M.I.A. releases new single ‘Popular’: “M.I.A. IS DEAD AF, THE FUTURE IS HERE”

The rollout for new M.I.A. album 'MATA' continues

M.I.A. has shared a new single called ‘Popular’ – listen below.

The English-Sri Lankan musician first teased the song on her official Instagram page on August 10. In the caption of the post, she wrote: “MIA IS DEAD AF, THE FUTURE IS HERE ITS MAI BITCHES [sic].”

M.I.A. tagged Diplo in the video, adding in the comments section: “This is not me i would never make a song with Diplo. I’m working on a Christian LP rn.” The producer, meanwhile, added a series of fire emojis beneath the visuals.


Later, M.I.A. shared another ‘Popular’ teaser online. That upload included the message: “M.I.A. is irrelevant … She’s got an expiry date … I am M.A.I. … I am techno humanoid. I’m forever.”

On Spotify, Diplo and Dutch-Israeli producer/DJ Boaz van de Beats are credited as co-writers (alongside M.I.A.) and producers on ‘Popular’. Watch a ‘pseudo video’ for the song here:

M.I.A. returned back in May with the single ‘The One’ and confirmed her first album in six years, ‘MATA’, which serves as the follow-up to 2016’s ‘AIM’. The record will arrive via Island, who she’s inked a new global deal with. A release date is not yet known.

Speaking to Zane Lowe on Apple Music 1, the singer explained of her next full-length effort: “I think there’s a bit of a battle on the record. That there is a bit of a clash, but the clash is like your ego and spirituality. Those are the clashes. Because as a musician, you need some ego, otherwise you can’t do it.”

This summer has seen M.I.A. perform at various European festivals, including Primavera Sound, NOS Alive and Bilbao BBK Live.

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