Earlier this month British rapper of Sri Lankan origin M.I.A announced on Twitter she has recorded her fifth album and submitted it to her record label for release.
She said: "I am handing my last LP in to my American label this week. It will be up to them if it's released. I don't have Visa for The States to promote. [sic]"
The singer has now confirmed that the record will be out in July, but has not given an exact date yet. It will be MIA's follow-up to 2013's "Matangi." Talking about the album to Pitchfork, she said: "It's got 12 songs. I had to take the Disney thing off. I put 'Galang' on it instead, I sampled myself. I wanted to say, 'Whatever, I can't get Lion King, I'm gonna use my own song! That way no one can stop it'."
She went on to explain that the as-yet-untitled album will be themed on being "happy about surviving" and not always edging to fight. "At the end of the day, I feel like â€” maybe this is totally gibberish to everyone â€” but it's probably better to remind people about survival than it is about the moment you go to battle. Because that's just a moment," she said.
In the past few months, the rapper has released a couple songs, namely "MIA OLA" and "Rewear It." She also collaborated with Baauer and G-Dragon on "Temple." She was also in talks with Rihanna for a possible collaboration. But that did not work out due to their clashing schedules.