Only 1 U.”