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

1,110,972
9,523,089
Bad Girls - M.I.A.

Bad Girls

354,441
3,250,701
Boyz - M.I.A.

Boyz

285,926
1,621,728
Jimmy - M.I.A.

Jimmy

268,916
1,668,304
Bucky Done Gun - M.I.A.

Bucky Done Gun

238,509
1,418,015
Bamboo Banga - M.I.A.

Bamboo Banga

229,218
1,355,801
XR2 - M.I.A.

XR2

196,064
916,996
Galang - M.I.A.

Galang

193,642
972,392
The Turn - M.I.A.

The Turn

181,836
719,566
XXXO - M.I.A.

XXXO

180,973
1,497,310
Pull Up the People - M.I.A.

Pull Up the People

178,158
833,670
Bird Flu - M.I.A.

Bird Flu

176,053
883,094
Sunshowers - M.I.A.

Sunshowers

162,312
858,451
World Town - M.I.A.

World Town

153,910
757,840
Amazon - M.I.A.

Amazon

152,116
654,829
Bingo - M.I.A.

Bingo

142,629
593,313
20 Dollar - M.I.A.

20 Dollar

134,019
690,536
10 Dollar - M.I.A.

10 Dollar

133,713
680,513
Hombre - M.I.A.

Hombre

132,224
593,127
Born Free - M.I.A.

Born Free

132,039
744,971
Y.A.L.A. - M.I.A.

Y.A.L.A.

123,658
898,713
Banana Skit - M.I.A.

Banana Skit

123,252
483,901
The Message - M.I.A.

The Message

121,415
474,760
Bring the Noize - M.I.A.

Bring the Noize

120,082
782,047
Fire Fire - M.I.A.

Fire Fire

119,223
542,297
Double Bubble Trouble - M.I.A.

Double Bubble Trouble

115,301
930,583
It Takes a Muscle - M.I.A.

It Takes a Muscle

110,727
502,953
Teqkilla - M.I.A.

Teqkilla

102,631
459,842
Lovalot - M.I.A.

Lovalot

100,556
468,859
Steppin Up - M.I.A.

Steppin Up

99,813
436,368
Karmageddon - M.I.A.

Karmageddon

97,081
444,345
Come Walk with Me - M.I.A.

Come Walk with Me

94,571
572,067
Matangi - M.I.A.

Matangi

93,066
492,540
Tell Me Why - M.I.A.

Tell Me Why

92,792
374,298
Story to Be Told - M.I.A.

Story to Be Told

90,380
350,069
Meds and Feds - M.I.A.

Meds and Feds

85,156
418,170
Space - M.I.A.

Space

84,076
362,806
It Iz What It Iz - M.I.A.

It Iz What It Iz

81,281
312,901
Only 1 U - M.I.A.

Only 1 U

80,746
379,960
Warriors - M.I.A.

Warriors

80,670
405,465
$20 - M.I.A.

$20

78,370
417,945
Borders - M.I.A.

Borders

76,750
637,524
Boom Skit - M.I.A.

Boom Skit

72,117
380,704
Dash the Curry Skit - M.I.A.

Dash the Curry Skit

70,514
250,878
Hussel - M.I.A.

Hussel

69,886
287,785
Freedom Skit - M.I.A.

Freedom Skit

69,531
254,832
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