M.I.A. discography

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M.I.A. discography

M.I.A. performing in 2007
Releases
Studio albums 4
EPs 2
Singles 25
Music videos 20
Mixtapes 2

The discography of English singer-songwriter and rapper M.I.A. consists of four studio albums, two mixtapes, two extended plays, twenty-five singles (including five as a featured artist) and twenty music videos. Born Mathangi "Maya" Arulpragasam, M.I.A. began her career as a visual artist and film-maker, and moved into making music after filming a documentary on the band Elastica in 2001.[1] The band's lead singer, Justine Frischmann, lent her a Roland MC-505 sequencer/drum machine which she used to make a demo tape that secured her a contract with British label XL Recordings.[2][3]

M.I.A.'s first album, Arular, was initially scheduled to be released in September 2004, but the release was delayed by six months due to problems with the clearance of samples used in the songs.[4][5] She released two singles and a mixtape in the interim.[6][7] Although the album had limited commercial success, it was highly regarded by music critics for its blending of genres such as grime, hip hop, ragga and Brazilian baile funk, and for its politicised lyrics.[8][9][10] Music magazines in the United States and Europe included it in lists of the best albums of the year, and it was nominated for the Mercury Prize in the United Kingdom.[11]

Her second album, Kala, was released in 2007 along with the single "Boyz" and was also praised by critics, drawing more extensively from African, Tamil and Caribbean music. It proved much more commercially successful than her debut, reaching number eighteen on the Billboard 200 chart in the US and number twenty-one on the UK Albums Chart.[12][13] "Paper Planes", a track from this album, proved to be M.I.A.'s breakthrough hit and was nominated for Record of the Year at the 51st Grammy Awards.[14] The song appeared on the soundtrack to the 2008 film Slumdog Millionaire along with "O... Saya", a song written specifically for the film by M.I.A. and A. R. Rahman. The song, which appears on the film's soundtrack album, was released on M.I.A.'s own label N.E.E.T. and was nominated for the Oscar for Best Original Song at the 81st Academy Awards.[15] Her third album, Maya, was released in 2010 and reached the top ten in numerous countries worldwide. Her fourth album, Matangi, was released in 2013, charting moderately in music markets, despite receiving strong feedback from both public and critics.

Albums[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales Certifications
UK
[13]
AUS
[16]
BEL
(FL)

[17]
CAN
[18]
FRA
[19]
GER
[20]
IRE
[21]
NOR
[22]
SWE
[23]
US
[12]
Arular 98 97 71 20 47 190
Kala
  • Released: 8 August 2007
  • Label: XL, Interscope
  • Formats: CD, LP, digital download
39 46 22 16 117 47 22 22 18 18
Maya
  • Released: 7 July 2010
  • Label: N.E.E.T., XL, Interscope
  • Formats: CD, LP, digital download
21 21 20 7 79 48 93 8 31 9
Matangi
  • Released: 1 November 2013
  • Label: N.E.E.T., Interscope
  • Formats: CD, LP, digital download
64 99 47 96 75 68 23
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Mixtapes[edit]

Title Album details
Piracy Funds Terrorism Volume 1
  • Released: December 2004
  • Format: CD
Vicki Leekx
  • Released: 31 December 2010[29]
  • Format: Free digital download

Extended plays[edit]

Title Album details
Live Session (iTunes Exclusive)
  • Released: 18 October 2005[30]
  • Label: XL
  • Formats: Digital download
How Many Votes Fix Mix
  • Released: 28 October 2008
  • Label: XL
  • Formats: 12" vinyl, digital download

Singles[edit]

As lead artist[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
UK
[13]
AUS
[31]
BEL
(FL)

[17]
CAN
[32]
DEN
[33]
FRA
[19]
GER
[20]
IRE
[21]
SWE
[23]
US
[34]
"Galang" 2003 77 Arular
"Sunshowers" 2004 93
"Hombre"[35] 2005
"Bucky Done Gun"
"Bird Flu" 2006 Kala
"Boyz" 2007
"Jimmy" 66
"Paper Planes" 2008 19 68 18 7 18 91 76 23 4
  • BPI: Silver[26]
  • MC: 3× Platinum[27]
  • RIAA: 3× Platinum[28]
"Born Free" 2010 156 58 Maya
"XXXO" 26 74 [A]
"Steppin Up"[36]
"Teqkilla" 93
"Tell Me Why"[37]
"It Takes a Muscle"[38]
"Internet Connection" 2011
"Bad Girls" 2012 43 81 [B] 92 61 [C] Matangi
"Bring the Noize"[40] 2013
"Come Walk with Me"[41]
"Y.A.L.A."[42]
"Double Bubble Trouble"[43] 2014 179
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

As featured artist[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
UK
[13]
AUS
[16]
BEL
(FL)

[17]
CAN
[44]
DEN
[33]
FRA
[19]
GER
[20]
IRE
[45]
SWE
[23]
US
[44]
"Sound of Kuduro"
(Buraka Som Sistema featuring DJ Znobia, M.I.A., Saborosa and Puto Prata)
2007 Black Diamond
"Bang"
(Rye Rye featuring M.I.A.)
2009 Go! Pop! Bang!
"Sunshine"
(Rye Rye featuring M.I.A.)
2010
"C.T.F.O."[46]
(SebastiAn featuring M.I.A.)
2011 Total
"Give Me All Your Luvin'"
(Madonna featuring Nicki Minaj and M.I.A.)
2012 37 25 5 1 16 3 8 11 60 10 MDNA
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Other charted songs[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
CAN
[48]
US
[49]
"O... Saya" (with A. R. Rahman) 2009 93 68 Slumdog Millionaire

Other appearances[edit]

Title Year Album/Single
"Topknot" (Cavemen Remix)
(Cornershop featuring Bubbley Kaur and M.I.A.)
2004 "Topknot"[50]
"Goodies" (Richard X Remix) (Ciara featuring M.I.A.) 2005 "Goodies"[51][52]
"Bad Man" (Missy Elliott featuring Vybz Kartel and M.I.A.) The Cookbook[53]
"Nookie" (M.I.A. & Jabba Remix)
(Jamesy P featuring M.I.A. and Jabba)
"Nookie"[54]
"I Got Grapes" (World Wide Treemix)
(Nump featuring M.I.A., apl.de.ap and DJ Qbert)
2007 "I Got Grapes" (World Wide Treemix)[55][56]
"Get It Up" (Radioclit Mix)
(Santogold featuring M.I.A. and Gorilla Zoe)
Top Ranking: A Diplo Dub[57][58]
"O... Saya" (with A. R. Rahman) 2008 Slumdog Millionaire: Music from the Motion Picture[59]
"Whachadoin?"
(N.A.S.A. featuring Spank Rock, M.I.A., Santogold and Nick Zinner)
2009 The Spirit of Apollo[60]
"Bang" (Rye Rye featuring M.I.A.) Fast & Furious[61]
"Rain Dance" (The Very Best featuring M.I.A.) Warm Heart of Africa[62]
"Baby Riddim" (Switch Remix)
(Major Lazer featuring Prince Zimboo and M.I.A.)
Мишка Presents Keep Watch Vol. X[63]
"Legalize My Medicine" (Nump featuring M.I.A.) Student ov da Game[64]
"Sound of Siren" (Major Lazer featuring M.I.A. and Busy Signal) 2010 Lazers Never Die[65]
"B-Day Song" (Madonna featuring M.I.A.) 2012 MDNA[66]
"Better Than You" (Rye Rye featuring M.I.A.) Go! Pop! Bang![67]
"Rock Off Shake Off" (Rye Rye featuring M.I.A.)

Music videos[edit]

As lead artist[edit]

Title Year Director(s)
"Galang" 2004 Ruben Fleischer[68]
"Sunshowers" Rajesh Touchriver[69]
"Bucky Done Gun" 2005 Anthony Mandler[70]
"Bird Flu" 2007 M.I.A. and Kalyan Kumar[71]
"Boyz" M.I.A. and Jason "Jay Will" Williams[72]
"Jimmy" Nezar Khamal[73]
"Paper Planes" 2008 Bernard Gourley[74]
"Space"[75] 2010 unknown
"Born Free" Romain Gavras[76]
"XXXO" M.I.A.[77]
"Story to be Told"[78] unknown
"Bad Girls" 2012 Romain Gavras[79]
"Bring the Noize" 2013 Ben Newman[80]
"Come Walk With Me"[81] unknown
"Y.A.L.A." Daniel Sannwald[82]
"Double Bubble Trouble" 2014 M.I.A.[83]

As featured artist[edit]

Title Year Director(s)
"Sound of Kuduro"
(Buraka Som Sistema featuring DJ Znobia, M.I.A., Saborosa and Puto Prata)
2008 João Pedro Moreira and Carlos Afonso[84]
"Bang" (Rye Rye featuring M.I.A.) 2009 M.I.A.[85]
"Sunshine" (Rye Rye featuring M.I.A.) 2010 Jess Holzworth[86]
"Give Me All Your Luvin'"
(Madonna featuring Nicki Minaj and M.I.A.)
2012 MegaForce[87]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "XXXO" did not enter the Ultratop 50, but peaked at number seven on the Flemish Ultratip chart.[17]
  2. ^ "Bad Girls" did not enter the Ultratop 50, but peaked at number 38 on the Flemish Ultratip chart.[17]
  3. ^ "Bad Girls" did not enter the Billboard Hot 100, but peaked at number five on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart.[39]

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