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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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  • 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,...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Rethinking raves in the aftermath of the Electric Daisy Carnival

    Rethinking raves in the aftermath of the Electric Daisy Carnival
    In the troubled aftermath of last week's mega electronic music festival at the L.A. Memorial Coliseum, artists and local promoters are confronting a dauntingly familiar question: what to do about the "R" word and the "E" word. "R" stands for "rave," as...
  • Time 100: World's most influential

     
    by Mark Silva Sure, President Barack Obama made the list. But so did Michelle Obama. And Bernie Madoff, the billionaire king of Ponzi. Rush Limbaugh, too, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and... "the founders of Twitter.'' Sarah Palin's on the list.......
  • Grammy countdown: How the awards can stay relevant

     
    At the age of 52, the Grammy Awards are set in their ways. As the Oscars and the Emmys made dramatic changes to their galas, upping the number of nominees of major categories, the Grammys waved goodbye to polka. Changes......
  • Grammy countdown: Is there an M.I.A.-like surprise for record of the year?

     
    M.I.A.'s "Paper Planes" wasn't the obvious choice to be nominated for a major Grammy Award. The song, after all, uses a string of gun shots as one of its hooks. At a major award gala, one in which the Dixie......