M.I.A.'s fourth album, Matangi, is out...

Posted on November 06, 2013

It's been three years since M.I.A.'s last album, but the singer-rapper has kept the pop world talking about her. Since appearing in Madonna's Super Bowl halftime, she has continued to wrap her words and actions in the language of protest, taking after her father, a one-time revolutionary in her home country of Sri Lanka, where Tamils, the ethnic minority to which her family belongs, clashed with the government for decades.

Matangi, the title of M.I.A's Album derives from her birth name, Mathangi Arulpragasam. But just three years ago, she didn't know what her name meant or who Matangi the goddess was or what the concept was about. 

"When I came to England, people had a hard time pronouncing it at school. So my auntie told me to call myself Maya, after her Yugoslavian skiing instructor."

What M.I.A. didn't know about her real name until recently is that she shares it with a Hindu goddess of Music and it's one with whom she's grown to feel a particular kinship. "She was really interesting because she lived in the slums; she lived with the untouchables and represented them. So it was really cool to find a goddess that was not on a pedestal. The untouchables were basically the lowest caste in India and weren't even weren't allowed to go inside the temples to pray. The Brahmans were the highest class and they controlled knowledge, spirituality, the temples. They were sort of considered the sacred, clean people. And the untouchables were the people that cleaned the streets, hunted, did things that were considered unclean.

Matangi's dad was called Matanga, and he was the first person to gain enlightenment as an untouchable, without being reincarnated as a Brahman. So he was given the gift of the goddess of music who then had this part-time job of representing the untouchables, because her father was one. M.I.A's father, whom she named her first album after, was a Tamil revolutionary in Sri Lanka, a separatist in a very violent place. M.I.A. was raised by her mom, but she has stories about soldiers shooting at her school. 

M.I.A. and her mom eventually got out of Sri Lanka and landed as refugees in England, living in the British equivalent of what we would call a public housing project in this country. She then made her way to St. Martin's, a very prestigious art school in London. 

Getting back to M.I.A.'s new Album, her music is known for being eclectic and there is one song that feels like it has a real mix of influences: "AtTENTion." The song is written with all the words that have word 'tent' in them to describe the refugee philosophy — people who live in tents, the modern-day untouchables.



Eminem and Rihanna have beaten One Direction to their 4th UK No.1! One Directions "Story of my Life" dropped behind after leading the race most of the week.

"The Monster" took over the British boy band's single mid-week and it has never looked back.

Despite having a 48 hour disadvantage on the other new singles this week, "The Monster" rose to the UK top spot, reported The Official Chart Company.

In achieving this feat, Rihanna has made chart history thanks to the Eminem track, and has joined a very lucrative class of people. "The Monster" is both artists 8th No.1 UK single and the Barbados born signer now joins The Beatles and Elvis Presley as one of just three acts to top the UK singles chart seven times over seven years.

'The Monster' is Em's first UK No1 since 2006's "Smack That" featuring Akon. The track is from his latest studio set "The Marshall Mathers LP 2" which will be released tomorrow.

The pair's last UK hit was "Love The Way You Lie" from 2010 which reached No.2. It has since become one of the UK's most successful selling singles ever, with more than 1.15 million copies sold.

New Zealand born Lorde was last week's No.1 with "Royals" but has now slipped to second position. Coming in 3rd place is Fat Boy Slim's "Eat Sleep Rave Repeat", the DJ's first top ten in 12 years. No.4 is the predicted No.1 for this week, which is One Direction's "Story of my Life". American rock group OneRepublic, round off the top 5 with their former No.1 "Counting Stars".



Katy Perry's "Roar" is top of the World's best-selling Singles chart for the 10th week and joins Robin Thicke who was up till this week the only artist to stay at N°1 for ten whole  weeks in 2013 with his global hit  "Blurred Lines" featuring T.I. & Pharrell Williams. 

New Zealand Phenomenon Lorde is close behind at No.2 due to her sales in America, Canada, UK and Italy where "Royals" tops the charts. Avicii's 'Wake Me Up!' slips to No.3  even though it is still the overall No°1 single in Europe. Miley Cyrus stays at No.4 with "Wrecking Ball" and OneRepublic rise from No.6 to 5 with "Counting Stars". Lady GaGa feat. R.Kelly's "Do What You Want'" is this week's highest gainer opening at No.6 in this week's best-seling singles chart and at No.1 on the Itunes chart in nearly every major market.

Drake remains at No.7 with his smash hit "Hold On We're going Home" feat. Majid Jordan. No move for Lady Gaga's dance hit "Applause" which stays at No.8.  Norwegian comedy duo Ylvis enters this week's Top 10  with "The Fox" climbing from No.14 to No.9 and closing this week's Top 10 is Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" featuring T.I. and Pharrell Williams.

New entry at No.15 for Justin Bieber with "Hold Tight". J-pop duo Kinki Kids debut their 33rd single "Mada Namida Ni Naranai Kanashimi" at No.1 in Japan and at No.16 in the World Chart. Kinki Kids hold the Guinness World Record for having the most consecutive No.1 singles! All of their 33 Singles released have gone to No.1 in Japan!

Taylor Swift debuts at No.21 with her new single "Sweeter Than Fiction". Other new entries include J-Pop Act Nana Mizuki & T.M. Revolution with "Kakumei Dualism" at No.22, Tyga feat. Justin Bieber's "Wait For A MInute" at No.29, James Arthur's "You're Nobody 'Till Somebody Loves You" at No.30, Korean Act K. Will's "You Don't Know Love" at No. 35, Japanese Popstar Kana Nishino's "Sayonara" at No. 37, K-Pop's Park Ji Yoon feat. San E at No.38 with "Mr Lee" and Katy Perry's new Single "Unconditionally" which debuts at No.39!

Bruno Mars closes this weeks Top 40 with his world hit "Treasure" after 23 week's on the World chart.


Japanese idol group Arashi's new album "Love" is the world's best-selling album selling  670.000 copies in its first week at retail, according to Oricon. Sales have already exceeded those of B'Z's greatest hits Album "B'z The Best XXV 1988-1998" which debuted at No.1 after selling 579,000 copies. "Love" is the Japanese Album which sold the most in 2013 in its first week! "Love" is Arashi's 11th consecutive chart-toppng album. The only other Japanese act to have topped the Album ranking for 11 consecutive years is the Group Exile!

Katy Perry's new Album "Prism" debuts at No.2 with sales of 453.000, of which 285.000 in the USA, 53.000 in United Kingdom, 31.000 in Canada, nearly 20.000 in Germany, 15.200 in France and 14.600 in Japan. Katy Perry's album "Teenage Dream" also debuted at No.2 in August 2010, shifting 239.000 units, overtaken only by the J-pop group Kobukuro in the world's best-selling Album chart.

Behind "Prism" at No.3, but far behind in sales, is James Blunt's new Album  "Moon Landing" which debuts with sales of 129.000. His debut album "Back To Bedlam" from 2004, has sold 12,5 million copies to date.

Last week's No.1, "Juke Box" by Kanjani 8, slips to No.27, selling just 26.000 units after its amazing first week.

Pearl Jam's "Lightning Bolt" slips from No.2 to 4 in its second week on the chart and Miley Cyrus' "Bangerz" is at No.5 in its third week with 93.000 in sales.

This weeks Greatest Gainer is Imagine Dragon's "NIght visions" with sales of 30.000. The Album has already sold over 2.5 million copies.

New entry this week for British Rock Band Motörhead and their 21st studio Album "Aftershock" at No.13 with sales of 41.000.

Japanese Rocker  Kanzuyoshi Saito scores big with two new entries: "Saito" at No.18 with sales of  32.000 and "Kanzuyoshi" at No.22 with sales of 29.000. At No.19 is AFI's burial which also shifted 32.000 copies in its first week at retail.

X Factor American Girl Group Fifth Harmony enter at No.23 with "Better Together" and sales of 28.000. DJ Khaled debuts at No.25 with his new Project  "Suffering from Success" and sales of 27.000.

And from Continental Europe, new entries include Italian Crooner Andrea Bocelli who debuts at No.28 with "Love In Portofino" and sales of 25.000.

German Rock Band Unholy Ground are a new entry at No.29 with sales of 25.000 for their new Smash Album "Sunrise Avenue" which is already a hit in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

French Rapper Kaaris enters the chart at No.37 with "Or Noir" and sales of 20.000.

R & B Girl Group TLC are back after an 8 year hiatus with a new album called "20" at No.36 this week and sales of 19.000.


Eminem JUST released his highly anticipated single Monster with Rihanna and we can't get enough of it!! Eminem and Rihanna have crossed paths many times before, including the 11-time platinum single "Love The Way You Lie" in 2010, and now the duo are back at it once again to give us their latest collaboration "The Monster". "The Monster" will be appearing on Eminem's upcoming eighth studio album "The Marshall Mathers LP 2".

'The Marshall Mathers LP 2' is set to arrive in stores on November 5th. The standard edition of the album will include 16 tracks while those who buy the deluxe bundle on Eminem's website will receive an extra 5 tracks. You can purchase 'The Monster' on iTunes and take a listen below to the monsterous beat. 


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