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M.I.A.

M.I.A.
M.I.A., born Maya Arulpragasam in London, is an electronica artist. Her music also blends the sounds of dancehall and hardcore rap.

In 2005, she released her first album, "Arular," which featured the popular track "Galang."

"Kala," her sophomore effort, was released in 2007. The album generated buzz in 2008 after one of its tracks, "Paper Planes," was used in trailers for the stoner action-comedy "Pineapple Express."
M.I.A., born Maya Arulpragasam in London, is an electronica artist. Her music also blends the sounds of dancehall and hardcore rap.

In 2005, she released her first album, "Arular," which featured the popular track "Galang."

"Kala," her sophomore effort, was released in 2007. The album generated buzz in 2008 after one of its tracks, "Paper Planes," was used in trailers for the stoner action-comedy "Pineapple Express."
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  • Album review: M.I.A. keeps idiosyncrasies on 'Matangi'

    Album review: M.I.A. keeps idiosyncrasies on 'Matangi'
    At a New York release party for her new album "Matangi," M.I.A. brought a special guest onstage — WikiLeaks' Julian Assange. He Skyped an introduction to the show from his longtime temporary home inside the Ecuadorean Embassy in London. The...
  • Review: M.I.A. shakes the faithful (and the walls) at Belasco Theater

    Review: M.I.A. shakes the faithful (and the walls) at Belasco Theater
    M.I.A. had cautioned them, but her fans hadn’t listened. “iPhone connected to the Internet, connected to the Google, connected to the government,” went a claim in her song “The Message.” Released in 2010, the track...
  • Review: Robert Glasper tunes into 'Black Radio' at the El Rey

    Review: Robert Glasper tunes into 'Black Radio' at the El Rey
    Robert Glasper has plenty of people he can call on for guest appearances at his gigs. The jazz pianist’s acclaimed 2012 album, “Black Radio,” contains cameos by Erykah Badu, Meshell Ndegeocello and Lupe Fiasco, among others, while a...
  • Wu-Tang Clan says it has been offered $5 million for secret album

    Wu-Tang Clan says it has been offered $5 million for secret album
    When the Wu-Tang Clan announced they would manufacture, and auction off, just one copy of a long-in-the-works secret album, the news was met with obvious intrigue. Who would shell out the money for the rarity -- and how much would a given collector be...
  • NFL wants $16.6 million from M.I.A. for Super Bowl finger

    NFL wants $16.6 million from M.I.A. for Super Bowl finger
    M.I.A. might want to hang onto all that cash-register-ringing money she earned on "Paper Planes." The NFL is asking for $16.6 million stemming from the fracas over her middle-finger gesture at the 2012 Super Bowl. The incident took place during M.I.A.'s...
  • Jack Antonoff announces Bleachers solo project, debuts single

    Jack Antonoff announces Bleachers solo project, debuts single
    Jack Antonoff, one-third of the Grammy-winning indie pop band Fun, is at a Hollywood recording studio previewing tracks from Bleachers, a side project he’s spent the last year secretly crafting. “I wanted a modern ‘Dancing in the Dark&...
  • Easton's State Theater announces bunch of Broadway musicals, Christmas shows, crooners and comedy for new season

     
    A bunch of Broadway musicals, the return of favorite rocking Christmas shows, a classic crooner and comedians, an iconic performer’s daughter and more fill the 2013-14 season that was just announced for Easton’s State Theatre. Yup, Little...
  • Made some noise: The year in popular music

    Made some noise: The year in popular music
    As always with my top 10s, this one includes only studio albums of new recorded music. That means no compilations, no live albums, no archival records, no reissues, and so on. This year, those rules meant the exclusion of some great recordings: reissues...
  • Beyonce gets experimental in latest studio release

    Beyonce gets experimental in latest studio release
    Beyonce, '4': 2.5 stars (out of 4) Beyonce has paid lip service and more in recent years to broadening her musical range. She’s hung out at indie-rock concerts, and this month she headlined the rock-heavy Glastonbury festival in England. In...
  • TV on the Radio, Cee Lo Green, Black Keys to headline 2011 Virgin Mobile Freefest

    TV on the Radio, Cee Lo Green, Black Keys to headline 2011 Virgin Mobile Freefest
    TV on the Radio, Cee Lo Green, the Black Keys and Patti Smith are among the headliners at this year’s Virgin Mobile FreeFest, which returns to Merriweather Post Pavilion Sept. 10, organizers will announce today. The announcement follows months of...
  • Willis Earl Beal makes music out of loneliness

    Willis Earl Beal makes music out of loneliness
    Willis Earl Beal wandered through most of his 28 years on the planet without a steady job or much direction until his loneliness become so consuming that he began to sing. Now he finds himself as a labelmate of Radiohead, M.I.A. and Adele. His debut album...