M.I.A. announced on Tuesday (December 31) that she is ending her management deal with Jay Z’s Roc Nation.
“im leaving @RocNation . Thank to everyone who supported the M.I.A #MATANGI LP. HAPPY NEW YEAR | 2014,” she took to Twitter to announce on New Year’s Eve.
— M.I.A (@MIAuniverse) December 31, 2013
The “Bad Girls” singer signed a management deal with Roc Nation last year. She started speaking out against her main record label, Interscope, in January of 2013 after her Matangi album was pushed back because it was “too positive.”
Jay Z’s Roc Nation label started operating under Universal Music Group, which also owns Interscope, earlier this year. In July, the label pulled a teaser clip for a Matangi documentary for copyright infringement. At the time, M.I.A. said she had been “blacklisted” and encouraged her fans to “put your middle fingers up.”
But after all that drama, her album was finally released on November 1. And in an interview with MTV News last month, it seemed the singer had fully embraced her “YALA” motto.