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M.I.A. says new album is due in April

HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 27: Singer M.I.A. performs during the World Premiere of the smart forjeremy Showcar by Jeremy Scott at Jim Henson Studios on November 27, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by John Sciulli/Getty Images for smart)
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M.I.A. performs during the world premiere of the Smart forjeremy Showcar by Jeremy Scott on Nov. 27, 2012, in Hollywood, Calif.
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M.I.A. has been hard at work on a new album, due in mid-April.

In an interview with Australia's Gold Coast Bulletin, M.I.A. said she's still working on the set, adding, "I thought I'd finished it. I finished it and then I handed the record in, like a couple of months ago."

The singer/rapper revealed she's been having issues with her record label, which she says told her that the latest material is "too positive" and that she should "darken it up a bit."

"It's like 'We just built you up as the public enemy No. 1 and now you're coming out with all this positive stuff,'" M.I.A. explained.

The British-born, Sri-Lankan-raised artist said she's taking her time to decide what the label's feedback means for her new music.

Her most recent full-length album, "Maya," came out in 2010. She has since released the track, "Bad Girls," which is up for a Grammy in the category of best short form music video.