MIA reveals release date for ‘happy’ new album

'Lion King' sample also removed from 'MIA OLA' after legal threats

MIA has discussed her upcoming new album, describing it as “happy” and stating that it will be released in July.

Having recently confirmed that she has finished work on her fifth record and thinks about leaking the record “every day”, MIA has now offered an update to fans in a Periscope live chat.

As Pitchfork reports, the musician said that the album will be 12 tracks in length. She added: “[I realised] you can make a record that’s happy about surviving and not constantly talk about fight. At the end of the day, I feel like – maybe this is totally gibberish to everyone – 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.”


MIA also confirmed that she had to remove the Lion King sample from recently released track ‘MIA OLA’ after legal threats from Disney and replaced it with a sample of her own song ‘Galang’.


“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 explained.

The UK artist has been working on the record for the past few years and has released songs including ‘Borders’ and ‘Rewear It’ in that period. The album will be the follow-up to 2013’s ‘Matangi’ and her fifth LP to date.

Tweeting about her album last week, MIA referred to the album as her “last LP”, though that could be a reference to it being the last album she owes her US label, Interscope, as part of her contract.

MIA recently teamed up with H&M, penning her song ‘Rewear It’ for World Recycle Week. World Recycle Week took place this year between April 18-24. The clothing chain is encouraging customers to recycle unwanted clothes at its stores.