M.I.A. Reveals She Worked With Zayn Malik on New Song 'Freedun'
While in India, M.I.A. says that she and the former One Direction-er created the song via messaging app WhatsApp. "We just basically did it while I was here, because I’ve been here for a week-and-a-half," she told Entertainment Weekly. "We’ve just been going back and forth on, you know, WhatsApp.”
The two formed a bond when M.I.A. considered penning tracks for his solo debut, Mind of Mine, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 in April. "We have the same publishers and they wanted me to demo some songs for Zayn,” she explained. “Before I started writing properly my own stuff [for AIM], I was thinking maybe I’ll write for other people instead. I really wanted to write a song for Zayn … We had a couple people in common. And that’s how it came about. I didn’t really approach him for my own record until later on. First, I thought I wanted to try writing a song for him."
Despite the missed opportunity, M.I.A. and Malik will make up for it on her upcoming album -- and possibly her last -- due Sept. 9. "It's the cleanest album I have," she said during a recent interview with Annie Mac on BBC Radio 1 last month. "It's my last record so I just want it to be happy. There's no complaints on it."