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After selling over 3.6 million copies in the US, for her single Paper Planes, and having rappers T.I and Jay-Z appraise it in their single Swagga Like Us, M.I.A. is back at it, revealing in an interview with Australia’s Gold Coast Bulletin that she will be releasing her long-awaited fourth album Matangi this autumn.
“It’s due in April, which is the Tamil new year – April 15th – and I’m still working on it,” she said about her upcoming LP, whose album title refers to her name, Mathangi, the Hindu goddess of wisdom.
M.I.A. blamed the delay on her label who said her sound was “too positive.” She recalls being told to ‘darken’ up her work, “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.’
“I’m taking my time to decide what they mean,” she adds.
Not only does album no. 4 mark her first release with Interscope, she will also be reuniting with a familiar face. “My manager who I fired is now the head of Interscope so that’s also an interesting thing for me – revisiting people in different hats,” she said.