Okay, everyone; all clear! We can officially all stop holding our breaths and stop spelling words with boring-ass “s” instead of the much cooler “z” option! M.I.A.’z new album, the follow-up to 2010’z… interesting /\/\/\Y/\, finally has an official releaze date!
According to Pitchfork’s pretty unrivaled coverage of M.I.A.’z life, she kinda sorta passively threatened to leak the thing last Friday, and now maybe the label capitulated; so it’s due out on November 5 via Interscope, making for the perfect Guy Fawkes Day stocking stuffer!
To be fair, though, the album has been floating around for a while (it was reportedly delayed initially for being “too positive” and not having enough z’s instead of s’s). And if you recall, TMT was even savvy enough to choco-grind her “Bring the Noize” video last month, which, I think we can all agree, promptly shattered our preconceptions of what a music video for a song like “Bring The Noize” could possibly be.
As for the title? I guess it’s her real first name (yeah, I know: it’s strange that there’s no z’s in it):
When I went to India, I was looking on Google for stuff that was the color of a certain green, and that’s when this green goddess, Matangi, popped up. I was like, that’s weird, the whole time I’ve been alive on this planet, my mom never mentioned where my name came from. Matangi was the goddess of knowledge and the arts—music, art, dancing, spoken word. When they invented this mythology 4,000 years ago, the concept of someone being about all those things was normal.
Speaking of inventing mythologies… here’s some linkz to placez around the internet where you can find more information about M.I.A.