MIA: I was tone deaf at school
MIA has admitted she was tone deaf at school.
The twice-Grammy-nominated Paper Planes star, who attended Central St Martins College of Art And Design in London, told The Red Bulletin: "I was totally well known for being tone deaf at college - I used to walk down the corridor singing whatever was on the radio like Wonderwall or whatever, and I was so off.
"It was so bad, everyone used to notice."
The British-born singer, who now lives in the US, is recording her third album, and sees it as a turning point in her career.
"On this album I definitely want my voice to be heard," she said. "I don't want any gimmicks or tricks. This album is going to hopefully reflect America."
MIA, who welcomed her 11-month-old son Ikhyd Edgar last February, said music has taken on a new meaning.
"If I didn't have a baby, I'd probably be taking this job for granted," she said.
"But I've found I still really want to do it. I'm consciously making time for it. Music is about life experience and you can't fake that, you can't repeat the same process twice because each record you make, different stuff has happened to you."