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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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  • 2009 Grammy Awards live!

  • Grammys on key, but also a bit offbeat

    Grammys on key, but also a bit offbeat
    Award shows typically manufacture their "anything can happen" aura, but on Sunday night the 51st annual Grammy Awards delivered the real thing with canceled performances, a star nominee in police custody, a lingering song-theft controversy and the...
  • 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...
  • Gen Art, Black Eyed Peas' will.i.am throw a stylish party for 'Worlds on Fire' at exhibition in L.A.

    Gen Art, Black Eyed Peas' will.i.am throw a stylish party for 'Worlds on Fire' at exhibition in L.A.
    When it comes to a stylin' scene, Gen Art, a group that supports emerging talent in music, fashion and film, rarely disappoints. But throw in Black Eyed Peas' will.i.am, walls full of pop-art portraits of 2009 Grammy nominees and a few cases of Jacob's...
  • M.I.A. can be found in Bed-Stuy (and soon at Coachella)

    M.I.A. can be found in Bed-Stuy (and soon at Coachella)
    BY train, the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn is five stops from the suits and ties of Lower Manhattan and 14 stops from the tourists of Times Square. Some of the streets are lined with trees and brownstones, others with abandoned buildings and...
  • 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...
  • Practicing for the Grammy Awards

    Practicing for the Grammy Awards
    The rehearsals for the 51st Annual Grammy Awards could be considered the calm before the storm of the ceremony -- except, well, they haven't been all that calm and rain has been falling on Staples Center for days. The show will air live on the East...
  • Prince reigns at Coachella

    Prince reigns at Coachella
    "He thinks he's Jesus!" uttered a stunned young observer as Prince -- who did look rather divine in a gold-sequined white tunic and pants -- offered up a particularly rapturous guitar solo early on in his headlining appearance Saturday at the Coachella...
  • 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......