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M.I.A. announces mysterious new project landing this week

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It looks like the musician is returning from hiatus

MIA receives MBE from Prince William: “Today I’m accepting this in honour of my mother”

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Her mother was by her side at the Buckingham Palace ceremony

Watch M.I.A. sing at ‘Don’t Extradite Assange’ protest event in London

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M.I.A. has performed at an event in London protesting the extradition of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange. You can watch footage of the moment below. Read More: ‘Matangi/Maya/MIA’ Film Review – a compelling profile of a fiercely political pop force The 'Don't Extradite Assange' event took place at 6pm outside the Home Office on Tuesday (November 5). Before the event, M.I.A. tweeted: "Once Upon...

M.I.A. to sing at ‘Don’t Extradite Assange’ protest event in London this evening

M.I.A. will be performing in London tonight at an event protesting the extradition of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange. Read More: ‘Matangi/Maya/MIA’ Film Review – a compelling profile of a fiercely political pop force The 'Don't Extradite Assange' event, is due to take place at 6pm outside the Home Office in London tonight (November 5). Tweeting about the event, M.I.A. said: "Once Upon a...

“I’m honoured to have this honour”: M.I.A. responds to her MBE award

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M.I.A. has responded after being awarded an MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours List for "services to music." Read More: ‘Matangi/Maya/MIA’ Film Review – a compelling profile of a fiercely political pop force In an Instagram post earlier today (June 8), M.I.A. wrote: "I'm honoured to have this honour, as it means a lot to my Mother. I want to honour...

M.I.A. shares new lo-fi video for previously unreleased song ‘Reload’

M.I.A. has shared a new, low-fi video for a previously unreleased song, 'Reload.' The track was written in 2004 with Elastica's Justine Frischmann, ahead of the release of M.I.A.'s debut album, 'Arular' a year later. Read More: ‘Matangi/Maya/MIA’ Film Review – a compelling profile of a fiercely political pop force The song appeared on M.I.A.'s documentary MATANGI / MAYA / M.I.A. which premiered at...

M.I.A says she’s quitting music for now, blaming censorship: “I have to find another way”

M.I.A. has said that she is no longer "motivated" to release new music, blaming censorship from the music industry. Following the release of her documentary, Matangi / Maya / M.I.A. last month, M.I.A made the comments in an interview for The House of Strombo. M.I.A added that she needs to focus on another means of releasing music: "for me, I have to find another way." ...

M.I.A. opens up about what she learnt from Elastica’s Justine Frischmann

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M.I.A. has opened up about the impact Elastica’s Justine Frischmann had on her career when she started out. Speaking at the UK premiere of the documentary Matangi/Maya/M.I.A. tonight (September 19), the rapper spoke of Frischmann's attempts to keep the band alive and what she learnt from their demise. Despite an acclaimed 1995 self-titled debut album, Elastica folded in 2001 -...

The best sets at UK festivals in 2018, from Childish Gambino to Idles

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There might have been no Glastonbury this year, but that didn't mean festival season here in the UK was a disappointment. From first-time events, super small weekenders, and sprawling biggies, this summer was one full of brilliant, diverse, and unmissable thrills, no matter what you're into. Here's the eight best acts NME caught at UK festivals this summer.

Bestival day four: M.I.A. wreaks havoc, calling for change in Britain

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M.I.A. stands with the people Rapper M.I.A. balances precariously on the top railing of the front barrier at Bestival's main stage, shuffling along as she grips the frantically waving hands beneath her. A cohort of nervous-looking security guards has formed behind her, holding her up as she raps furiously to '20 Dollar.' A significant portion of M.I.A.'s set is spent...