MIA has unveiled the artwork for her long-awaited new album ‘Matangi’.
The ‘Bad Girls’ star shared the cover design for her new LP, which is due for release on November 5, on her Tumblr account – you can see it at the top of the page. The sharing of the artwork comes just one day after she launched a scathing attack on the NFL (September 23), in response to their decision to sue her for for $1.5 million (£900,000) in a legal dispute that has been underway the past 18 months, following her 2012 half-time performance at the Super Bowl XLVI.
At the half-time show, during which the singer performed alongside Madonna and Nicki Minaj, MIA was seen to give the camera the middle finger midway through ‘Give Me All Your Luvin’ while mouthing “I don’t give a shit”. She has now uploaded a video during which she sports an Oakland Raiders top and accuses the NFL of a “massive display of corporation dick-shaking”, arguing that there were far more offensive images on show during the performance than that of her middle finger.
In the video, which you can see below, MIA is heard saying: “So the precise moment in question, and you can actually freeze-frame this as many media outlets have. The frame you’re looking for has my middle finger in the foreground, and the larger picture where it zooms out is a row of 10-15 cheerleaders, young black females, that Madonna got from a local high school in Indianapolis, and they were all under 16. If you look at them, they’re all wearing cheerleader outfits, hips thrusted in the air, legs wide open, in this very sexually provocative position. So, now, they’ve scapegoated me into figuring out the goalposts of what is offensive in America. Is my finger offensive, or is the underage black girl with her legs wide open more offensive to the family audience?”
MIA also recently made her UK live return at Bestival this month, playing a hit-heavy set to open the festival on Thursday night. In addition to debuting tracks from ‘Matangi’, which has been delayed numerous times, she played more established tracks including ‘Paper Planes’, ‘Bucky Done Gun’ and ‘Bad Girls’.