M.I.A. Blasts Oprah and Gaga, Drops on Billboard 200
M.I.A. is once again in the headlines for making incendiary comments about a fellow celebrity, but this time she's taken on a lofty target -- the "Queen of Media" herself, Oprah Winfrey.
In a new interview with Time Out London, M.I.A. said Winfrey gave her the "cold shoulder" when they both attended the Metropolitan Costume Insitute Gala in May. "She was with Iman [Bowie]. Iman was always dancing with me, hugging and kissing me, but Oprah seemed really pissed off with me," the singer recalled.
M.I.A. also took issue with the media mogul for complimenting Lady Gaga. "She made this huge speech at the ball praising Lady Gaga and about how she [Lady Gaga] is helping Americans to be the best of themselves. There's millions of other Americans who represent that for me.
"Is [it] about numbers? About how much you're selling?" M.I.A. continued. "Is it truly about the journey? Because [Lady Gaga's] journey isn't that difficult: to go from the fucking Upper East Side to a fucking performing arts school and on to a stage at the museum of fucking wherever. That journey's about four miles."
M.I.A. already courted controversy once this week by tweeting about her troubled performance at HARD Festival in New York, promising fans a free show to make up for a set that was cut short due to a rainstorm.
M.I.A.'s new album "/\/\ /\ Y /\" drops from No. 9 to No. 34 in its second week on the Billboard 200, selling 11,000 copies, according to Nielsen Soundscan (down 61%).