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Famous as :

Singer, producer, songwriter

Birth Name :

Mathangi "Maya" Arulpragasam

Birth Date :

July 17, 1977

Birth Place :

Hounslow, London, England

Claim to fame :

Album "Arular" (2005)


M.I.A. was born on July 18, 1975 by the name Mathangi "Maya" Arulpragasam. The first eight years of her life in Sri Lanka was a frightening one. There was civil war in the country back then and her contact with her father was strictly limited as he went to the battle field. As the environment became unsafe, she and the rest of the family moved to India with sporadic visits from her father. In 1986, she was moved again, this time around to London as a refugee along with her family. During this period of time, she started learning English and then enrolled to Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, with a degree in fine art, film, and video.

After graduating from college, M.I.A. held her first exhibition in 2001 at the Euphoria Shop in Portobello Road, London. She displayed graffiti art and spray-paint canvasses mixing Tamil political street art with images of London life and consumerist culture. One of her works impressed Jude Law who then bought it. On top of that, the exhibition was nominated for the coveted Alternative Turner Prize.

Latest News

M.I.A. Debuts New Song 'Can See Can Do'

March 09, 2015 04:43:10 GMT

returned over the weekend with new music. The British raptress surprised her fans with a brand new song called "Can See Can Do" which she uploaded on her SoundCloud page on Saturday, March 7.

M.I.A. and the NFL Settle Middle Finger Lawsuit

August 23, 2014 02:20:51 GMT

has reached a settlement with the NFL over middle finger gesture at a Super Bowl performance two years ago. As reported by The Hollywood Reporter, the rapper's attorney Howard E. King confirmed that his client and the NFL had settled the issue, but he declined to share more info regarding the terms.

M.I.A. and Janelle Monae Perform Together as Holograms

April 05, 2014 01:59:26 GMT

Despite being miles apart, and appeared on the same stages during Audi A3 launch events thanks to the magic of technology. The two singers were turned into holograms so they were able to make cameos at each other's shows that took place in two different locations.

M.I.A. Asks Madonna for Financial Help After NFL Steps Up Lawsuit

March 19, 2014 01:49:12 GMT

National Football League has gone from suing for $1.5 million to $16.6 million. The British rapper made fun of the lawsuit by asking for financial help. "ummm ..... can i borrow 16 million?" she tweeted to Madonna.

NFL Sues M.I.A. for $16.6 Million Over Middle Finger at Super Bowl Halftime Show

March 18, 2014 02:35:27 GMT

The NFL is demanding more than $16 million from after the singer flipped the bird during her guest appearance in 's Super Bowl XLVI halftime show. The sports league has been quietly pursuing the British rapper in arbitration over her middle finger gesture and has just added $15.1 million to its claim.

M.I.A. Responds to NFL Middle Finger Lawsuit, Calls It 'Ridiculous'

September 24, 2013 07:59:50 GMT

Singer has released a video statement following a $1.5 million lawsuit which was launched against her by National Football League. The singer, who is being sued for breach of contract because of middle finger gesture at the 2012 Super Bowl, defended herself in the 2-minute video, saying that the lawsuit is "ridiculous."

M.I.A. in Secret Legal Battle With NFL Over 2012 Super Bowl Middle Finger

September 20, 2013 03:50:14 GMT

It's already been a year and a half since English-Sri Lankan singer flashed a middle finger during her performance of "Give Me All Your Luvin'" at the 2012 Super Bowl halftime show headlined by . But it's only now that it's exposed that the 38-year-old entertainer and the National Football League had long been engaging in a legal battle over what the league deemed as an act that tarnished the "goodwill and reputation" of the NFL.

M.I.A.'s 'Matangi' Gets November Release Date After Singer Threatens to Leak It

August 10, 2013 05:32:12 GMT

's long-delayed new album, "", has now been given an official release date. The British singer's fourth studio album, which follows up 2010's "/\/\/\Y/\", is now set to arrive on November 5.

M.I.A., Snoop Dogg and More to Perform at Fun Fun Fun Fest

July 11, 2013 07:27:08 GMT

and will be among musicians who take the stage at Fun Fun Fun Fest. The annual music festival, which will be held at Auditorium Shores in Austin on November 8-10, will also boast appearances from , , Descendants, , and Ice T.

M.I.A. Releases 'Bring the Noize' Music Video

June 26, 2013 08:33:15 GMT

has just dropped a music video for her latest single, "Bring the Noize". In the video, the 37-year-old British beauty transforms into an underground party queen. With the appearances of sacred cows and brightly-colored symbols of Hindu, she dances around people who wear white clothes and do some "washing" rituals with the dry ice rising from the ground.

M.I.A. Slams Grammys, Accuses the Awards of Stealing Her Idea for Bob Marley Tribute

February 22, 2013 03:05:47 GMT

is stirring another controversy. The Tamil-British raptress has recently accused the 2013 Grammy Awards of stealing her intellectual property for the tribute session during the Sunday, February 10 event.

M.I.A.'s New Album Delayed to April 15 Due to Its 'Positive' Theme

January 07, 2013 08:23:11 GMT

Fans of will have to wait a few more months before laying their ears on the English singer's new music. Her fourth album titled "" has been pushed back to an April 15 release after it was deemed "too positive" by her record label, Interscope. The new set was originally slated for a December release date.

Confirmed: M.I.A. Composing Original Score for Julian Assange's TV Show

April 14, 2012 03:01:42 GMT

, who's an avid supporter of Julian Assange, has crafted music for an upcoming TV show, "The World Tomorrow", hosted by the WikiLeaks founder. A bit of instrumental music, which might be part of the score, can be heard on a trailer of the show.

Cinna, Caesar and Seneca Look Flashy in 'Hunger Games' Capitol Fashion Ads

February 11, 2012 02:51:28 GMT

Cinna, Caesar Flickerman and Seneca Crane go high fashion in some flashy motion ads that are released to promote "". The three gentlemen advertize cosmetic products which are commonly used in the stylish and glamorous world of Capitol.

'Glee' Clip: Rachel's Fathers React to Her Engagement to Finn

February 11, 2012 02:46:40 GMT

and Brian Stokes Mitchell will make their debut as Rachel's gay fathers in an upcoming episode of "" and their appearance has been previewed in a new clip. Learning that their daughter and Finn are engaged, Hiram and Leroy Berry try to return the favor by making a surprise visit to McKinley High.

Madonna Forgives M.I.A. Over Childish Middle Finger Gesture at Super Bowl

February 11, 2012 02:22:19 GMT

Though she's not happy with for flipping the bird during Super Bowl, reportedly forgives the British rapper. According to her representative Liz Rosenberg as quoted by The Associated Press, the "Paper Planes" hitmaker has apologized to Madge, and the Material Girl accepted it because she thought the femcee just got caught up in the moment.

Report: M.I.A. Sorry as Madonna Is Furious Over Her Middle Finger Gesture

February 09, 2012 06:24:57 GMT

Rumor has it, has said sorry for flipping the bird when performing with at Super Bowl XLVI. A source close to the British artist told the Sun, "She wasn't thinking. She was caught in the moment and she's incredibly sorry."

M.I.A. Splits From Longtime Billionaire Fiance Amid Super Bowl Controversy

February 08, 2012 05:43:32 GMT

Only a few days after turning heads with her controversial Super Bowl performance, emerged with another surprising news related to her romance life. New York Daily News broke the news that the 36-year-old raptress has called it quits with her long-time billionaire fiance, Benjamin Bronfman, who is also the father of her 3-year-old baby boy.

M.I.A. May Have to Pay Fine for Rude Gesture on Super Bowl

February 07, 2012 02:39:37 GMT

might end up paying a fine after flipping the bird during Super Bowl halftime performance. Sources tell TMZ that NBC and NFL, learning from 's wardrobe malfunction on CBS, have indemnified themselves against such penalty.

Video: M.I.A. Flips the Bird During Super Bowl Performance With Madonna

February 06, 2012 03:20:49 GMT

Like promised before, no nip slip happened during her halftime show at the Super Bowl XLVI, but there's a rude gesture coming from one of her featured guests, . The "Born Free" singer stole attention when she flashed her middle finger to the camera while singing her part in Madge's song "Give Me All Your Luvin' ", which also featured .

M.I.A. Car Racing in 'Bad Girls' Music Video

February 04, 2012 04:15:19 GMT

released her "Bad Girls" music video almost at the same time 's "Give Me All Your Luvin' " clip, where she makes a cameo appearance, arrived for viewing pleasure. While she's prancing around while holding pom-poms in the Super Bowl themed video, M.I.A. turns gangsta in this new one.

M.I.A.'s New Single 'Bad Girls' Comes Out in Full

January 31, 2012 04:12:38 GMT

has unveiled her new single titled "Bad Girls" in full. Featuring some irresistible percussion sounds, the song was released amidst anticipation to the official release of 's fresh material "Give Me All Your Luvin' ", where the British singer is featured.

Video: Madonna and M.I.A. at Recording Session of 'Birthday Song'

January 16, 2012 03:11:36 GMT

and have another collaboration in the works, aside from "Gimme All Your Luvin' " which features . In a newly-found footage, it's seen the Material Girl directing the "Born Free" hitmaker in recording a track called "Birthday Song".

M.I.A. Confirms Working With Madonna and Nicki Minaj

November 28, 2011 04:12:54 GMT

It's official, is going to join forces with and . The "Born Free" singer has confirmed the collaboration on Twitter, "summond to NYC by b***hesses > MADONNA and @NICKIMINAJ > cofffffiiiiiiieeeeeeeeee it iz a good day to get me tho trustttt b***hes."

Madonna to Sing New Single with M.I.A. and Nicki Minaj at Super Bowl

October 28, 2011 02:24:04 GMT

Long-running rumors that will grace NFL fans with her performance are proven to be true. It's just confirmed that the Material Girl indeed is going to sing during Super Bowl XLVI which will be held on February 5, 2012 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Ind.

M.I.A. and Big Boi Pay Tribute to Amy Winehouse in Songs

July 25, 2011 03:26:38 GMT

Following 's passing on Saturday, July 23, fellow artists and released a tribute song each. The "Paper Planes" hitmaker dropped an unfinished demo called "27", which is the age when Amy died.

M.I.A. Shares Picture of Broken Leg

May 16, 2011 05:17:16 GMT

Hip-hop star and activist is hobbling around at home after breaking her leg in a mysterious accident. The newly-blonde "Paper Planes" hitmaker posted a photograph on her Twitter account, in which she's attempting to remove her young son's Playdoh from the sole of her leg brace.

Chris Brown and M.I.A. Collaborating

April 21, 2011 11:12:00 GMT

The "Kiss Kiss" hitmaker, has been working to repair his reputation after a tantrum at the "" studios in New York in March - and now he's set to stun fans by recording a track with outspoken hip-hop star

M.I.A. Cancels Liverpool Show After Son Falls Sick

November 20, 2010 06:53:43 GMT

Hip-hop star has scrapped her Friday night, November 19 concert in Liverpool, England to care for her sick son. The "Paper Planes" hitmaker was scheduled to take the stage at Liverpool Academy, but her management axed the show at short notice due to "unforeseen circumstances".

M.I.A. Slammed for Calling Violent Rioter 'Hero'

November 16, 2010 03:12:04 GMT

Outspoken rapper has risked controversy on her return to her native U.K. after praising rioters who attacked the headquarters of Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservative party last week. Thousands of demonstrators took to the streets of London on Wednesday, November 10 to protest against plans to increase student tuition fees as part of a swathe of recession-busting cuts announced by Britain's new coalition government.

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