What do you do when you’re the hottest music sensation in the indie world? Do you record an album with Rick Rubin and say you’re trying to find yourself? do you ask Thom Yorke or Bjork to record a duet with you on your new album? Do you screw all of it and just retire? If you’re M.I.A., you choose the third one and call it a day.
The resident queen of the Brooklyn art scene retired at Bonnaroo this past June, saying “This is my last show, and I’m glad I’m spending it with all my hippies,” which set the blogosphere on fire with speculation.
In a recent interview with AceShowbiz.com, the British singer/producer/visual artist stated: "It was my last ever show. And it still is. I stopped touring after that and I didn't want to make music again. I was quite happy to just leave it all behind. I was happy with what I had achieved.”
This proves to be an interesting if not odd move by the singer whose latest single “Paper Planes” was propelled to number 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 by it’s inclusion in the theatrical trailer and numerous TV spots for the hit Seth Rogen/James Franco stoner comedy “Pineapple Express.”
At the time of Bonanaroo, M.I.A. was supposedly forgoing more touring to return to the studio with Diplo, the Philadelphia DJ/Producer who produced tracks on both M.I.A. recordings, including “Paper Planes.”
Could M.I.A. be retiring only to make a triumphant return ala Jay-Z? Only time will tell.