New Track: M.I.A. – “Bad Girls”

 

A new version of M.I.A.’s “Bad Girls” just dropped today as a single from her upcoming album. Originally appearing on her Vicki Leekx mixtape, this new version will be available everywhere tomorrow for download. The accompanying video is set to drop this Friday.

M.I.A.’s fourth album, which is still in the works, will be released this summer.

Finally, word on the street is that she’ll be making a surprise appearance at the Super Bowl halftime show to perform “Give Me All Your Luvin’” with collaborator Madonna.

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Rye Rye Releases “Never Will Be Mine” (ft. Robyn) + Video

 

The colorful M.I.A. protégé, Rye Rye, just released her newest single, “Never Will Be Mine.” The radio ready track is an easy listen featuring an acoustic sample from Robyn’s 2005 track, “Be Mine.” Now, if we can just get someone to put out Rye Rye’s long awaited album, Go! Pop! Bang!, we’ll be set. Don’t forget to check out the new video as well!

peep the video after the jump

M.I.A.’s Vicki Leekx Video: Part One

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M.I.A. released the Vicki Leekx mixtape at the top of January with another custom web domain, which included an interactive globe and listeners popping up as dots across continents. We should’ve known that was just the beginning: in this video, released on Wednesday, we see the globe spinning, lit up with M.I.A. fans, plus her internet-crash style imagery and real Wikileaks footage. This is just part one, so expect more chaos soon…

Blaqstarr Divine EP & NYC Showcases – January 27th & 29th

Blaqstarr is gearing up for his Divine EP to drop on January 25th, and we trust our friends at Spin, who say this about the record: “imagine Prince remaking Sign O’ The Times as a banging, Baltimore club record.” That’s all we need to hear. Sold. Blaqstarr is part of N.E.E.T. Recordings, M.I.A.‘s label, along with a favorite young firecracker Rye Rye. In 2007 their song “Shake It To the Ground” grew from an underground Baltimore club thing to a widespread dance hit. Now Blaqstarr’s doing his solo thing on the Divine EP, showcasing his fearless and relentlessly experimental brand of electronic hip-hop.

He’s coming to New York City next week with performances at Santos Party House & Good Units. Music, event info, and photos from our  SVEDKA event with Blaqstarr after the jump.

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