Date: Aug. 8, 2013
M.I.A.'s rocky relationship with Interscope Records has been well-documented over the last few years. Back in July of 2013, a trailer from a documentary she was scheduled to release leaked after director Steve Loveridge grew tired of internal issues with Interscope and M.I.A.'s management team at Roc Nation.
30 days later, the British singer-songwriter made it known she and Interscope weren't seeing eye to eye for her fourth studio album. “Who would stop Matangi from coming out?” she asked rhetorically. “If Interscope takes longer I can always leak this next week and make a new one by the time they are ready.” In earlier months, M.I.A. had referenced postponements to the album because Interscope wasn't satisfied with the direction of its content. Matangi would eventually be released in November 2013, selling 15,000 copies in its first week.
who would stop MATANGI from coming out?— M.I.A (@MIAuniverse) August 9, 2013
If interscope takes longer i can always leak this next week and make a new one by the time they are ready.— M.I.A (@MIAuniverse) August 9, 2013