Can you guess the only thing Madonna hates more than hydrangeas? For the last time, nothing! That being said, it seems like M.I.A.’s Super Bowl middle finger stunt has also gotten stuck in Madge’s craw something fierce. “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 it seemed negative,” the singer complained to Ryan Seacrest‘s KIIS-FM show this morning. “It’s one of the those things, it’s such a teenager, irrelevant thing to do…there was such a feeling of love and unity there what was the point? It was just out of place.” Yeah, have some since of decorum, M.I.A.! You’re embarrassing LMFAO, the greased-up golden gladiators and the guy who bounces on a slackline junk-first!
Madonna echoed a similar sentiment on Carson Daly‘s radio show this morning, even getting into M.I.A.‘s personal apology. “I like her and you know I believe in people having individuality and I like her punk rock attitude,” Madonna said of the “Bad Girls” singer. “I know she feels bad…I accept her apology, but you know, I think she still has her head in the sand right now. I’m not sure,” she admitted. Man, imagine how peeved Madge would be if there had been a full-blown wardrobe malfunction. Wait a minute…we saw right up that slackline guy’s toga! SOMEONE SOUND THE ALARM! BRING US THE EYE BLEACH, QUICKLY!
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M.I.A.’s stars aren’t bringing her much luck currently. Or she’s not making her own luck, depending how you see it. First, the singer decided it would be OK to flip the bird at a camera during the halftime show at the Super Bowl. The backlash has been swift and acerbic, and she might even be responsible for any FCC fines imposed on NBC. So while her professional life is under some major scrutiny, it turns out that her personal life is as well. M.I.A. and her billionaire babydaddy fiance of a very long time, Benjamin Bronfman, have split up. We don’t use the term “billionaire” lightly as if it’s a Bruno Mars song. The dude really is the heir to a $2.5 billion Seagrams fortune. Sadly, M.I.A. — real name: Mathangi “Maya” Arulpragasam— and Benjamin also have a son, Ikhyd Edgar Arular Bronfman, together. He’ll be 3 this Saturday.
There are a couple of different stories doing the rounds as to why they’ve broken up. Some sources say it’s because she spends most of her time in London and Benjamin is left to do all the parenting, with his mother, philanthropist Sherry Bronfman, helping with her grandson. Another source alleges that M.I.A. “sometimes goes six weeks without seeing” Ikhyd. This just is a sad business all around. We hope that their baby boy doesn’t get dragged into this at all.
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All Hail Queen Madonna! How much more appropriate can you get considering her grand entrance at her incredible (seriously, mind-boggling) Super Bowl Halftime show took its cues from another legendary queen. The next photograph shall elaborate.
Walk like an Egyptian, bay-bee! Only Madge could take on the awesomeness that was Elizabeth Taylor‘s unforgetable entrance into Rome in the film Cleopatra. Come to think of it, Madonna’s entire performance reminded of us of all that is pop culture, old and new. Seriously guys, her fashion cues through the whole shebang — with guest spots by LMFAO, Cee-Lo Green, M.I.A and Nicki Minaj — reminded us of a couple things that hold a very high importance in entertainment graph. Don’t believe us? The Liz Taylor connection didn’t do it for you? Fine, then click after the jump. Read more…
That’s it. They’re probably going to have hymns or something at the next Super Bowl. While Madonna guaranteed no Janet Jackson-esque nipple slips at her show during halftime, she probably didn’t feel the need to add any more clauses to her promise. Like “My guests and I won’t flip the bird on national television” for instance. M.I.A, as you probably saw last night and as evidenced from the photograph above, decided to point her middle finger directly at the cameras during her performance with Queen Madge for “Give Me All Your Luvin’.”
While we’re having a giggle about it, we’d still like to pose a question to you. Did she cross the line here? Considering most families in the country were united in watching the show, did her conscious effort to be — what’s the word for it? — “rebellious” really turn you off? Or are the rules totally different for artists, especially since there was no nudity? Also, how do you think Madonna’s feeling about M.I.A. stealing some of the post-performance headlines today?
The only way we could be more psyched about the Super Bowl is….well, if we cared more about sports. But the other only way we would be more psyched is if Animal Planet‘s Puppy Bowl and Super Bowl merged into one adorable bowl. We say “only” because so far, this year’s game is looking pretty excellent. For example, early this week it was announced that both Cee Lo Green and LMFAO will allegedly be joining Madonna for her big half-time performance. Man, we wish we could have seen Madge’s face when she heard she had to perform next to RedFoo and SkyBlu; you know she hates giant shuffling hamsters. A few of other reasons to be excited come February that aren’t the Patriots or the Giants include:
- Ferris Bueller returns: Oooooooh yeaaaaaah! Yesterday we saw a sneak-peak of Matthew Broderick channeling his classic slacker role in a forthcoming Super Bowl ad, mostly likely for Honda. Just don’t let Cameron drive it, dude. Or lean on it. Or near it.
- Football pants: Have you seen them? They are truly some of the best pants. Top three pants of all time.
- Nicki Minaj: Self-explanatory, but listen to “Stupid Hoe” a few hundred times if you aren’t sure. Did we mention she will reportedly be joined by M.I.A. during the half-time show as well? It’s like a Puppy Bowl…for the ears!
- That 50 Cent Super Bowl bet: Admit it. If Curtis actually has the cojones tan grandes to tweet a photo of his bathing suit region if and when the Giants win, you are going to look at it. Do not lie to us.
Besides, that Puppy Bowl/Super Bowl thing isn’t ever going to happen anyway. What if someone stepped on a puppy? We would have to throw away TV. Not just ours. Like, all of it.
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TheFABlife has been at 2010′s Austin City Limits all weekend catching as many bands as possible and hanging out at backstage interviews with our colleagues at VH1. We thought about writing a serious review of the music fest, but we aren’t exactly a serious music blog. So we decided to write about something that every living human being with half a pulse cares about. Who’s the hot? Here’s our list, counting down to #1. Lest you think we’re only about objectifying the fairer sex, check back later to see our list of ACL’s Hottest Indie Rock Boys.
10. Kim Schifino of Matt & Kim
Sure, Kim Schifino has a great figure, a larger-than-life smile, bright eyes, and taut arms from years of banging on the drums. But what really makes Kim sexy is that nobody gets a party started like Matt & Kim, because they both put 100 percent into each and every moment of their shows. When Kim’s on stage, she comes across as the happiest girl in the world — and that’s just plain hot. This year at ACL was no exception. [Photos: Lisa Nola for VH1]
Hey M.I.A., your album tanked and your own producer said so. People kinda think you’re nuts because you morph into WTF-crazy lady on everyone from cute little Justin Bieber to Lady Gaga. You even went a bit batsh*t with the New York Times. We get it; you’re a lean, mean insult machine. But the reason why the world tolerated all the bile you tend to spew is because you actually have/had talent. We’re not so sure anymore and guess who you have to blame. Hint: it ain’t us.
Case in point: M.I.A was headlining the Hard NYC festival over the weekend and her grand show didn’t go exactly as planned. It’s kinda-sorta understandable that she was pissed because of sound problems. But, to be fair to the sound check guys… the singer pretty much tanked with or without their help. She also peaced out of her set early, pausing to – wait for it - spit on a photographer’s face.
And guess who was there to chronicle her disaster of a set? Her old pals from the New York Times. They ripped her apart, and you know what… she totally gave them reason to. Their review reads, “The set started with “Steppin Up,” with M.I.A. backed by about a dozen power drills as part of the rhythm track: noise triumphant. But M.I.A.’s vocals were often so buried in echo, and the bass so bloated, that her lyrics just became more of the din, and the songs that she segued together like a disc-jockey set were barely distinguishable. Instead of a barrage, it was a morass.”
She could possibly try to blame the NY Times for being biased, but what does she have to say about music forums, swarming with angry disappointed fans? One blog forum railed, “After enduring hours of sizzling heat in the rave-like atmosphere of the Hard NYC festival on Governors Island on Saturday, even hardcore MIA fans were scrambling for the first boat back to the city by the fifth song of an abysmal set that left concert goers puzzled, upset and even full of pity for what was once one of the brightest stars in world pop music.”
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With MIA‘s comments made a few months ago about how Justin Bieber‘s music videos are more “offensive” than her’s still fresh in our minds we were more than surprised to hear MIA tell MTV that she loves Justin. But then we remembered this is MIA we’re talking about…she of the truffle fries and the opinions.
M.I.A.’s flip-flopping opinions regarding Justin Bieber wouldn’t normally be even remotely relevant except for the fact that this is Justin Bieber, the Justin Bieber. The same 16 year-old that is seemingly everywhere, rubbing elbows with other celebrities who are also everywhere (ahem, Kim Kardashian) and whose mere mention causes “Bieber Fever,” which then induces a hysterical stampede.
The controversial singer’s bipolar stance on Biebs is a dangerous one to take even for the outspoken celeb that is known for her rants against The New York Times and even Twilight and Lady Gaga. You’re not fooling anyone, MIA, especially Bieber’s extremely devoted fans. Needless to say, take a chill pill or get ready for the wrath of an angry Bieber Nation.
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M.I.A. doesn’t care what people think about her, and she’ll insult anyone she feels like. The heavily political performer spoke out against Lady Gaga and Twilight in a recent interview, giving them more than the standard brush-off. Someone was feeling prickly!
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Rihanna is nominated for two Grammys this year for her collaboration with Jay-Z and Kanye West for “Run This Town”, but the singer won’t be performing on stage when the show airs this Sunday.
If you’ll recall, the altercation between Chris Brown and Rihanna took place on Grammy night last year and overshadowed the evening’s musical proceedings. (Seriously – can you name one Grammy winner from last year? Neither can we.) During a radio interview with Carson Daly, Riri explained why she thinks she wasn’t asked to be a part of the award show saying “We messed up the show pretty bad last year, so they’re probably a little mad at me right now.” We seriously doubt that the folks running the Grammys actually hold her responsible for what happened last year, but maybe they think that bringing her on stage will refresh people’s memories. Who knows? We’re just relieved that M.I.A. won’t be performing nine months pregnant again, our water broke just watching her. [Photo: Getty Images]