Upadate: Following the release of her single, Afropunk announced it would pull M.I.A. as a headliner of its London event. See statement below.
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Fresh off of a ton of controversy over her comments on Black Lives Matter that led to push back on her planned AfroPunk appearance in London , M.I.A. debuted a new single titled “Go Off” on BBC Radio 1’s Annie Mac show yesterday, along with a video.
Produced by Skrillex and Blacqstarr with the video directed by the Sri-Lanken-born artist, the singer told Mac “Go Off” is the first single off her next album, titled Aim (M.I.A. spelled backwards), with a planned September 9th release date.
M.I.A. described the album as revealing a more content side of herself, saying “There’s another side of my personality; I don’t know if people know about that.” She noted the video had “no human beings in it,” explaining she wanted a break, especially after her last video that included 1,000 extras and a 125 man crew, and led to her temporarily losing her voice.
In sad news, M.I.A. told Mac, she thinks Aim may be her last record, saying, “I want to do other things and take time out.”