April 9, 2010 12:00

MIA: 'Lady Gaga is a mimic' - NME's 10 covers special

Maya Arulpragasam says Gaga's music is like 'Ibiza disco'

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MIA has said that she thinks that Lady Gaga is a "mimic" and has said that her music is not a genuine reflection of her influences and genuine mindset.

Speaking as one of the 10 cover stars in a special edition of a revamped NME out this week (April 7), Maya Arulpragasam said she thought Gaga was "not progressive", although admitted that she had talent.

"People say we're similar, that we both mix all these things in the pot and spit them out differently," she said, "but she spits it out exactly the same. None of her music's reflective of how weird she wants to be or thinks she is."

She added: "She models herself on Grace Jones and Madonna but the music sounds like 20 year-old Ibiza disco. She's not progressive, but she's a good mimic. She sounds more like me than I fucking do! That's a talent… but she's the industry's last stab at making itself important."

The special covers have been put together to mark the launch of the new NME. The magazine has been completely revamped with new front, features and reviews sections, plus an update for NME's iconic logo.

You can read a digital version of this week's magazine online now.

The 10 covers can be viewed on NME.COM right now and feature the following:

1. Jack White
2. Florence And The Machine
3. LCD Soundsystem
4. Rihanna
5. Kasabian
6. Laura Marling
7. Foals
8. MIA
9. Biffy Clyro
10. Magnetic Man


To celebrate the special edition, Golden Tickets are being hidden in copies of this week's issue of NME. The five tickets will be hidden across the UK and in issues sent out via subscription, and will entitle the finder to two tickets to one of this year's festivals including the Reading And Leeds Festivals, V Festival and T In The Park.

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