M.I.A’s fifth album AIM is, if we are to take her word for it, the last. Despite this, the tone of the record is…Read More
Mathangi “Maya” Arulpragasam (born 18 July 1975), better known by her stage name M.I.A., is an English-Sri Lankan recording artist, songwriter, painter and director. The moniker “M.I.A.” is both a play on her own name and a reference to the abbreviation for Missing in Action. Her compositions combine elements of electronic, dance, alternative, hip hop and world music. M.I.A. began her career in 2000 as a visual artist, filmmaker and designer in West London before beginning her recording career in 2002. Since rising to prominence in early 2004 for her singles “Sunshowers” and “Galang”, charting in the UK and Canada and reaching number eleven on the Billboard Hot Dance Singles Sales in the US, she has been nominated for an Academy Award, two Grammy Awards and the Mercury Prize.
She released her debut album Arular in 2005 and second album Kala in 2007 both to universal critical acclaim. Arular charted in Norway, Belgium, Sweden, Japan and the US, where it reached number sixteen on the Billboard Independent Albums chart and number three on the Dance/Electronic Albums chart. Kala was certified silver in the United Kingdom and gold in Canada and the United States, where it topped the Dance/Electronic Albums chart. It also charted in several countries across Europe, in Japan and Australia. The album’s first single “Boyz” reached the top ten in Canada and on the Billboard Hot Dance Singles Sales in 2007, becoming her first top-ten charting single. The single “Paper Planes” peaked in the top 20 worldwide and reached number four on the Billboard Hot 100. “Paper Planes” was certified gold in New Zealand and three times platinum in Canada and the US where, as of November 2011, it is ranked the seventh best-selling song by a British artist in the digital era. It has become XL Recordings’ second best-selling single to date. M.I.A.’s third album Maya was released in 2010 soon after the controversial song-film short “Born Free”. This became her highest-charting album in the UK and the US, reaching number nine on the Billboard 200, topping the Dance/Electronic Albums chart and debuting in the top ten in Finland, Norway, Greece and Canada. The single “XXXO” reached the top forty in Belgium, Spain and the UK. M.I.A. has embarked on four (soon to be five in 2013) global headlining tours and is the founder of her own multimedia label, N.E.E.T..
Today, M.I.A. has dropped her new track “Bird Song”. The song was produced by Blaqstarr and will be featured on M.I.A.’s new album AIM…Read More
M.I.A. will release her fifth studio album, titled A.I.M., on Interscope Records September 9th. The set will feature her brand-new single, “Go Off,” which…Read More
Listen to the track here. Uniting two of the most mercurial artists in global pop music, Bauuer unleashes the final single before the release…Read More
M.I.A. world-premiered her “Borders” video exclusively through Apple Music in November. Now the clip can be viewed for all to see on Vevo. Watch…Read More
M.I.A. today releases “Matahdatah the single Scroll 01 ‘Broader Than A Border’”. This two song release features one song from her fifth studio album…Read More
XL Recordings will release Pay Close Attention, a label history-spanning compilation album, on August 25, 2014. The album documents and celebrates the key releases and moments from the 25 year history of the London-based, independent record,Read More
Moog Music announces that Moogfest will be biennial, with the next event scheduled for 2016. Moogfest 2014 was a reboot of the festival, with much of the planning and execution taking place inside the Moog headquarters, just upstairs from where the,Read More
Matangi is the new record from Maya Ariulpragasam, aka M.I.A. In comparison to 2007’s crossover hit Kala, her last record was a veritable flop, if only because there were no singles that found the same success as “Paper Planes”. It’s likely that Matangi will suffer the same fate,Read More