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M.I.A. is a British singer known for albums such as Arular and Kaya and hit singles such as "Paper Planes" and "O...Saya."
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Always one to promote multidimensional projects in the arts, M.I.A. signed bands such as Baltimore musician Blaqstarr and indie rock band Sleigh Bells to N.E.E.T., while also signing visual artist Jaime Martinez. Not leaving herself out, N.E.E.T. released Maya (styled /\/\/\Y/\) in 2010. The album entered the U.K. albums chart at No. 21 and reached No. 9 on the Billboard 200, debuting in the top 10 in Finland, Norway,
Greece and Canada. The album also topped Billboard's Dance/Electronic Albums chart.
When M.I.A. isn't releasing studio albums, she keeps busy with remixes, mixtapes and online releases, all of which help keep her in the musical spotlight and highlight her cutting-edge nature.
In May 2012, M.I.A. signed on with Jay-Z's management company Roc Nation, and in April 2013 she came out with her next album, Matangi.
M.I.A. is noted for her philanthropic and activist work across a spectrum of causes, and she has been recognized for her work as a music video director, graphic designer and fashion designer.
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