M.I.A. Selects First Single, Taps Hype Williams for Music Video

The release date is set. The buzz is growing. And now M.I.A. has chosen the lead single from her eagerly-awaited album.

The “Paper Planes” rapper, who recently returned to the U.S. after visa problems, has selected “XXXO” as the first single from her as-yet-untitled third album. The catchy electro-pop song will be available on iTunes May 11, Rap-Up.com has learned.

“I just feel like ‘XXXO’—it is what it is,” she told Zane Lowe on BBC Radio 1. “It’s kinda [about] being disconnected in L.A. and not having cell phone service or just not being able to kinda leave there for 18 months.”

While she does not appear in her controversial video for “Born Free,” which has been banned from YouTube, she will soon go in front of the lens to shoot the visuals for “XXXO” with famed director Hype Williams.

M.I.A. had everyone looking up when a blimp flew overhead Jay-Z’s set at Coachella to announce her June 29th album release date.