Genre-defying pop/dance/world music chanteuse M.I.A. was set to release her fourth album in December, but the release has since been delayed until April 15 because the songs are too happy, according to a story that ran in Entertainment Weekly today.
“At the moment, I’ve been told it’s too positive. So we’re having a bit of an issue at the label,” said the singer, née Mathangi Arulpragasam during an interview at Australia’s Gold Coast festival, “I thought I’d finished it…[the record label] was like, ‘you need to, like, darken it up a bit.’ It’s like, ‘we just built you up as the public enemy number one, and now you’re coming out with all this positive stuff.”
The singer has every right to be happy, as she has a three year old son and was featured in Madonna’s “Give Me All Your Luvin’.” It isn’t all “Sunshowers” for M.I.A., who has a notorious reputation for being a “Bad Girl.” Song puns aside, she notoriously flashed her middle finger during a Super Bowl performance and received a bit of flack for the treatment of redheaded people in her music video for “Born Free.”
The April 15 release date for Mathangi is curious. Does this make M.I.A. a candidate to play Coachella this year?