Background[ edit ] " "Paper Planes" is my underdog song and it's about the underdog and it's when I felt like an underdog, but it's become the biggest song. It was recorded at the artist's home in Bedford—Stuyvesant, Brooklyn and in London where it includes kids from Brixton singing on the chorus; the song was one of the last written for Kala, recorded soon after she regained entry to the US.
I was going to get patties at my local and just thinking that really the worst thing that anyone can say [to someone these days] is some shit like: So in the song I say "All I wanna do is [sound of gun shooting and reloading, cash register opening] and take your money.
Gun sounds are a part of our culture as an everyday thing. If you have a problem with it, go and talk to the people who were shooting at me.
But, really, it could be a much bigger idea: And if people are uncomfortable, then they should think twice before they go off and hit random buildings.
But not being so. Sampling is [also] what ghettoised colonies do in revolt against property laws wired around them. The single was released via 7digital on 11 February and on iTunes on 12 February. This remix was previously uploaded to M. After dates in Asia,  she returned to America for a series of shows in October and November,  before ending the year with concerts in the UK.
Money Tour with further dates in North America, although the planned European leg of the tour was eventually cancelled. This led to a standoff with security. The American rapper Kanye Westwho had wanted to collaborate with M.
His interest in the song culminated in the recording of the track " Swagga Like Us ". Saya " at the 81st Academy Awards ceremony a few days later. The song placed number 17 on the Triple J Hottest of in Australia, becoming available for download and radio airplay in the country upon the release of Kala that year.
That gunfire-and-cash-registers hook was stuck in your head for weeks after seeing the Pineapple Express trailer or, uh, Slum-dog Millionaire in Singles", — The Top Singles of s decade. In Octoberthe magazine placed it at number 15 on its list " Best Tracks of the Past 15 Years".
Covers and use in media[ edit ] The song has been covered by multiple artists including Rihanna leftand appeared in numerous media, including films by Danny Boyle and Michael Moore centre and right.
The song has been covered, sampled and remixed by various artists as well as being used by a range of media. Canadian band Holy Fuckan opening act on the People vs. Money Tour, created a remix of "Paper Planes" that leaked online on February Barbadian singer Rihanna has covered the song in live performances and "Paper Planes" has been performed by Malawian singer Esau Mwamwaya as his own rendition "Tengazako".
English rapper Dizzee Rascal has covered the song at his live performances. Paper Planes has been covered live by London band The Clientele.
Chart performance[ edit ] "Paper Planes" has achieved commercial success by reaching the top ten in the Canada and the United States, appearing in the top ten of six Billboard US charts, the top 20 in Denmark, Belgium, Israel and the United Kingdom and charting in many other countries in Europe, South America and Oceania.
The song debuted at number 72 on the Hot Canadian Digital Sales chart and at number 89 on the Canadian Hot in late February due to strong digital downloads. After its appearance in the trailer for the film Pineapple Express, the song entered the Pop chart at number 99, and the Bubbling Under Hot at number 14 in the United States.
By early Maythe song had climbed to number 4 on the Bubbling Under Hot chart, and number 80 on the US Billboard Popovertaking the peak of 99 achieved on the chart by M. In subsequent weeks, it continued to climb the chart, with download sales totalingthe following month.
As of Augustthe song sold over three million units in the United States. The song spent thirty-five weeks on the chart, and reappeared on the singles chart in January at number 61, a position it retained for one week.M.I.A. Blasts MTV for Censoring “Paper Planes” Video.
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