外 文 名 Mathangi Arulpragasam
别 名 M.I.A.
国 籍 英国
出 生 地 英国伦敦
职 业 说唱歌手
M.I.A.本名Maya Arulpragasam，出生於伦敦Hounslow，在家中的三个小孩中排行老二。她的双亲来自斯里兰卡.最早她的父亲以工程师的名义来到英国工作，母亲则藉由短期护照往来於故乡与英国。之后父亲参加了祖国坦米尔政权的抗暴运动成为异议份子，在安全受到威胁的情况下，举家迁徙至印度的Madras。其后M.I.A.全家又因为经济因素迁回祖国；但不久后斯里兰卡内乱加剧，他们变成难民，最后幸得英国政府伸出援手，举家再度移居伦敦。回到英国后，M.I.A.进入Hammersmith College就读，随后选择了 Saint Martin 艺术学校专攻美术与电影。由此可知，M.I.A.在她的音乐创作中时常出现的政治议题，种族问题，以及充满艺术家色彩的美术设计是从何而来了。
M.I.A在2009年Grammy上以准妈妈的身份与四大嘻哈天王Jay-z、Kayne West、T.I.、Lil Wayne合唱一首Remix的《Paper plane》大获成功。
2011年发行单曲《Internet Connection (The Remixes)》。
2015年7月发行单曲《Matahdatah Scroll 01 "Broader Than A Border"》。11月发行录音室专辑《Borders》。
Life and career
Mathangi 'Maya' Arulpragasam (born 18 July 1975), better known by her stage name M.I.A., is an English hip hop recording artist, director, visual artist, activist, record producer, photographer, fashion designer and model. "M.I.A." is a play on her own name and a reference to the acronym of Missing in Action. Her compositions combine elements of alternative, dance, electronic, hip hop and world music. M.I.A. began her career in 2000 as a visual artist, filmmaker and designer in west London before beginning her recording career in 2002. Since rising to prominence in early 2004 for her singles "Sunshowers" and "Galang", charting in Canada and the UK and reaching number 11 on the ‘Billboard’ Hot Dance Singles Sales in the US, she has been nominated for an Academy Award, three Grammy Awards and the Mercury Prize.
She released her debut album ‘Arular’ in 2005 and second album ‘Kala’ in 2007 both to universal critical acclaim. ‘Arular’ charted in Norway, Belgium, Sweden, Japan and the US, where it reached number 16 on the ‘Billboard’ Independent Albums chart and number three on the Dance/Electronic Albums chart. ‘Kala’ was certified silver in the UK and gold in Canada and the US, where it topped the Dance/Electronic Albums chart. It also charted in several countries across Europe, in Japan and Australia. The album's first single "Boyz" reached the Top 10 in Canada and on the ‘Billboard’ Hot Dance Singles Sales in 2007, becoming her first Top 10 charting single. The single "Paper Planes" peaked in the Top 20 worldwide and reached number four on the ‘Billboard’ Hot 100. "Paper Planes" was certified gold in New Zealand and three times platinum in Canada and the US where, as of November 2011, it is ranked the seventh best-selling song by a British artist in the digital era. It has become XL Recordings' second best-selling single to date. M.I.A.'s third album ‘Maya’ was released in 2010 soon after the controversial song-film short "Born Free". This became her highest-charting album in the UK and the US, reaching number nine on the ‘Billboard’ 200, topping the Dance/Electronic Albums chart and debuting in the Top 10 in Finland, Norway, Greece and Canada. The single "XXXO" reached the Top 40 in Belgium, Spain and the UK. M.I.A. has embarked on five global headlining tours and is the founder of her own multimedia label, N.E.E.T.. Her fourth studio album, ‘Matangi’, was released in 2013.
Arulpragasam's early compositions relied heavily on the Roland MC-505 music sequencer and drum machine. Her later work marked an evolution in her sound with rare instruments, electronics and unusual sound samples. Critics have acclaimed a distinctive style to her music. Lyrically incorporating a range of political, social, philosophical and cultural references that have defied existing pop music conventions, Arulpragasam was one of the first acts to come to public attention through the internet. She posted many of her songs and videos from 2002 onwards on platforms such as MySpace.
In 2001, she received an "Alternative" Turner Prize nomination for her visual art. In 2005 and 2008, M.I.A. was artist of the year by Spin and URB and Arulpragasam is named as one of the defining artists of the 2000s decade by ‘Rolling Stone’ in its "Best of the Decade" list in December 2009. ‘Time’ magazine named her one of the world's 100 most influential people in 2009. ‘Esquire’ magazine ranked M.I.A. on its list of the 75 most influential people of the 21st century in January 2010.
On 13 July 2015, M.I.A. released a five-minute video titled "Matahdatah Scroll 01 Broader Than a Border" which features two of her tracks: Matangi's "Warrior" and a new track "Swords". The video was filmed in India and West Africa and shows different forms of dancing in those regions. On 27 November 2015, M.I.A. released "Borders" as her new single on iTunes, prior to that her new single was announced via her Instagram account. The track mocks first world problems and touches on some serious issues happening in the world. She introduced a music video with it which was also socially and politically motivated. In January 2016, the French football club Paris Saint-Germain sued M.I.A. for wearing a modified version of their club’s T-shirt in her Borders video and changing the words "Fly Emirates" to "Fly Pirates" on it.
In late February 2016, she released "Boom ADD", an expanded version of the "Boom Skit", which appeared on M.I.A.'s fourth studio album ‘Matangi’; it is a diss-track to the NFL's lawsuit of her performance at the 2012 Superbowl.
On June 1, 2016, she released "Poc That Still A Ryda", a lyrical mix of songs on her upcoming album.
On 12 July, 2016, she announced the title of her upcoming fifth studio album was ‘A.I.M.’, and on July 15, 2016, she released "Go Off" as the first single. The song was produced by Skrillex and Blaqstarr.