M.I.A will collaborate with Zayn Malik on Freedun track
M.I.A is set to collaborate with Zayn Malik.
The 41-year-old singer songwriter - whose real name is Mathangi Arulpragasam - has admitted she has reached out to the former One Direction band member and is planning to work with Malik on her upcoming track 'Freedun', which will feature on her fifth studio album 'AIM'.
The brunette beauty told Entertainment Weekly: "We just basically did it while I was here, because I've been here for a week-and-a-half.
"We've just been going back and forth on, you know, WhatsApp."
The 'Sunshowers' hitmaker has revealed she has worked with the 'PillowTalk' musician before she decided to focus on her upcoming EP.
She explained: "We have the same publishers and they wanted me to demo some songs for Zayn.
"Before I started writing properly my own stuff [for 'AIM'], I was thinking maybe I'll write for other people instead. I really wanted to write a song for Zayn ... We had a couple people in common. And that's how it came about.
"I didn't really approach him for my own record until later on. First, I thought I wanted to try writing a song for him."
And M.I.A has revealed the upcoming album will be her last, and plans for it to be a "happy" medley.
Speaking previously about 'AIM', which is due to be released on September 9, she said: "It's the cleanest album I have. It's my last record so I just want it to be happy. There's no complaints on it.
"I'm sure I'll put music out and make music, but as an album, this just came together after 'Borders' and it just seemed like it wrote itself very quickly. I had to just go with it."
Meanwhile, M.I.A has revealed she has also teamed up with her former lover Diplo on her new single 'Birdsong', which will be released on August 12.