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In subsequent weeks, it continued to climb the chart, with download sales totaling , the following month. As of August , the 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. Danton of the Hartford Courant noted that the song's success "speaks to the idea that the best pop music rarely originates with the major label corporate music machine that exists to sell pop music" but rose from underground artists with something to say, offering significant lessons to the music industry in an era of declining music sales and general financial turmoil.

It was directed by Bernard Gourley. Initially planned to be shot in a factory on the border of Ecuador , the filming location was changed to accommodate M. The video was filmed during one day in the city, which she had free on the American leg of her KALA Tour after 4 months of concerts. The video for "Paper Planes" was uploaded on M. Top Videos of countdown. The video begins with several paper planes flying over New York City shot in black and white. In multiple colour scenes that follow, M.

Food is exchanged at the stalls for money and various other items. Nigerian rapper Afrikan Boy joins M. A cash till can be seen empty, followed by scenes where the till fills up with money.

During the chorus, at the sound of the gunshots, quick shots of street and restaurant signs, people and phone discount signs appear, followed by scenes of M. During the second verse, the singer can be seen happily shopping for condiments at a local shop, before she is depicted in more scenes of her singing with Afrikan Boy. New Yorkers are filmed and shown walking along streets throughout the video. During the second chorus, scenes of Blaxploitation film DVDs on a shelf and the rapper driving the van are shown.

At the end of the video, the scenes turn black and white, with the van driving off on a street, followed by several paper planes in pursuit. Instead, fans of the artist on the island relied on certain social media websites on the internet to access her work. After some media ran a story on this, M. A responded that her music is the voice of a civilian refugee and that she was not willing to discuss anything with someone looking for self-promotion.

In this version, M. The chorus effects during the soundcheck of her Late Show performance were different from what was played live during the taping. What does surprise us is that MTV ever considered showing the video at all. We had no idea they still aired music videos, much less ones by talented artists like M. If anything, it likely airs at odd hours when nobody's watching.

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The song has been covered by multiple artists including Rihanna left , and appeared in numerous media, including films by Danny Boyle and Michael Moore centre and right. The song gained popularity in North America following its appearance in the trailer for the film Pineapple Express starring Seth Rogen left and James Franco right.

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The immigrants they wanna sing all night long It could be anywhere Most likely could be any frontier, any hemisphere No man's land There ain't no asylum here King Solomon he never lived 'round here Straight to hell boys Go straight to hell boys. The Clash occupied a position within the British punk movement similar to M. While the Sex Pistols were screaming about "Anarchy in the UK," the Clash were rallying to the defense of Jamaican immigrants, condemning police brutality, and naming records after Nicaraguan guerilla fighters.

In a interview, M. But not being so. Because, by the time you've finished working a hour shift, you're so tired you just want to get home to the family. I don't think immigrants are that threatening to society at all. They're just happy they've survived some war somewhere. As powerful as this explanation for the lyrics of "Paper Planes" may be, there are other potential meanings at play here as well.

It was never made clear exactly why the U. Rumors swirled that her ties to her father who had been involved with the Tamil Tigers separatist movement—a movement that sometimes employed terroristic tactics—during Sri Lanka's civil war had set off red alarms on some terror watch list. Others suggested that the Bush administration simply didn't like the message of her music. Or perhaps the hang-up was simply some mundane bureaucratic snafu, with no political significance at all.

In any case, for most of , M. In an interview, M. What sounds, at first, like the simplest kind of "stick-'em-up" thuggishness might be heard as a broader critique of the violence and profiteering marring even the highest levels of human society. But, really, it could be a much bigger idea: Selling weapons and the companies that manufacture guns—that's probably the biggest moneymaker in the world.

Or maybe we're getting carried away with all this postmodern intellectualizing. Maybe the lyrics mean exactly what they sound like they mean, and the song really is just a celebration of simple gangsterism.

Since the debut of her first album, Arular , in , M. But until "Paper Planes," she struggled to really break through to mass audiences.

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