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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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  • 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...
  • Adele flips off Brit Awards, invokes her inner drag queen

     
    Adele flipped the bird at producers during the Brit Awards after winning album of the year. Adele apologized, saying she was making the obscene gesture at "suits," not fans....
  • SXSW 2012: Bear in Heaven, Light Asylum among early standouts

     
    Times music write Todd Martens files his first report from Austin, Texas. Among the early highlights are Bear in Heaven and Light Asylum. Also, a German act raps about choosing an iPhone over a boyfriend....
  • Madonna's 'MDNA' gives artist her eighth No. 1

     
    Babs better watch her back. With the stellar chart debut of Madonna's "MDNA," the Material Girl is closing in on Barbra Streisand's record of nine chart-topping albums. Her "MDNA" will debut at No. 1 atop the U.S. pop charts Wednesday morning, having sold...
  • M.I.A. signs deal with Jay-Z's Roc Nation

     
    The politically charged electro-pop rapper M.I.A. has joined Jay-Z’s Roc Nation, the entertainment company announced Thursday....
  • British phenoms One Direction performing at 2012 MTV Video Music Awards

     
    The nominations for the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards were announced yesterday, along with the first two performers for the event, which will air live on MTV Sept. 6 at 8pm ET from the Staples Center in Los Angeles. British boy band phenoms One Direction,...
  • City Link Happy Hour Guide 2010

    City Link Happy Hour Guide 2010
    America's Backyard (photo by Beth Black) During tough economic times, when the unemployment rate reaches double digits, corporations lay off employees like fat guys lay off salads, and the American dream loses touch with reality, people more readily...
  • 2010 in review: Top 10 albums and then some

    As usual, in creating my annual top 10 albums of the year, I limited myself to albums of original, contemporary studio work. This year, that was harder to do than in previous years. Ruling out reissues meant I had to toss out pretty much the greatest rock...
  • Turn It Up

    Turn It Up
    TÊTE-à-TÊTE: M.I.A. Maya Arulpragasam is an anomaly in many ways. As M.I.A., she has had a lightning-fast rise. From her early singles “Galang” and “Sun­showers,” which spread virally through the Web in 2004, to her 2005 debut album, Arular (named...
  • Critic's Notebook: Kanye West's growing pains

    Critic's Notebook: Kanye West's growing pains
    Here's a quote that recently resonated with Kanye West: "Every child is an artist. The problem is staying an artist when you grow up." Pablo Picasso said that. West found it on a poster somewhere, took a photo, and claimed it as a statement of purpose &#...
  • Kicking up the dust of change

    Kicking up the dust of change
    The news in the architecture profession has been dominated for much of the summer by a few guardians of homeland and propriety -- one of whom happens to be first in line to the British throne. In London, a pitched debate continues over efforts by...