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M.I.A.'s fourth album, Matangi, is out now.
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November 5, 2013 While making the new album Matangi, the singer-rapper discovered she had a divine counterpart: a Hindu goddess who shares both her birth name and her taste for self-expression. She speaks with NPR's David Greene about fame, war and controversy.
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Clockwise from upper left: Anna Calvi, M.I.A., Poliça, members of Los Campesinos!, Deltron 3030 and Phil Elverum of Mount Eerie
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September 24, 2013 Our massive 2013 fall music preview is packed with new jams from M.I.A., Son Lux, Polica, Mount Eerie, Luscious Jackson and more.
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Madonna (center), flanked by Nicki Minaj and M.I.A., during a performance of her new single "Give Me All Your Luvin'" during the Bridgestone Super Bowl XLVI Halftime Show in Indianapolis.
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February 6, 2012 As she showed last night at the Superbowl, for the last decade, the Material Girl has been writing her own legacy through collaborations with younger stars, and in doing so, she has helped to map the contemporary pop landscape.
July 16, 2010 Some critics have had a difficult time loving the rapper's new album, /\/\/\Y/\. The record's cover says a lot about why.
July 13, 2010 Maya is the third full-length album by M.I.A., and it rattles with hard-edged and well-produced beats and electronica. Reviewer Oliver Wang says that even if it's not her best work, the record still offers reminders of why M.I.A. is one of the most compelling and unusual artists in pop today.
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July 6, 2010 Summer is here and with it comes a crush of great new music. On this edition of All Songs Considered hear previews from former Be Good Tanyas singer Frazey Ford, solo work from Radiohead drummer Phil Selway, M.I.A. and more.
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Lady Gaga in her controversial video for "Telephone."
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May 28, 2010 For decades, musicians have used shock value to provoke their audiences. Elvis swung his hips, Madonna sang about her nonexistent virginity and Marilyn Manson named himself after a convicted killer. Now, there's a new crop of rabble-rousers on the scene. Lady Gaga, M.I.A. and Erykah Badu are among the artists continuing the tradition of shock value in music today.
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November 13, 2009 All Songs Considered's list of the 50 most important recordings of the decade continues, from Norah Jones to Jason Moran.
December 31, 2008 With its eclectic range of dance music, M.I.A.'s recent Kala is similar in sound to her breakout debut, yet uses a wider variety of beats and samples. It features collaborations with Diplo, Timbaland and Blaqstarr. Hear an interview and performance from WXPN.
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October 15, 2008 Rapper Snoop Dogg's latest release, a collaboration with Bollywood star Akshay Kumar, is a recent example of urban desi, which blends South Asian pop culture with American hip-hop. Originating in the U.K., the style of music is spreading in the U.S. and India.
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