M.I.A.

Sep
23
M.I.A. Battles NFL Over Super Bowl Performance

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It’s been 18 months since M.I.A.’s performance with Madonna at Super Bowl XLVI, but the controversial set is still making headlines. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the NFL is suing the Sri Lankan rapper-singer for $1.5 million for allegedly breaching her contract and tarnishing its goodwill and reputation after she flipped the middle finger.

But M.I.A. is fighting back. On Monday, the “Paper Planes” hitmaker launched a public war against the league by releasing a video statement via WikiLeaks.

“The NFL thing is completely ridiculous,” says Maya in the clip entitled “NFL vs. M.I.A.” “It’s been making me laugh for a while, but now it’s so boring, I don’t even laugh anymore.”

She claims that she’s been made a scapegoat by the NFL and points out some high school cheerleaders who were dancing in sexually provocative ways during the performance.

“Now they’re scapegoating me into figuring out the goal posts on what is offensive in America,” she says. “Is my finger offensive or is an underage black girl with her legs wide open more offensive to the family audience?”

She calls the whole incident a “massive waste of time and money” and an example of “powerful corporation dick-shaking.”

Do you agree? Watch her address the public below.

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Sep
3
New Music: M.I.A. – ‘Come Walk With Me’

Come Walk With Me

M.I.A. is coming back with power power. After teasing the song last week, the rebellious pop star rolls out the full version of “Come Walk With Me,” the new single off her upcoming fourth album Matangi.

The track, now available on iTunes, starts off slow and builds into a spastic dance beat, which she previewed in April 2012.

The follow-up to 2010′s /\/\/\Y/\, described as “Paul Simon on acid,” arrives November 5.

Take a walk with M.I.A. below.

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Aug
29
New Music: M.I.A. – ‘Come Walk With Me’ [Snippet]

Come Walk With Me

The wait for M.I.A.’s new album Matangi is almost over. On September 3, the Sri Lankan star will drop her new single “Come Walk With Me.” She has released the artwork along with a 90-second preview.

“There is nothing that can touch me now/ You can’t even break me down/ Everytime you think of sumthin’, it’s already been did and done,” she sings.

She teased a dance mix of the track back in April 2012, but the official version features a slower production.

Matangi, which she describes as “Paul Simon on acid,” arrives November 5. Check out a snippet of “Come Walk With Me” below.

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Aug
20
New Music: M.I.A. – ‘UNBREAK my Mixtape’

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M.I.A. threatened to leak her album Matangi if she didn’t get a release date from her label. Hours later she received a date of November 5. To hold her fans over, she has decided to leak a new record called “UNBREAK my Mixtape,” which samples Blur’s “Tender.”

“While I get my life sorted, here’s a mixtape,” she sings.

Listen to Maya’s break-up song below.

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Aug
9
M.I.A. Sets November Release Date for ‘Matangi’

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M.I.A.’s album has been plagued by delays. But it looks like the project will finally see the light of day this fall.

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Jul
22
R. Kelly and M.I.A. Play Pitchfork Festival

M.I.A. and R. Kelly

M.I.A. and R. Kelly closed out the Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago on Sunday. The Sri Lankan star worked up a sweat during her high-energy set, performing “Paper Planes” and new songs off her upcoming album Matangi for the sweaty crowd at Union Park.

Following her electrifying show, R. Kelly tore up the stage in front of his hometown crowd. He opened with a choir for “Ignition (Remix)” before delivering a set full of hits, from “Bump n’ Grind” to “Happy People.”

“I’ve been at this 27 years,” said the R&B veteran. “27 fuckin’ years and y’all still feelin’ me.”

He was accompanied by a choir for the closing number “I Believe I Can Fly” as white dove balloons were released into the sky.

See more photos and footage below.

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Jul
19
M.I.A. Brings the Noize to Montreal

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M.I.A. returned to the stage for her first North American gig this year. The pop rebel debuted an electrifying new stage show at Montreal’s Métropolis on Wednesday. She opened with her new songs “Only 1 U” and “Bring the Noize” off her upcoming album Matangi, and performed fan favorites including “Bucky Done Gun,” “Bad Girls,” and “Paper Planes.”

One concertgoer shared their wild experience. “She fell on my head. Best show i’ve seen so far this year,” they wrote on YouTube.

She will play the Pitchfork Music Festival 2013 in Chicago this weekend, while her fourth album is due this fall.

Watch Matangi light up the stage in Montreal.

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