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M.I.A.

Mathangi "Maya" Arulpragasam (Tamil: மாதங்கி 'மாயா' அருள்பிரகாசம், Mātaṅki 'Māyā' Aruḷpirakācam ; born 18 July 1975), better known by her stage name M.I.A., is an English recording artist, songwriter, painter and director of Sri Lankan Tamil descent. The moniker "M.I.A." is both a play on her own name and a reference to the abbreviation for Missing in Action. Her compositions combine elements of electronic, dance, alternative, hip hop and world music. M.I.A. began her career in 2000 as a visual artist, filmmaker and designer in West London before beginning her recording career in 2002. Since rising to prominence in early 2004 for her singles "Sunshowers" and "Galang", charting in the UK and Canada and reaching number eleven on the Billboard Hot Dance Singles Sales in the US, she has been nominated for an Academy Award, two Grammy Awards and the Mercury Prize. She released her debut album Arular in 2005 and second album Kala in 2007 both to universal critical acclaim. Arular charted in Norway, Belgium, Sweden, Japan and the US, where it reached number sixteen on the Billboard Independent Albums chart and number three on the Dance/Electronic Albums chart. Kala was certified silver in

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M.I.A. to NFL -- My Middle Finger Was Tame ... Compared to Prince's Penis Guitar

M.I.A. to NFL
My Middle Finger Was Tame Compared to Prince's Penis Guitar

M.I.A. says the NFL is overreacting big time in their legal war over the middle finger she flipped during the 2012 Super Bowl Halftime show ... and the proof is in Prince's giant penis… READ MORE >

M.I.A. -- Screw Middle Finger Lawsuit ... I'm Going Back to the Super Bowl

M.I.A.
Screw Middle Finger Suit I'm Goin' Back to the Super Bowl

M.I.A. doesn't give two craps about the NFL's $1.5 million lawsuit against her for flashing a middle finger during last year's Super Bowl halftime show -- in fact, she tells TMZ, she's going back… READ MORE >

- 310 days ago
M.I.A. -- I'm Taking Super Bowl Heat For Slutty Cheerleaders

M.I.A.
I'm Taking Super Bowl Heat For Slutty Cheerleaders

M.I.A. is refusing to pay the NFL a dime for flashing her middle finger during the Super Bowl last year ... because she thinks a group of crotch-flashing cheerleaders were way more offensive.The… READ MORE >

- 360 days ago
M.I.A. -- New York Is Holding My Baby Hostage!

Rapper M.I.A.
New York Is Holding My Kid HOSTAGE!!!

M.I.A. says New York courts have committed a human rights violation -- against her and her baby.Filthy rich baby daddy Ben Bronfman -- son of Seagram's billionaire Edgar Bronfman Jr. -- got a… READ MORE >

- 466 days ago
Rapper M.I.A. -- Can't Go AWOL With Son After Ex Gets Restraining Order

M.I.A.
Can't Go AWOL With Son, Ex Gets Restraining Order

M.I.A. better love Brooklyn ... 'cause the rapper's been banned from leaving the borough with her son ... courtesy of a court order obtained by her filthy rich baby daddy, Benjamin Bronfman.M.I.A.… READ MORE >

- 554 days ago
Madonna -- M.I.A.'s Middle Finger Stunt Was Stupid and Childish

Madonna
M.I.A.'s Middle Finger Stunt Was Stupid and Childish

Madonna is lashing out at M.I.A.'s bird-flipping grab for attention during the Super Bowl Halftime show last weekend -- claiming the crude gesture was a "teenager ... irrelevant thing to… READ MORE >

- 952 days ago
M.I.A. Will Be Left Holding the Bag if NBC Gets Fined

M.I.A.
She'll Be Left Holding the Bag If NBC Gets Fined

M.I.A. will end up paying any fines imposed on NBC as a result of her finger wag during the Super Bowl halftime show ... sources with direct knowledge tell TMZ.Our sources say ... the NFL has… READ MORE >

- 956 days ago
Parents Org. -- NBC 'Enabled' Offensive Super Bowl Halftime Show

Parents Org.
NBC 'Enabled' Offensive Super Bowl Halftime Show

A powerful parents TV watchdog claims NBC failed the American public by "enabling" M.I.A. to flip off the camera during the Super Bowl halftime show yesterday ... and now the group is demanding… READ MORE >

- 956 days ago
M.I.A. Flashes Middle Finger During Super Bowl Halftime Show

Super Bowl Halftime Show
M.I.A. Flashes Middle Finger

It wasn't Janet Jackson's nipple, but M.I.A. flashed a body part of her own during the Super Bowl halftime show just now -- her middle finger!It went down as she and Nicki Minaj joined Madonna on… READ MORE >

- 956 days ago
M.I.A. Kid Explains Gun to the Head in Video

M.I.A. Kid Explains Gun to the Head in Video

12-year-old Ian Hamrick gets his head blown off in M.I.A.'s new music video ... and he sounds like a 50-year-old philosopher as he explains why he let someone put a gun to his head.As Ian and his… READ MORE >

- 1603 days ago

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