Six years after their last collaboration, the release of M.I.A.’s first musical venture with former boyfriend (and longtime producing partner) Diplo is reportedly being blocked by Interscope Records.
According to a tweet posted by the rapper on Saturday, the label “won’t clear the diplo bird song so it can’t can’t be released!”
M.I.A. announced the news one day after dropping an alternate, Blaqstarr-produced version of the track — the second official single from her forthcoming LP, A.I.M., which is set for a Sept. 9 release. She repeatedly tweeted messages at Interscope’s official account, urging them to “sort it out” and clear the Diplo version of the song “so it can be released this Friday.”
The Diplo version of “Bird Song” marks the first time the pair has worked together on a major release since M.I.A.’s 2010 mixtape, Vicki Leekx. The one-time couple’s highly publicized, post-breakup feud intensified after she accused the producer of trashing her hotel room when she signed with Interscope. During a subsequent interview with Billboard, Diplo admitted he was “really jealous and sad” when M.I.A. found major label success.
“I probably made mistakes in our relationship, but we made awesome music,” he said. “Every time we had a fight, we made good music after.”
Diplo, who has also worked with Madonna and Justin Bieber in the recent past, produced several tracks for three of M.I.A.’s LPs, including “Bucky Done Gun,” “Hussel,” “It Takes a Muscle,” and “Tell Me Why.”
Listen to the Blaqstarr version of “Bird Song” (also available on iTunes and Spotify) in the video above.