MIA has claimed that the release of her third studio LP ‘Mathangi’ – as was initially meant to fall in December – has been set back by her new-ish label, Universal’s Interscope, on the basis that the record is “too positive”. Apparently it now won’t be available till April, presumably minus all that surplus positivity.
Interviewed by Australian site Gold Coast, MIA – real name Mathangi Arulpragasam – said: “I thought I’d finished it. I finished it and then I handed the record in, like a couple of months ago. At the moment, I’ve been told it’s too positive. So we’re having a bit of an issue at the label. They’re like, ‘You need to darken it up a bit’”.
A pragmatic MIA, who’s chosen to go with Interscope’s instinct since “that’s the point of being positive”, adds: “I don’t know what it is but as soon as I work that out… I’m taking my time to decide what they mean. It’s an interesting one for me. 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’”.