M.I.A. Dropping Second Album In August
Billboard.com has learned eclectic Sri Lankan artist M.I.A. will release her sophomore album on Aug. 21, not on June 26 as had been reported elsewhere earlier this week.Billboard.com has learned eclectic Sri Lankan artist M.I.A. will release her sophomore album on Aug. 21, not on June 26 as had been reported elsewhere earlier this week. The Interscope set "Kala" will include the track "Bird Flu," which has been making the rounds online in recent months.
The set also features contributions from Timbaland, Diplo, Baltimore act Blagstar and house DJ/producer Dave Taylor (also known as Switch). Recording sessions took M.I.A. from India to Trinidad, New York, London and Baltimore over the past year.
"Kala" is the follow-up to 2005's "Arular," which has sold 129,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It reached No. 3 on Billboard's Top Electronic Albums chart and No. 14 on the Heatseekers tally.
M.I.A. will return to live action with a May 26 appearance at the Sasquatch! Festival in Washington State and will also play Lollapalooza on Aug. 3 in Chicago.