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M.I.A. on Lady Gaga: Not as “weird” as she wants to be

April 9, 2010

MIABack in 2008, visual artist turned rap star M.I.A. was blowing up in everyone’s faces as the year’s hot new star, with her mix of killer hooks and political outrage. Then came 2009 and the rise of Lady Gaga, weird outfits, killer stage antics and all. Now in 2010, M.I.A., aka Maya Arulpragasam, is squaring off against Lady Gaga, aka Stefani Germanotta, in an interview with the British magazine NME.

“None of her music’s reflective of how weird she wants to be or thinks she is,” M.I.A. said in the interview. “She models herself on Grace Jones and Madonna, but the music sounds like 20-year-old Ibiza music, you know? She’s not progressive, but she’s a good mimic.”

M.I.A. went on to label the artist — about whom she obviously hasn’t gone gaga — the music industry’s “last stab at making itself important — saying, ‘You need our money behind you, the endorsements, the stadiums.’ Respect to her, she’s keeping a hundred thousand people in work, but my belief is: Do it yourself.”

Aside from M.I.A.’s assertion that Lady Gaga is keeping 100,000 people employed, there’s an argument here about the direction that the music industry is headed, with just about any artist being able to distribute their own music as major stars Prince and Radiohead have done.

But what about the rather personal attacks on Lady Gaga?

A spokesman for Lady Gaga declined to offer any immediate comment on M.I.A.’s broadside.

Both M.I.A., whose hits include “Paper Planes,”  and Lady Gaga, who has a current hit with “Telephone,” are with Interscope.

So will M.I.A. spark a war of words? If so, she can say she “did it herself.”


And who is this?

Shes clearly jealous of Gaga because shes a nobody. Go get a life freak!

GAGA IS GOD!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by GAGA-IS-GOD | Report as abusive

MIA? Never heard of her……. Lady Gaga is a talented artist! Mia sounds a bit bitter that her career is not as successful as Ms. Germanotta.

Posted by NancyStephens | Report as abusive

M.I.A. is totally right. Lady Gaga’s music is not “unique” at all. I’ve heard much more “unique” music and she is way out of that category. She fits in with most others in the music industry if we are talking about the MUSIC here. Her fashion designers are innovative, just not her music. Otherwise, I think Lady Gaga is a good performer, but I agree with M.I.A. on this. I don’t think she is trying to start a quarrel. She is just saying what she thinks… and took the words right out of my mouth!

Posted by Stormsoflove | Report as abusive

And the really bothering thing about this article is, that M.I.A is not even a relatively good artist. She definatly isnt that popular in the UK (where i currently abide). Her music does not be overplayed on the UK’s music chanels like Lady GaGa… I only found out about her because my younger brother ACCIDENTALLY downloaded one of her songs. And its kind of stupid, paper planes i believe its named. Lady GaGa, We salute you <3

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