Posted in music | video on November 4, 2008


The World Wakes Up To M.I.A.
"Paper Planes" Enters Top Five; How Many Votes Fix Mix Released
M.I.A. Takes On World
Opens School; Starts Label; Launches Clothing Line

"Everyone's a winner now, we're making that fame/Bona fide hustler, making my name."
As it turns out, "Paper Planes" is no mere smash, it's also a proven prophecy. Over a year after the release of Kala, M.I.A.'s playful boast has become reality.

The BANG! press BANG! release BANG! is continued below...

MIA @ the Diesel Party (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)

The ever-ascending single "Paper Planes" is propelling M.I.A. up from the underground and into that tip-top-tier reserved for worldwide phenomena. In 2007, Kala landed on virtually every critic's list in existence, earning #1 accolades from both Rolling Stone and Blender. In 2008, "Paper Planes" has climbed into the top 5 on Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart, topped the iTunes singles chart, both feats fueling the steady rise of Kala back up the album chart. She's now reached those rarified heights that every artist aspires to: the intersection of critical acclaim and superstardom.

If the world has woken up to M.I.A., so have her musical peers. Hip-hop artist T.I. teamed up with rap elites Kanye West, Jay-Z, and Lil Wayne, sampling a portion of "Paper Planes" into his own track, "Swagga Like Us." M.I.A.'s magic mojo appears to have rubbed off, as T.I.'s new album Paper Trail recently debuted at #1.

Reenergized, re-recognized, and reverberating worldwide, M.I.A. will release the How Many Votes Fix Mix on iTunes October 28th (and everywhere else November 4th.) The Digital EP will feature a remix Boyz featuring Jay-Z as well as two unreleased tracks: "Shells" and "Far Far."

And as the world takes to Kala, M.I.A. takes on the world-literally. This past August, Maya Arulpragasam (aka, M.I.A.) partnered with non-profit organization Youth Action International and opened the rebuilt and renovated Becky Primary School in Liberia. New additions include more classrooms, a library, computer labs, and a new playground. Plus, free tuition for its 625 students. She also launched her own clothing line, featuring T-shirts, jackets, and hoodies of her own design.

M.I.A. started her own label, N.E.E.T., which stands for Not in Education, Employment, or Training. Her first signing is Baltimore's own Rye Rye, whose debut album is due early next year.

As the clock ticks its way toward 2009, the twilight of the first decade of this century has been claimed by M.I.A.-philanthropist, designer, label head, superstar...




Me and Blaqstarr found the image at the end from a Joy Division video and thought about the election and thats how people want you to see the world , black/ white , good/ evil, jesus/devil
for you the words are Obama vs Mc Caine for me its terror vs genocide
simple maths so we put it on at the end to show how far we've gone and how far we've come, i have to start staying at home more because i dont think i can fit through my front door anymore but i want this to do the traveling for me.

good luck! go vote! i cant , but im glad im witnessing history in the making either way .......... m.i.a>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> THANK FUCK THE FUTURES HERE!

That last part is from her MySpace.



Comments (15)

i bet she can sell more records/downloads if she purses her lips more.

Posted by Anonymous | November 4, 2008 5:59 PM

I love MIA but that press release is pretty obnoxious. I'd still knock the stuffin' off that egg mcmuffin though.

Posted by Anonymous | November 4, 2008 6:25 PM

i will say it again, she married into a billionaire, who's father happens to run warner music...

Posted by Anonymous | November 4, 2008 7:31 PM

wow her press release is embarrassing... "M.I.A.'s magic mojo appears to have rubbed off, as T.I.'s new album Paper Trail recently debuted at #1."... really? i guess i'll credit her now as the driving force behind his number one charting record sales. fire that idiot.

Posted by Anonymous | November 4, 2008 8:22 PM

MIA is the new Madonna lulz

Posted by Anonymous | November 4, 2008 8:43 PM



Posted by Anonymous | November 4, 2008 11:14 PM

OBAMA! Here you at!

Posted by Anonymous | November 5, 2008 12:16 AM

another case of super stardom from a cover song. what happened to the days when artists created original music?

Posted by Anonymous | November 5, 2008 8:23 AM

Seriously, fuck this talentless bitch who rode in on a Clash sample. Barack motherfucking Obama is the president and damn, it feels good to be alive.

Posted by Anonymous | November 5, 2008 8:28 AM

I second the egg mcmuffin comment...but with a clause of silence.

Posted by Tony Wonder | November 5, 2008 9:19 AM

M.I.A. is the Fred Durst of this decade.

Posted by Anonymous | November 5, 2008 9:38 AM

96% of that is obnoxious but I don't think any of us here have ever helped set up a tuition free school in a developing nation before.

Posted by Anonymous | November 5, 2008 9:55 AM

M.I.A. makes graphic designers and the baby jesus cry.

Posted by Anonymous | November 5, 2008 11:13 AM

Like I said before if m.i.a could make some better songs than bucky done gone or paper planes she could really come along with the rappers of today not even to commit she is from asia, I know alot of people who are way better artist in my eyes.

Posted by Underground rap | November 5, 2008 11:19 AM

MIA is original. You can't really compare her with a lot of artists. And she's been "rising to superstardom" this past year because Paper Planes was the cover track for Pineapple Express. And now everybody in the music industry wants a piece of that success, which is pathetic. The album's been out for well over a year but it's just recently been catching the attention of the world.

Posted by Anonymous | November 19, 2008 11:11 PM

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