Tell Me Why (M.I.A. song)

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"Tell Me Why"
M.I.A. - Tell Me Why.jpg
Single by M.I.A.
from the album Maya
Released 6 July 2010 (2010-07-06)
Format Digital download
Recorded 10 November 2009 (2009-11-10)
Length 4:10
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s) Diplo
M.I.A. singles chronology
"Teqkilla"
(2010)
"Tell Me Why"
(2010)
"It Takes a Muscle"
(2010)

"Teqkilla"
(2010)
"Tell Me Why"
(2010)
"It Takes a Muscle"
(2010)

"Tell Me Why" is a song by British recording artist M.I.A. from her third studio album, Maya (2010). It was written by Maya "M.I.A." Arulpragasam, and Diplo, and production was handled by the latter.[1] The song was recorded at Red Bull Studios in Santa Monica, California on Diplo's birthday in 2009.[2] The producer admitted that "Tell Me Why" is his favorite song on the album, likening the track's sound to Wall of Sound and Motown.[3] The song incorporates elements of Sarah Lancaster's "The Last Words of Copernicus" as performed by the Alabama Sacred Harp Singers.[4] It was released worldwide as a digital download, under license to XL Recordings and N.E.E.T. Recordings, on 6 July 2010, as the fifth single from the album. No music video was made for the single, and M.I.A. has never performed it live.

Critical reception[edit]

The track was met with mixed reviews from music critics. While some called it an "absolute beauty"[5] with a "super slick" production,[6] others were very critical towards the use of Auto-Tune.[7][8] Rap-Up and AllMusic picked the song as one of their highlights on the album.[9][10]

Track listing[edit]

Digital download[11]
  1. "Tell Me Why" – 4:10

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label
Worldwide 6 July 2010 Digital download, streaming XL Recordings, N.E.E.T. Recordings

References[edit]

  1. ^ Maya (deluxe edition liner notes). M.I.A. N.E.E.T Recordings. 2010. XLCD497X. 
  2. ^ Lynn Hirschberg (May 25, 2010). "M.I.A.'s Agitprop Pop - NYTimes.com". www.nytimes.com. Retrieved August 10, 2016. 
  3. ^ James Montgomery (March 23, 2010). "M.I.A.'s New Album Is 'Weird' And 'Heavy,' Says Diplo - MTV". www.mtv.com. Retrieved August 10, 2016. 
  4. ^ Chris Tinkham (March 22, 2012). "Bruce Springsteen: Wrecking Ball (Columbia) | Under the Radar - Music Magazine". www.undertheradarmag.com. Retrieved August 10, 2016. 
  5. ^ "Track by Track: M.I.A.'s // / Y / - FACT Magazine: Music News, New Music." www.factmag.com. June 23, 2010. Retrieved August 4, 2016. 
  6. ^ Dave Ruby Howe (July 8, 2010). "M.I.A - // / Y /". fasterlouder.junkee.com. Retrieved August 10, 2016. 
  7. ^ Emily Bick (July 13, 2010). "The Quietus | Reviews | MIA". thequietus.com. Retrieved August 3, 2016. 
  8. ^ Matthew Perpetua (July 12, 2010). "M.I.A.: / \ / \ / \ Y / \ Album Review | Pitchfork". pitchfork.com. Retrieved August 3, 2016. 
  9. ^ "Review Roundup: M.I.A. – '/\/\/\Y/\' | Rap-Up". www.rap-up.com. July 13, 2010. Retrieved August 10, 2016. 
  10. ^ Andy Kellman. "MAYA - M.I.A. | Songs, Reviews, Credits | AllMusic". www.allmusic.com. Retrieved August 10, 2016. 
  11. ^ "Tell Me Why - Single". iTunes. July 6, 2010. Retrieved July 22, 2016.