The Sri Lankan born, London-raised artist M.I.A. has been a lightning rod from the beginning of her career, so it should come as no surprise that her latest,
/\/\/\Y/\ (spelling out her name MAYA, out this week), has been talked about in controversial tones for months now.
From the shocking Ginger holocaust of a first video for "Born Free" to all the hullabaloo surrounding The New York Times Magazine piece from proverbial pot-stirrer Lynn Hirschberg, M.I.A. hasn't shied away from the target she's painted on herself. The proof is i in the pudding, though, and /\/\/\Y/\ is sure to generate even more discussion. Longtime producer and collaborator Diplo worked on just three tracks, and hasn't been shy about what he thinks of the rest of the album.
M.I.A. will be performing current single "XXXO" Tuesday on Letterman and then all bets are off for her Late Night with Jimmy Fallon performance on Wednesday, as The Roots are bound to lend a hand to whatever she chooses to do.
Elsewhere this week, Letterman managed to score couple of rare televised appearances from two legendary artists. First comes Wednesday in the form of the mulitmedia artist Laurie Anderson, who's first studio release in 10 years (Homeland) finds her fired up about our countries handling of war overseas. Then, on Thursday it's 62-year old reggae legend Jimmy Cliff, who recently played to raving reviews at the 2010 Bonaroo Music Festival.
Playlist: Picks for the week
Monday, July 12
ABC: Jimmy Kimmel Live: Sublime with Rome (REPEAT)
FUEL: The Daily Habit:
NBC: The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Tracy Bonham
NBC: Late Night With Jimmy Fallon: Big Boi
NBC: Last Call With Carson Daly: Angels & Airwaves (REPEAT)
Tuesday, July 13
CBS: Late Show With David Letterman: M.I.A.
IFC: Dinner With the Band: Light Speed Champion
NBC: Late Night With Jimmy Fallon: Kelis
NBC: Last Call With Carson Daly: The Morning Benders (REPEAT)
Wednesday, July 14
CBS: Late Show With David Letterman: Laurie Anderson
NBC: Late Night With Jimmy Fallon: M.I.A.
NBC: Last Call With Carson Daly: OK Go (REPEAT)
SYNDICATION: The Ellen DeGeneres Show: Weezer (REPEAT)
TBS: Lopez Tonight: Big Boi
Thursday, July 15
CBS: Late Show With David Letterman: Jimmy Cliff
CBS: Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson: Marina & the Diamonds
NBC: The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Grace Potter & the Nocturnals
NBC: Last Call With Carson Daly: City and Colour (REPEAT)
Friday, July 16
NBC: The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: The Swell Season
NBC: Last Call With Carson Daly: Nas & Damian Marley (REPEAT)
SUNDANCE: Live From Abbey Road: Antony & the Johnstons, Paloma Faith, The Enemy (REPEAT)
VH1: Behind the Music: 50 Cent (REPEAT)
Saturday, July 17
BBCAMERICA: The Graham Norton Show: Janet Jackson
NBC: Saturday Night Live: Dave Matthews Band (REPEAT)
VH1: The Temptations: The Temptations