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

1,078,432
9,242,132
Bad Girls - M.I.A.

Bad Girls

339,217
3,102,509
Boyz - M.I.A.

Boyz

282,964
1,602,933
Jimmy - M.I.A.

Jimmy

265,966
1,644,007
Bucky Done Gun - M.I.A.

Bucky Done Gun

235,336
1,393,761
Bamboo Banga - M.I.A.

Bamboo Banga

226,793
1,339,925
XR2 - M.I.A.

XR2

194,231
906,978
Galang - M.I.A.

Galang

191,600
960,158
The Turn - M.I.A.

The Turn

180,182
712,505
XXXO - M.I.A.

XXXO

178,663
1,473,843
Pull Up the People - M.I.A.

Pull Up the People

176,269
822,815
Bird Flu - M.I.A.

Bird Flu

174,777
876,473
Sunshowers - M.I.A.

Sunshowers

160,205
846,041
World Town - M.I.A.

World Town

151,816
747,687
Amazon - M.I.A.

Amazon

150,494
646,847
Bingo - M.I.A.

Bingo

141,315
586,764
10 Dollar - M.I.A.

10 Dollar

132,363
672,177
20 Dollar - M.I.A.

20 Dollar

131,953
679,944
Hombre - M.I.A.

Hombre

130,880
586,308
Born Free - M.I.A.

Born Free

129,875
729,071
Banana Skit - M.I.A.

Banana Skit

122,115
479,488
The Message - M.I.A.

The Message

119,933
467,065
Y.A.L.A. - M.I.A.

Y.A.L.A.

119,523
863,799
Fire Fire - M.I.A.

Fire Fire

118,923
540,206
Bring the Noize - M.I.A.

Bring the Noize

117,185
757,996
Double Bubble Trouble - M.I.A.

Double Bubble Trouble

110,589
885,055
It Takes a Muscle - M.I.A.

It Takes a Muscle

109,331
495,439
Teqkilla - M.I.A.

Teqkilla

101,231
451,445
Lovalot - M.I.A.

Lovalot

99,195
459,423
Steppin Up - M.I.A.

Steppin Up

98,389
428,074
Karmageddon - M.I.A.

Karmageddon

94,651
427,036
Come Walk with Me - M.I.A.

Come Walk with Me

92,425
554,859
Tell Me Why - M.I.A.

Tell Me Why

91,810
369,030
Matangi - M.I.A.

Matangi

90,369
472,853
Story to Be Told - M.I.A.

Story to Be Told

89,269
344,686
Meds and Feds - M.I.A.

Meds and Feds

84,054
411,149
Space - M.I.A.

Space

83,024
357,633
It Iz What It Iz - M.I.A.

It Iz What It Iz

80,253
308,243
Only 1 U - M.I.A.

Only 1 U

78,625
366,146
Warriors - M.I.A.

Warriors

78,363
388,213
$20 - M.I.A.

$20

78,272
417,077
Boom Skit - M.I.A.

Boom Skit

69,861
366,073
Freedom Skit - M.I.A.

Freedom Skit

69,427
254,181
Dash the Curry Skit - M.I.A.

Dash the Curry Skit

69,239
246,524
Hussel - M.I.A.

Hussel

68,414
282,635
Borders - M.I.A.

Borders

67,027
549,065
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