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    Tue, 15 Jun 2010 10:17:16

    M.I.A. Says She Named Her First Album After Her Long-Lost Father - It didn't go as planned

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    • M.I.A. - GLASTONBURY, ENGLAND - JUNE 27: Mathangi 'Maya' Arulpragasam, aka M.I.A, performs live on stage on the West Holts stage during Day One of the Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm in Pilton on June 27, 2014 in Glastonbury, England. Tickets to the event, which is now in its 44th year, sold out in minutes even before any of the headline acts had been confirmed. The festival, which started in 1970 when several hundred hippies paid £1, now attracts more than 175,000 people.
    • M.I.A. - GLASTONBURY, ENGLAND - JUNE 27: Mathangi 'Maya' Arulpragasam, aka M.I.A, performs live on stage on the West Holts stage during Day One of the Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm in Pilton on June 27, 2014 in Glastonbury, England. Tickets to the event, which is now in its 44th year, sold out in minutes even before any of the headline acts had been confirmed. The festival, which started in 1970 when several hundred hippies paid £1, now attracts more than 175,000 people.
    • M.I.A. - GLASTONBURY, ENGLAND - JUNE 27: Mathangi 'Maya' Arulpragasam, aka M.I.A, performs live on the West Holts stage during Day One of the Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm in Pilton on June 27, 2014 in Glastonbury, England. Tickets to the event, which is now in its 44th year, sold out in minutes even before any of the headline acts had been confirmed. The festival, which started in 1970 when several hundred hippies paid £1, now attracts more than 175,000 people.

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    In an interview with the Observer, controversial, press non-darling and Lady Gaga hater M.I.A. revealed that she named her debut platter after her estranged father in hopes of getting back in touch with him. Dad and daughter became estranged when she was 10 and her mother moved the family to the UK. "I thought that if he Googled himself, he'd get my LP and then he'd get in touch," she said. Her father, however, remained dedicated to his political causes. "It irritates me that I end up giving him so much attention when he had so little to do with my life," she added.

    Given all the recent press surrounding M.I.A. and her political beliefs (or lack thereof, depending on which reporter you ask), are you at all interested in her new album, which unironically, she has named Maya, after her own damn self?

    —Amy Sciarretto
    06.15.10




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