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NFL Set To File $16.6 Million Lawsuit Against M.I.A. Over Super Bowl Performance

3/18/2014 6:59pm EDT
NFL Set To File $16.6 Million Lawsuit Against M.I.A. Over Super
The National Football League (NFL) is demanding a payment of $16.6 million from singer/rapper M.I.A. for a rude gesture she made during the live halftime show of the 2012 Super Bowl.

M.I.A., real name Mathangi Arulpragasam, joined Madonna and Nicki Minaj on stage for mere minutes during the debut performance of Madonna's single "Give Me All Your Luvin'" during the show and gave the middle finger to the camera at the end of her rap segment n the song, foregoing the lyric "sh*t" by replacing it with the finger.

The NFL initially filed a $1.5 million lawsuit against the 38-year-old singer fo...

Miley Cyrus Gets 'Rolling $tone' Tattooed On Her Feet, Amanda Bynes Mentally Unfit For Court, M.I.A. Vs. NFL

9/25/2013 10:00am EDT
Miley Cyrus Rolling Stone foot tattoos
Miley Cyrus landed the cover of the new issue of Rolling Stone magazine, and during her interview she had the words "Rolling $tone" tattooed on the bottom of her feet. The singer tweeted a photo of the new ink, which she said was quite painful in the interview. She also referred to pal Justin Bieber as having the mentality of a 12-year-old. (story)

Rapper M.I.A. has launched an unusual attack on the National Football League (NFL), accusing bosses of sexual exploitation. The singer has been under fire from the league over giving the middle finger during her performance with Madonna at the 2...

19 Celebrities Who Are Older Than You Think

9/24/2013 4:11pm EDT
19 Celebrities Who Are Older Than You Think
Some stars are blessed with youthful looks: would you believe Jim Parsons is 40? Other stars are blessed with youthful roles: we've seen Tom Welling as a young Clark Kent for so long it's hard to believe he's 36.

Speaking of superheroes, Andrew Garfield was able to pull off a believable high school-aged Peter Parker despite being 28 at the time. He's now 30 and looks like he'll play the role just fine once more. Perhaps his girlfriend Emma Stone, who is 6 years his junior, adds to his youthful appearance!

Here are some more celebrities who are older than you think...

Perhaps it's be...

M.I.A. Accuses NFL Honchos Of Sexual Exploitation

9/24/2013 12:33pm EDT
English-Sri Lankan rapper M.I.A. has launched an unusual tirade against the National Football League (NFL) bosses, accusing them of "corporation d**k-shaking" and sexual exploitation.

The Paper Planes singer is locked in a contentious legal battle after NFL chiefs filed a lawsuit against her for flipping her middle finger during her televised performance with Madonna at the 2012 Super Bowl.

They are demanding $1.5 million for breach of performance contract, but earlier this month M.I.A. hit back through her lawyers, branding the case "ridiculous".

Now, she has posted a video online sh...

NFL Still Fighting M.I.A. Over Super Bowl Middle Finger

9/19/2013 3:07pm EDT
After a year and a half, the NFL is still in a legal battle with rapper M.I.A. for giving the finger to 167 million television viewers during the 2012 Super Bowl.

Madonna was the big star during the halftime show, and she invited M.I.A. and Nicki Minaj to sing "Give Me All Your Luvin." During the song, M.I.A. flipped the bird while mouthing, "I don't give a s---."

Madonna told MTV afterward, "I was really surprised. I didn't know anything about it. I wasn't happy about it. I understand it's punk rock and everything, but to me there was such a feeling of love and good energy and positivity...

M.I.A. Drops a Single Without Label’s Permission

8/22/2013 11:24am EDT
M.I.A. has reportedly dropped a single without the permission from her label, Interscope. Being that they are waiting to drop her new album, she decided to do some music-droppin’ herself and now the single can be found online!

A source said the hip hop princess got tired of waiting for her label to release her new album, MATANGI and decided to release a song herself, owning the tweet she posted earlier this month:

If interscope takes longer i can always leak this next week and make a new one by the time they are ready.

— M.I.A (@MIAuniverse) August 9, 2013

You can bet to hear more n...

Kid Cudi Creates Beck's Beer's New Label

6/24/2013 2:48pm EDT
Kid Cudi
Kid Cudi has turned artist to design a German beer company's latest label.

The 29 year-old rapper teamed up with bosses at Beck's brewery to create a piece of artwork which will be printed on the range's 12-ounce bottles throughout the summer.

Real name Scott Mescudi, says, "I haven't really done any design work outside of my albums (covers), so I took this opportunity to kind of tap into my creative side and do something cool, you know, that was another expression of me."

His label features a simplified image of the solar system and Mescudi admits the project helped him get back in t...

M.I.A.'s 'Mathangi' Delayed Until April

1/7/2013 6:03pm EST
Rapper M.I.A. was forced to re-work her upcoming album because record label bosses were worried the new music sounded "too positive".

The hip-hop star - real name Mathangi Arulpragasam - finished work on her new record last year, but she was ordered to go back to the studio and make some drastic changes.

She says, "It's due in April... and I'm still working on it. I thought I'd finished it. I finished it and then I handed the record in, like a couple of months ago... At the moment, I've been told it's too positive. So we're having a bit of an issue at the label.

"They're like 'You nee...

The Top 10 Celebrity Twitter Feuds Of 2012

12/12/2012 12:07pm EST
Kim Kardashian and Jon Hamm
There have been celebrity feuds since there have been celebrities, but before the rise of social media these feuds were held through snappy comments in magazines and newspapers. Now, with the popularity of Twitter, millions can watch their favorite celebrities duke it out in real-time! These are the Top 10 Celebrity Twitter Feuds of 2012!

Jon Hamm vs Kim Kardashian

This petty feud started when Hamm told Elle in an interview, “Whether it’s Paris Hilton or Kim Kardashian or whoever, stupidity is certainly celebrated. Being a f—ing idiot is a valuable commodity in this culture because you’re...

From Apple To Zowie: The Craziest Celebrity Baby Names

10/21/2012 3:14pm EDT
Ashlee Simpson
Uma Thurman and her French financier boyfriend Arpad Busson revealed the name of their newborn baby girl this week, and the tot's title is a mouthful.

Not content with the typical first/middle/last -- or in this case hyphenated last -- name, the little girl surely has a challenging future ahead of her when it comes to filling out any types of forms.

The couple named their three-month-old Rosalind Arusha Arkadina Altalune Florence Thurman-Busson. Where they got her nickname, "Luna," from is a mystery; but their rep says each name has a special reason and meaning.

But Uma and Arpad -- who ...

M.I.A. Teams Up With Wikileaks Boss Julian Assange For New TV Show

4/14/2012 3:37pm EDT
Outspoken hip-hop star M.I.A. has recorded music for controversial WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's new TV show.

The Paper Planes hitmaker has collaborated with Assange for his upcoming The World Tomorrow news show.

The first episode of the series will air on the Russian network RT on April 17 and will also be available online.

The show will come from Assange's home in England, where he has been under house arrest since last spring awaiting a High Court decision regarding his extradition to Sweden - where prosecutors want to question him for alleged sex crimes.

M.I.A. revealed she was...

M.I.A. Urges Fans To Watch Documentary About Sri Lanka's Secret War

3/15/2012 10:25pm EDT
Hip-hop star M.I.A. is urging fans to tune into a hard-hitting new British documentary about the secret war between Sri Lankan government forces and the country's Tamil people.

The singer is a longtime Tamil activist and she's a big fan of the new Channel 4 special, Killing Fields, which debuted in the U.K. on Wednesday.

The broadcast is now available online - and M.I.A. wants the world to see what is really happening in Sri Lanka, and why she is so determined to stop it.

In a series of tweets, she writes, "2009 MAYA LP was born out of this frustration > i was pregnent (sic) and was expo...

Madonna Extends Her Top 10 Chart Record

2/16/2012 8:15pm EST
Madonna has extended her record run of top 10 hits in the U.S. thanks to the success of the new track she debuted onstage at the Super Bowl half-time show.

"Give Me All Your Luvin'", which features rappers M.I.A. and Nicki Minaj, has entered the Billboard Hot 100 top 10 - the 38th time the pop superstar has found herself there.

She now has four more top 10 hits under her belt than the Beatles - and 10 more than Michael Jackson and Stevie Wonder.

Meanwhile, it's a great week for the girls in the countdown - Kelly Clarkson's "Stronger" scores a second week at number one, Adele stays put at...

Madonna: 'I Let The Giants & Patriots Open Up For Me'

2/10/2012 8:01pm EST
Madonna had to fight back tears as she performed her pop classic "Like A Prayer at" the Super Bowl last weekend after becoming "overwhelmed" by the "love" and "support" she received from sports fans at the Indianapolis, Indiana stadium.

The Queen of Pop staged a star-studded 12-minute spectacular during half-time, with special guest appearances by Nicki Minaj, M.I.A., LMFAO and Cee Lo Green, but Madonna admits her emotions almost got the best of her as she was joined by the "Forget You" hitmaker and an 80-strong choir for a rendition of "Like A Prayer."

During a radio interview with DJ Ry...

Madonna Calls M.I.A.'s Obscene Gesture During The Super Bowl A 'Teenager, Irrelevant Thing To Do'

2/10/2012 5:00pm EST
Pop superstar Madonna was not impressed with rapper M.I.A. flipping her middle finger during her Super Bowl set last weekend, branding the move childish and "irrelevant".

The Material Girl's halftime spectacular, which was watched by 111.3 million people in the U.S., was marred by M.I.A.'s obscene gesture, prompting officials from both TV network NBC and the National Football League to issue statements apologising to viewers.

Now Madonna has addressed the controversy, confessing she was unaware of the British rapper's stunt and only found out about it as she was leaving the stadium in Ind...

M.I.A.'s Fiance Dismisses Split Reports

2/9/2012 9:00pm EST
The fiance of rapper/singer M.I.A. has brushed off rumours the couple has split, criticizing the media for reporting "unfounded gossipy nonsense."

The "Paper Planes" hitmaker, who notoriously flipped her middle finger during her Super Bowl performance with Madonna last weekend, was alleged to be living a separate life from her longtime love Benjamin Bronfman, the father of her son Ikhyd.

Earlier this week, editors from the New York Daily News reported the British star has been spending most of her time in her native London, while her billionaire businessman partner lives in the Big Apple....

M.I.A. Splits From Her Fiancé?

2/7/2012 11:25am EST
Rapper/singer M.I.A. has split from her longtime fiancé Benjamin Bronfman, according to a report.

The star, who is currently under fire for flipping her middle finger during her Super Bowl performance on Sunday, is reportedly living a separate life from the billionaire businessman, the father of her son Ikhyd, who was born in 2009.

According to the New York Daily News, the British singer is now spending most of her time in her native London, while Bronfman lives in the Big Apple.

A U.K. spokesman for M.I.A. had not responded to a request for comment as WENN went to press.

M.I.A., rea...

Madonna's Super Bowl Halftime Medley Is Most Talked About Subject On Twitter; Game Is Most Watched TV Broadcast In History

2/6/2012 10:19pm EST
Madonna's halftime show at Sunday's Super Bowl between the New York Giants and the New England Patriots was all the rage on Twitter as the Material Girl set a new record as the most tweeted about subject on the social networking site - with 10,245 posts per second!

The pop queen wowed sports fans and those watching the big game around the world with a spectacular half-time show, featuring appearances from LMFAO, Nicki Minaj, M.I.A. and Cee Lo Green.

The 12-minute medley kicked off with "Vogue," to which the singer was carried in on a huge gold throne by her dancers - all of them dressed a...

M.I.A. Under Fire From Parents Group Over 'Desperate' Act

2/6/2012 9:41pm EST
Officials at America's leading family decency group The Parents Television Council have blasted M.I.A. for showing her middle finger during Madonna's Super Bowl half-time performance on Sunday, calling the "Paper Planes" hitmaker "desperate" and "selfish" for her actions.

M.I.A. flipped the bird straight into a camera during the live performance of Madonna's new song "Gimme All Your Luvin'," causing outrage among watchdog groups.

TV executives and National Football League officials have already apologized to TV viewers for the split-second gesture, which censors failed to pick up, and now...

NBC Apologizes for M.I.A.'s 'Spontaneous' Middle Finger Gesture During Super Bowl Halftime Show

2/6/2012 7:53am EST
M.I.A. | Photo Credits: Christopher Polk/Getty Images
It wasn't a "wardrobe malfunction," but Super Bowl XLVI's halftime show managed to stir controversy. M.I.A., who participated in the halftime show headlined by Madonna, flipped off millions of viewers in a blink-and-you-missed-it moment during the performance of Madonna's new single "Give Me All Your Luvin.'" Click here to see a photo.

"We apologize for the inappropriate gesture that aired during...

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Madonna Releases Football-Themed Video For New Single 'Gimme All Your Luvin'' (Watch It); Super Bowl Halftime Set List Leaked

2/3/2012 12:00pm EST
Madonna's getting ready to take the stage at halftime of Super Bowl XLVI on Sunday with her latest single, "Gimme All Your Luvin'."

The Material Girl's new video features Nicki Minaj and M.I.A. as cheerleaders and a whole slew of football players in red & silver uniforms (did she think Ohio State would be in the big game?).

The singer's set list was reportedly leaked earlier this week, and the early word was that the halftime extravaganza would feature her new single (with appearances from Nicki Minaj and M.I.A.), along with "Ray of Light," "Vogue," "Music," and "Holiday."

But Madonna's ...

Blake Shelton & Miranda Lambert To Sing At Super Bowl

2/1/2012 8:55am EST
Blake Shelton & Miranda Lambert
Country couple Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert have been added to Sunday's official Super Bowl program.

The pair will sing "America the Beautiful" as part of the pre-game festivities at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

Lenny Kravitz will also perform before the big match between the New England Patriots and New York Giants, and Kelly Clarkson will belt out the National Anthem.

Madonna will perform at half-time and is expected to share the stage with Nicki Minaj, M.I.A., LMFAO and Cee Lo Green.

Madonna Channels Her 80's Self With Black Gown, Red Fingerless Lace Gloves

1/12/2012 10:00am EST
Madonna red glove
Madonna attended the "W.E." UK Premiere in London yesterday wearing a pretty black gown with an unusual accessory - a bright red lace glove.

The film, which Madonna directed, centers on a lonely woman's obsession with the relationship between King Edward VIII (James D'Arcy) and American divorcée Wallis Simpson (Andrea Riseborough).

The pop star recently confirmed the name of her new album - "M.D.N.A." It's set for release in March. "Gimme All Your Luvin'" - a track she recorded for the album with Nicki Minaj and M.I.A. - was leaked online in November.

Madonna Teaming Up With Nicki Minaj For Next Single?

10/28/2011 8:23am EDT
Madonna has reportedly enlisted rapper Nicki Minaj to help re-launch her music career.

The pop superstar put her music on hold to launch her Material Girl clothing line and direct her latest movie W.E., but was reportedly back in the studio over the summer recording new tracks.

Reports have now emerged suggesting Madonna has teamed up with Minaj and rapper M.I.A. to record a collaboration as her comeback track, according to New York Post gossip column Page Six.

The song is said to be called Give Me All Your Love and Madonna's new album is reportedly set for release in 2012.

Gnarls Barkley's 'Crazy' Named Best Song Of The 21st Century, So Far

6/20/2011 8:23am EDT
Gnarls Barkley
Gnarls Barkley's Crazy has been voted the best song of the first decade of the 21st century in a new expert poll.

Rolling Stone magazine editors asked 100 performers and music aficionados to name their favorite tune of the years 2000 to the end of 2009 and Gnarls Barkley's worldwide hit beat out Jay-Z's 99 Problems for the top slot.

Jay-Z also featured in Beyonce's Crazy in Love, which was voted third on the list.

Also in the top five were Outkast's Hey Ya! and Paper Planes by M.I.A.

Meanwhile, the remainder of the top 10 featured the White Stripes' 7 Nation Army, Maps by the Yeah Y...

M.I.A Breaks Leg

5/16/2011 8:46am EDT
Hip-hop star and activist M.I.A. is hobbling around at home after breaking her leg in a mysterious accident.

The newly-blonde hitmaker posted a photograph on her Twitter account, in which she's attempting to remove her young son's Playdoh from the sole of her leg brace.

She tweets, "When u stand up, 1st they break ur moral, then they break ur work, then ur leg , but the beauty in enduring is that u can endure more!"

Chris Brown Teaming Up With M.I.A.

4/21/2011 9:56am EDT
Chris Brown
Embattled singer Chris Brown is teaming up with rapper M.I.A. for an unlikely collaboration.

The Kiss Kiss hit-maker has been working to repair his reputation after a tantrum at the Good Morning America studios in New York in March and now he's set to stun fans by recording a track with outspoken hip-hop star M.I.A.

Record producer Polow Da Don revealed news of the odd couple's collaboration in a post on his page, writing: "In the lab wit (with) the great Chris Brown and the incredible M.I.A. Thank you dear lord! Blessed. F**k the devil. Can't stop. Won't stop."

Brown conf...

M.I.A. Asks Twitter Fans To Decide On Tattoo

1/26/2011 2:41pm EST
Hip-hop star M.I.A. is asking her Twitter fans to decide whether she should get a tattoo - she has vowed to ink a new piece of body art if she can gather 200,000 followers on the social-networking site.

The rapper was delighted when a female fan sent in a picture of herself displaying her fingers, which are inked with the words 'Born Free' - the title of M.I.A.'s 2010 song.

M.I.A. liked the tattoo so much, she has promised to get the same one done if she can pull in 200,000 Twitter followers.

In a post on the website, she writes, "Once we get 200,000 strong I'll get this tattoo!"


Who Had The Best Album Of 2010?

12/24/2010 4:00pm EST
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Kanye West's "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy" has topped another important end-of-year albums poll after landing the honor from Spin magazine's editors.

The acclaimed album was named the best of 2010 ahead of Deerhunter's "Halcyon Digest" and "The Suburbs" by Arcade Fire.

LCD Soundsystem's "This is Happening" and Jamey Johnson's "The Guitar Song" round out the Spin top five, while albums from M.I.A., Kid Cudi, Janelle Monae, Grinderman and Robyn make the top 10.

Lady Gaga Bites, 'Kills' Santa Clause (Video)

12/17/2010 5:00pm EST
Lady Gaga
Lady Gaga took to the stage recently and took a bite out of Santa Clause - a stuffed one, that is. The pop star declared, "I hate the holidays" as she destroyed the poor little doll. Check it out below!

Meanwhile, Gaga's meaty ensemble at this year's MTV Video Music Awards was lauded by Time magazine editors as the number one Fashion Statement of 2010.

She shocked fans at the September event when she donned a dress made from hide and cuts of meat, complete with a matching head piece and purse.

And Gaga's innovative dress has landed her on top of Time's annual countdown, beating weird ...