Friday, April 9, 2010

M.I.A. vs Lady Gaga Round 1... Ding Ding




In a recent interview with NME, M.I.A. calls Lady GaGa out for "being a good mimic", and having music videos chock full of product placement.

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.

What do you think of The X Factor [British equivalent of American Idol]?
Oh God, I'm so bored by it already, people need to get over it. X Factor shit's irrelevant. I'm more concerned by how someone like Kesha can so blatantly copy Uffie. Everyone's fine with it. Not a fucking lawsuit in sight.

Do you think those programmes and the internet have destroyed the mythology around popstars?
I don't know. Again, there'd 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's 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.

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