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The 50 Best Songs of 2007

Journey back 13 years to a stellar year for Rihanna, M.I.A., Arcade Fire, and Kanye West. From hip-hop to indie rock and everywhere in between, PopMatters picks the best 50 songs of 2007.

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The Meadows Festival to Bring Gorillaz, M.I.A., Run the Jewels and More to NYC

The Meadows Festival returns to NYC to close out the summer festival season (September 15-17) with a lineup that gravitates towards hip-hop.

Music

M.I.A.: AIM

M.I.A.'s pop-centric fifth and supposedly final album feels much more like a pit stop than a destination.

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M.I.A. - "Go Off" (Singles Going Steady)

If "Go Off" presages what we'll hear from the remainder of her new album, then Maya Arulpragasam plans to go out with a bang.

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Baauer: Aa

Though Aa is frustratingly short, it's nevertheless one of the best things the impressive young producer has created thus far.

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M.I.A. - "Ola, Foreign Friend" (Singles Going Steady)

Leave it to M.I.A. to sample The Lion King and use it in her unique fusion of Asian melodies and Timbaland-influenced hip-hop production.

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M.I.A. - "Borders" (Singles Going Steady)

M.I.A.'s "Borders" is an ultra-politicized, acid-tongued stomp that takes no prisoners.

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The 100 Best Albums of the 2000s: 20-1

These top 20 records of the '00s feature some familiar faces, but also several that, over time, have grown more fondly in memory.

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The 100 Best Albums of the 2000s: 40-21

From breathtaking reformulations of shoegaze to British soul revival, this batch of stellar recordings from the 2000s is an eclectic one.

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M.I.A. + Solange at Vulture Fest: 10 May 2014 - New York (Photos)

The first-ever Vulture Festival featured book talks, art walks, film screenings and a musical performance from Solange and M.I.A.

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M.I.A.: Matangi

The most telling line on Matangi is when M.I.A. boasts, "If you're gonna be me, you need a manifesto," because it's ironic that she's not really able to articulate a statement of purpose for herself on her latest album.

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M.I.A.'s “Bring the Noize" to Release Tomorrow, Streaming Today

M.I.A. is streaming her new tune “Bring the Noize" on her website ahead of the single's official release tomorrow. The song will appear on the singer''s fourth album, 'Matangi', releasing this fall.

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Madonna: 10 October 2012 - Los Angeles

The Material Girl solidifies her dominance in the live-music world.

Melissa Bobbitt
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M.I.A. Previews New Tune “Come Walk With Me” Via Video

M.I.A. has been living up to her moniker in recent times with little in the way of new music. However, she just dropped a new video over the weekend previewing a new song. There's no news yet on a confirmed album release date.

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M.I.A's "Bad Girls" Video Debuts on New YouTube Channel Noisey

While we have to wait until summer for M.I.A.'s fourth album to drop, as of Friday, the heart pounding video for Bad Girls is available exclusively on VICE’s new original music channel Noisey, on YouTube.

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The Year In Music: July 2010

July 2010, the subject of our latest look at the year’s biggest events in music, was full of new releases, high-profile concerts, and TV specials.

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The Year in Music: May 2010

May 2010, the subject of our latest look at the year’s biggest events in music, was a hodgepodge of notable cover versions, new releases, TV events, and more.

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M.I.A.: ViCKi LEEKX

Those thinking the Vicki Leekx pseudonym was going to be an outlet for M.I.A.'s more political work are going to be disappointed; this is how she has a good time.

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'Rolling Stone' Picks the "100 Greatest Beatles Songs"

Here are Rolling Stone's picks for the top 10 greatest Beatles songs. Do you agree or disagree with their picks? Let’s discuss it below in the comments section.

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Major Lazer: Lazers Never Die EP

The five-track EP from cartoon dancehall duo Major Lazer is greater than the sum of its parts.

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HARD Tour: 24 July 2010 - New York

Although M.I.A.'s performance didn't meet expectation, Rye Rye, Die Antword, Skream & Benga, and Sleigh Bells upped the ante, one after the other, after the other.

Brian C Reilly
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Pull Up the Sound: The Story Behind M.I.A.'s Innovative Producer

Like many pop-artists through the years, M.I.A.’s career has been built alongside forward-thinking producers and musicians, but few have had such a complex relationship as M.I.A. and Diplo.

Stefan Nickum
Music

Nneka: Concrete Jungle

Nneka clearly views pop art as a mechanism for transformation and vision, in the way that John Lennon and Bob Marley used both in a dizzying concoction of myth and talent.

Music

Buraka Som Sistema: Black Diamond

This is everything that a good dance album should be: energetic, powerful, and slightly experimental.

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M.I.A.: 27 September 2007 - Sydney

PopMatters' Dan Raper offers a comparative study in Bamboo bangin' past and present.

Dan Raper
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M.I.A.: Kala

M.I.A. is back, representing the world town with power.

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Siren Festival 2007 feat. the Twilight Sad, Black Lips, We Are Scientists, M.I.A., New York Dolls

Yes, there’s the commute from the city, the oppressive heat, and the feeling of being squashed amongst all the tattoos, (over)exposed flesh, and beer bottles. But it's worth it, right?

Philip Robertson
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M.I.A.: 20 March 2005

M.I.A. was very nearly that: missing in action from her first real US gig supporting the much-anticipated Arular.

David Tatasciore
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