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M.I.A. - "Bad Girls"

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M.I.A. - "Bad Girls"

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Catchy? Yes. Challenging? Maybe. New? Not exactly. The first version of "Bad Girls" appeared over a year ago on M.I.A.'s free mixtape Vicki Leekz. The new release of "Bad Girls" has been extended and does sound finished. Most of us probably expected more with this first single from her upcoming fourth studio album, but this may just be the kind of curveball the artist M.I.A. wanted to throw at this moment.


  • Instantly memorable chorus
  • Solid dance track


  • Lacking in substance
  • Not really new


  • Written by Maya Arulpragasam
  • Produced by Danja
  • Released January 2012 by Interscope

Guide Review - M.I.A. - "Bad Girls"

Undoubtedly M.I.A.'s "Bad Girls" will touch a nerve with some listeners. The line, "Live fast, die young, bad girls do it well," is ultra catchy, but it may strike a little close to home with some pop fans. Lyrically there's not a lot more other than a few expressions of sexual prowess from the song's protagonist. Musically, "Bad Girls" has a whiff of the Middle East over a Danja produced dance track. It brings a touch of world beat to a club friendly mix.

M.I.A.'s last album, 2010's Maya, was a messy affair. Kicking off with the at times unlistenable single "Born Free" accompanied by a video that was disturbing even by M.I.A.'s standards, the album managed to alienate huge numbers of fans that had been gained through the massive success of "Paper Planes." By the time the brilliant single "XXXO" emerged, pop radio was no longer listening. The simplicity of "Bad Girls" now comes almost as a relief.

Joining Madonna for her upcoming single "Give Me All Your Luvin'" and on stage at the Super Bowl, M.I.A. will have the opportunity to be reintroduced to a massive audience of pop fans. "Bad Girls" is a good single to have in her pocket for this exposure. However, for those of us who have been sticking with M.I.A. all along, we are looking for a bit more substance when the next album emerges.

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