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

1,097,955
9,410,304
Bad Girls - M.I.A.

Bad Girls

349,009
3,196,917
Boyz - M.I.A.

Boyz

284,882
1,615,044
Jimmy - M.I.A.

Jimmy

267,898
1,659,670
Bucky Done Gun - M.I.A.

Bucky Done Gun

237,438
1,409,412
Bamboo Banga - M.I.A.

Bamboo Banga

228,284
1,349,620
XR2 - M.I.A.

XR2

195,418
913,649
Galang - M.I.A.

Galang

192,935
967,997
The Turn - M.I.A.

The Turn

181,246
717,324
XXXO - M.I.A.

XXXO

180,188
1,489,355
Pull Up the People - M.I.A.

Pull Up the People

177,505
829,602
Bird Flu - M.I.A.

Bird Flu

175,621
880,879
Sunshowers - M.I.A.

Sunshowers

161,568
854,108
World Town - M.I.A.

World Town

153,137
754,192
Amazon - M.I.A.

Amazon

151,585
651,995
Bingo - M.I.A.

Bingo

142,196
590,822
10 Dollar - M.I.A.

10 Dollar

133,264
677,469
20 Dollar - M.I.A.

20 Dollar

133,258
686,828
Hombre - M.I.A.

Hombre

131,764
590,739
Born Free - M.I.A.

Born Free

131,217
739,497
Banana Skit - M.I.A.

Banana Skit

122,874
482,421
Y.A.L.A. - M.I.A.

Y.A.L.A.

122,293
887,473
The Message - M.I.A.

The Message

120,904
472,201
Fire Fire - M.I.A.

Fire Fire

119,148
541,716
Bring the Noize - M.I.A.

Bring the Noize

119,122
773,949
Double Bubble Trouble - M.I.A.

Double Bubble Trouble

113,775
915,419
It Takes a Muscle - M.I.A.

It Takes a Muscle

110,212
500,224
Teqkilla - M.I.A.

Teqkilla

102,097
456,646
Lovalot - M.I.A.

Lovalot

100,035
465,678
Steppin Up - M.I.A.

Steppin Up

99,300
433,203
Karmageddon - M.I.A.

Karmageddon

96,371
439,208
Come Walk with Me - M.I.A.

Come Walk with Me

93,926
566,645
Tell Me Why - M.I.A.

Tell Me Why

92,433
372,453
Matangi - M.I.A.

Matangi

92,262
486,021
Story to Be Told - M.I.A.

Story to Be Told

89,962
348,163
Meds and Feds - M.I.A.

Meds and Feds

84,747
415,564
Space - M.I.A.

Space

83,700
361,023
It Iz What It Iz - M.I.A.

It Iz What It Iz

80,889
311,340
Only 1 U - M.I.A.

Only 1 U

80,070
375,149
Warriors - M.I.A.

Warriors

79,998
399,766
$20 - M.I.A.

$20

78,342
417,687
Borders - M.I.A.

Borders

73,978
611,339
Boom Skit - M.I.A.

Boom Skit

71,393
376,237
Dash the Curry Skit - M.I.A.

Dash the Curry Skit

70,086
249,386
Freedom Skit - M.I.A.

Freedom Skit

69,501
254,647
Hussel - M.I.A.

Hussel

69,315
285,882
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