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

1,098,363
9,414,937
Bad Girls - M.I.A.

Bad Girls

349,212
3,199,241
Boyz - M.I.A.

Boyz

284,925
1,615,350
Jimmy - M.I.A.

Jimmy

267,941
1,660,065
Bucky Done Gun - M.I.A.

Bucky Done Gun

237,484
1,409,784
Bamboo Banga - M.I.A.

Bamboo Banga

228,320
1,349,957
XR2 - M.I.A.

XR2

195,445
913,855
Galang - M.I.A.

Galang

192,966
968,179
The Turn - M.I.A.

The Turn

181,275
717,425
XXXO - M.I.A.

XXXO

180,220
1,489,708
Pull Up the People - M.I.A.

Pull Up the People

177,528
829,749
Bird Flu - M.I.A.

Bird Flu

175,639
880,951
Sunshowers - M.I.A.

Sunshowers

161,597
854,278
World Town - M.I.A.

World Town

153,174
754,362
Amazon - M.I.A.

Amazon

151,616
652,131
Bingo - M.I.A.

Bingo

142,222
590,901
20 Dollar - M.I.A.

20 Dollar

133,292
687,003
10 Dollar - M.I.A.

10 Dollar

133,288
677,579
Hombre - M.I.A.

Hombre

131,788
590,824
Born Free - M.I.A.

Born Free

131,264
739,787
Banana Skit - M.I.A.

Banana Skit

122,882
482,466
Y.A.L.A. - M.I.A.

Y.A.L.A.

122,353
887,996
The Message - M.I.A.

The Message

120,924
472,292
Fire Fire - M.I.A.

Fire Fire

119,149
541,733
Bring the Noize - M.I.A.

Bring the Noize

119,161
774,290
Double Bubble Trouble - M.I.A.

Double Bubble Trouble

113,851
916,101
It Takes a Muscle - M.I.A.

It Takes a Muscle

110,232
500,389
Teqkilla - M.I.A.

Teqkilla

102,120
456,778
Lovalot - M.I.A.

Lovalot

100,055
465,826
Steppin Up - M.I.A.

Steppin Up

99,323
433,324
Karmageddon - M.I.A.

Karmageddon

96,402
439,483
Come Walk with Me - M.I.A.

Come Walk with Me

93,960
566,915
Tell Me Why - M.I.A.

Tell Me Why

92,449
372,540
Matangi - M.I.A.

Matangi

92,296
486,359
Story to Be Told - M.I.A.

Story to Be Told

89,978
348,225
Meds and Feds - M.I.A.

Meds and Feds

84,765
415,690
Space - M.I.A.

Space

83,714
361,110
It Iz What It Iz - M.I.A.

It Iz What It Iz

80,905
311,421
Only 1 U - M.I.A.

Only 1 U

80,100
375,366
Warriors - M.I.A.

Warriors

80,027
400,041
$20 - M.I.A.

$20

78,345
417,698
Borders - M.I.A.

Borders

74,065
612,307
Boom Skit - M.I.A.

Boom Skit

71,420
376,445
Dash the Curry Skit - M.I.A.

Dash the Curry Skit

70,102
249,448
Freedom Skit - M.I.A.

Freedom Skit

69,505
254,657
Hussel - M.I.A.

Hussel

69,333
285,944
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