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"Bring the Noize" is a song by British recording artist M.I.A. from her fourth studio album, Matangi (2013). The track was written by Maya "M.I.A." Arulpragasam, Surkin, Switch, Para One and Hugues Rey, and produced by Switch and Surkin.[1] It references Public Enemy's 1987 song "Bring the Noise"[2] and Janis Joplin's track "Me and Bobby McGee".[3]

"Bring the Noize"
M.I.A. - Bring the Noize.jpg
Single by M.I.A.
from the album Matangi
Released18 June 2013 (2013-06-18)
FormatDigital download
Length3:23 (single version)
4:35 (album version)
M.I.A. singles chronology
"Bad Girls"
"Bring the Noize"
"Come Walk with Me"
Music video
"Bring the Noize" on YouTube

The track was first previewed in March 2013 as part of Matangi Mix used as the soundtrack to Kenzo's fashion show in Paris.[4] The single was self-released worldwide as a digital download, under exclusive license to Interscope Records, on 18 June 2013, as the second single from the album. "Bring the Noize" was performed the at Glastonbury Festival 2014 and during the Matangi Tour.[5][6]

The single's cover features Sri Yantra and a little Om sign in the top right corner.


Critical responseEdit

The song received positive feedback from critics. Rolling Stone gave it four out of five stars[7] and its production was praised by Slate as "terrific".[8] Stereogum named "Bring the Noize" one of M.I.A.'s 10 best songs.[3]

Music videoEdit

The music video for the song was commissioned by Noisey, part of the Vice network. It was directed by Ben Newman and filmed in 2 days in London. The clip was released on 25 June 2013 on Noisey's website and YouTube channel. A gold-filtered version of the video, dubbed 'Matangi Gold Edition', was released two days later. On 7 November 2016, a day before the 2016 United States presidential election, M.I.A.'s former label Roc Nation removed the video from Noisey's YouTube channel for including the word "WikiLeaks", claiming that the song was released while she was under the label and it had rights over it. The video was eventually re-uploaded on M.I.A.'s Vevo on 17 November 2016 under the title "Bring The Noize (Matangi Street Edition)".[9]

Track listingEdit

Digital download[10]
  1. "Bring the Noize" – 3:23
Promo CD[11]
  1. "Bring the Noize" (Explicit) – 3:24
  2. "Bring the Noize" (Edited) – 3:24
  3. "Bring the Noize" (Instrumental) – 3:17

Release historyEdit

Region Date Format Label
Worldwide 18 June 2013 Digital download, streaming Interscope


  1. ^ Matangi (CD liner notes). M.I.A. N.E.E.T Recordings. 2013. B0019325-02.CS1 maint: others (link)
  2. ^ Ada Tseng (17 June 2013). "New Song by M.I.A.: "Bring the Noize"". Retrieved 3 August 2016.
  3. ^ a b Claire Lobenfeld (6 November 2013). "The 10 Best M.I.A. Songs". Stereogum. Retrieved 3 August 2016.
  4. ^ Carrie Battan (17 June 2013). "Listen to a New M.I.A. Song, "Bring the Noize"". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 3 August 2016.
  5. ^ "THE GLASTONBURY 2014 LINE-UP SO FAR…". Glastonbury Festival. 4 April 2014. Retrieved 21 July 2016.
  6. ^ "M.I.A. / [BRING THE NOIZE]". Good Company (company). 25 June 2013. Archived from the original on 1 May 2016. Retrieved 21 July 2016.
  7. ^ Will Hermes (18 June 2013). "M.I.A., "Bring The Noize" - Rolling Stone". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 3 August 2016.
  8. ^ Aisha Harris (18 June 2013). "M.I.A. Brings the "Noize" in Her New Song". Slate. Retrieved 3 August 2016.
  9. ^ "M.I.A. - Bring The Noize (Matangi Street Edition)". YouTube. 17 November 2016. Retrieved 29 November 2016.
  10. ^ "Bring the Noize - Single". iTunes. 18 June 2013. Retrieved 21 July 2016.
  11. ^ "M.I.A. (2) - Bring The Noize (CDr) at Discogs". Discogs. Retrieved 2 August 2016.