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M.I.A.: New Album Due Out in April

Says record label found the new material 'too positive'

M.I.A. performs at Enmore Theatre in Sydney, Australia.
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January 6, 2013 12:28 PM ET

M.I.A.'s long-awaited fourth album, Matangi, will be coming out this spring, the singer revealed in an interview with Australia's Gold Coast Bulletin.

"It's due in April, which is the Tamil new year – April 15th – and I'm still working on it," she told the paper. According to the M.I.A., her record company delayed the album's release because they found the sound "too positive." 

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"I thought I'd finished it. I finished it and then I handed the record in, like a couple of months ago," she said, noting that she was told to "darken it up a bit." "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.'" When asked if she planned to comply with the advice, the famously defiant artist demurred. "I'm taking my time to decide what they mean."

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