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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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  • 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...
  • 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 &#...
  • 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......
  • Solid choices in Grammy jazz nominations

     
    Allen Toussaint's 'Bright Mississippi' is in the running in the best instrumental album category. The Bay Area's Julian Lage is one of the contemporary nominees, as is veteran Mike Stern. Grammy voters might have made some baffling choices this year......
  • Grammy Awards 2010: Live coverage of the nominations

     
    The nominations for the 2010 Grammy Awards were unveiled tonight at downtown's Club Nokia -- just a few city blocks from the P&H HQ -- and we brought you live coverage beginning at 6 p.m. In addition to finding out......
  • Beyonce, Taylor Swift and Lady Gaga lead Grammy nominations [UPDATED]

     
    The top categories were focused on a few artists and albums. The biggest surprise: Dave Matthews Band's album of the year nod. Beyoncé's "Halo" just got a lot brighter: R&B's reigning diva collected a field-leading 10 Grammy Award nominations including.....
  • SXSW 2010: The music stories to watch

     
    An industry conference with a borderline spring-break-type atmosphere, the annual South by Southwest Festival in Austin, Texas, opens this weekend with interactive and film events. The music business and the media won't descend upon the Texas capital...