M.I.A. to sing with Madonna at Super Bowl half-time show

  • 31 January 2012
  • From the section Music
M.I.A.

M.I.A. has revealed that she will be performing with Madonna at the Super Bowl's half-time show this Sunday.

The 36-year-old Londoner told Radio 1 DJ Zane Lowe the news while speaking about her new single, Bad Girls.

"I'm at the Super Bowl rehearsals [in Indianapolis]," she said.

"I'm going to be performing with Madonna and Nicki Minaj. If you're going to go to the Super Bowl you might as well go there with America's biggest female icon."

M.I.A., whose real name is Mathangi Arulpragasam, worked on Madonna's new single Give Me All Your Luvin with rapper Nicki Minaj.

It is taken from the star's 12th studio album, called M.D.N.A.

The British performer said it was one of the few collaborations she would have considered doing.

'Pop icon'

She said: "It's come at a really cool time because it's Madonna, especially if she's doing the Super Bowl and she's saying, 'I am the original American sweetheart and pop icon. I invented this.'

"The whole music industry is based on what she invented years ago.

"As musicians, we're two women and we represent two opposite sides of the world.

"If we can come together on a piece of music or something like the Super Bowl, that's actually a cool thing to see. That was inspiring.

"It's a pretty dope achievement. My mum is going to be way into that."

Last year Black Eyed Peas performed during the half-time break.

More than 162 million viewers tuned into last year's interval entertainment.

Other artists who have played the prestigious slot include Prince, the Rolling Stones and U2.

M.I.A. was nominated for an Oscar in 2008 for O...Saya, a song that appeared on the Slumdog Millionaire soundtrack.

She says her fourth studio album, which doesn't have a name yet, should be released later this year.

"I want it to be a summer thing because it's a summer record," she told Zane Lowe. "So hopefully it won't take too long.

"As soon as I've finished with the US, I've got to do another couple of weeks with European producers."

New York Giants play New England Patriots in the Super Bowl this Sunday (5 February) at the Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.