MIA and Lady GagaAs budgets continue to dwindle at major record labels, extravagant artists like Lady Gaga are relying more and more on other sources of revenue to realize their creative vision. The line between financial reality and audience pandering, however, is razor-thin. No one likes being blatantly marketed to, but it's subjective how much viewers are willing to put up with for the sake of art.

In a recent interview with UK music magazine NME, British rapper/singer/provocateur M.I.A. went off on Gaga saying, "Are they even interested in making money from music anymore? Lady Gaga plugs 15 things in her new video. Dude, she even plugs a burger!" So is this an overblown media hype war perpetrated by two artists not exactly known from shying away from publicity or genuine concern by the political and outspoken singer?