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

1,119,527
9,603,140
Bad Girls - M.I.A.

Bad Girls

358,724
3,301,391
Boyz - M.I.A.

Boyz

286,733
1,626,538
Jimmy - M.I.A.

Jimmy

269,730
1,674,123
Bucky Done Gun - M.I.A.

Bucky Done Gun

239,396
1,424,396
Bamboo Banga - M.I.A.

Bamboo Banga

229,861
1,360,207
XR2 - M.I.A.

XR2

196,555
919,436
Galang - M.I.A.

Galang

194,230
976,009
The Turn - M.I.A.

The Turn

182,265
721,246
XXXO - M.I.A.

XXXO

181,589
1,503,072
Pull Up the People - M.I.A.

Pull Up the People

178,685
836,514
Bird Flu - M.I.A.

Bird Flu

176,363
884,778
Sunshowers - M.I.A.

Sunshowers

162,903
862,059
World Town - M.I.A.

World Town

154,468
760,484
Amazon - M.I.A.

Amazon

152,512
656,913
Bingo - M.I.A.

Bingo

142,978
594,969
20 Dollar - M.I.A.

20 Dollar

134,588
693,385
10 Dollar - M.I.A.

10 Dollar

134,083
682,568
Born Free - M.I.A.

Born Free

132,637
748,823
Hombre - M.I.A.

Hombre

132,593
594,990
Y.A.L.A. - M.I.A.

Y.A.L.A.

124,641
906,631
Banana Skit - M.I.A.

Banana Skit

123,564
484,999
The Message - M.I.A.

The Message

121,783
476,853
Bring the Noize - M.I.A.

Bring the Noize

120,808
788,040
Fire Fire - M.I.A.

Fire Fire

119,262
542,594
Double Bubble Trouble - M.I.A.

Double Bubble Trouble

116,439
943,579
It Takes a Muscle - M.I.A.

It Takes a Muscle

111,082
504,949
Teqkilla - M.I.A.

Teqkilla

103,034
462,138
Lovalot - M.I.A.

Lovalot

100,926
471,174
Steppin Up - M.I.A.

Steppin Up

100,212
438,771
Karmageddon - M.I.A.

Karmageddon

97,625
447,595
Come Walk with Me - M.I.A.

Come Walk with Me

95,057
575,656
Matangi - M.I.A.

Matangi

93,682
496,715
Tell Me Why - M.I.A.

Tell Me Why

93,056
375,690
Story to Be Told - M.I.A.

Story to Be Told

90,676
351,442
Meds and Feds - M.I.A.

Meds and Feds

85,478
420,289
Space - M.I.A.

Space

84,330
364,236
It Iz What It Iz - M.I.A.

It Iz What It Iz

81,545
314,158
Only 1 U - M.I.A.

Only 1 U

81,229
382,791
Warriors - M.I.A.

Warriors

81,170
408,535
Borders - M.I.A.

Borders

78,730
657,313
$20 - M.I.A.

$20

78,381
418,065
Boom Skit - M.I.A.

Boom Skit

72,671
384,192
Dash the Curry Skit - M.I.A.

Dash the Curry Skit

70,865
252,248
Hussel - M.I.A.

Hussel

70,311
289,173
Freedom Skit - M.I.A.

Freedom Skit

69,545
254,915
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