Artist Name: M.I.A.

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M.I.A.There are five known artists under this name:

(1) Mathangi “Maya” Arulpragasam, (born 18 July 1975 in Hounslow, London, U.K.) is a British artist of Sri Lankan descent. As a baby she moved with her family to their native Sri Lanka, where her father became increasingly politically active in militant activities. As the Civil War escalated the rest of the family was forced to flee as refugees, first to India and then the UK. “M.I.A.” [“Missing In Action”] references both her London neighborhood (Acton) and her politically tumultuous youth.

Her style contains elements of hip-hop, reggae, alternative, dance hall, electro and baile funk and is strongly inspired by her Sri Lankan background.

(2) American Punk/Hardcore band formed in Orange County, CA in 1981 by Chris Moon, drums; Mike Conley, bass; Nick Adams, guitar (all previously of Las Vegas, NV punk band The Swell); and Art Carasco, vocals. Their sound was generally hardcore and thrasher, though they produced more melodic and progressive sounds in their later albums. Allmusic called the band "one of the 50 best So-Cal punk bands of the great early-'80s second wave explosion. In 1984 they signed a deal with the cult Alternative Tentacles label, after the label's founder, Dead Kennedys frontman Jello Biafra, saw them play at a secret illegal punk nightclub in Las Vegas. Biafra was impressed by Mike Conley's distinctive voice, saying "The minute you hear a song with him singing you know it's him." They released the album Murder in a Foreign Place on Alternative Tentacles in 1984, followed in 1985 by Notes From the Underground on National Trust Records, and in 1987 by After the Fact on Flipside Records. The band split up in 1988. In 2001, Alternative Tentacles released Lost Boys, a 37-song retrospective of the band's work, including Last Rites, Murder in a Foreign Place, and several additional tracks. On February 28, 2008 vocalist Mike Conley was found dead in a Chicago hotel parking lot. Conley was taken to Gottlieb Memorial Hospital in Melrose Park, where he was pronounced dead at 6:25 a.m. On April 27, 2008, there was a secret warm-up show at Detroit Bar featuring Todd Sampson of Self Abuse and Samson's Army on vocals, Jello Biafra of Dead Kennedys on guest vocals, Chris Moon and Larry Pearson on drums, Nick Adams on guitar, and Bob Thomson on bass. The next day, the "Beautiful Noise" benefit show took place at the Anaheim House of Blues with Jigsaw, Naked Soul, Cadillac Tramps, Social Distortion and MIA with the same lineup as the previous night, but adding Kevin Seconds of 7 Seconds on guest vocals. The proceeds of "Beautiful Noise" went to Mike Conley's family.

(3) Formed in the mid 70s, Independent Musicians Associated (MIA) was a group of musicians, technicians and drawers gathered together by Lito and Liliana Vitale’s parents. They produced their own records and concerts in an independent way. Their music is a complex symphonic rock with definite Argentinean/latin folk influence with multiple chorals and vocals beautifully contrasting with the keyboards and a great guitar sound upon a strong rhythmic section. They were highly influenced by symphonic music, more noteworthy by Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Gentle Giant and Focus.

(4) Merriweathers is a member of Underground Resistance under the alias of The Unknown Soldier.

(5) mia's page (Michaela Grobelny).

Top Track of Atist: M.I.A.

Paper Planes - M.I.A.

Paper Planes

1,119,397
9,601,867
Bad Girls - M.I.A.

Bad Girls

358,655
3,300,756
Boyz - M.I.A.

Boyz

286,716
1,626,458
Jimmy - M.I.A.

Jimmy

269,719
1,674,020
Bucky Done Gun - M.I.A.

Bucky Done Gun

239,384
1,424,289
Bamboo Banga - M.I.A.

Bamboo Banga

229,852
1,360,142
XR2 - M.I.A.

XR2

196,550
919,395
Galang - M.I.A.

Galang

194,210
975,936
The Turn - M.I.A.

The Turn

182,258
721,218
XXXO - M.I.A.

XXXO

181,581
1,502,982
Pull Up the People - M.I.A.

Pull Up the People

178,679
836,466
Bird Flu - M.I.A.

Bird Flu

176,357
884,754
Sunshowers - M.I.A.

Sunshowers

162,893
861,999
World Town - M.I.A.

World Town

154,461
760,451
Amazon - M.I.A.

Amazon

152,507
656,871
Bingo - M.I.A.

Bingo

142,973
594,938
20 Dollar - M.I.A.

20 Dollar

134,581
693,332
10 Dollar - M.I.A.

10 Dollar

134,076
682,521
Born Free - M.I.A.

Born Free

132,628
748,750
Hombre - M.I.A.

Hombre

132,589
594,958
Y.A.L.A. - M.I.A.

Y.A.L.A.

124,628
906,509
Banana Skit - M.I.A.

Banana Skit

123,559
484,979
The Message - M.I.A.

The Message

121,777
476,803
Bring the Noize - M.I.A.

Bring the Noize

120,796
787,953
Fire Fire - M.I.A.

Fire Fire

119,261
542,587
Double Bubble Trouble - M.I.A.

Double Bubble Trouble

116,416
943,387
It Takes a Muscle - M.I.A.

It Takes a Muscle

111,072
504,895
Teqkilla - M.I.A.

Teqkilla

103,031
462,095
Lovalot - M.I.A.

Lovalot

100,922
471,134
Steppin Up - M.I.A.

Steppin Up

100,205
438,720
Karmageddon - M.I.A.

Karmageddon

97,618
447,538
Come Walk with Me - M.I.A.

Come Walk with Me

95,047
575,596
Matangi - M.I.A.

Matangi

93,674
496,650
Tell Me Why - M.I.A.

Tell Me Why

93,052
375,657
Story to Be Told - M.I.A.

Story to Be Told

90,672
351,410
Meds and Feds - M.I.A.

Meds and Feds

85,474
420,241
Space - M.I.A.

Space

84,324
364,200
It Iz What It Iz - M.I.A.

It Iz What It Iz

81,542
314,131
Only 1 U - M.I.A.

Only 1 U

81,219
382,745
Warriors - M.I.A.

Warriors

81,160
408,478
Borders - M.I.A.

Borders

78,701
656,887
$20 - M.I.A.

$20

78,381
418,063
Boom Skit - M.I.A.

Boom Skit

72,659
384,143
Dash the Curry Skit - M.I.A.

Dash the Curry Skit

70,858
252,210
Hussel - M.I.A.

Hussel

70,301
289,149
Freedom Skit - M.I.A.

Freedom Skit

69,545
254,911
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