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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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  • Adele, Lana Del Rey and Leonard Cohen lead the pop charts

     
    The charts have a much-publicized newcomer near the top, but vampy pop chanteuse Lana Del Rey is a distant No. 2. Her Interscope debut "Born to Die" lands in the runner-up spot with more than 76,000 copies sold in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan....
  • Grammys 2012: Adele's 'Rolling in the Deep' wins record of the year

     
    Adele's gospel-inflected "Rolling in the Deep" was named record of the year at the 54th Grammy Awards, her fifth award out of six nominations. The song was the top-selling single of 2011, having sold 5.81 million copies, according to Nielsen......
  • Grammys 2012: Bon Iver thanks the 'talent that's not here'

     
    Bon Iver wins best new artist. Frontman Justin Vernon thanks the "talent that's not here."...
  • Grammys 2012: Bon Iver wins for best new artist

     
    Wisconsin-bred band Bon Iver, the indie folk project founded by singer-songwriter Justin Vernon, was named best new artist at the 54th Grammy Awards, besting crowd favorite Nicki Minaj as well as a diverse set of performers from electronica, rap and...
  • Adele flips off Brit Awards, invokes her inner drag queen

     
    Adele flipped the bird at producers during the Brit Awards after winning album of the year. Adele apologized, saying she was making the obscene gesture at "suits," not fans....
  • SXSW 2012: Bear in Heaven, Light Asylum among early standouts

     
    Times music write Todd Martens files his first report from Austin, Texas. Among the early highlights are Bear in Heaven and Light Asylum. Also, a German act raps about choosing an iPhone over a boyfriend....
  • M.I.A. signs deal with Jay-Z's Roc Nation

     
    The politically charged electro-pop rapper M.I.A. has joined Jay-Z’s Roc Nation, the entertainment company announced Thursday....
  • Madonna's 'MDNA' gives artist her eighth No. 1

     
    Babs better watch her back. With the stellar chart debut of Madonna's "MDNA," the Material Girl is closing in on Barbra Streisand's record of nine chart-topping albums. Her "MDNA" will debut at No. 1 atop the U.S. pop charts Wednesday morning, having sold...
  • Investing in third world democracy and watching 'Ellen': M.I.A.'s suburban makeover

     
    Now more than two months removed from what was perceived as a harsh New York Times profile of M.I.A., one that juxtaposed her political beliefs with her comfortable lifestyle, Pop & Hiss wasn't really interested in furthering any discussion of......
  • Dance promoter Insomniac hits city with seven-figure lawsuit over canceled Tiesto concert

     
    Tickets never went on sale and promotions were never staged, but a planned headlining concert by electronic artist Tiësto is the center of a seven-figure civil suit filed against the city of Los Angeles on Friday. Local dance promoter Insomniac......
  • Album review: Klaxons' 'Surfing the Void'

     
    When the Klaxons first arrived on the scene with their debut, “Myths of the Near Future,” in 2007, they were saddled with the cumbersome micro-genre nu-rave. Part of a larger emergent dance-punk trend whose biggest members now are probably M.I.A.........
  • Concert review: M.I.A. at the Vic

     
    M.I.A. performs at the Vic. View more pictures of M.I.A. in Chicago HERE. (Chris Sweda, Tribune) As M.I.A. made her exit Wednesday in the first of two concerts at the Vic Theatre, her breakthrough hit “Paper Planes” was pumping through......