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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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  • Butchy Fuego gives Ariana Delawari's 'Be Gone Taliban' some electro marching orders

     
    Last year, I wrote a long profile on local singer-songwriter Ariana Delawari's hemisphere-spanning path to recording her solo debut alongside the L.A. indie demimonde and traditional musicians in her troubled ancestral home of Afghanistan. But outside...
  • Rome Ramirez pays tribute to Amy Winehouse with his cover of 'Rehab'

     
    Rome Ramirez pays tribute to Amy Winehouse with his cover of "Rehab," posts to You Tube....
  • M.I.A. dishes on Super Bowl appearance with Madonna

     
    Electro pop "Bad Girl" M.I.A. revealed that she’ll be performing during this Sunday’s Superbowl halftime show alongside Madonna and Nicki Minaj during an interview with BBC Radio 1 personality Zane Lowe on Tuesday....
  • M.I.A.'s halftime gesture said to be 'a case of adrenaline'

     
    In early 1989 Madonna was the center of controversy over the religious imagery in the video for her "Like A Prayer." Twenty-two years later the song brought her Super Bowl halftime performance to an end with the all-together unifying message of "world...
  • Bon Iver on 'SNL': Indie-pop at its most easy-listening

     
    The hushed, don't-speak-or-you'll-miss-it synth-adorned folk of Bon Iver was a surprise top nominee at next week's Grammy Awards and no doubt more at home last night on "Saturday Night Live," which has opened 2012 with a string of adventurous musical...
  • Grammys 2012: The most bloated Grammy show ever?

     
    A first for the Grammys in 2012 was its album of the year winner apologizing for "snot" on her face, as an overwhelmed Adele did when she accepted her album of the year prize. Another first for the Grammys was......
  • Grammys 2012: Adele's '21' wins album of the year

     
    This post has been corrected. See note at the bottom for details. Soul traditionalist Adele triumphed over pop stars, a veteran rock act and an up-and-coming songwriter/producer to win the most prestigious Grammy prize, album of the year, for her......
  • Adele, Lana Del Rey and Leonard Cohen lead the pop charts

     
    The charts have a much-publicized newcomer near the top, but vampy pop chanteuse Lana Del Rey is a distant No. 2. Her Interscope debut "Born to Die" lands in the runner-up spot with more than 76,000 copies sold in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan....
  • Grammys 2012: Adele's 'Rolling in the Deep' wins record of the year

     
    Adele's gospel-inflected "Rolling in the Deep" was named record of the year at the 54th Grammy Awards, her fifth award out of six nominations. The song was the top-selling single of 2011, having sold 5.81 million copies, according to Nielsen......
  • Grammys 2012: Bon Iver thanks the 'talent that's not here'

     
    Bon Iver wins best new artist. Frontman Justin Vernon thanks the "talent that's not here."...
  • Grammys 2012: Bon Iver wins for best new artist

     
    Wisconsin-bred band Bon Iver, the indie folk project founded by singer-songwriter Justin Vernon, was named best new artist at the 54th Grammy Awards, besting crowd favorite Nicki Minaj as well as a diverse set of performers from electronica, rap and...