Jay-Z Signs M.I.A. To Roc Nation Management Deal


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By Sowmya Krishnamurthy

M.I.A. has joined Jay-Z’s Roc Nation fold as a management client, the entertainment firm announced on its website today. Fellow Roc Nation artist Rihanna tweeted, “welcome home MIA,” which should come as no surprise as the duo was seen recently cozying up on Rih Rih’s Instagram along with the caption “bad girls do it well.”M.I.A. joins other Roc Nation artists including J. Cole, Willow Smith and of course, Jay-Z.

The always controversial “Paper Planes” artist got into a Twitter tiff with CNN reporter Anderson Cooper earlier this year and caused some commotion when she performed “Give Me All Your Luvin’ ” alongside Madonna and Nicki Minaj at the Super Bowl and famously flipped the bird at the camera. Fans were divided on the gesture. Cee-Lo told MTV News “”Honestly, I did not hear anything about it,” he said. “There was no talk about it in the dressing room afterwards and we didn’t stay long after the performance, because it was honestly a relief we had had it done. So I didn’t hear anything until I got up to do the morning show, ‘Today.’And television is a very sensitive [thing].”

Madonna, on the other hand, said, “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.”

M.I.A. is working on her fourth studio album. Her latest track “Bad Girls” made its debut in January and per the Roc Nation website, a full length release is slated for the fall.