M.I.A. has confirmed that MATA, her first album in six years, “is on the way” as part of a new global record deal with Island Records. The first single from the project, the Rex Kudo and T-Minus-produced “The One,” is out now.
M.I.A. previously revealed the album’s title in an Instagram post last November, when she said it was a way “to reflect where I am [and] what we want to build.” MATA is the follow-up to 2016’s AIM, which featured collaborations with Zayn, Skrillex, Elastica’s Justine Frischmann and Blaqstarr.
Despite the long stretch since her last album, M.I.A. hasn’t been completely off the radar. She guested alongside Young Thug on Travis Scott’s 2020 No. 1 Billboard Hot 100 hit “Franchise,” her first chart-topper as a featured artist. She also put out a new song, “Babylon,” last November as part of an NFT drop to raise funds for The Courage Foundation.
M.I.A. has a handful of European tour dates on tap next month, beginning June 1 in Stockholm.
June 1: Stockholm (Grona Lund)
June 2: Funen, Denmark (Heartland Fest)
June 10: Barcelona (Primavera Sound)
June 11: Dijon, France (VYV Festival)
June 12: Marseille, France (Marsatac Festival)
June 17: Lyon, France (InVersion Festival)
June 18 : Montendre, France (Freemusic Festival)
July 8: Oeiras, Portugal (NOS Alive)
July 9: Biscay, Spain (BBK Bilbao Live)
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