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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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  • Virgin Mobile FreeFest has another solid lineup, but where's the rap?

    Virgin Mobile FreeFest has another solid lineup, but where's the rap?
    A quick scan of this year's Virgin Mobile FreeFest reveals the type of lineup we've come to expect from the annual concert at Merriweather Post Pavilion: Smart, on-the-nose and balanced -- as long as you're the type of music fan who takes pride in genre...
  • TV on the Radio, Cee Lo Green, Black Keys to headline 2011 Virgin Mobile Freefest

    TV on the Radio, Cee Lo Green, Black Keys to headline 2011 Virgin Mobile Freefest
    TV on the Radio, Cee Lo Green, the Black Keys and Patti Smith are among the headliners at this year’s Virgin Mobile FreeFest, which returns to Merriweather Post Pavilion Sept. 10, organizers will announce today. The announcement follows months of...
  • Will the Masters be up to par without Tiger?

    We all knew this was bound to happen one of these years, that Augusta National was going to have to make do without one of its most identifiable mainstays. No, we're not talking about the Eisenhower Tree, even though that'll be missed too. But can the...
  • Wu-Tang Clan says it has been offered $5 million for secret album

    Wu-Tang Clan says it has been offered $5 million for secret album
    When the Wu-Tang Clan announced they would manufacture, and auction off, just one copy of a long-in-the-works secret album, the news was met with obvious intrigue. Who would shell out the money for the rarity -- and how much would a given collector be...
  • NFL wants $16.6 million from M.I.A. for Super Bowl finger

    NFL wants $16.6 million from M.I.A. for Super Bowl finger
    M.I.A. might want to hang onto all that cash-register-ringing money she earned on "Paper Planes." The NFL is asking for $16.6 million stemming from the fracas over her middle-finger gesture at the 2012 Super Bowl. The incident took place during M.I.A.'s...
  • Jack Antonoff announces Bleachers solo project, debuts single

    Jack Antonoff announces Bleachers solo project, debuts single
    Jack Antonoff, one-third of the Grammy-winning indie pop band Fun, is at a Hollywood recording studio previewing tracks from Bleachers, a side project he’s spent the last year secretly crafting. “I wanted a modern ‘Dancing in the Dark&...
  • Justin Bieber timeline: A look at the singer in South Florida

    Justin Bieber timeline: A look at the singer in South Florida
    It's like a scene out of a rap video. From driving an exotic car to reportedly spending big bucks at a strip club, pop star Justin Bieber has been living it up after arriving in South Florida on Monday. We combed through social media to get a sense of his...
  • Review: Robert Glasper tunes into 'Black Radio' at the El Rey

    Review: Robert Glasper tunes into 'Black Radio' at the El Rey
    Robert Glasper has plenty of people he can call on for guest appearances at his gigs. The jazz pianist’s acclaimed 2012 album, “Black Radio,” contains cameos by Erykah Badu, Meshell Ndegeocello and Lupe Fiasco, among others, while a...
  • Florida travel calendar for January

    Florida travel calendar for January
    Check out festivals and events in January across the state. This list is organized by region. Central Florida (including Orlando, Kissimmee, Daytona Beach, Sanford, the Space Coast, Lakeland/Polk and Lake County) Nov. 29, 2013 - Jan. 5 2014: Carillon...
  • YouTube Music Awards: Eminem Wins Artist of the Year in Video Site's Glitchy and Awkward Webcast

    The first YouTube Music Awards webcast wasn't broadcast-quality in any sense -- it was marred by video and sound snafus, and the show's hosts looked adrift as they tried to wing it without scripts -- with Eminem and a South Korean girl group winning top...
  • Album review: M.I.A., 'Matangi'

    Album review: M.I.A., 'Matangi'
    “Matangi” M.I.A. 3.5 out of 4 stars ¬† Do you remember the episode of the Flash cartoon “Homestar Runner” when the Cheat holds a lightswitch rave and Strong Bad yells at him? (If not, watch it immediately.) That’s...
  • Album review: M.I.A. keeps idiosyncrasies on 'Matangi'

    At a New York release party for her new album "Matangi," M.I.A. brought a special guest onstage — WikiLeaks' Julian Assange. He Skyped an introduction to the show from his longtime temporary home inside the Ecuadorean Embassy in London. The...