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

1,094,454
9,377,820
Bad Girls - M.I.A.

Bad Girls

347,398
3,180,507
Boyz - M.I.A.

Boyz

284,555
1,612,950
Jimmy - M.I.A.

Jimmy

267,551
1,656,514
Bucky Done Gun - M.I.A.

Bucky Done Gun

237,124
1,406,702
Bamboo Banga - M.I.A.

Bamboo Banga

227,992
1,347,704
XR2 - M.I.A.

XR2

195,200
912,430
Galang - M.I.A.

Galang

192,754
966,674
The Turn - M.I.A.

The Turn

181,054
716,502
XXXO - M.I.A.

XXXO

179,947
1,486,573
Pull Up the People - M.I.A.

Pull Up the People

177,292
828,352
Bird Flu - M.I.A.

Bird Flu

175,481
880,146
Sunshowers - M.I.A.

Sunshowers

161,350
852,713
World Town - M.I.A.

World Town

152,898
752,988
Amazon - M.I.A.

Amazon

151,400
651,077
Bingo - M.I.A.

Bingo

142,053
590,136
10 Dollar - M.I.A.

10 Dollar

133,133
676,604
20 Dollar - M.I.A.

20 Dollar

133,034
685,444
Hombre - M.I.A.

Hombre

131,630
589,996
Born Free - M.I.A.

Born Free

130,976
736,936
Banana Skit - M.I.A.

Banana Skit

122,752
481,866
Y.A.L.A. - M.I.A.

Y.A.L.A.

121,852
883,414
The Message - M.I.A.

The Message

120,741
471,341
Fire Fire - M.I.A.

Fire Fire

119,116
541,457
Bring the Noize - M.I.A.

Bring the Noize

118,849
771,463
Double Bubble Trouble - M.I.A.

Double Bubble Trouble

113,300
910,449
It Takes a Muscle - M.I.A.

It Takes a Muscle

110,049
499,411
Teqkilla - M.I.A.

Teqkilla

101,943
455,656
Lovalot - M.I.A.

Lovalot

99,898
464,188
Steppin Up - M.I.A.

Steppin Up

99,139
432,291
Karmageddon - M.I.A.

Karmageddon

96,096
437,632
Come Walk with Me - M.I.A.

Come Walk with Me

93,709
564,836
Tell Me Why - M.I.A.

Tell Me Why

92,337
371,934
Matangi - M.I.A.

Matangi

91,955
483,959
Story to Be Told - M.I.A.

Story to Be Told

89,847
347,460
Meds and Feds - M.I.A.

Meds and Feds

84,634
414,692
Space - M.I.A.

Space

83,591
360,452
It Iz What It Iz - M.I.A.

It Iz What It Iz

80,780
310,814
Only 1 U - M.I.A.

Only 1 U

79,841
373,865
Warriors - M.I.A.

Warriors

79,753
398,055
$20 - M.I.A.

$20

78,330
417,586
Borders - M.I.A.

Borders

73,139
602,097
Boom Skit - M.I.A.

Boom Skit

71,125
374,828
Dash the Curry Skit - M.I.A.

Dash the Curry Skit

69,943
248,879
Freedom Skit - M.I.A.

Freedom Skit

69,494
254,559
Hussel - M.I.A.

Hussel

69,130
285,174
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