Artist Name: M.I.A.

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

1. Mathangi “Maya” Arulpragasam also known as M.I.A., (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

1,123,229
9,638,415
Bad Girls - M.I.A.

Bad Girls

360,509
3,318,108
Boyz - M.I.A.

Boyz

287,019
1,628,380
Jimmy - M.I.A.

Jimmy

270,009
1,676,515
Bucky Done Gun - M.I.A.

Bucky Done Gun

239,685
1,426,797
Bamboo Banga - M.I.A.

Bamboo Banga

230,046
1,361,752
XR2 - M.I.A.

XR2

196,722
920,454
Galang - M.I.A.

Galang

194,418
977,498
The Turn - M.I.A.

The Turn

182,416
721,977
XXXO - M.I.A.

XXXO

181,784
1,505,315
Pull Up the People - M.I.A.

Pull Up the People

178,861
837,691
Bird Flu - M.I.A.

Bird Flu

176,475
885,512
Sunshowers - M.I.A.

Sunshowers

163,078
863,430
World Town - M.I.A.

World Town

154,674
761,587
Amazon - M.I.A.

Amazon

152,651
657,770
Bingo - M.I.A.

Bingo

143,110
595,607
20 Dollar - M.I.A.

20 Dollar

134,798
694,656
10 Dollar - M.I.A.

10 Dollar

134,210
683,459
Born Free - M.I.A.

Born Free

132,882
750,463
Hombre - M.I.A.

Hombre

132,723
595,715
Y.A.L.A. - M.I.A.

Y.A.L.A.

125,028
909,535
Banana Skit - M.I.A.

Banana Skit

123,670
485,563
The Message - M.I.A.

The Message

121,929
477,657
Bring the Noize - M.I.A.

Bring the Noize

121,113
790,259
Fire Fire - M.I.A.

Fire Fire

119,280
542,742
Double Bubble Trouble - M.I.A.

Double Bubble Trouble

116,854
947,694
It Takes a Muscle - M.I.A.

It Takes a Muscle

111,207
505,733
Teqkilla - M.I.A.

Teqkilla

103,179
462,971
Lovalot - M.I.A.

Lovalot

101,063
472,034
Steppin Up - M.I.A.

Steppin Up

100,345
439,655
Karmageddon - M.I.A.

Karmageddon

97,843
448,903
Come Walk with Me - M.I.A.

Come Walk with Me

95,254
577,192
Matangi - M.I.A.

Matangi

93,917
498,413
Tell Me Why - M.I.A.

Tell Me Why

93,144
376,247
Story to Be Told - M.I.A.

Story to Be Told

90,781
351,966
Meds and Feds - M.I.A.

Meds and Feds

85,580
421,048
Space - M.I.A.

Space

84,437
364,808
It Iz What It Iz - M.I.A.

It Iz What It Iz

81,639
314,751
Only 1 U - M.I.A.

Only 1 U

81,418
383,944
Warriors - M.I.A.

Warriors

81,366
409,822
Borders - M.I.A.

Borders

79,464
665,027
$20 - M.I.A.

$20

78,386
418,124
Boom Skit - M.I.A.

Boom Skit

72,871
385,553
Dash the Curry Skit - M.I.A.

Dash the Curry Skit

70,988
252,963
Hussel - M.I.A.

Hussel

70,466
289,709
Freedom Skit - M.I.A.

Freedom Skit

69,550
254,962
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