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'Maya' cover art
M.I.A.

The most combustive song on M.I.A.'s third album isn't loud or chaotic. Built on a mildly ominous, off-kilter beat -- plus an incessant shoosh like a bag of coins being shaken -- it bloops along with the grace of a janky PopCap game. But the sneakily titled "Lovealot" is perhaps the riskiest gambit yet from the 32-year-old artist born Maya Arulpragasam.

"Lovealot" alludes in part to the iconic, viral photo of a pistol-wielding Russian/Islamic couple -- the husband, a terrorist leader killed last year by police, and the wife, a teenager who tried to avenge his death by suicide-bombing the Moscow subway (at one point the song was titled "A/bdurakh/man/ova," after the girl's surname). Merely 20 seconds in, M.I.A. spits, suddenly, "Like a Taliban trucker eatin' boiled-up yucca / Get my eyes done like I'm in the burka," and then, "Like a hand-me-down sucker throwin' bombs out at Mecca," and on and on. What's more, when she purrs the line, "I really love a lot," she stretches the last two words so they sound like "I really love Allah." [Spin's review of 'Maya']

That's the album art for "/\/\/\Y/\" (aka Maya), M.I.A's third album, due July 13th. Singles "XXXO" and "Born Free" from the album are already out and available on iTunes.

For the past week or so, as you probably heard, M.I.A., like Courtney Love before her, has been "feuding" with NYTimes' writer Lynn Hirschberg (a "ginger") over a not-so-favorable but not-SO-bad-either profile (cover story) on the singer in the NYT Sunday Magazine (a key part of which aims, successfully or not, at M.I.A.'s "terrorist" cred/claims). It all started when M.I.A. tweeted Lynn's phone number after the article was posted on NYTimes.com. The most recent development is a song (above) posted on the NEET Records blog, accompanied by unedited parts of the interview (part of which concerns truffle fries) (how M.I.A. got audio of her own interview is unclear).

M.I.A.'s shows this summer include the headlining slot at NYC's HARD Fest at Governors Island on July 24th. Her album's tracklist is below...

'Maya' tracklist
1 "The Message"
2 "Born Free"
3 "Meds and Feds"
4 "Lovealot"
5 "Tequilla"
6 "It Is What It Is"
7 "XXXO"
8 "Tell Me Why"
9 "Story Told"
10 "Space"

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Tags: feud, MIA, NY Times

Comments (82)

I like her music, unfortunately, not so much when it's unrelated to her music. As an "artist", if you're going to take swipes at every breathing thing, you have to be able to take it also. Hope she matures.

Posted by Dubya | June 1, 2010 2:53 PM

ah shit here we go. commenters commence!

Posted by Anonymous | June 1, 2010 2:53 PM

Anything to detract from her mediocre music.

Posted by Anonymous | June 1, 2010 2:56 PM

M.I.A. coming back with drama drama

Posted by Anonymous | June 1, 2010 2:57 PM

it so stupid how she tweeted this journalists number. it sort of proves the point about her immaturity. If she had just done an articulate response to what she found incorrect about the article it would have served her much better.

MIA wants it both ways.. to seem subversive and marry a millionaire. to pontificate about politics but not do it in a nuanced or particularly informed manner. It's sad because the tamils do need a public voice but she doesnt necessarily further their cause through her actions. this article points that out perfectly and her response only cements what the article was saying.

Posted by Anonymous | June 1, 2010 2:57 PM

sure thing... since she married into the music industry she will do whatever the fuck she wants to and she'll be safe..

Sorry, if someone posted my number because they didnt agree with my creativity, I'd be pissed off too...

Posted by Anonymous | June 1, 2010 2:59 PM

annoying brat

Posted by Anonymous | June 1, 2010 3:03 PM

@Anon 2:53, I think there are legitimate comments regarding her behavior and commentary. When you become the monster you oppose, you need to brace yourself for the tide of criticism. When you retaliate with scathing and hateful words, what makes you different than say, the Tea Party-ers?

Posted by Dubya | June 1, 2010 3:03 PM

I'd hit it.

Posted by Anonymous | June 1, 2010 3:03 PM

MIA, you are a mom. Chill the fuck out.

Posted by Anonymous | June 1, 2010 3:03 PM

tide of criticism A.K.A. best press EVER

Posted by Trix rabbit | June 1, 2010 3:04 PM

Now she just reminds me of girls I went to high school with

Posted by Anonymous | June 1, 2010 3:05 PM

The world needs more true rebels like MIA. Too bad you can't feel it from your stupid offices.

Go Go M.I.A.!
Go Go M.I.A.!
Go Go M.I.A.!
Go Go M.I.A.!

Posted by Anonymous | June 1, 2010 3:05 PM

>>Too bad you can't feel it from your stupid offices.<<

Calm down, trustfunder.

Posted by soysalami | June 1, 2010 3:11 PM

True rebel? Or manipulative hypocrite? You decide, 3:05!

Very nice use of cut/paste, btw. I can almost hear the crowds chanting in the streets.

Posted by Anonymous | June 1, 2010 3:12 PM

disagree. MIA is not a rebel. Rebels don't protect whales and then wear them as socks. She's like Tom Cruise, publicly annoying but I'll still watch his movies.

Posted by Dubya | June 1, 2010 3:17 PM

3:05 is OTM.

Go Go M.I.A.!
Go Go M.I.A.!
Go Go M.I.A.!
Go Go M.I.A.!

Posted by Anonymous | June 1, 2010 3:18 PM

I'm wondering why the media is ignoring FryGate, and particularly surprised it's being trivialized here. We're talking set-up by the "newspaper of record," folks. I mean, picture this: a reporter orders caviar while interviewing Obama, repeating over and over how great it is, then inserts the following into an article.

"Of course I'm concerned about the oil spill," said Obama, spreading caviar on toast points.

It was a hatchet job, plain and simple, designed to take M. I. A. down. I call B. S., and I eagerly await others to join me. Whole article here:

http://worldclassstupid.blogspot.com/2010/05/lynn-hirschberg-piece-on-m.html

Posted by RomanHans | June 1, 2010 3:19 PM

Interesting music. Horrible person.

Posted by Anonymous | June 1, 2010 3:19 PM

Since when do we expect rock stars to be astute, eloquent political leaders? That said, would hipsters even know about the Tamil Tigers, who were recently quashed by the Sri Lankan government, if they weren't South Asian themselves or didn't read the Economist regularly? Maya's serving an important purpose for raising awareness for a relatively remote region of the world. Her status as a rock star, a position always fraught with contradictions, may not be positive politically, but it's far from being a negative impact. Maya may not be smart, but she and the journalist are savvy enough to recognize that politics sells both newspapers and albums.

Posted by Regular reader | June 1, 2010 3:19 PM

rock music and politics are almost always a bad idea.

Posted by Anonymous | June 1, 2010 3:20 PM

She is a POSER! simple as that...enough with her fake shit.

Posted by cunt bag | June 1, 2010 3:22 PM

M.E.H.

Posted by Anonymous | June 1, 2010 3:24 PM

That's a lot of words dedicated to a throwaway sentence about "truffle fries" in a pretty long article, RomanHans.

Posted by Anonymous | June 1, 2010 3:25 PM

yeah, she's a real rebel.

...who loves that American money, no?

Posted by Anonymous | June 1, 2010 3:25 PM

M.I.A. is more real then you lot. She writes her music and words. What do you do? Good luck getting that paycheck working at your air-conditioned offices. Think about what Maya says. Think about it. Be afraid cos Maya's got power of an intelligent female like you've never seen b4!

Posted by Anonymous | June 1, 2010 3:29 PM

Oh yeah? My office doesn't even HAVE air conditioning! HA!

Posted by Anonymous | June 1, 2010 3:34 PM

>>M.I.A. is more real then you lot. She writes her music and words.<<

Only 1/3 of that statement is in fact true.

Posted by soysalami | June 1, 2010 3:36 PM

youtube doesnt use the scrollbars anymore, right? that kinda sucks for her, it already dates the cover.

Posted by Anonymous | June 1, 2010 3:37 PM

That's still pretty good!

Posted by Anonymous | June 1, 2010 3:39 PM

> That's a lot of words dedicated to a throwaway sentence
> about "truffle fries" in a pretty long article, RomanHans.

Sigh. Really? You think you should ignore bad behavior because the individual examples are trivial? That's sad.

Still, I'll offer you another example. Isn't it a little odd that Ms. Hirschberg only quotes ONE PERSON, several times, to build her claim that M. I. A. is hurting the cause she wants to help?

Posted by RomanHans | June 1, 2010 3:45 PM

People hate her because:
- she's a woman
- she's got talent
- she's got looks
- she's got brains
- she's got balls
- she's not American
- she's a rebel
- she's got money
- she is loved

Posted by Anonymous | June 1, 2010 3:45 PM

MIA is part of a long and shameless history of self promoting douchebags that have managed to pull together a group of talented people to make some good music.

Posted by cap't nemo | June 1, 2010 3:47 PM

A woman with balls? I thought that was Lady Gaga!

/rimshot

Posted by Anonymous | June 1, 2010 3:50 PM

Jealousy, turning saints into the sea
Swimming through sick lullabies
Choking on your alibis
But it's just the price I pay
Destiny is calling me
Open up my eager eyes
'Cause I'm Mr Brightside

Posted by Anonymous | June 1, 2010 3:51 PM

aaaaaaaaaaaaaaand this isn't news

Posted by Anonymous | June 1, 2010 3:55 PM

Be afraid cos Maya's got power of an intelligent female...

Never. Unless she drops her designer duds, no one will take her seriously. Mark my word.

Posted by Dubya | June 1, 2010 3:56 PM

I have a Message to you Meds and Feds. I was Born Free and It Is What It Is. I am from Space, I Lovealot and I drink Tequilla. So Tell Me Why is my Story Told?

XXXO

/\/\ /\ Y /\


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Posted by Anonymous | June 1, 2010 3:56 PM

While people are getting sidetracked by truffle fries, the main concern isn't that "MIA is rich so how could she care about the poor?" It's that MIA is rich and is advocating war. The rich are always advocating war. War doesn't affect the people who live in Brentwood and can afford the best medical care in the country. War affects the poor.

"'Give peace a chance.' I’d rather say, 'Give war a chance.'" Third world countries have been giving war a chance for a LONG time. It causes untold suffering and death to those who have the least, and only enriches those who have the power. This line of thought is just frustratingly naive for someone who makes politics such a large part of her popstar persona.

Posted by Anonymous | June 1, 2010 4:04 PM

good music, but her grasp of the conflict in sri lanka is misguided at best. and makes her look like a poser.

Posted by Anonymous | June 1, 2010 4:14 PM

When will fools/blog hype stop falling for any act that pretends they just fell into performing by chance???

Performers who want to be famous, WANT TO BE FAMOUS!

She mentions she never played a note of music, made up one song in an afternoon and presto! She has a bidding war! PUH-LEASE...how calculated

Who falls for this total BS?

Chances are any "artist" who goes on and on about how poor they are--are far from it

Calculated phoniness.

Posted by Anonymous | June 1, 2010 4:14 PM

4:04 gets it.

Posted by Anonymous | June 1, 2010 4:17 PM

*...as she circles the arena with the bloody head of her opponent in hand, Maya looks into the eyes of her cheering audience and cries, "Are you not entertained"?...she walks away in disgust and into her awaiting Escalade, disappearing like a tiger into the dark of night. "

Posted by Dubya | June 1, 2010 4:30 PM

From her Nylon interview:

Her teenage years in Los Angeles.: "I was always going out to LA because my cousin lived there, and she knew all the Bloods and Crips. So I was hanging out with her, having crazy times, and then I’d come back and be like, ‘I hung out with Tupac last week!’ and nobody knew who he was!”

If you believe this shit, you'll believe any claptrap from this poser.

Posted by soysalami | June 1, 2010 4:35 PM

i thought she said she was "retiring" from music 2 yrs ago ??

Posted by Anonymous | June 1, 2010 4:43 PM

I hipped and hopped with all the bloods and cripts! Even Two Pack, Biggies and Dr. Jay!

Posted by Anonymous | June 1, 2010 4:46 PM

Come on, Price. There are a lot more important problems than Sri Lanka to worry about.

Posted by Anonymous | June 1, 2010 5:00 PM

Why would anyone give a shit what the NYT had to say anyway?

Posted by Anonymous | June 1, 2010 5:02 PM

@ 5:02PM perhaps they're one of the last news organizations who actually send reporters, journalists, photographers, etc...into the field. If CNN got their act together, they might be a viable contender. Otherwise, everyone else just cherry picks from NYT's, CNN, Reuters and AP.

Posted by Dubya | June 1, 2010 5:08 PM

<<Why would anyone give a shit what the NYT had to say anyway?<<

I think the more important question here today is: Why would anyone give a shit what M.I.A. has to say anyway?

Posted by soysalami | June 1, 2010 5:09 PM

judging by the number of people commenting it would seem that she has achieved her goal.

Posted by Anonymous | June 1, 2010 5:47 PM

I like her music, good music...

Posted by femmerusse | June 1, 2010 6:10 PM

i've commented 7 times!

Posted by Anonymous | June 1, 2010 6:13 PM

This is some 48 Laws of Power bullshit.

Posted by Aaron | June 1, 2010 6:38 PM

Do people expect M.I.A. to adopt the lifestyle of people from the developing world whose views she represents? In that case, she'd be living in a single room hovel with 5 other family members, dependent on one pail of water for the day, and squatting over an open, communal toilet. Or, maybe, the expectation is that she just settle already for the life of the average NYTimes reader? But then, she'd be living a life of luxury that even middle-class Sri Lankans only dream of.

In a media culture full of sound bites and personalities, it's her authenticity - as a poor person, a person of color, a person with ties to the developing world - that is supposed to give her music and her interview statements credence. By disparaging this fabled authenticity, the author of the NYTimes article presumes to discredit her.

But M.I.A. doesn't make these claims to authenticity herself. She really doesn't have to, considering her background, which is as disenfranchised as it gets in the U.K., being a poor person of color for most of her life. If anything, within the article, M.I.A. revels in the perks of being a famous pop star, excited about attending the Met's Costume gala for example. She is in no way an advocate for poverty - for herself, or for anyone else.

Posted by Anonymous | June 1, 2010 7:17 PM

Man, I wish I could explain my personal experience with this idiot. I can only say that she's not smart, can't sing a note, and only has a knack for choosing whose talent to sap for the next record. She is essentially a tick, frightened that someone might discover her complete lack of ability in a field she has risen to the fore of. Her political views revolve around the tilted, biased stories trickled back to the UK from a dad she hardly knew. Try watching footage of her on Tavis Smiley. Any time anyone gets close to exposing her not knowing what the fuck she's talking about she calls THEM ignorant, or worse.She should stick to music, and shut the fuck up.

Posted by the scoop | June 1, 2010 7:25 PM

If she wants war then she should get on the front lines and shoot someone. Otherwise shut the fuck up.

I'd say "I'll be happy when she's gone" but then there will always be another "entertainer" who will try to think their self-absorbed stabs at contraversy are creating culture change.

She sucked at Sasquatch two years ago, she sucks now, and she'll suck in the future.

Enjoy your millions hypocrite.

Posted by Anonymous | June 1, 2010 7:29 PM

I cannot fucking wait. I am going to try to do the whole West Coast run on her tour. M.I.A. rules, and anyone who disagrees can go back to their parents basement and eat a pizza pop.

Posted by Heavy Street | June 1, 2010 7:36 PM

@7:36

Yeah! People that don't like what I like live with their parents!

Posted by Anonymous | June 1, 2010 7:45 PM

Nicely stated, 7:25. The only point I disagree on is that she should stick to music. She should just go away.

Posted by Anonymous | June 1, 2010 8:37 PM

what's interesting is that based on her lyrics from past songs (eg, "Paper Planes") and based on her support for the Tamil Tigers, which apparently trained with the PLO at one time, she seems to be a fan of the PLO. her husband's family founded the Birthright Israel organization and are major financial contributors to Israel.

Posted by Anonymous | June 1, 2010 8:49 PM

all politics and musical talent aside, this is one angry biatch. she got daddy issues or something.

Posted by Anonymous | June 1, 2010 9:37 PM

SHORT WAVE WARFARE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

BBG Where you at?????????????????????//

Posted by Anonymous | June 1, 2010 9:40 PM

Burzum > MIA

Posted by Anonymous | June 1, 2010 9:54 PM

Isn't she just the natural progression of wearing "Che" t-shirts as a fashion statement? No offense to the young 'uns, but complicated developing world politics can't be taken too seriously when it is being packaged and sold as a commodity. M.I.A. found the magic formula to take your money -- she has dark skin and sings about terrorists so she must be authentic and therefore it is ok to buy what she's selling. I can't decide whether I admire her or hate her.

Posted by Anonymous | June 1, 2010 10:11 PM

can we please talk about the COVER "ART?!!?!??!"

Posted by Anonymous | June 1, 2010 10:23 PM

I was a big fan until I got up on stage at one of her shows and she clearly didn't want anything to do with any of her fans. That moment revealed that she's so obsessed with image and her "message" that she misses the point of connecting with those that support(ed) her. I was holding out for the new album to make my call but her antics lately make me uninterested in what she has to say. Is it relevant any more?

Posted by Anonymous | June 1, 2010 10:54 PM

zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

Posted by Anonymous | June 1, 2010 11:59 PM

good music, but her grasp of the conflict in sri lanka is misguided at best. and makes her look like a poser.

Posted by Anonymous | June 1, 2010 4:14 PM

Her music is OK but she does have a grasp on the Sri Lanka conflict very much so your wrong there. See how the Sinhalese treated the Tamils brought from South India by the British to work on plantations. Read the time line of the brutality done to the Tamils since 1948.
How fitting for the times with another so called god given "secular" new country elsewhere.

http://www.nowpublic.com/world/under-reported-underdogs

1948 The Citizenship Act disenfranchising Indian Tamil Plantation workers was passed in Parliament. One million 3rd generation plantation workers had been living in the island for over 115 years. They were brought to the island by the British from South India to work in Tea and Rubber plantations in the hill country. 100,000 plantation Tamils were victimised. (Violation of UDHR article - 21)

1956 The “Sinhala Only” Act was passed in the Sri Lankan Parliament. This Act made Tamils as second class citizens in the island. Tamils staged peaceful protests in Colombo and Gal Oya. 150 Tamils were burnt or hacked to death; 20 Women were raped; 3000 were made refugees and their properties were looted by Sinhala mobs. (Violation of UDHR article - 2, 3, 5, 12, 17 )

1958 Anti Tamil riots in Sinhala areas. Massacre of Tamils, looting of their properties, setting fire to their houses. 25,000 Tamils were made refugees; 500 Tamils were burnt or hacked to death; 200 Women were raped and Tamil properties were looted or destroyed by Sinhala mobs. (Violation of UDHR articles – 2, 3, 5, 12, 17)

1961 Tamil non-violent (Satyagraha) civil disobedience campaign in the North and East was disrupted by the security forces, protesters were beaten and arrested. (Violation of UDHR articles - 5, 9, 20)

1964 The Pact (Srima-Shastri) to evacuate Tamil plantation workers of Indian origin was signed. They were living in the island for over 131 years. 650,000 Plantation Tamils became stateless persons. (Violation of UDHR articles - 4, 15, 23)

1972 Equal education opportunities for Tamil students were denied. Standardisation on University admission was introduced. (Violation of UDHR article - 26)

1974 The Fourth International Tamil research Conference held on 10/01/1974 in Jaffna was disrupted by the Sri Lankan Police. 9 Tamils were brutally killed. (Violation of UDHR articles - 2, 3, 20, 27)

1977 In July, Tamil United Liberation Front-TULF, contested and won overwhelmingly at the Parliamentary election giving them a mandate to exercise the “Right to Self-determination” and establish Tamil Eelam in the North East.

Later in 1983 August 8, Sri Lankan government enacts the 6th amendment to the constitution and rejected the right to self-determination of the Tamil people, the mandate voted by the Tamils in 1977 general election. (Violation of UDHR articles - 8, 10, 21)

1979 July, Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) was introduced in Sri Lanka. This Act gives a free hand to the Security forces to arrest, detain, torture, rape, kill and dispose bodies with impunity. Arrested people could be detained for three months without being produced in courts. (Violations of UDHR articles - 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12)

1981 The Jaffna Public Library containing 95,000 volumes was completely destroyed in a fire set by a group of Police officers who went on a rampage in the Jaffna city on May 31, 1981. 95, 000 volumes of unrecoverable invaluable books were burnt. (Violations of UDHR articles - 2, 21, 24, 27)

Since independence in 1948, more than 35 years of peaceful non-violent struggle by the Tamils protesting against Sinhala oppression, were suppressed by violent means by the Sri Lankan security forces, inflicting loss of many lives and much material damage to the Tamils. (Violations of UDHR articles - 3, 4, 5,9,13,20)

Posted by Anonymous | June 2, 2010 2:59 AM

oneida > burzum > MIA

Posted by Anonymous | June 2, 2010 5:51 AM

It's M.I.A., not MIA

Posted by Anonymous | June 2, 2010 7:46 AM

she was awful at siren fest.

Posted by Anonymous | June 2, 2010 11:21 AM

From Gawker today (and, uh, more than reminiscent of my piece yesterday):

"It's abundantly clear that a journalist of Lynn Hirschberg's caliber knew exactly what that truffle-flavored french fry represented to readers: nearly unforgiveable hypocrisy. . . . The fry thing was the best line in the whole story, and it was a setup. Reporters do shit like that all the time, and usually get away with it, and, you know, that's the game, so don't be mad. But not this time."

http://gawker.com/5553404/mia-framed-by-a-french-fry

Posted by RomanHans | June 2, 2010 12:31 PM

Can all journalists please stop trying to replicate stylized topography and just spell titles with English words? Call the album Maya, for Christ's sake. If I spell my album's title with toothpicks on the cover, will all you fools try to download a toothpick font to spell it out identically?

Posted by LKJ | June 2, 2010 5:28 PM

Half her fans wouldn't care about her were it not for a riff written by the Clash thirty years ago.

Posted by LKJ | June 2, 2010 5:31 PM

I was waiting for a post about this, wanted to get the viewpoints of the BV comment section. Definitely not disappointed.

Posted by Anonymous | June 2, 2010 6:50 PM

I meant "typography" in my 5:28 post. Or should I have written it -\/\>*G|>/\|>|-|\/

Posted by LKJ | June 2, 2010 6:57 PM

Learn to spell "poseur," dipshits.

Posted by anon | June 4, 2010 12:00 AM

Fuck you all. How wopuld you feel if someone posted nothing but misconstrued lies about you in a public paper? Called her a terrorist, and everything! hey, it wasn't immature. Lynn posted a nasty article because she "wanted to go out with a bang" and it's only fair we get to leave our feedback.

She didn't marry into the music industry, She's been in underground music for over 10 years!!! Maya didn't cast the first stone.

Posted by R | June 11, 2010 4:52 AM

I LIKE CARROT CAKE

Posted by Anonymous | July 23, 2010 1:18 AM

wow her new music really sucks ass

Posted by Anonymous | August 17, 2010 9:15 PM

Watch "The News Hour" on NPR. They give a clear explanation of what's going on with both sides of an opinion. The newspaper just is too immediate, in other words it doesn't explain what an event means. The other news programs on TV are too opinionated and it's hard to learn because they are trying to convince you.

Posted by Samual Avelino | April 27, 2012 2:43 AM

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