Grace Jones Will Replace M.I.A. as Afropunk London’s Headliner

Last week, Afropunk announced that M.I.A. was no longer headlining its inaugural London festival following her rift with the Black Lives Matter movement. Their choice…
Brian Josephs / July 19, 2016

M.I.A. Is No Longer Headlining Afropunk London

M.I.A. will no longer headline Afropunk London. The Sri Lankan artist — who's just released the "Go Off," a single off her upcoming album, A.I.M. — tweeted back in…
Brian Josephs / July 15, 2016

M.I.A.’s New ‘Go Off’ Video Is Dynamite

After premiering new single "Go Off" on Annie Mac's radio show yesterday, M.I.A. has quite literally launched it with a video full of explosive excavations and earthmoving equipment. There are no people…
Anna Gaca / July 15, 2016

M.I.A. Settles on an Album Title, Finally Confirms Release Date

Update: Before its official release on Friday, M.I.A. decided to premiere "Go Off," her collaboration with Skrillex and Blaqstarr, on Annie Mac’s BBC Radio 1 show.
Rachel Brodsky / July 14, 2016

M.I.A. Claims to Be ‘On the Verge of Leaking’ New Album

M.I.A. has (again) threatened to leak her fifth studio album, Matahdatah. Back in May, after previewing her new track "Finally," she admitted that she would "love…
Rachel Brodsky / July 11, 2016

The 50 Best Hip-Hop Debut Albums Since ‘Reasonable Doubt’

In honor of the recent 20th anniversary of Jay Z’s debut album, Reasonable Doubt, we’re publishing a series of pieces looking at the rapper’s singular…
SPIN Staff / July 1, 2016

Afropunk Responds to Controversy Surrounding M.I.A.’s Black Lives Matter Comments

Afropunk is getting ready to hold its first festival in London and it's already dealing with a social justice flare-up thanks to M.I.A., the scheduled…
Brian Josephs / June 23, 2016


M.I.A. just dropped "POC THAT STILL A RYDA," a video that she says incorporates several bits and pieces of her upcoming new album. "This song…
Brennan Carley / June 1, 2016

M.I.A. Says Her New Album Is Coming in July

Happy to report that M.I.A. is in the news not for making ill-advised racial commentary, but instead for the prospect of some new music. It looks…
Brian Josephs / May 18, 2016

M.I.A. Encourages You to ‘Rewear It’ in Snappy Video for H&M

The full version of M.I.A.'s sartorially conscious "Rewear It" has cropped (ha) up online, debuting today at Vogue. Produced by H&M for the retailer's World Recycle Week…
Anna Gaca / April 10, 2016

SPIN’s 7 Favorite Songs of the Week: Kamaiyah, M.I.A., Ex-Terrestrial, and More

Welcome to our weekly roundup of the SPIN staff’s favorite new songs. Below, sample the best from Mississippi folk-rockers, London synth-pop wizards, and more.
SPIN Staff / March 18, 2016

M.I.A. Just Released a New Song, ‘MIA OLA’

Earlier this month, M.I.A. premiered a new song, "MIA OLA," at Stella McCartney's fall 2016 fashion show; now the political-minded artist/renegade has posted the track in full to her…
Harley Brown / March 17, 2016

M.I.A. and G-Dragon Go in on Baauer’s Banging New Single, ‘Temple’

Weeks after a clip of the track leaked after being played at Alexander Wang's New York Fashion Week show, Baauer has finally shared the full version of "Temple,"
Anna Gaca / March 16, 2016

M.I.A. Drops Volatile New Song, ‘Boom ADD’

M.I.A. has dropped a new track, "Boom ADD," that kicks off with a cheeky skit referencing her spat with the NFL. In 2012 the activist…
James Grebey / February 25, 2016

Baauer Debuted ‘Day Ones’ on ‘Colbert,’ Announces Debut Album ‘Aa’

"Harlem Shake" producer Baauer just announced the details of his upcoming debut album Aa with a performance on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert. Alongside the rapper Leikeli47,…
Brennan Carley / January 28, 2016

Watch M.I.A.’s Politically Charged New ‘Borders’ Video

M.I.A.'s been steadily releasing singles this year, like "Matahdatah Scroll 01 Broader Than a Border," "Platforms," and "Can See Can Do." Her output also includes last…
Brennan Carley / November 26, 2015

Stream M.I.A.’s Globetrotting New Single, ‘Borders’

M.I.A. dropped an intriguing short film, "Matahdatah Scroll 01 'Broader Than a Border,'" that she shot in West India and Africa this past summer, and…
James Grebey / November 20, 2015

M.I.A. Is Recording With Skrillex

When she released a visual single a couple of months ago, M.I.A. hinted that she'd have some more stuff in the works soon. Based on…
Colin Joyce / September 2, 2015

M.I.A.: SPIN’s 2008 Cover Story

This article was originally published in the December 2008 issue of SPIN. M.I.A. is pregnant. And not just with revolutionary ideas for…
Lorraine Ali / July 18, 2015

SPIN Singles Mix: Youth Lagoon, M.I.A., Swervedriver, and More

Welcome to SPIN‘s Singles Mix! SPIN staffers have rounded up their favorite, must-hear tracks for your personal playlists. Collecting the finest from yelping Riot Grrrl…
SPIN Staff / July 14, 2015
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