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M.I.A. Defends Refugee Lives, Shares Release Dates for 'Go Off' Single & 'A.I.M.' Project
New M.I.A. material is on the horizon. After previously threatening to leak her forthcoming fifth studio effort, the eclectic singer-songwriter shared lyrics from her upcoming "Go Off" single featuring Skrillex on Twitter and teased on her official website that her album may arrive in September.
She also shared a note penned by writer Sinthujan Varatharajah defending refugee lives across the globe. It reads, "In the absence of privacy and basic rights, its inhabitants are forced to constantly renegotiate boundaries and create new laws. It’s a place where new global orders are created, where new encounters occur, where new cultures are formed, where new people are born: REFUGEES." The post then reveals that "Go Off" will be released on July 15 and that her album, which may have flipped its title from Matahdatah to A.I.M., would arrive on Sept. 9.
M.I.A. Almost Leaks Album, Accuses Other Artists of Taking Her Work
The album update comes after M.I.A. tweeted that she was "on the verge" of leaking her LP. "SO ON THE VERGE OF LEAKING THIS LP - ESPECIALLY WHEN I GET TOLD TO "FIGHT UR OWN BATTLE" , "NOT YOUR MULE" REFUGEES GOT THEIR PLATFORM ETC," she tweeted earlier this month. Previous releases from M.I.A. include "Borders," "MIA OLA" and "Foreign Friend." She also appeared on Baauer's "Temple."
Billboard has reached out to a rep for M.I.A. for additional comment.