Watch M.I.A.'s 'Matahdatah' Video With New Track 'Swords'

July 13, 2015

M.I.A. unveiled a new audiovisual project titled "Matahdatah Scroll 01 ‘Broader Than A Border'" Monday on Apple Music, and the five-minute clip features a pair of the rapper's songs: Matangi's "Warriors" and a new track called "Swords,"...


Diplo on Breakup With M.I.A.: 'I Was Really Jealous and Sad'

April 24, 2015

In a March interview with Rolling Stone, M.I.A. reflected on her acclaimed debut LP, 2005's Arular, and how her mainstream success led to a heated falling out with collaborator/ex-boyfriend Diplo. "When I got signed by Interscope, he literally...


'Arular' 10 Years Later: M.I.A. on Globe-Shaking Debut LP

March 20, 2015

M.I.A. spent the early-Aughts as a creative hybrid — a graphic designer, photographer, videographer and hipster fashionista living in London. When her friend Justine Frischmann, the onetime singer of Elastica, loaned her a Roland MC-505, she began...


Hear M.I.A.'s Surprise New Song 'Can See Can Do'

March 7, 2015

M.I.A. didn't release any new music last year, but it appears she's getting ready to follow-up her 2013 album Matangi. The rapper hit up her Twitter this morning to alert fans that she would be unveiling a new song titled "All My People" within...



Moby, M.I.A., PJ Harvey Voice Support for Edward Snowden

November 10, 2014

More than 50 musicians, actors and other notable public figures have signed a statement to support Edward Snowden, WikiLeaks and individuals and organizations that encourage whistleblowing. Musicians who signed the statement include Tom Morello, M.I.A.,...


Janelle Monae and M.I.A. Duet as Holograms

April 4, 2014

M.I.A. and Janelle Monae performed two live duets last night – even though they were playing on opposite coasts. Aided by futuristic (and, let's face it, terrifying) technology, hologram images of Monae (in Los Angeles) and M.I.A. (in New York)...


NFL Sues M.I.A. for $16.6 Million

March 17, 2014

The NFL has added more than $15 million to its arbitration claim against singer-rapper M.I.A., demanding a total of $16.6 million for "restitution," according to The Hollywood Reporter. For the past two years, the sports behemoth has been going after...


M.I.A., Pet Shop Boys, Flying Lotus Join Moogfest Lineup

January 29, 2014

Moogfest has added some eclectic firepower to its already impressive lineup. M.I.A., electro-pop veterans Pet Shop Boys and experimental producer Flying Lotus will all perform night-time sets at the festival, joining previously announced headliners Chic...


Watch M.I.A.'s Aggressive New Video

May 19, 2014

M.I.A. has shared a self-directed, uncensored video for "Double Bubble Trouble," the dubby cut from her 2013 LP, Matangi. In keeping with the rapper-singer's typical style, it's a politically charged clip, featuring lots of people making 3-D weapons.  Women...


M.I.A., Janelle Monae to Duet New Songs Via Holograms

April 3, 2014

M.I.A. and Janelle Monae are set to blow some minds Thursday night when they not only debut two new duets, but perform them together while on two separate coasts via the technological power/wizardry of holograms, Pitchfork reports. Find Out Which Artists...


M.I.A., Tegan and Sara Set for Canadian Music Week

January 29, 2014

On May 6th, Canadian Music Week will kick off its 32nd year with an eclectic lineup that includes Tegan and Sara, Neko Case, M.I.A., Television and Ellie Goulding as headliners. The five-night festival will run through May 10th and include over 1,000...


M.I.A. Leaves Jay Z's Roc Nation

January 2, 2014

M.I.A. is leaving Roc Nation, according to a New Year's Eve tweet from the rapper/singer. She signed with Jay Z's management company a year and a half ago. "Thank to everyone who supported the M.I.A. #MATANGI LP. HAPPY NEW YEAR," she added after the announcement. A...



Avicii, M.I.A., Diplo Will Headline Ultra Music Festival 2014

December 17, 2013

Avicii, M.I.A., Diplo, MGMT and Tiësto are among the many diverse headliners slated to DJ and perform at the Ultra Music Festival Phase 1 next year. The 16th edition of the dance spectacle will take place on the weekend of Friday, March 28th at Bayfront...


M.I.A. Glows in the Dark in 'Y.A.L.A.'

November 15, 2013

M.I.A.'s new video for "Y.A.L.A." is your chance to get up close and personal with the singer: the clip stays locked in on her face amid a battery of lights and high-contrast, glow-in-the-dark colors. Directed by David Sannwald, the video is lighted and...


M.I.A. Jams on 'Come Walk With Me'

November 8, 2013

M.I.A. stopped by Late Night With Jimmy Fallon last night to promote "Come Walk With Me," her latest single from her new album Matangi. The Roots backed her up and aside from a few sporadic dance moves, the outspoken artist was quite subdued — rarely...

Album Review


November 5, 2013

If Maya Arulpragasam has a persecution complex, she's earned it. "Let you into Super Bowl/You tried to steal Madonna's crown/What the fuck you on about?" she spits on "Boom Skit," conjuring her haters: generic racists, critical magazine profilers, and...


Meet M.I.A.'s New DJ, Venus X

November 18, 2013

At the Belasco Theater in downtown Los Angeles, Maya Arulpragasam – better known as the rapper M.I.A. – is in a golden outfit, fanning herself and rocking out most of her excellent new album, Matangi. She's joined onstage by a DJ, dancers,...


M.I.A. Dances Through Smoke on 'Conan'

November 14, 2013

It was just M.I.A. onstage last night on Conan. Well, M.I.A., a wheel of flashing lights and generous clouds of dry-ice smoke that drifted through as the singer performed "Y.A.L.A." from her new album, Matangi. Where Does M.I.A.'s 'Arular' Rank on Our...


M.I.A. Resumes Doc, Calls Middle Finger 'Spiritual'

November 6, 2013

Production has resumed on a long-promised documentary about electro-rap firebrand M.I.A. After the artist announced last year that she was making a doc to accompany her just-released fourth LP, Matangi, trouble arose when director Steve Loveridge quit...


10 Weirdest Moments at the YouTube Music Awards

November 4, 2013

Things got weird quickly at the inaugural YouTube Music Awards last night. The streaming show promised an hour-and-a-half of anything-goes live entertainment. Hosts Jason Schwartzman and Reggie Watts weren't allowed to rehearse beforehand and were forced...