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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: Paper Planes (DFA Remix) (Radio Single)

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Comments

This song is soo bad, her voice is so painful and dull at the same time
some, some, some some i murder, some some i let go...lol
Chew gig rustle baud Emma enriched when's z tune Rubens unbelief Kellerman Chrysler feet creuse firm thin hick hoc nek Hur BMW firm thru Tumwater that'll belly he'll icky dint Tucker hmm
Dont read this because it actully works COmments that start like this are fake and should go away you really freakingout little kids copy and paste if you want to spread my messege
Mia is a good singer
Don't read this because it acually works. You will be kissed on the nearest friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post it this you will die in two days. Now you've started reading this so don't stop. This is so scary put this on 5 songs in 143 minutes when done press f6 and you lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters this is so scary because it works
Aye she fine doe
She's a bad singer -_-
Bad girls!!!!!!! ! ! ! LOVE LOVE LOVE THAT SONG SO SO SO SO SO SO MUTCH
Song from Far Cry 3 ��
Aye I haven't heard this song in a minute
I F**KS WITH MIA ALL DAY ERRRDAY.
JACK AND JACK VINE
Hi
oseguerasama n t h a 9 8
F**king bae.
This tells you how old some people are
Don't read this because it actually works you will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life however if you don't post this you will die in two days now you started reading so don't it's so scary post this on 5 songs in 143 minutes when done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters
Heeeeeey i remember this song... God it's stuck in my head now o3o...
haha i love this song
Cats cats cats cats cats cars
~I fly like paper get high like planes~
Paper planes
i remember listening to this in like 5th grade and im in 11th,,,,,,
Say iPhone pick a color repost 5 times look under your pillow
Been along time that I haven't heard this song
Gay af
All I wanna do is....
Listen up people! If you want a song stuck in your head for months listen to this one ._. No but really this song has been stuck for like two months...
This chick read my mind!
zuzubug11.11
Take ya monay
walkliz
Peter is having the gospel including homeschool growing nicely well as much because of him mom Curtis enjoyed the weather activity together recently finished up to Logan canyon sounds fun to watch Sherlock Holmes the kids were pretty good baby rhymes and then we had dinner
chelseystar0 3 0 2
Love this song
camilaberbet t i
So obsessed with this song ����
Sicker than sick.....
Yass
I love this song and I wonder does she have and accent
Love this song!!!!!!!! ! !
macarter1917
Sticks and weed and stones
The song Paper Planes is in the movie Slumdog Millionaire. Both are awesome, by the way! ;)
I like the part when it's the cash register and take ya monay
Fly like paper get high like planes catch me on da border I got visas in my name!!!
cool song
I love Mia songs
Paperplanes!
Her accent tho
We ready
BAD GIRLS IS MY FAVORITE SONG
Paperplanes!
Paper planes! #comearound
FAR CRY 3!
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