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

M.I.A. performs during the world premiere of the Smart forjeremy Showcar by Jeremy Scott on Nov. 27, 2012, in Hollywood, Calif. Getty

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.