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

1,119,002
9,598,107
Bad Girls - M.I.A.

Bad Girls

358,433
3,298,514
Boyz - M.I.A.

Boyz

286,670
1,626,212
Jimmy - M.I.A.

Jimmy

269,673
1,673,622
Bucky Done Gun - M.I.A.

Bucky Done Gun

239,340
1,423,979
Bamboo Banga - M.I.A.

Bamboo Banga

229,824
1,359,949
XR2 - M.I.A.

XR2

196,522
919,260
Galang - M.I.A.

Galang

194,173
975,701
The Turn - M.I.A.

The Turn

182,232
721,108
XXXO - M.I.A.

XXXO

181,548
1,502,654
Pull Up the People - M.I.A.

Pull Up the People

178,650
836,309
Bird Flu - M.I.A.

Bird Flu

176,341
884,668
Sunshowers - M.I.A.

Sunshowers

162,860
861,813
World Town - M.I.A.

World Town

154,424
760,284
Amazon - M.I.A.

Amazon

152,478
656,745
Bingo - M.I.A.

Bingo

142,952
594,853
20 Dollar - M.I.A.

20 Dollar

134,540
693,159
10 Dollar - M.I.A.

10 Dollar

134,053
682,412
Born Free - M.I.A.

Born Free

132,590
748,540
Hombre - M.I.A.

Hombre

132,566
594,863
Y.A.L.A. - M.I.A.

Y.A.L.A.

124,564
906,099
Banana Skit - M.I.A.

Banana Skit

123,543
484,909
The Message - M.I.A.

The Message

121,757
476,655
Bring the Noize - M.I.A.

Bring the Noize

120,751
787,652
Fire Fire - M.I.A.

Fire Fire

119,259
542,574
Double Bubble Trouble - M.I.A.

Double Bubble Trouble

116,344
942,834
It Takes a Muscle - M.I.A.

It Takes a Muscle

111,054
504,802
Teqkilla - M.I.A.

Teqkilla

103,008
461,983
Lovalot - M.I.A.

Lovalot

100,903
471,027
Steppin Up - M.I.A.

Steppin Up

100,182
438,613
Karmageddon - M.I.A.

Karmageddon

97,585
447,339
Come Walk with Me - M.I.A.

Come Walk with Me

95,021
575,407
Matangi - M.I.A.

Matangi

93,626
496,404
Tell Me Why - M.I.A.

Tell Me Why

93,038
375,583
Story to Be Told - M.I.A.

Story to Be Told

90,652
351,330
Meds and Feds - M.I.A.

Meds and Feds

85,458
420,137
Space - M.I.A.

Space

84,312
364,106
It Iz What It Iz - M.I.A.

It Iz What It Iz

81,529
314,060
Only 1 U - M.I.A.

Only 1 U

81,184
382,587
Warriors - M.I.A.

Warriors

81,125
408,287
Borders - M.I.A.

Borders

78,599
655,657
$20 - M.I.A.

$20

78,381
418,056
Boom Skit - M.I.A.

Boom Skit

72,621
383,953
Dash the Curry Skit - M.I.A.

Dash the Curry Skit

70,836
252,071
Hussel - M.I.A.

Hussel

70,270
289,036
Freedom Skit - M.I.A.

Freedom Skit

69,543
254,905
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