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

1,115,943
9,567,552
Bad Girls - M.I.A.

Bad Girls

356,752
3,280,033
Boyz - M.I.A.

Boyz

286,341
1,624,290
Jimmy - M.I.A.

Jimmy

269,347
1,671,337
Bucky Done Gun - M.I.A.

Bucky Done Gun

238,988
1,421,445
Bamboo Banga - M.I.A.

Bamboo Banga

229,595
1,358,189
XR2 - M.I.A.

XR2

196,301
918,257
Galang - M.I.A.

Galang

193,938
974,188
The Turn - M.I.A.

The Turn

182,055
720,438
XXXO - M.I.A.

XXXO

181,298
1,500,481
Pull Up the People - M.I.A.

Pull Up the People

178,406
835,072
Bird Flu - M.I.A.

Bird Flu

176,213
884,035
Sunshowers - M.I.A.

Sunshowers

162,602
860,288
World Town - M.I.A.

World Town

154,189
759,236
Amazon - M.I.A.

Amazon

152,318
655,888
Bingo - M.I.A.

Bingo

142,806
594,213
20 Dollar - M.I.A.

20 Dollar

134,298
691,920
10 Dollar - M.I.A.

10 Dollar

133,904
681,580
Hombre - M.I.A.

Hombre

132,409
594,114
Born Free - M.I.A.

Born Free

132,345
747,037
Y.A.L.A. - M.I.A.

Y.A.L.A.

124,184
902,787
Banana Skit - M.I.A.

Banana Skit

123,412
484,497
The Message - M.I.A.

The Message

121,597
475,785
Bring the Noize - M.I.A.

Bring the Noize

120,468
784,922
Fire Fire - M.I.A.

Fire Fire

119,246
542,440
Double Bubble Trouble - M.I.A.

Double Bubble Trouble

115,895
936,060
It Takes a Muscle - M.I.A.

It Takes a Muscle

110,917
504,074
Teqkilla - M.I.A.

Teqkilla

102,849
461,012
Lovalot - M.I.A.

Lovalot

100,751
470,155
Steppin Up - M.I.A.

Steppin Up

100,017
437,605
Karmageddon - M.I.A.

Karmageddon

97,354
445,922
Come Walk with Me - M.I.A.

Come Walk with Me

94,835
573,941
Matangi - M.I.A.

Matangi

93,385
494,787
Tell Me Why - M.I.A.

Tell Me Why

92,932
375,105
Story to Be Told - M.I.A.

Story to Be Told

90,527
350,783
Meds and Feds - M.I.A.

Meds and Feds

85,329
419,336
Space - M.I.A.

Space

84,203
363,528
It Iz What It Iz - M.I.A.

It Iz What It Iz

81,410
313,601
Only 1 U - M.I.A.

Only 1 U

80,985
381,283
Warriors - M.I.A.

Warriors

80,927
407,009
$20 - M.I.A.

$20

78,376
418,004
Borders - M.I.A.

Borders

77,809
647,929
Boom Skit - M.I.A.

Boom Skit

72,400
382,586
Dash the Curry Skit - M.I.A.

Dash the Curry Skit

70,679
251,553
Hussel - M.I.A.

Hussel

70,092
288,525
Freedom Skit - M.I.A.

Freedom Skit

69,537
254,864
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