Super Bowl middle finger-giver MIA is in the studio hard at work on her fourth album and released a short video clip of an unreleased track, "Come Walk With Me," from the sessions … but not before declaring her desire to just upload all of the tracks and disappear for a bit of R&R with her uniquely named three-year-old son, Ikhyd.
The clip (which you'll find after the jump) features several people dancing wildly to the beat-driven track. MIA is reportedly collaborating with a host of high profile names, including Swizz Beats, Cataracs and Chris Brown, on her new album, which is expected later this year. Read More...
By Zachary Swickey
If there is any rapper who has a message and wants to be heard, it’s outspoken, Sri Lankan politically-charged powerhouse MIA. And now star is ready to tell her story in an autobiography that is due to drop this fall.
According to the book publishers, Rizzoli, the work is eyeing an October release and is being described as an “autobiographical monograph in collages.” The 192-page book will reportedly include over 300 images as well as “several unpublished testimonies” from MIA herself.
MIA is currently in the studio working on her upcoming fourth studio album – just yesterday she tweeted to Jay Electronica that she’s in London working on the effort. The untitled album will be released on her new label, Mercury Records, and will be her first since 2010’s MAYA.
Last month, MIA dropped a video for her new(ish) single “Bad Girls.” The song originated as a tune from her Vicki Leekx mixtape released on New Year’s Eve in 2010 for free through her website. However, the new version of the song is a revamp and will likely end up on the new disc.
Known for causing controversy, MIA also got into a bit of a tiff earlier this week with Anderson “Silver Fox” Cooper. She accused the political reporter of calling her a “terrorist” – a Tamil activist. However, Anderson shut her up pretty good and quick, replying, “You are mistaken. I never called you a terrorist. I don’t even know who you are other than the lady who sang at the superbowl.”
Sorry MIA, but Twitter victory goes to Mr. Cooper. (But don’t worry, they’ve already kissed and made up).
Madonna has long made a career of being in just the right place with just the right people at just the right time. And it sounds like she's at it again on her upcoming untitled 12th album. Though Madge's spokesperson gave a "no comment" when asked by MTV News to confirm the news, the popular Madonna fan site MadonnaTribe reported this week that the Material One has recorded nine songs so far for the disc, including the lead single, "Give Me All Your Love," which will feature … wait for it … Nicki Minaj and M.I.A.
The album, which she is reportedly recording with old pal William Orbit (Ray of Light) as well as dance veterans Martin Solveg and Benny Benassi, is slated for release early next year and unconfirmed rumors continue to bubble up that Madonna will play the new single when she performs at halftime at next year's Super Bowl on February 5.
Orbit has kept things close to the vest, but did recently tweet a tantalizing message that appeared to confirm the Super Bowl appearance. "I hesitate to make a comment about anything musical," he wrote. "Ya'll might think is a cryptic tease. But will say: \o/\o/\o/\o/\o/\o/\o/." The obvious cheerleader reference has been taken by Madonnaphiles to either be a confirmation of the appearance at the big game or a hint that the gig will feature some cheerleaders spelling out the singer's name in the stadium while she plays her new song.
By Debra DeSalvo
"No one on the corner has swagger like us," indeed! Show-stealing M.I.A. was not only super-pregnant at the Grammys, she was actually having contractions while she was bouncing all over the stage, according to EW.com. Speaking after her performance of "Swagga Like Us" with Jay-Z, Kanye West, Lil Wayne and T.I., M.I.A. said, "The contractions come and go. My fiancé's got the stopwatch going."
Grammy show boss Jack Sussman confirmed that M.I.A.'s contractions began around 8 p.m., right when the awards went on the air. "I asked her to just hang on until 10 p.m. ET," the CBS TV exec admitted, adding, "The kid's a gamer." Anxious fiancé Benjamin Brewer was in the wings timing the contractions to make sure she didn't go into labor backstage, and the Grammys had an ambulance on standby just in case.
M.I.A. is pregnant and nominated for a pair of Grammys. Like, nine months pregnant and maybe ready to deliver her first child any day, and nominated for Record of the Year for "Paper Planes" and Best Rap Song for "Swagga Like Us." So, what is she going to do on Sunday?
Stay at home with her feet kicked up, eating Chunky Monkey with some bone marrow drizzled on top? Watch the whole thing go down on TV with producing pal Diplo and her baby's dad Ben Brewer with a celebratory glass of sparkling pomegranate juice on ice, in case she wins?
Nope, Maya Arulpragasam, who is also nominated for an Oscar for her contribution to the "Slumdog Millionaire" soundtrack, "O … Saya," is not only going to the Grammys, she's going to perform. Let me reiterate this: her due date is … Sunday. Read More...
In addition to possibly becoming the first musician to win a Record of the Year Grammy for a song that samples gunshots and contains the words "weed" and "bongs," M.I.A. could be the first Grammy nominee (that we know of anyway) to give birth on Grammy night.
The singer, pregnant with her first child, announced on her MySpace blog on Friday — under the heading "We still ganster [sic] wid it" — that her due date just happens to be February 8, the same day as the Grammy Awards.
"[They're] due the same day!" she gushed of the baby and the possible award for "Paper Planes." "So either way I figured I'll win. But OMG if I get it, I will never dis the Grammys ever again!"
Though she's psyched about the baby she's expecting with fiancé Benjamin Brewer, the singer also noted that she's back "in the studio on the grind," working on her next album as we speak.