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M.I.A.

If you read a lot about new music on the web, odds are pretty good that, at some point between the September 2004 release of "Galang" and the March 2005 release of Arular, you were struck with the urge to turn your computer off or maybe even heave it out of a nearby window. If you don't read a lot about new music on the web, the preceding sentence indicates how bewildering and draining the chatter about M.I.A. became. Arular, M.I.A.'s first album, leaked well before its official release, allowing journalists and downloaders plenty of time to dissect it and bat ideas back and forth -- taking in the sounds, words, and absolutely all of the context -- before average music fans were able to develop their own opinions.

Maya Arulpragasam spent the early years of her life in a number of places. She moved from London, England, to her parents' native Sri Lanka at the age of six months, only to relocate to Madras, India. During a return stay in Sri Lanka, the civil war taking place within the country escalated to the point where Arulpragasam began to lose family members and friends. She didn't see her father -- a devout and active separatist as part of the Tamil rebellion, which has clashed with the Sinhalese majority -- often throughout these years, but her life stabilized once she and the rest of her family were able to make it back to London.

As a student, Arulpragasam became involved in the arts and published a monogram book of her paintings titled M.I.A. and heavily influenced by the Tamil rebellion. She later connected with Elastica, providing the photography and graphics for the group's second album, and she shot footage during their American tour. Elastica's support act, Peaches, introduced her to the Roland MC-505, a sequencer she became familiar with after returning home. Steve Mackey (Pulp) and Ross Orton became involved after hearing a demo; they made adjustments to "Galang," a song that was then pressed into 500 copies and released, under the name M.I.A., by the Showbiz label. It didn't take long for the song -- a bold, righteous amalgamation of hip-hop, electro, dancehall, grime, and baile funk -- to make an impact with DJs. She wound up signing a contract with XL, which re-released the single and, eventually, her debut album Arular in 2005. Anticipation for the release was considerable, only heightened by the Piracy Funds Terrorism mixtape she put together with DJ Diplo.

Her second album, Kala, was released in 2007 and was recorded while she spent time in numerous countries. M.I.A. produced most of its tracks with Switch; Blaqstarr, Diplo, and Timbaland also contributed. One single from the album, "Paper Planes," became a surprise hit in summer 2008 after it was used in trailers for the film Pineapple Express; it eventually reached the Top Ten. The soundtrack for the Academy Award-winning Slumdog Millionaire also featured M.I.A.'s music; the release featured new material from the artist and was the first disc issued on her N.E.E.T. label. /\/\/\Y/\, the third M.I.A. album, was released in 2010. After spending two years preparing her fourth studio album, Matangi, she released the single "Bad Girls, a reworked version of a song that debuted on her Vicki Leekx mixtape and featured production by Danja, in early 2012. Around that time, M.I.A. performed "Give Me All Your Luvin'" with Madonna and Nicki Minaj at Super Bowl XLVI's halftime show; during the performance, she extended her middle finger at the camera. A month later, the NFL responded by suing her for $1.5 million, claiming that she breached her contract and tarnished the organization's image. Matangi was originally scheduled for release at the end of 2012, but was delayed until the following year. Two more singles, "Bring the Noize" and "Come Walk with Me," were released in June and September 2013 respectively. Featuring production by Switch and Surkin, Matangi arrived that November. ~ Andy Kellman, Rovi
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Track List: Born Free (Radio Edit) (Radio Single) (Explicit)

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Track List: Born Free EP

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Track List: Paper Planes (DFA Remix) (Radio Single)

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Track List: XXXO (Radio Single)

Comments

Paper planes ❥
Bunny heart
Kiss your left hand and say your crushes name. Close your hand and say your name. Open your hand. Post this on fifteen songs and your crush will ask you out.
I sing this song every time I go to the casino.
All I wanna do is *blap blap blap blap* and take ya monay
bullshit
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Paper
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Paper plan
Paper plane
Paper planes
Love
I don't like this song it so bad and bad singers
WTF is this SheA
Bad Singer
I love mia
Missing In Action

Damn
Paper Planes and Bad Girls Do It Well have this power to just instantaneou s l y make me happy! Makes me want to go on an adventure and run on top of trains like in Slumdog Millionaire!
Love this song
Follow me I'll follow you back
* ride
My friends mom gave MIA a tide home once when she was out alone in the rain or something... . I LOVE MIA






























very interesting variety on this radio!
Kiss your left hand and say your crushes name. Close your hand and say your name. Open your hand. Post this on fifteen songs and your crush will ask you out.
This song is awesoem
She's beautiful I love her
jasoncannon6 9
i was first to like paper airplanes
How is her new CD anyway? I only her only one song from it. It's not bad.
Very unusual
China











Not a fan of her voice
Catchy
M.I.A is just plain hot and badass
nomadcattle
Nice
M.I.A. is the bomb.
you rock MIA damn f**k your haters keep your head high ♥ †
If your reading this, u have GOOD LUCK!!!! If u have read any chain msgs earlier by accident, then this will repel them pesky NIGHTMARE MAKERS!!!! All u have to do is, EMULATE this msg and post this whenever u see a threatening chain msg, then let it do it's MAGIC!!!! All it takes is one msg, and if everyone reads it and follows the directions, then everyone can be DAUNTLESS!!! And if we work together we can EXPUNGE all those creepy msgs!!!! Follow if you agree, this has to GO!!!
Don't read this because it actually works you will be kissed by the one you love on Friday tomorrow will be the best day of your life however if you don't post this you will die in the next 2 days now you've started so don't stop reading this is so scary put this on 5 sons in the next 143 mi jets when done press 6 and your lovers AME will apnea on the screen in big letters this is so scanty cuz it actually works
follow me on instagram @__laffytaff y _ _ thirsty for followers lmaoo
the first time i hear this i thought it was reggae music lol
@ Adame.Gabrie l l a : That's cool, like what you like, but also try to have an open mind, as well. : )
skayh22
Do you have your charger
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I love pa
I love pap
I love pape
I love paper
I love paper p
I love paper pl
I love paper pla
I love paper plan
I love paper plane
I love paper planes
I love paper planes!
Follow4afoll o w
Mostspectacu l a r 1 that is true and wise words i only cared about elvis beatles and rolling stones that u listed
Its funny i just like the beat and that its rock
I love you sons m.i.a
Read my bio...
Love thus song
The fact is, it NEVER matters what the critics review are, this is a fact, it will always be determined by the youth, this goes way back to the days of when Bing Crosby was a young crooner, to Little Richard, to Buddy Holly, to Elvis Presley, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, the garage bands that exploded all over the U.S. of A in the mid 1960s and so on.

CRITICS do not factor in, IT IS THE YOUTH who determine things. FACT.
Hot song with alot of expressionis m holla 1
Ashgrove at least she can sing unlike u lil b*tch
Kiss ur left hand
Say crushes name
Close your hand
Say a weekday
Put this on 6 other songs and ur crush will ask u out on that weekday
jortiz4012
Kiss your hand say crush close hand say school day open hand post this on 15 songs your crush will ask you out
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