Much-buzzed-about U.K. rapper M.I.A. has signed with Interscope Records, which will release her debut album, "Arular," by mid-April in the United States, sources say.

Much-buzzed-about U.K. rapper M.I.A. has signed with Interscope Records, which will release her debut album, "Arular," by mid-April in the United States, sources say.

"Arular" was initially due to come out Feb. 22 on XL Recordings, but the London-based label pulled the album less than a week before street date. XL, part of Beggars Group, claimed that the release was delayed due to a failure to clear certain, unspecified samples. As of last week, XL was saying the album would be out in mid-March.

Beggars CEO Lesley Bleakley did not return a call for comment.

The Sri Lankan-born M.I.A., who raps over dancehall-inspired elecontrica, has been the subject of much industry attention the past few months, beginning with a New Yorker profile late last year. Her debut single, "Galang," has sold 800 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan.