Space (M.I.A. song)

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Song by M.I.A.
from the album Maya
Released January 12, 2010
Recorded January 11–12, 2010
Length 3:08
  • Rusko
  • M.I.A.

"Space" is a song by British recording artist M.I.A. from her third studio album, Maya (2010). The track was written and produced by Maya "M.I.A." Arulpragasam and Christopher "Rusko" Mercer.[1] The song was released on January 12, 2010 as a music video only, and has been known under alternative titles "There's Space for Ol Dat I See"[2] and "Space Odyssey".[3] The track was a protest to an article by The New York Times calling Sri Lanka the #1 vacation destination of 2010,[4] which M.I.A. found questionable and inaccurate towards the country's Civil War. Although "Space" was the first song that M.I.A. teased from the forthcoming album, it was never released as an official single. The track did, however, chart upon the release of Maya.


According to former Los Angeles Times writer Ann Powers, "Space" is a "chill-out room seduction".[5]

Music video[edit]

The video for the song was uploaded only on Twitter's Twitvid on January 12, 2010, and filmed the night before for $100.[6] It pictures green-lit M.I.A. against a black background, moving in a series of astral projections.


Chart (2010) Peak
Canada (Canadian Digital Songs)[7] 67
US Dance/Electronic Digital Songs (Billboard)[8] 9


  1. ^ Maya (deluxe edition liner notes). M.I.A. N.E.E.T Recordings. 2010. XLCD497X. 
  2. ^ Adam Bychawski (January 12, 2010). "MIA releases new song online – video | NME.COM". NME. Retrieved August 10, 2016. 
  3. ^ Amrit Singh (January 12, 2010). "New M.I.A. – "Space Odyssey" - Stereogum". Retrieved August 11, 2016. 
  4. ^ "The 31 Places to Go in 2010 -". January 7, 2010. Retrieved August 11, 2016. 
  5. ^ Powers, Ann (7 July 2010). "Album review: M.I.A.'s MAYA album". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 8 September 2016. 
  6. ^ Julianne Escobedo Shepherd (January 12, 2010). "That New MIA Track is Actually a Protest Song Called "Space Odyssey" | The FADER". Retrieved August 11, 2016. 
  7. ^ "M.I.A. - Chart history | Billboard". Retrieved August 3, 2016. 
  8. ^ "M.I.A. - Chart history | Billboard". Retrieved 2016-04-26.