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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. 101

    If you dont like Gaga and you dont like perez dont get on here.

  2. 102

    Re: giorgio85 – Post # 74.. So what if she calls and her fans call themselves little monsters. You Hagdonna freaks call her "Queen". IMHO that's just as stupid..

  3. 103

    After what she said about GaGa I had to listen to her music. First of all M.I.A.? WTF is that discriptive of? missing in action? I guess so. She decided to be a baby mama, missed out on creating art instead and now she wants to put down someone who hopped on the train and is going full blast and doing great. Hey M.I.A., millions of people aren't wrong. It's your CANNED music that's all the same. Every single one of your songs begins the same way. You stuttering some sound over canned music. You're just putting GaGa down trying to make yourself feel better while you're changing diapers.

  4. mw says – reply to this


    TOTALLY RIGHT! well said. gaga is all smoke and mirrors.

  5. 105

    Couldn't agree more with M.I.A.
    When u look at GaGa, she looks amazing and cool.. so naturally you expect some amazing, cool music from her.. but.. it's not… It actually sounds like everything else on the radio. Such a shame, another disappointment to the music industry.. We haven't had a revolutionary artist in years.. I miss the good old dayyyys:(

  6. 106

    Re: BbyBluThghHghs – She's one of the biggest artist right now. She not been out long enough to be relevant. She went from creative to weird. Everything she does these days is for attention and product placement. It's silly.

  7. 107

    Thats exactly the problem with lady gaga. Her image is what she is. Not her music. her music is as generic as they come.

  8. 108

    She wasn't asked about Gaga ONCE…and she brought up her name THREE fucking times? It's a little sad and pathetic to see an artist this talented dropping names just for a little attention. Bitch needs to work on her own self before bashing artists who are achieving shitloads of more success.

  9. 109

    Im beyond ecstatic! Reading this finally let ppl see what Gaga is. Nothing but a fame and money hungry whore.

    TEAM M.I.A. all the way!

  10. 110

    MIA is the fuckin truth!!!!!! I agree with her!

  11. 111

    Re: Gary78

    I could care less about Madonna, by the way you are not one to criticize, you like Mariah Carey, your taste is horrendous.

  12. 112

    I can't agree with her, but I can see where she is coming from.

    Also, M.I.A. is TRUELY doing something original and crazy with her music. I wouldn't even define it at hip-hop or electronic or whatever. She's so eclectic that she defies classification.

  13. 113

    Re: giorgio85 – "Every interview she is hailing herself as the next Madonna or Bowie or whatever!"

    I've watched enough gaga interviews to know that she's never said that. Gaga doesn't walk around thinking she's the next big thing, her fans do.
    Instead she credits them for helping her become who she is, so don't even try that.

  14. 114

    I think she's made me like her a lot less. Sour grapes, anyone? She's had one fucking hit. One. And that's been 2 years ago. And didn't some man write it for her? That record producer she's fucking who grabbed the sample from that old obscure Clash song? There's no there, there. She's a one-trick puppet who's just a front. I'll give her bonus points for staying in the public eye for so long with nothing on the radio , though.

  15. 115


  16. 116

    i think she's right. gaga's music is not that great. just recycled pop music.

  17. 117

    She needs to feel that she wasn't forgotten. MIA's been away for a little while and GaGa's been BLOWING up the charts. It's always been a tactic to attack someone more popular than you in the industry simply to get noticed.

  18. 118

    Really you shouldn't say bad things about gaga or the gay gays will end your career faster then paper planes radio stent!

  19. 119

    agree with mia, still, i can't get enough of gaga…

  20. 120

    It's always a bit weird when other musicians jump on Gaga, idk.
    She never said shit about anybody, and I respect her for that. She seems harmless. And I'm not even that huge of a fan.

  21. 121

    oh and by the way can anyone really even understand your music!

  22. 122

    ugh! She couldn't have said it better! She took the words right out of my mouth!

  23. brock says – reply to this


    JEALOUS! Ga Ga ROCKS!!!!!

  24. Aries says – reply to this


    BITCH only WISHES she were GAGA!!!

  25. 125

    I am both a M.I.A. fan and Lady Gaga fan. I was a M.I.A. fan before I was a Lady Gaga fan. Lady Gaga used to be original (before The Fame Monster), and then she just became another Madonna/Grace Jones wannabe that sings 20 year old Ibiza music. Lady Gaga has a great team, but like M.I.A. said, she needs to have input (at least 70%). M.I.A. gave her props for having this creative team that is so active, and that is great - it keeps people working in the industry. M.I.A. creates a different kind of music that is not like music today. She probably has 90% creative control. Although, I think it was wrong for M.I.A. to "bash" Lady Gaga, who happens to also be on Interscope.

    Final Line: Lady Gaga is a "liberator" that used to make wonderful music, but abandoned her David Bowie lightning bolts and disco-ball bras, and now is just another wannabe. Don't get me wrong, I still like her.
    Maybe M.I.A. is jealous because Lady Gaga came onto the scene less than a year later, and that's why I think there's so much hate for Gaga (but that's another story). M.I.A. should apologize quickly, or else something bad is going to happen.
    I'm not saying my argument is correct, but it is not from a bias view.
    I will like M.I.A. and Lady Gaga no matter what, unless they become vampires that steal candy from little children, and make music that sounds like Mick Jagger swallowing breast milk.

  26. 126

    Re: giorgio85 – Post #111 So what if I like Mariah Carey I didn't bring her up. You brought Madonna up. Whether people like Mariah's music or voice is pointless, she has strong talented vocals and is an excellant song writer.. Madonna on the other hand STEALS music ideas and acutall cuts and cannot sing to save her life. Britney's voice is as strong as Madonnas. Poor thing.

  27. 127

    hahahaha JELOUS MUCH? HAHAHA

  28. 128

    LOL MIA had one hit, about selling drugs, which wouldnt even have been a hit in the USA if someone hadnt swiped the chorus which THEY MISTAKENLY TRANSLATED… Its: NO ONE ON THE CORNER HAS SWAG LIKE US…
    SWAG which means a big stash as in dope!! and now the STOOPID YANKS think its swagguh?? meaning style?? wtf where did that come from?

  29. 129

    Anyone who has seen Lady GaGa's live show will agree that everything MIA says about her is a LIE. If you don't like GaGa it's because you don't get her fashion, her music, her persona, whatever that's your problem… people love to hate what they don't understand. Lady GaGa is one of the most genuine artists I've seen in my lifetime, she is a fantastic role model for people, she shows that it's good to be different and promotes nothing but LOVE and EQUALITY.. unlike MIA who seems to promote HATE maybe it's M.I.A went MIA…
    Love a little monster x

  30. 130

    Also, when I went to the Monster Ball, I noticed that Lady Gaga was trying to be M.I.A. on her People vs. Money Tour (I saw both concerts).

  31. 131

    I loved MIA but she just pissed me off

  32. 132

    Who are you MIA! No one knows you in Latin America, So much jelously is blocking your mind little girl!

  33. 133

    MIA took the words right outta my mouth. The only thing I truly respect about Gaga is her success…how long it lasts is another story. TEAM MIA!!!

  34. 134

    we'll let record sales can speak for itself. MIA will never come close to selling as many records as Gaga. Gaga is an amazing talent. She sings live, plays the piano, and is an amazing performer. even if they're not fans of gaga, they're enamored as they watch her perform every time. as for MIA, she's a one hit wonder. paper planes is the only song i've ever heard from her.

  35. 135

    Never heard of M.I.A, she sounds a jealous bitch though.

  36. 136

    I am so sick of the whole "Gaga's music doesn't reflect her image" Isn't that the point?

    Why don't people get this? She never presented her music as groundbreaking. In fact, I'm pretty sure she's said on several occasions that her music is just FUN POP. Neither has she said her image is groundbreaking. What she has presented as groundbreaking is her image paired with fun pop.

    I remember her saying something about how disliking pop doesn't make you cool, but if you like pop it doesn't mean you have to conform to a 'normal' image.

  37. 137

    gaga is fuckngstupid

  38. 138

    I don't know how a person can't be annoyed by the product placement Gaga has given in to. It's gross and completely not artistic which is what Gaga blathers on about. M.I.A is just stating the obvious.

  39. 139

    Re: LauraLuvGaga – Actually, CaCa can suck herself. Honestly, she can suck her own dick. She has one, did you know that?

  40. 140

    TEAM MIA BITCHES!!!! I couldn't of said it better. lots of loves for MIA

  41. 141

    sorry but who the hell is MIA? i've never even heard of her?

  42. 142

    Oh please, M.I.A might offer "original" music, but its crap no one wants to hear. I remember when her stupid song came out, I hated it… It was repetitive, stupid and booooooring… I don't know who she thinks she is, but she is clearly just jealous of GaGa's success. And so what if she models herself after Madonna, God I think modeling yourself after one of the MOST successful artists in history isn't a bad thing. And she does bring something new to music, she cares about her fans, she's creative and she is different. Get over yourself M.I.A you're a nobody!

  43. 143

    There may be jealousy, but I have to agree with M.I.A.
    One thing she has going for her is that she has herself to thank for her image, unlike Gaga who has a huge team that is responsible for the Gaga image.

  44. 144

    That was hardly a diss. Both are powerhouses in their own fields, so chill. M.I.A. is superb.

  45. 145

    Gag me sucks the big one. GaGaLupe… sounds like she just swallowed.

  46. 146

    perez agrees with anybody who is gay and disagrees wit anybody whos not. plains and simple

  47. 147

    M.I.A. is crap! I just don't understand why people would want to buy her 'music'.

  48. 148

    How many #1 does MIA have? Oh! ZERO!
    How many #1 does LADY GAGA have? TWO in The US and FOUR in The UK!
    Lady Gaga is more loved than MIA (and GAGA has more n1 than MIA in the country where MIA come from!)

  49. 149

    From what I can see, I don't think this was supposed to be about Gaga but ended up to be. As far as originality goes, who cares? It's 2010, how are you supposed to be "original" when so many have come before you. I like both of their music, but yes, there is a difference between the two. Half of us didn't know who MIA was until Pineapple Express came out and everyone wanted to know "what song that was" and then there's Lady Gaga. Talk about not plugging your music. There is a difference. One wants to call people out for reasons unknown, could it really be jealousy? And the other just does her thing.

  50. 150

    TEAM GAGA!!! MIA is a one hit wonder.. and her one hit wasn't even that good. Gaga is the first person in history to hit 1 billion hits on Youtube, she has also become more famous than most other singers in one year than it took them a lifetime to do. MIA is so jealous it is embarassing! If I liked her a little bit in the past… this statement has just now made me not like her at ALL. Ga Ga all the way!!!

  51. losky says – reply to this


    mia needs to say mia. and keep her opinion to herself. no music is original anymore. look back ten years or more and there is someone who was just like mia singing the same shit she did. just now different package. same with lady gaga. lady gaga fully admits that she is a take on bowie, grace jones but she puts all that with a lady gaga bow on top. literally. she must not listen to her music because her music matches her entirely. she sings about teeth, monsters, love, sex, addiction, bad romance, loving the ugly in people. its pop music with a hidden darker message in the background, thats gaga. she doesnt pretend to be anything else but someone who wants to make pop music but through that pop music have a message. and all gaga fans know the burger and the cell phone in the video was all to poke fun of media. nothing she does is meant to be really the way it seems. there is always a message behind it.

  52. 152

    I love M.I.A. but gurl, Gaga's music allows her to make those statements with her image. She's using widely accepted pop music as a platform to slyly get accepted into fame culture then she parodies it. If Gaga's music was as controversial as some of her outfits, then she'd be M.I.A. — and less popular. Gaga's a bigger tricksters than Maya, in my opinion.

    Come on, she's a completely different avenue of music. (BUT I do agree Gaga is more of the same. Gah, I'm so conflicted with this!)

  53. 153

    M.I.A who?

  54. 154

    100% true statements there.

  55. 155

    LMAO AT THIS HOE. makes one decent song (paper planes) goes into retirement, has a kid and then comes out of "retirement" with an ego like this!! i like her music but they aren't masterpieces. why do people feel the need to bash gaga just to get a bit of attention!! just goes to show, bitches love gaga so they feel the need to talk about here. gaga is making more fans as each days go, and also bringin in the paper!!! GO GAGA!!

  56. 156

    Re: dreaming_aloud – Because people have ears and good taste, something you lack, dummy.

    In all honesty, MIA supercedes Gaga in the grand scheme of things. She's much more credible with conscious-music indie crowd, and her albums are game changers and progressive, and I'm sure the next one will be killer as well. That's not to take away from Gaga being the superstar force that she is in the pop field. So I don't see how people can be on any "teams".

  57. 157

    I agree with MIA


  58. 158

    Re: chlyn – how she jealous , bitch has more awards than gaga

  59. 159

    haha she does have a point.

  60. 160

    Re: rnbprince16 – how has madonna given anything musically creative geez these gaga fans dont have the shit to back up any of these comments

  61. 161

    I am thinking MIA has a tour/album comming out soon and wanted to make herself relevant by talking about the best commercial success in the industry right now. Love or hate GAGA, she is a marketing genius, I live in England and not a day goes by without a Lady GAGA reference on tv, a magazine even clubs and shops play her music. I do think that she is risking over saturation though, there is going to be a lot of pressure to produce a good follow up album and reinvent herself.

  62. 162

    Gaga is famous because people are sheep and easily led.

  63. 163

    Re: Your-mama – SO TRUE!!! the LAST revolutionary artist was kurt cobain and that was 20 years ago… you know the music industry is fucked up when someone like CaCa it's succesful… and wtf is little monters??? o retarded…

  64. 164

    Re: gagalover4ever – are you in fucking grade school it's called a opinion, deal with it.

  65. 165

    people are such tit babies nowadays, mia tells the absolute truth and people who can't handle it call her a name or say shes just jealous, grow up sheeple.

  66. 166

    So before the entire blogosphere tears me apart, let me preface my comment by saying that I actually like Lady Gaga. Her music and costumes are really fun, I thoroughly enjoy dancing to her catchy beats, and she's clearly got a great voice. That being said, I think M.I.A. has some really valid points. Firstly, I don't think she's just randomly speaking out against Gaga. They have been compared in the media LOADS, and she's just expressing why she doesn't think the comparison makes much sense.

  67. 167

    I love MIA and I think she's seriously talented and creative and spot on about Lady GaGa. However, I think we need performers like Lady GaGa to appeal to the mass market. Let's face it, a female Sri Lankan/British artist will not necessarily appeal to your average Joe or Jane in average America. How many people in America even know where Sri Lanka is? Or understand the political messages in her lyrics? The value of Lady GaGa is that she is out of the box enough to make people think but in the box enough so that they can understand where she's coming from. Plus I think Lady GaGa works her a$$ off and she's been a great support to the Gay Community.

  68. 168

    finally somebody who isnt stuck up gagas ass in the music biz. she always so caught up in her weirdness that she cant see her music is so forgetable. if you took away her whole gimmick, and she just sang and dance nobody would watch, its to mediocre.

  69. 169

    MIA FTW!

  70. 170

    Re: YUCK

    Thank You

  71. dukie says – reply to this


    Shes' s right, Gaga's music remind me of the 90's in my favorite Belgian techno Club. She does need all the costumes to make up for the lack of originality in her music!

  72. 172

    agree.Lady Gaga Tries so hard to look and act different but her music os all of the same.. Its Pop music, pop songs.. Aint Nothing Special about it.. Not like its something people havent heard before.. So annoying when people think shes sooo Different .. Yeh SHE is different but her music is all the same.. BLAH BLAH BOO.. But yeh i like her songs.. And i laugh at her style.. so its all good ..

  73. 173

    Lady Ga Ga = "20-year-old Ibiza music". Truer words never spoken.

  74. 174

    Re: BabyPink_FL – FYI MIA just finished recording an album that will be out in the summer. When is gaga gonna record another album? Oh never because she is milking this one way too much.
    I didnt know giving an interview equals not taking care of your child?

    MIA is right and you all know it. YOu are just too fooled by what Ryan Seacrest forces down your throat.

    Her words of how weird she is are only words.

  75. 175

    M.I.A. is right. creative wise lady gaga is shameful, her look is great but it doesn't support her music. Musically she does sound like madonna and back in the 80's and 90's critic's put down madonna's music as being the same as gaga's today. Madonna became popular because of her club status and marketing and recreating herself. so in a sense lady gaga = madonna

  76. 176

    Songs about burgers? No wonder Perez is such a fan.

  77. 177

    Secondly, M.I.A. is totally right about the move toward DIY in the music industry!! Now with in the internet, myspace/web pages, social media/viral marketing, the need for being signed to a huge label is becoming less and less important to artists who want to maintain the integrity of their work and personal style. Also, I totally agree with her comment about Lady Gaga not being as "weird" as she dresses. Again, her costumes are GREAT performance pieces, but there's something odd to me about people who dress themselves up to seem "interesting" than they might actually be.

  78. 178

    oh shit… she dissed Lady Gaga AND Twilight? her ass is OVER!
    i'll be expecting an apology soon…

  79. 179

    i totally fucking AGREE!!!! Go MIA! Gaga is a fucking HACK. I couldn't BELIEVE it when I saw how much "product placement" was going on in her fucking video… seriously? How "progressive" and "weird" is that?? It's boring as hell, and it's total manipulative bullshit. She's just a chick with a good shtick - and nothing more. I mean REALLY - waling around with a tea cup????? HOW TRULY BIZARRE! ***BARF***

  80. 180

    M.I.A. who? Never heard of her and thankfully never heard her obviously lame music.

  81. 181

    It's true! Gaga gets more credit than she deserves. People act like Lady Gaga is original, but everything she does reflects Grace Jones and Madonna.

  82. 182

    Who's Mia??…. I've never heard of her… Anyways GAGA rocks she's here to stay, regarless of so many haters like her.

  83. 183

    I agree.
    And Pokerface was genius, now when she tries harder she's strangely enough becoming more and more mainstream. Too bad.

  84. 184

    OH wait one hit wonder…. MiA??? LOL

  85. 185

    Re: tateration2 – Nope Gaga is not a whack. Seems to me that the people who love to bash on Gaga usually are the ones who have zero imagination and creativity and wouldn't know it if it smacked them right in the face. Say what you want about her.. but she will continue to be brilliant and kind to her fans and fucking talented, and will also continue to pump out the hot albums…. and nothing you will say will change that fact! :)

  86. 186

    Re: Gary78

    I don't call anyone a Queen, I could give a flying fuck about what the celebrities think,(I respect what everyone does, I don't care if they are making music or babysitting) they are just people, nothing special. So they are famous, who gives a shit. I can make up my own opinion, I don't need to worship Gaga, Mariah, etc. like a blind puppy dog. I don't like Gaga so sue me and no Gaga is not original, she is a mimic. A puppet, look at the way she use to dress when she was a nobody(I will give you a hint, she was not wearing dead lobsters on her head). She is a fake, a product and I do not respect some 24 year old drug addict who use to strip at some New York dump.

  87. 187

    mia is just jealous because she looks like a fugly MAN and the entire world loves gaga with its whole little monster heart

  88. 188

    Who gives a f*ck, THEY BOTH SMELL LIKE KIPPERED 'SNATCH' and lack even the slightest talent. ANYTHING, obviously, to get attention. It's sad that "music" has come to this sh*t!

    Christina Aguilera (real artist): PLEASE DON'T TELL US YOU'RE GONNA REPEAT THEIR SH*T!!!! Save us!!!!!

  89. 189

    SARDINE SISTAHS! They both stink to high heaven!

  90. 190

    I agree 100%. Gaga is fun, but, hasnt really tapped into the "craft". She's just really commercial and catchy. Like a commercial jingle is.

  91. 191

    Re: giorgio85 – PREACH IT, SISTAH! You're right on the money, honey!

  92. 192

    oy, these people just comment in order to have 15 mins of fame, ask around the world "who is M.I.A.?" and "who is Lady GaGa"? i know we all know the answer to that…

  93. 193

    Re: Daizx3
    You are wrong!

    Quote by Gaga, “I guess I don’t view myself as outrageous– that’s not the intention. It’s to be more and more original.”

    "I think what Madonna and I share is that we are both fearless," GaGa confesses. "We both have a lot of nerve."

    "We're both Italian-American women, we both started out in the New York underground scene - and we both became famous when we dyed our hair blonde," she observes.

    Gaga also said that she is going to be bigger than Madonna.

    I don't care about Madonna but for a girl who has been famous for exactly 15 minutes to call herself original and to say she will be bigger than an artist who has been in the industry breaking records for three decades is delusional and down right disrespectful.

  94. 194

    Set me as a seal upon thine heart, as a seal upon thine arm: for love is as strong as death but jealousy is cruel as the grave: the coals thereof are coals of fire, which has a most vehement flame. (Sol. 8:6)

  95. SF90 says – reply to this



  96. MUNON says – reply to this


    Everybody thinks the same, but Perez

  97. 197

    Im sorry MIA whos the one hit wonder the only song you made was about smuggling drugs over the border. Lady Gaga is queen bee of course your jealous bitch.

  98. 198

    no disrespect to GAGA she is awesome but i completely agree with M.I.A. GAGA is unoriginal shes more just show then art if you think about it….and im pretty sure none of what M.I.A. said had anything to do with GAGA being gay….but i mean idk shes alright i cant say that m.i.a is phenomenal her self but she does make a good point.

  99. 199

    M.I.A is right. Gaga's music is not innovative. Gaga's "crazy outfits" have overshadowed any talent she has.

  100. 200

    MIA wishes for the same record sales as Gaga….just a case of the green eyed monster…get over it, MIA…GaGa is BETTER THAN YOU! Nobody cares about your shit!

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