M.I.A. Readies ‘Matangi’ for April


After a few delays, M.I.A. is set to make her return to music this spring with her fourth album Matangi. While known for controversy, the new material is said to have a different tone.

“It’s due in April, which is the Tamil new year—April 15th—and I’m still working on it,” Maya told the Gold Coast Bulletin during her trip to Australia.

Originally due last year, the project was delayed by her label Interscope Records. “At the moment, I’ve been told it’s too positive. So we’re having a bit of an issue at the label,” she said. “They’re like, ‘You need to like darken it up a bit.’ I don’t know what it is but as soon as I work that out.’”

Interscope was surprised by the overly positive tone on the follow-up to 2010′s Maya. “We just built you up as the public enemy No. 1 and now you’re coming out with all this positive stuff,” said M.I.A. as she described her label’s reaction.

Last January, she debuted the single “Bad Girls” and the video, which earned a Grammy nod for Best Short Form Music Video.

M.I.A. has also composed the theme music to WikiLeaks’ founder Julian Assange’s TV show “The World Tomorrow.”

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  2. Grant

    Hope it’s worth the wait. Talented and sexy.


  3. AllAMerykhanBoy

    So labels do run the artist


    :) Reply:

    @AllAMerykhanBoy, Pretty much.


    Ray Reply:

    @:), Well until you hit Beyonce status.


  4. boom boom

    i lover her so much, so talented


  5. Kyle

    I am so ready for a new album from her. Why would Interscope tell her the music is too positive? That’s stupid! Yea she has been controversial in the past but she has never really been known to sell a lot of records so Interscope should just let her BE HER and do what she wants because we all know she’s good at doing that. Good luck to her!


    AMOR Reply:

    @Kyle, It’s not like she’s a huge seller. None of her albums has gone gold. I can’t wait for the album though.


    yo Reply:

    @AMOR, Kala went gold.


  6. Yeakelly

    Too positive? #bitchswerve

    Btw RAP-UP, u guys should do a post on the new artist JAYY PERRY. Her new song, SPEEDING, has been playing a lot on Sirius XM. Definitely an artist to watch for in 2013!! Check it out


  7. Bisuness Prounld Foboze Changed 2013

    it gonna get pushed back until the album release is Right & good


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