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

1,061,626
9,104,512
Bad Girls - M.I.A.

Bad Girls

334,593
3,064,659
Boyz - M.I.A.

Boyz

278,806
1,580,812
Jimmy - M.I.A.

Jimmy

262,043
1,619,725
Bucky Done Gun - M.I.A.

Bucky Done Gun

231,896
1,373,698
Bamboo Banga - M.I.A.

Bamboo Banga

223,575
1,318,885
XR2 - M.I.A.

XR2

191,372
893,640
Galang - M.I.A.

Galang

188,847
946,056
The Turn - M.I.A.

The Turn

177,510
701,524
XXXO - M.I.A.

XXXO

176,094
1,452,982
Pull Up the People - M.I.A.

Pull Up the People

173,586
810,208
Bird Flu - M.I.A.

Bird Flu

172,226
862,730
Sunshowers - M.I.A.

Sunshowers

157,857
833,592
World Town - M.I.A.

World Town

149,530
736,249
Amazon - M.I.A.

Amazon

148,292
636,735
Bingo - M.I.A.

Bingo

139,170
577,720
10 Dollar - M.I.A.

10 Dollar

130,416
662,814
20 Dollar - M.I.A.

20 Dollar

129,990
669,860
Hombre - M.I.A.

Hombre

128,946
577,521
Born Free - M.I.A.

Born Free

127,897
718,504
Banana Skit - M.I.A.

Banana Skit

120,281
472,109
The Message - M.I.A.

The Message

118,240
460,064
Y.A.L.A. - M.I.A.

Y.A.L.A.

118,121
854,702
Fire Fire - M.I.A.

Fire Fire

117,155
531,493
Bring the Noize - M.I.A.

Bring the Noize

115,739
749,483
Double Bubble Trouble - M.I.A.

Double Bubble Trouble

109,187
874,804
It Takes a Muscle - M.I.A.

It Takes a Muscle

107,749
487,610
Teqkilla - M.I.A.

Teqkilla

99,756
444,257
Lovalot - M.I.A.

Lovalot

97,778
452,755
Steppin Up - M.I.A.

Steppin Up

97,042
422,080
Karmageddon - M.I.A.

Karmageddon

93,543
421,608
Come Walk with Me - M.I.A.

Come Walk with Me

91,274
548,719
Tell Me Why - M.I.A.

Tell Me Why

90,539
363,546
Matangi - M.I.A.

Matangi

89,386
468,658
Story to Be Told - M.I.A.

Story to Be Told

88,007
339,377
Meds and Feds - M.I.A.

Meds and Feds

82,912
404,737
Space - M.I.A.

Space

81,867
352,096
It Iz What It Iz - M.I.A.

It Iz What It Iz

79,104
303,573
Only 1 U - M.I.A.

Only 1 U

77,687
362,110
Warriors - M.I.A.

Warriors

77,456
385,501
$20 - M.I.A.

$20

77,029
410,156
Boom Skit - M.I.A.

Boom Skit

68,989
362,513
Freedom Skit - M.I.A.

Freedom Skit

68,344
250,094
Dash the Curry Skit - M.I.A.

Dash the Curry Skit

68,231
243,020
Borders - M.I.A.

Borders

68,091
554,303
Hussel - M.I.A.

Hussel

67,343
277,960
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