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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

I love this songs
Go f**k yourself b**ches
dca300
I love this song
Love your song paper planes
I love m.i.a <33
PAPER PLANES YESH :DDDD
meganpinter3 8
Say Ariana grande 5 times post on 2 other songs then check it voice
She is something unique<3
bendyke
Omg crap!
M.I.A. (Mathangi Maya Arulpragasam ) Is Love except with her gun sounds in her song Paper Planes. Sadly children will get ideas that it is O.K.
M.I.A. (Mathangi Maya Arulpragasam ) Is
M.I.A. (Mathangi Maya Arulpragasam ) Is
I loved her music since 2004 with Galang oh how've grown
Mathangi Maya Arulpragasam is
M.I.A. (Mathangi Maya Arulpragasam ) Is
Hey guys can u plz follow me I will follow back also can u read my bio thanks
* song
Love this somg
In love with this.
I love her song Paper Planes.
:D
jinaclark


Loved MIA since her first album. Love how she tries experiment with each album.
#Love this song!!!!!!xD xDDD xDDDDDDDDDDD D D D D D D D D D D D D D D D D
briangiraldo 8 8
Song reminds me of a summer of '08
B. Lol
I'm a beatboxer I ll beat to this all day b b b b b b b boom bbbb
M.I.A is awesome! I started listening to her after listening to Paper Planes The gun shots and the *chaching!* is catchy.
All i wanna do is *pumpumpum* and i *click CHING* and i take ya money
ttoups7
She's an awesome mix between pop and alternative! !
Sweet sample from The Clash, Straight to Hell, that guitar work is Mick Jones. Interesting to sample so heavily from a song AND the lyrics makes similar points.
shes dope man shes good
Omg,she is so freakin dope!
adilenea1992
I love her, ever since galang and bucky done gun
Don't read this cause it actually works.you will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life.tomorro w will be the best day of your life.however if you don't post this you will die in two days.now you've started reading this so don't stop.this is so scary.put this in at least 5songs in 143 minutes.when done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters this is scary because it really works
Love M.I.A.!!!!! Follow for a follow c;
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I love her voice! :D
I'm an old school homey (70's, 80s) and I like her. Sick, dude.
I like her song bring the noize
Shes good
We all just lost.
This is my favorite song from her! I haven't heard for a long time
Paper Planes is my favorite song by her.
Dang!! Y'all only listen to paper planes and bad girls. -_- All of her other songs are great too people wake up!!
I fly like paper Get high like planessssss ♥
Paper planes ❥
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