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M.I.A.’s New Album ‘Too Positive’ According to Label?

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M.I.A.‘s much-delayed follow-up to 2010′s ‘Maya’ had been scheduled to finally drop in April, but now it looks like the disc, ‘Matangi,’ will be pushed back further — and this time, it’s her label’s fault. In an interview with Australia’s Gold Coast, M.I.A. claims that Interscope Records dissed the disc that she turned in, calling it “too positive” and asking her to rework the material and “darken it up a bit.”

“I thought I’d finished it. I finished it and then I handed the record in, like a couple of months ago [but] at the moment, I’ve been told it’s too positive,” the singer explains. “[Interscope was] like ‘We just built you up as the public enemy No. 1 and now you’re coming out with all this positive stuff.’”

“I’m taking my time to decide what they mean,” she adds. “It’s an interesting one for me.” When asked why she would consider indulging the label’s request, she replies: “Well, that’s the point of being positive.”

Last month M.I.A. heeded the call of restless fans pining for new material by giving them a track titled ‘atTENTion,’ although it’s not known whether the tune is destined for inclusion on the disc. Check it out here.

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