M.I.A.

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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Jul
2
New Music: M.I.A. – ‘Only 1 U’

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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’

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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

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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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