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M.I.A. Slams Labelmate Lady GaGa!

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M.I.A. recently gave some very candid opinions to NME regarding Lady GaGa and Twilight!

Do we still need record labels?
Are they even interested in making money from music anymore? Lady Gaga plugs 15 things in her new video. Dude, she even plugs a burger! That’s probably how they’re making money right now - buying up the burger joint, putting the burger in a music video and making loads of burger money.

Do you think those programmes and the internet have destroyed the mythology around popstars?
I don’t know. Again, there’s Lady Gaga - people say we’re similar, that we both mix all these things in the pot and spit them out differently, but she spits it out exactly the same! None of her music’s reflective of how weird she wants to be or thinks she is. She models herself on Grace Jones and Madonna, but the music sounds like 20-year-old Ibiza music, you know? She’s not progressive, but she’s a good mimic. She sounds more like me than I fucking do! That’s a talent and she’s got a great team behind her, but she’s the industry last stab at making itself important - saying, ‘You need our money behind you, the endorsements, the stadiums’ Respect to her, she’s keeping a hundred thousand people in work, but my belief is: Do It Yourself.

How important are image and visuals to your music?
Very. But it’s not like “Haus of Gaga” (laughs). Me blindfolded with naked men feeding me apples and shit.

Would you ever make a record for a Twilight soundtrack?
They asked me. Luckily Jimmy [Iovine, chairmen of M.I.A.’s US label Interscope] had beef with the Twilight people, so he stepped in and told them to fuck off.

Can't say we agree with her take on GaGaLupe!!!!!

What do U think about M.I.A.'s statements???

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416 comments to “M.I.A. Slams Labelmate Lady GaGa!”

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  1. 1

    TEAM MIA!!


  2. 2

    Amen sister. . .you said it.

  3. 3


  4. 4

    It's true. It does sound like 20 year old Ibiza music. But I love it! And I like the fact that she's plain (gaga I mean). There's room for you both and money makes the world go round, M.I.A. is being naive.

  5. 5

    LOVE M. I. A.!!!! Wish she hadn't cancelled on Coachella! She's made so many valid points.

  6. 6

    HA - shes 100% right about Gaga.

  7. 7

    I REALLY didn't want to like Lady Gaga, but then I gave her a chance and fell in love with her. Still don't like MIA. Never have, never will. There's a difference between their music, trust me girl!

  8. 8

    Paper Planes isn't exactly a classic in the grand scheme of things. M.I.A. clearly has an ego for some unknown reason, though. Going into "retirement" after one big hit and then sort of coming out of "retirement" less than a year later AND feeling the need to bash on others artists for no discernible reason is petty as it comes. Even if she was right, who cares? People like Gaga's music, whether it's innovative or derivative. M.I.A. seems to be missing the point of music.

  9. 9

    Oh come on Perez. You know she's right on you'd be coming down hard on her ass. Anyone else you would. But you know M.I.A. is a validate person and very smart. She knows what she's talking about. It's not like she's just spewing crap. GaGa went from being a creative genius to just being silly. Her label and her thought 'oh well if we put a frog or lobster on her head then they'll believe she's being true to herself. Or lets put tons of products in one vid and it'll be believable and weird'. No sorry-GaGa lost my respect a long time ago.

  10. 10

    Although she make some valid points….i love me some gaga! (singing)…alejandro..alejandro…ale ale..jandro…

  11. 11

    Jealous much?

  12. chlyn says – reply to this


    Sounds like she's pretty jealous/threatened.

  13. 13

    She said exactly what i think of Gaga, at least MIA offers original music.

  14. 14

    Sounds to me like M.I.A. is a bit threatened and jealous by Gaga. The Lady is one of the biggest celebrities in the world for a reason…

  15. 15

    Jealousy. Gaga's the shit. She rose to the top quicker than anyone so back down, sit down, and stfu.

  16. 16

    Looks like your buddy Gaga is a sellout.

  17. 17

    Gotta agree with MIA. I appreciate Gaga's whackiness, but her music doesn't match the persona. A couple years ago, hell even a year ago, she was dancing in tights and sequined bras. hardly daring.

  18. 18

    She is such a hater. If you are so great then why do you have to waste so much time tearing other people down. You don't see Gaga talking shit about anyone elses music. That is because she is AMAZING!

  19. 19

    sorry perez she wasn't hating…she was keeping it real!!!
    MIA on point!!!!

  20. Olcia says – reply to this


    So true!

  21. 21

    Wow M.I.A. I though you were all about handling your business and doing you own thing…well, it's great to know that instead of spending your energy making music and taking care of your baby you spend it hating on someone who is really trying to make a difference musically and in the gay community (by helping homeless teens). Dripping with sarcasm: good for YOU!.

  22. 22

    She's saying the truth even if it hurts. gotta admit

  23. 23

    TEAM M.I.A!!!
    Finally someone says what we are all thinking!!!

  24. 24

    she is so right. dead on about lady gaga. i always said i never liked her music but i kinda want to know what the hell shes up to this time.

  25. 25

    I fucking love m.i.a before i knew who the the hell gaga was.
    and shes so true. she doesnt do all that fake bs lady gaga always does.

    shes not trying to be some fake ass visual singer. fuck that shit . team m.i.a

  26. 26

    I love her more now. I totally agree with her 100% about Lady CaCa. She is a good mimic. She's not original at all. You don't agree with M.I.A because god forbid someone should say anything negative about your "wifey".

  27. 27

    Still do like Gaga but M.I.A has so very valid points Perez an you know it! I mean, the Virgin Mobile plug an the excess raunchiness that had nothing to do with the song at all.

  28. 28


  29. 29

    jeez M.I.A. … jealous much? Lady GaGa forever!

  30. 30

    M.I.A is a bitch and upset that she's a bit of an epic fail I think. Yes, go after the two things that would smash you in a popularity and entertainment contest!

  31. 31

    Wow.. someone is jealous!
    I do like MIA but wow.. transparent much?

  32. 32

    MIA is a better song writer, has better beats, sounds better.. gaga blows

  33. 33

    JEALOUS!! She coudn't even OPEN for Gaga! Who is she?

  34. 34

    Who's M.I.A. ?

  35. 35

    thats mean. i like the twilight people, they made the hottest guy in the world on tv and in movies more!

  36. 36

    Sounds like she's being a hater. Gaga is everywhere and all sorts of people love her. Jealous much, M.I.A.?

  37. 37

    MIA is trash, that song she had that everybody liked so much was horrid ! She is a wannabe hood rat !

  38. YUCK says – reply to this


    she is not saying anything that isnt true. I was just discussing this about gaga my damn self and I like gaga but the truth is the truth. this isnt her, we have all seen those videos of her just a few years ago with that shit brown hair color and not a trace of the freddy mercury, grace jones, madonna, deborah harry on her person.

  39. 39

    This BITCH is just jelouse cuz GAGA is way more famouse than her

  40. 40

    She sounds so jealous of Gaga's success !

  41. 41

    The only thing that MIA is wrong about is gagas music. Its not Ibiaz and Madonna, its so COMPLETELY Gwen Steffani putting out a solo album!

  42. 42

    Oh, she's dead on with GagMe. Yeah, we know that you don't agree with her take on your beloved tranny. But the truth is the truth; GagMe's whole act, including her music, has been lifted from others who came before her. M.I.A. is merely calling it as she sees it, and the thing is what she says is the truth. GagMe sucks.

  43. 43

    shes a jealous B!!

  44. 44

    I saw MIA live a few years back at an outdoor music festival. Horrible doesn't even begin to cover it. Within 20 minutes almost the entire crowd has shifted to another stage. Seriously… jealous much. I'm not a huge fan of GaGa either but at least she leaves an audience satisfied.

  45. 45

    M.I.A. told it like its is. Gaga is a mimic nothing more nothing less, she sings about riding disco sticks and gets called a genius for it. Her videos rival the advertisements during the Superbowl, every 5 seconds there is a plug about hamburgers, sodas, etc. What next toilet paper?

    Everything she does is a rip off of either Grace Jones, Madonna, Rosin Murphy, Bjork, Cyndi Lauper, David Bowie, etc. Every interview she is hailing herself as the next Madonna or Bowie or whatever! Bitch please you have been famous for 3 seconds you are no MJ, no Madonna and your most certainly no Grace Jones. Your a flash in the pan, a puppet being exploited and over worked by the record industry. Not only that but who is Gaga? She a 24 year old drug addict who use to work as a dancer/stripper at the filthiest holes in New York.

    M.I.A. is only saying what most of us intelligent music lovers already know. Gaga is an overrated mimic.

  46. 46

    OF COURSE you don't agree with her take, Perez….big fucken surprise there! I could care less about MIA, but damn, she is SPOT on! I like Gaga's music, but, she is the most contrived artist i've seen in a long time.

  47. 47

    I really dont see or even understand what shes talking about…….Am I the only one that thinks you have to be extremely high to even understand half of what comes out of her mouth

  48. 48

    Valid points but some weren't necessary.

    Team M.I.A :)

  49. 49

    I think Gaga is a created persona (and not by her). I honestly liked her better when I saw her all stripped down playing in tiny clubs. This razzle dazzle obscures the music and is unnecessary.

  50. 50

    What is she talking about? Lady Gaga is so HOT right now and her music is sick! She's just jealous because she's a Baby Mama!

  51. 51

    of course you dont agree with M.I.A because your head is so far up gagas ass!! M.I.A is right gaga isnt doing anything new its all recycled stuff from people who are 100x better than her.
    Theres definitely a difference between their music…that being M.I.A is awesome and gaga sucks

  52. 52

    Ooooh so Hipster MIA. You had one good song and it wasnt even a top 10 hit. Jealous much? No one will even remember you in 2 years.

  53. 53

    Isn't she suppose to be retired now and make god awful clothes??

  54. 54

    She is just jealous Boo haters will hate and as long as they hate GaGa is doing her job

  55. 55

    Dear M.I.A.,

    Did you really slam the Haus of Gaga? You’re so Lime Green JELL-O about IT! You even referred to GaGa’s music as having a 20 yr old Ibiza sound? It’s better than the horn you bought at CVS. I once liked your music, but your blatant jealousy has clouded your musical judgment. Seems like you went M.I.A. and came back to what you could have been. Day late and a holler short, I’m sure you’d rather be blindfolded with naked men feeding you apples and shit instead of luggin' around those tired stage girls you call your ‘back up’, maybe next time you can take them shopping somewhere other than urban outfitters.

    Team GaGa

  56. 56

    I can smell jealousy…XD

  57. 57

    I have to say, I DO agree with MIA. I don't think it's jealousy though she's just calling it as she sees it. But, nonetheless, I still LOVE me some Gaga! Don't love her for her superior originality but I love her for her creative interpretation and mash-up of previous music/artists.

  58. 58

    couldnt agree more. Gaga is a walking cliche. Glad Im not the only one who feels this way.

  59. 59

    And I still don't get how people could call Gaga creative. She wears a fucking lobster/frog on her head and all the monsters(sheep) say Wwwwoooooowwwww, she is so creative. Its fucking ridiculous, she is playing you all for fools. Wearing a dead lobster on your head is not cool in any capacity. Its attention whoring 101!

  60. 60

    i think she's right. lady gaga gives a great performance. the visuals are interesting, but her music is nothing new or even all that great. m.i.a. described it perfectly as "20 year old ibiza music." anyone who has ever spent any part of a summer in ibiza will agree.

  61. 61

    of course you don't agree perez seeing as you're stuck up gaga's ass 24/7… it's a given you'd be seeing things with rose tinted glasses in that case

  62. 62

    idk why a lot of people are saying M.I.A. is jealous. what would she be jealous of? she is successful herself. i do agree with what she is saying

  63. 63

    That Bitch Can Go Suck Herself, GAGA HAS HER OWN HAUS! SUCK THAT SHIT HOLE!

  64. 64

    MIA WHO? little monsters forever

  65. 65

    oh PUHLEASE. M.I.A. had ONE semi-decent song. GaGa is immensely talented and girlfriend is ENVIOUS LIEK WHOA.

  66. 66

    GaGa is a Joke (and MIA too)!

  67. 67

    I created an account just to comment on the M.I.A interview. FINALLY some who tells it like it is ’bout GAGA. The Lady can act and dress extravagant from here to IBIZA, but when it comes down to it, her music is really bad empty.

  68. 68

    M.I.A is right on this, and i'm glad someone has had the guts to say it. Gaga is ok, but her music is nothing special and half the time she looks like she doesn't have a clue what she's doing. She looks like she's been told to dress and act a certain way and its a bit awkward to watch. However, i think M.I.A has gone a bit over the top. She looks a bit jealous.

  69. 69

    Gaga makes mainstream pop. M.I.A. makes something completely different. It's like comparing apples and oranges. I love Gaga, but I don't care for her music. It sounds like your typical music that guidos play when driving their car. M.I.A., however, I like a lot of her music, it's melodic and a mix of organic sounds with awesome electronic production. It seems a bit odd that she's even commenting on gaga's music/act/fashion, when she is clearly an artist all her own.

  70. 70

    Re: giorgio85 – Everybody you named in your post(#45) are people MADONnA has ripped off. So if you're sayin Lady Gaga steals from Madonna, well who better to steal from then The Queen of Thieves herself?!?!?!

  71. 71

    for reelz MIA? for reelz?

  72. 72

    MIA wishes Gaga sounded like her! Is she on crack? Gaga doesn't make music that sounds anything like her. She is just jealous, clearly. MIA HAS ONLY HAD ONE SUCCESSFUL SONG! Clearly she isn't creative enough to write consistantly good music.

  73. 73

    M.I.A. is right …. GaGa probably gives some of the burger money or burgers to Perez for promoting her !

  74. 74

    [quote]She is just jealous Boo haters will hate and as long as they hate GaGa is doing her job[/quote]

    Re: Ebonics

    This is exactly what I am talking about, look at Gaga's fans, could their comments sound any more brain dead. Look at this comment above, is that suppose to be a logical argument??? Can you emphasize why you like her without sounding like an idiot.
    "Monsters", please this sound like a brain dead cult. Gaga's lil monsters make Scientologists seem normal.

  75. 75

    She hit it right on the dot. She looks like something from the future but her music sounds like the music of yesteryear. nothing new age about her

  76. 76

    I can't remember where I heard this but somebody once said, "she acts like Bjork while singing S-Club 7 quality music."

  77. 77


    GO GAGA!!!!

  78. 78

    dont appreciate the twilight comment!

  79. 79


  80. 80

    I LOVE ignorant, flat out stupid Madonna fans who say "so and so copies Madonna".. HAHAHAHAHA LMFAO You dumb mutha fuckas, that's all Madonna has EVER done. She has never had an original idea her entire fucking career !! She has copied and stolen her entire career and called all of it "reinvention". WRONG !! It's called borrowing without giving any verbal or written credit, aka.. STEALING Do your homework morons and check it out for yoursleves..

  81. 81

    What was MIA's last single? I forgot that bitch even existed… Gaga is an amazing artist in every way and MIA is just jealous because she will never be as successful as Lady Gaga! FUCK YOU MIA!

  82. 82

    LOL! I love M.I.A. That’s my girl. Finally, a REAL artist told it like it is about Gaga. M.I.A. hit the nail on the head with her comments.

  83. 83

    Why did she keep slamming Gaga when Gaga wasn't even mentioned in any of these questions?
    She is obviously jealous.
    No one even remembers M.I.A, the only thing people know her by is Paper Planes and where has that song gone?

  84. 84

    AGREE! Love her even more now.

  85. 85

    She's right. Gaga isn't doing ANYTHING new. She's recycling everything from the 80's! I mean, yeah, it's fun to laugh at her and see what retarded outfit she's wearing on any given day, but if she were a REAL artist with a REAL statement to make, wouldn't she make that statement within her music and not by wearing hideous, unoriginal clothes? Her music is generic pop fluff. No offense Perez, because we all know that's what makes the money, but it's not like she's changing music or being innovative. She's just dressing weird for attention and putting out the same crap every other "Big" female has put out for the last 30 years…

  86. 86

    They both suck! Listen to some Pink Floyd or Led Zeppelin if you wanna hear some real talent.

  87. 87

    hmmmm…very interesting! A few months ago you would NEVER have posted this story…nothing to put GAGME in bad light.

    Is this the beginning of your slow descent into "Lady CaCa hate"? Is she no longer returning your calls?? LMAO

  88. 88

    Think its funny that she thinks Lady Gaga is impersonated her, who does she think she is? She isn't even a household name yet, and secondly Gaga sounds nothing like her.

  89. 89

    She is exactly 100 % correct. There is nothing new about GaGa's music or her fashion for that matter. "Telephone" was supposed to be this risque daring video. All I saw was opportunistic product placement. If an Artist can't stand alone on their music they suck, all there is too it.

  90. 90

    I lost respect for M.I.A she sucks in the first place. yeah lady gaga knows piano, sings good and is a way better musician than mia crab will ever be.all mia does is sing same crab over and over. lady gaga has influences like every other artist and musician out there, so what. mia is a hater!! and lady gaga is a huge artist unlike mia.

  91. GIO says – reply to this


    OH THIS GIRL IS ON TARGET GAGA's opening for her concert was a rip off of Madonna's…but i think she rips Stefani off too NO SHE IS NOT AUTHENTIC!
    I like her but if she copies Madonna one more time!

    Same Directors, photographers etc. Same coned bra, same leotard…. COME ON PEOPLE WAKE UP!

    Madonna did this a long time ago! But thats ok…Madonna is tame now but for those who know her career…GAGA is a knock off and at least Madonna sand about issues and pushed buttons. GAGA sings about simple stuff and I guess thats why people like her…I like her stuff but it def doesn't make me think..Madonna's video's made you think, her support of the people off the normal but it always had a deep message.


  92. 92

    Shes right. I am also over seeing blatant advertising. Every fucking show I watch has some as if the commercials were not enough.

  93. 93

    It's funny how she just brings up GaGa, even though no one asked M.I.A. about her. The thing about GaGa's music is, it is what it is: pop music. It's supposed to be fun..who the hell wants to be preached to or listen to someone whine about how bad the world is?
    If it's recycled pop, so be it..who really is original out there anymore? Right now I'm loving some Florence + The Machine, and she's probably the most original thing out there in terms of what's going on in today's music, but, my God, I hear so much of Siouxsie Sioux, Bjork, Kate Bush, Annie Lennox in her sound, and I love it!!!
    And I wish everyone would stop referencing Madonna, as if she was ever original with her looks or music.

  94. faen says – reply to this


    When I first saw a picture of Lady Gaga I thought that her music would be completely different. I thought it would be more experimental like Peaches or Chicks on Speed. I have to say that I was really let down when I realised that her music sounded pretty much like any boring pop chart music out there. I do think Lady Gaga is a great singer and performer, and I love her style, but I am not very fond of her music. Anyone can wear a crazy outfit and look experimental, and therefore gain lots of attention aka publicity. However if you took those visuals away and focused just on the music is it really that special anymore?

    M.I.A. is completely original and has her own sound, which I love. She is not afraid to experiment with her music and push boundaries like Peaches and Bjørk.

  95. 95

    It annoys me that when one artist is critical of another they're just labelled as 'jealous'. Is it so bad to make some valid points about the nature of Gaga's success without immediately being branded as such? I think M.I.A. is right here. The alien persona doesn't match the completely banal music.

  96. 96

    She's right on a few points and especially the fact that Gaga's music is a bad production, sounding like 20 years ago Ibiza's music…

  97. 97

    so true, there is absolutely nothing progressive about gagas music. people who think shes original because of the way she dresses are retards. rock stars and pop stars have been dressing like freaks since way back (david bowie, gene simmons, kriss kross). its part of their job. that said, gaga still makes some pretty good music (assuming shes the one making it)

  98. 98

    I agree 100%.. GaGa is more like CaCa..

  99. Genn says – reply to this


    I love Mia, but it's really tacky to shit talk people in your interviews. You're not Liam Gallagher.

    That's one thing I like about Gaga. She doesn't talk ill about others.
    Even when Christina talked shit on her, she was like, "I'm going to send this bitch flowers".

  100. 100

    Wow…she makes 3 unsolicited mentions of Lady Gaga in this excerpt alone. Even if what's she's saying is true–and a lot of it isn't–that's just really trashy and pathetic. Namedropping other artists just comes across as insecure and petty.

    MIA's work garners enough attention on it's own; her & her producer don't have to start call out names–be they Rihanna or Lady Gaga–and starting stupid beefs to get publicity. It's transparent and sad.

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