M.I.A.

Jul
2
New Music: M.I.A. – ‘Only 1 U’

M.I.A.

M.I.A. invades your speakers on “Only 1 U.” The boisterous and booming cut, which premiered on DJ Ital’s London radio show “Open Deck,” boasts a cacophony of sounds including drums, bells, and horns.

“There’s trillions of cash and there’s billions of us/ And there’s millions of things that can happen with this stuff/ And there’s thousands that will crash/ And there’s hundreds that will smash/ There’s only one you and I’ma drink to that,” she raps.

M.I.A. issued instructions on how and where to play it. “keep away from LAP TOPS play in #REALSPEAKERS #LOUD. in direct sun light or in a dingy room #BASS on #dingdingding.”

It’s unknown if the song will appear on her upcoming album Matangi, due this fall.

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Jun
25
Video: M.I.A. – ‘Bring the Noize’

M.I.A.

After earning acclaim with the riveting video for “Bad Girls,” M.I.A. crafts another visual masterpiece for her new single “Bring the Noize.”

“It was written in lots of different circumstances, but I guess it’s coming out at a time where I think in America it’s kinda cool to hear something like this,” she said of the Switch and Surkin-produced song. “It’s in keeping with what I released before, so I’m gonna gradually ease people into the new sound as the album goes on.”

Her fourth album Matangi is due this fall on N.E.E.T./Interscope.

She will perform three club dates leading up to the Pitchfork Festival in Chicago on July 21.

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Jun
17
New Music: M.I.A. – ‘Bring the Noize’

Bring the Noize

M.I.A. is back with a bang. The rebellious rapper debuts her boisterous new single, “Bring the Noize,” which pays tribute to Public Enemy’s 1987 song of the same name.

“Bring the noize when we run upon dem,” she raps on the drum-heavy record, produced by Switch and Surkin.

“It was written in lots of different circumstances, but I guess it’s coming out at a time where I think in America it’s kinda cool to hear something like this,” M.I.A. told Zane Lowe on BBC Radio 1. “It’s in keeping with what I released before, so I’m gonna gradually ease people into the new sound as the album goes on.”

Her fourth album Matangi is due this fall on N.E.E.T./Interscope. “I’ve given up at this point,” she said of the oft-delayed project. “I was literally just kinda gonna start making records and putting them out from the bedroom straight on the Internet. This is my last stab at it.”

The video will premiere June 21 on Noisey.com, and she will perform three club dates leading up to the Pitchfork Festival in Chicago on July 21.

Listen to M.I.A. “Bring the Noize” below.

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Jun
14
M.I.A. ‘Brings the Noize’ on New Single

M.I.A.

M.I.A. is coming back with a bang. The British rapper is set to premiere her new single “Bring the Noize” next week.

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Mar
13
M.I.A. Fights for Custody of Son

Ikhyd and M.I.A.

M.I.A. is fighting a new battle, and this time it involves her four-year-old son. The “Paper Planes” hitmaker took to Twitter to air out her custody battle with the boy’s father, Benjamin Bronfman.

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Mar
3
New Music: M.I.A. – ‘Matangi Mix for Kenzo’

Matangi

M.I.A. brings the noise with her Matangi mix. The project, a collaboration with fashion house Kenzo, serves as a prequel to her upcoming fourth album of the same name. Over an eight-and-a-half-minute track, the Sri Lankan powerhouse cooks up a cacophony of sounds including tribal rhythms, heavy drums, and Hindi chants. Her vocals aren’t heard until five minutes in.

“I’m thankful for my hands ’cause it’s a good thrower/ I’m thankful for my body ’cause it’s a fu**ing banger/ I’m thankful for my mouth ’cause it’s a real screamer/ But most of all, I’m thankful for…my power!” she declares.

M.I.A. has recorded “seven incredible records” for Matangi with Hit-Boy. “She’s really creative,” said the “Ni**as in Paris” producer. “She’s doing exactly what comes to her. That’s why we were able to crank out that many songs.”

Blast off with her sonic explosion.

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Feb
28
M.I.A. and Rita Ora Bring Music to the Runway at Etam Lingerie Show

M.I.A. and Rita Ora

M.I.A. and Rita Ora brought their hits to the catwalk at the Etam Live Lingerie Show in Paris. The blonde Brit heat up the runway with her single “How We Do (Party)” and M.I.A. closed out the show with “Bad Girls” as models paraded in their bras and underwear. Other performers included Lily Allen, Lykke Li, and Selah Sue.

See them strut their stuff below.

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