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Singer M.I.A. had been planning on releasing her new album, Matangi, soon, but in a recent interview, she said that the project has been delayed. Her record label apparently thinks that it is “too positive.”
She told the site that it is still due on April 15 and that she’s “still working on it.”
“I thought I'd finished it. I finished it and then I handed the record in, like a couple of months ago,” she explained. “At the moment, I've been told it's too positive. So we're having a bit of an issue at the label.”
The label told her that she needed to “darken it up a bit.” “I don't know what it is but as soon as I work that out,” she said.
Does she really plan on doing what they request? “No, I'm taking my time to decide what they mean. It's an interesting one for me,” she replied. “It's like 'We just built you up as the public enemy No. 1 and now you're coming out with all this positive stuff."
M.I.A. has always been a provocateur throughout her career, most famously flipping the bird at the world during the Super Bowl halftime show, notes The Huffington Post. So, the label might have been hoping for more provocative music.
Matangi, which is her birth name, was originally supposed to be out in December. Her label hasn’t commented on the interview.