M.I.A. album 'too positive'

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 7 January 2013


M.I.A.'s new album, 'Matangi', has been delayed by her record company for being "too positive"

M.I.A.'s new album was delayed for being "too positive".

The 'Bad Girls' singer claims she had completed her fourth record, 'Matangi', months ago, but her record company weren't happy and told her to "darken it up a bit."

She told Australian newspaper Gold Coast Bulletin: "I thought I'd finished it. I finished it and then I handed the record in, like a couple of months ago.

"[They said] 'We just built you up as the public enemy number one and now you're coming out with all this positive stuff.'"

The singer - born Mathangi Arulpragasam in Sri Lanka - said the album will be released over New Year in her homeland.

She added: "It's due in April, which is the Tamil New Year - April 15th - and I'm still working on it."

When asked if she will adhere to her record company's demands and make the album darker, she added: "I'm taking my time to decide what they mean."

M.I.A. caused controversy in the US last February when she swore by flipping her middle finger at a camera during a live performance alongside Madonna at the Super Bowl XLVI NFL event, one of the most watched TV moments of the year.


Influential and much respected multi-genre Anglo-Asian rapper with an admirable pop streak too.

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