M.I.A

The M.I.A. Lawsuit Is a Publicity Stunt for the NFL

If you thought it was kind of ridiculous that the NFL was suing M.I.A. for $1.5 million for flashing her middle finger at 2012′s Super Bowl broadcast, well, you’ll be slightly over ten times more dumbfounded that the league is now asking for an extra $15.1 million. This means that the sum now being demanded from M.I.A. for a moment of the sort of naughtiness that will get you sent to your room without dinner in most other cases is now $16.6 million. Sixteen million, six hundred thousand dollars. It’s at about this point that you have to ask yourself: just what in god’s name is going on here? … Read More

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Flavorwire Staffers’ Best Cultural Experiences of 2013

With the end of every calendar year comes the customary influx of “Best Of” lists, definitively ranking the créme de la cultural créme of the last 365 days. But sometimes “best” doesn’t accurately describe the things that stick with us most, or that we irrationally love out of personal preference. So to cap off 2013, Flavorwire staffers listed their favorite cultural items of the year — the books, movies, and experiences we’ll be taking into 2014. Click through for Flavorwire writers’ most memorable cultural moments of the past year. … Read More

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Flavorwire’s Holiday Gift Guide: 50 Gifts for 50 Cultural Icons

Everyone knows that the holidays are a time for tradition, so here’s one of Flavorwire‘s long-time favorites: doling out gifts to some of contemporary culture’s biggest and boldest icons. Whether they’re dead or alive, naughty or nice, whether they’ve been a cultural touchstone for five decades or five minutes — everyone deserves presents this time of year, right? So with that in mind, click through to find the perfect gift for the Miley Cyrus, Joss Whedon, or J-Law in your life. You know you’ve got… Read More

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The 50 Best Debut Singles in Music History

The music nerd contingent at Flavorwire central recently got a-talking about our favorite debut single. The list is nearly endless, but once you start to think about it, picking out the best isn’t quite as easy as you might think — “Alison” wasn’t Elvis Costello’s first single, for instance, nor was “Take Me Out” Franz Ferdinand’s debut or “Unfinished Sympathy” Massive Attack’s. Of course, this discussion inevitably led to list-making, and here’s the result: our picks for the 50 best debut singles the world of music has to… Read More

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‘Matangi’: The Personal Will Always Be Political for M.I.A.

The feminist aphorism that “the personal is political” has rarely be truer than in the case of Maya Arulpragasam — not specifically in relation to feminism, but more in regard to the way M.I.A.’s persona and her politics have always been essentially one and the same. This is, of course, largely a phenomenon of her own making. We’re talking about an artist, after all, whose four albums are all named after her or her family, and who from the very beginning has used her music as a vehicle for her views (as Sasha Frere-Jones observed in the New Yorker nearly a decade ago, “Any division of [M.I.A.'s] life into personal and political halves is absent”). Her personal mythology is entirely interwoven with her music, and that appears to be exactly the way she wants it. … Read More

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The 10 Best New Songs We Heard This Week: M.I.A., The Flaming Lips

It’s Friday, which means that it’s nearly the weekend, and also that it’s time to look back at the best new music we’ve heard over the last few days. This week there’s a fresh M.I.A. track (in which she discusses reincarnation and the transmigration of the soul, no less), along with The Flaming Lips reminding us why we used to love them, beautiful new tracks from Four Tet and Woods bassist Kevin Morby, Angel Haze covering Miley Cyrus (really), and a whole lot more. None of this action will cost you a cent, so click through and get listening! … Read More

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