She's a trend setter, she's outspoken and so very talented. M.I.A. is set to make her return to music this spring with her fourth studio album, Matangi. While known for controversy, the new material is said to have a different tone.
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.
A year ago, M.I.A debuted the single “Bad Girls” and the video, which earned a Grammy nod for Best Short Form Music Video. She also performed with Madonna and Nicki Minaj at the Super Bowl and raised eyebrows when she raised her middle finger for the audience.