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M.I.A. Announces New Album ‘MATA’ With Single “The One”

M.I.A. is back! The British rapper has reported her hotly anticipated 6th collection MATA and shared the new tune “The One.” Update — 5/27: M.I.A. has now shared the authority music video for “The One.” It shows the performer getting a charge out of beautiful waters loaded with lily cushions, and you can watch it beneath.

“I know that it was the pandemic, and kind of everything was hitting the fan, but I’d got to a place that was really happy,” she recently told Apple Music’s Zane Lowe about the new single. “In a way, it’s kind of rebellious because everybody’s expecting me to put out that really havoc… Everyone’s expecting that, but it’s not, that’s not what it is,” M.I.A. continued.

“It’s about the battle of the ego versus you finding yourself and you finding the spiritual leader. Spirituality within, whatever form is given to you. I think that’s really interesting, when you think everything, you get challenged by the universe. And that happened to me. Really I’m just here to share that.”

M.I.A. also talked to Lowe about the new album, saying: “I think there’s a bit of a battle on the record. That there is a bit of a clash, but the clash is like your ego and spirituality. Those are the clashes. Because as a musician, you need some ego, otherwise you can’t do it.”

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