M.I.A. Slams Labelmate Lady GaGa!



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├óΓé¼Γäós probably how they├óΓé¼Γäóre 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├óΓé¼Γäót know. Again, there├óΓé¼Γäós Lady Gaga – people say we├óΓé¼Γäóre 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├óΓé¼Γäós 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├óΓé¼Γäós not progressive, but she├óΓé¼Γäós a good mimic. She sounds more like me than I fucking do! That├óΓé¼Γäós a talent and she├óΓé¼Γäós got a great team behind her, but she├óΓé¼Γäós the industry last stab at making itself important – saying, ├óΓé¼╦£You need our money behind you, the endorsements, the stadiums├óΓé¼Γäó Respect to her, she├óΓé¼Γäós 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!!!!!

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[Image via AP Images.]

Apr 7, 2010 12:52pm PDT