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Quotable: M.I.A. Is TOTALLY A Justin Bieber Fan

“If I’m honest, I find the new Justin Bieber video… more of an assault to my eyes and senses than what I’ve made.”

M.I.A., the Sri Lanken rapper behind my 2008 jam, “Paper Planes,” on Justin Bieber’s video for (probably, since she wasn’t specific) “One Time.” M.I.A. recently caused controversy with the video for her song “Born Free,” because of its overt violence and nudity. You know what’s more of an assault to my eyes than either of those videos? The Bieb’s hair. [Zeitgeisty Report] Keep reading »

What Do You Think Of M.I.A’s “Born Free” Video?

Most music videos from female superstars involve sequins, big hair, choreographed dance numbers and, lately, no pants. Not the case for M.I.A. Her new vid for “Born Free,” directed by Romain Gavras, shows military dudes with American flags on their shoulders rounding up redheads from an apartment complex and bringing them to the desert, where one of them—a kid—is shot in the head at point-blank range. Near the end of the video, another guy is literally blown apart by a bomb. Obviously, the video has created a ton of controversy. It’s been pulled from YouTube less than a day after being posted. (A representative from the site said, “YouTube rules prohibit content like pornography or gratuitous violence. If the content breaks our terms then we remove it.”) You can still watch it on Vimeo, though. [NY Times] Keep reading »

Is Rihanna Jacking M.I.A.’s Style Now?

Rihanna was accused of trying to be a mini Beyonce early in her career. Remember the long, honey blonde hair? But then RiRi got a little punky around the time Sasha Fierce was allowed to come out more and more. And while Rihanna and Bey look nothing alike now, you can’t deny that Rihanna took a few cues about stage presence, leotards, and crazy accessories from Beyonce. Now, though, it seems Rihanna is looking across the pond for some style inspiration, and she has her binoculars fixed on M.I.A. Check out this photo and another one after the jump from Rihanna’s “Rude Boy” video, and tell me those stripes and the mood of the outfits don’t look familiar. [Def Jam Recordings] Keep reading »

Is This A Viral Video For Christina Aguilera’s Next Album?

It’s unclear who created these videos and why, but rumors are swirling that these very strange short promotional videos are teaser spots intended to virally hype Christina Aguilera‘s upcoming album, Bionic, which is slated for an April release. If they are, Lady Marmalade has certainly gone off in a whole new direction. For this album, she’s reportedly worked with Sia, Goldfrapp, Santigold, Ladytron, and M.I.A., so it’s possible that she’s going for some sort of out-there sound/feel that follows in the freaky footsteps of, say, Lady Gaga’s success being a professional singing weirdo. Either way, the videos sure are strange: symbolic, oozing white goo, some chick flailing around in the mud, and this lady licking a tree. What does it all mean? No clue. But if it’s designed to get our attention, it has succeeded. Check out the other odd video after the jump, and sound off in the comments on whether you think it’s Aguilera or not. Keep reading »

Sneak Peek: M.I.A. In Vogue

M.I.A. hasn’t really been on the scene since giving birth to Ikhyd last year. But she’s making a comeback draped in gold. Seriously, only this style trailblazer could get away with knuckle rings, bold earrings, fringe bracelets, a statement necklace, a red lip, and polka dot Minx Nails (we suspect). [Fashion Indie] Keep reading »

Cats And Dogs Take Over “Paper Planes”

“Paper Planes” by M.I.A. One of the catchiest songs of the last, oh, five years, only with dogs barking and cats screeching instead of gun shots and cash registers. Awesome. [BuzzFeed] Keep reading »

M.I.A. Wants Oprah’s Help Stopping War In Sri Lanka

M.I.A. knows how to make some noise. At Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People party, the singer sauntered up to Oprah and asked her to help galang-a-lang-a-lang the government sanctioned bombings of civilians in her motherland, Sri Lanka. [Radar] — Oprah, help a woman out! Keep reading »

Quickies!: Lindsay Lohan Is Broke, The Name Of M.I.A.’s Baby Revealed

  • Lindsay Lohan is completely broke. We’re talking maxing out credit cards to pay for tampons broke. No wonder she’s staying with Sam Ronson. [DListed]
  • Tara Reid jacked Mariah Carey for her butterfly wardrobe, and it looks like Tara’s stint in rehab worked. [Popbytes]
  • Did you know there are alternatives to maxi pads and tampons? Neither did we. But even though we now know about the cup and other absorbent products, we won’t be making a switch any time soon. [College Candy]
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    Star Couplings: Melissa Rycroft Is A “Dancing” Star

  • Melissa Rycroft, the contestant dumped on the season finale of “The Bachelor,” will replace Nancy O’Dell on “Dancing With the Stars.” Take that Papa Bach! Oh, and considering she’s a former Dallas Cowboys cheerleader, the competition should be scared. [People.com]
  • M.I.A. slammed reports saying she had named her son “Ickitt.” She still won’t say his name because he doesn’t need press. [Reuters]
  • Jimmy Kimmel and Sarah Silverman are off again. And it seems they’re done for good. [Dlisted]
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    Star Couplings: Rihanna Still Loves Chris Brown

  • Although Chris Brown allegedly abused his girlfriend Rihanna, apparently she’s still in love with him and is worried about how he’s doing. Is this the beginning of a reconciliation? Please God, no. [Star]
  • Terrence Howard is no stranger to physical violence. He admitted he hit his estranged wife back in 2001. Maybe that’s why he was so quick to come to Chris Brown’s defense. [DListed]
  • Justin Timberlake and his girlfriend Jessica Biel are ditching their LA lifestyle and moving to NYC. The Big Apple is going to love these two lovebirds. [Perez Hilton]
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