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2012 VMA Nominations Are Out, Rihanna and Drake Lead The Pack

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The nominees for the 2012 MTV Music Awards are out, and Rihanna and Drake are leading the field with five nominations each. Both are up for the grand award of Video Of The Year, with Rihanna nominated for "We found Love" and Drake for "Take Care" – which actually features Rihanna. Also nominated in said category are Katy Perry's "Wide Awake," as well as Gotye's "Somebody That I Use To Know"...

Madonna Calls M.I.A.'s Super Bowl Performance 'Irrelevant' And 'Out Of...

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If you happened to be one of the probable millions to catch the Super Bowl halftime show last Sunday night, in addition to seeing Madonna’s formaldehyde-enhanced, voodoo-risen body silently perform a series of ritualistic dances while synching her once-living lips to a series of pre-recorded words, you might have noticed co-performer M.I.A. letting the world know how edgy...

M.I.A.: MAYA Review Round-up

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We've all heard by now. M.I.A.'s new album, /\ /\ /\ Y /\, (turning Maya into a name impossible to google) has leaked despite her efforts to push the release date back to July 13. Now you can hear not only bits and pieces but the album in its entirety as it has popped up in various places online. With all the talk and media the Sri Lankan singer-rapper has...

M.I.A. Slams Justin Bieber, Defends "Born Free" Video

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Continuing the snarky but thoroughly entertaining trend of today’s more artily-inclined musicians and performers beating up on their Top 40 contemporaries, NME reports that M.I.A. has set her sights on pretty-sure-he’s-a-genderless-pod-person-capable-of-asexual-reproduction/ singer,  Justin Bieber (hey, we can’t all radiate the machismo of Zach Efron,...

New M.I.A. Record: "XXXO"

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British rapper/singer/songwriter/record producer/political activist/and everything else you can think of, M.I.A has picked the first single of her as-of-yet untitled album and the track is called "XXXO".   The song has a club feel to it. She seems to be playing it safe with this one but judging from her past creations it is going to be a hit no matter what it sounds like or what she...

M.I.A.'s Redhead Cut From Shakira's World Cup Video

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M.I.A.'s Redhead Cut From Shakira's World Cup Video
Ever since M.I.A. released her video for her shocking punk rock song, "Born Free," music critics have been racking their brains for the correct interpretation of her depiction about the state-armed forces. It was gruesome, it was unpleasant but kind of awesome as well. There's one scene in particular that everyone remembers. (Note: If you have not watched...

M.I.A. Music Video: Born Free

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We brought you M.I.A.'s track, "Born Free," on Friday and now we've got the brand spanking new video to go along with it. Similarly to Lady Gaga, (which she'll be upset about if she finds out about this comparison) the video is nearly 10 minutes long and meant to be a short film. However, very much unlike Lady Gaga, there isn't any scandalous choreographed dance moves...

M.I.A. Outraged At New York Times... And Possibly Leaks New Song?

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M.I.A. Outraged At New York Times... And Possibly Leaks New Song?
It was just yesterday when we excitedly told you about a new M.I.A. album possibly coming in the summer, but it was also yesterday that M.I.A. completely slammed the New York Times on her twitter account. Twitter accounts may not mean anything to people who don't use it as a news source. We understand that you may not care if your favorite is making a...

New M.I.A. Album Slated For Summer Release

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The last we heard of M.I.A. was when she got angry about fans thinking she named her baby, "Ickitt." (Although, we can see how people may have gotten that from "Ikhyd.") Her last album, Kala, was a huge success thanks the controversial gun noises in "Paper Planes" and its massive placement in the film, Pineapple Express. According to Pitchfork, M.I.A. is...

Rye Rye: Bang remix featuring M.I.A.

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At 18-years-old she is the first (and only) artist to sign with M.I.A.'s record label N.E.E.T.—Rye Rye. This young rapper has come a long way from her hard-hitting days performing at clubs in Baltimore. Today, her new single, "Bang," produced by Blaqstarr and featuring M.I.A. appears on the Fast & Furious motion picture soundtrack and is expected to be released as...

Diplo's Mad Decent Partners with Downtown Records

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Indie label Mad Decent, created by Philadelphia-based DJ and producer Diplo, has made a partnership deal with another indie, Downtown Records. Home to artists such as Bonde do Role, Brick Bandits, and DJ Blaqstarr, Mad Decent will join acts like Gnarls Barkley, Justice, Eagles of Death Metal and Santigold at Downtown, which already partners...

M.I.A. Insists: "My Baby's Name Is NOT Ickitt!

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M.I.A. is furious and it's funny that we find this all out through her MySpace. After numerous media reports claiming she had named her newborn son, "Ickitt," she posted a letter through her MySpace page stating she didn't release the baby's name because she didn't think it mattered. We get it. M.I.A. likes her privacy just as any other human being does. However, after...

Best of the Week: Tinted Windows, Animal Names, Emo Valentine's...

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Check out our ten most popular stories of the week... Tinted Windows: Oddest Supergroup Ever Indie Rock’s 5 Most Overused Animal Names 4 Simple Steps To a Totally Emo Valentine’s Day Top Ten Indie Songs of 2008 - With Free MP3s Timeline of a Buzzband: WAVVES The 2009 Sasquatch Lineup...

MIA: "My Baby Is Here!"

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Ambitious M.I.A. was cutting it close on that Grammys Sunday! Apparently, she was going to go out and party with everyone afterwards (no surprise there), but changed her mind at the last minute. Well, it's a good thing she did because she went into labor at 2 AM that night! She gave birth to a boy on Wednesday and sounds pretty psyched to be a new mommy. Read about it in...

Grammys Round-Up: Performance Highlights

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Last night, The Grammys did what they do best: Cram 24 performances into one night between all the awards. Award highlights go out to Coldplay for best rock album (no surprise there), Robert Plant and Alison Krauss for record of the year, and Lil Wayne taking the grammy for best rap album. The performances ranged from painful (Kid Rock) to ridiculous (Katy Perry). Yet,...

M.I.A. To Perform At Grammys On Her Due Date

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As if it weren't enough for M.I.A. to be the new idol for new-born hipsters everywhere, remixed by every other DJ, or featured in every other song (including the Oscar nominated Slumdog Millionaire song, "O Saya"), it's been announced that she has been added onto the roster of artist performing at the Grammys tomorrow night. The fact that she is performing at the...

Video: MIA’s Paper Planes Remix for Slumdog Millionaire

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Last week we posted the MP3/Download for MIA and A.R. Rahman's track "O Soya" from Danny Boyle's amazing new film Slumdog Millionaire. Just released is a music video for MIA’s Paper Planes remix with clips from the film. Check out the video below the jump.