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

1,105,493
9,477,203
Bad Girls - M.I.A.

Bad Girls

352,060
3,227,960
Boyz - M.I.A.

Boyz

285,461
1,618,852
Jimmy - M.I.A.

Jimmy

268,482
1,664,788
Bucky Done Gun - M.I.A.

Bucky Done Gun

238,057
1,414,243
Bamboo Banga - M.I.A.

Bamboo Banga

228,758
1,352,872
XR2 - M.I.A.

XR2

195,772
915,483
Galang - M.I.A.

Galang

193,350
970,637
The Turn - M.I.A.

The Turn

181,579
718,586
XXXO - M.I.A.

XXXO

180,654
1,494,037
Pull Up the People - M.I.A.

Pull Up the People

177,874
831,604
Bird Flu - M.I.A.

Bird Flu

175,868
882,083
Sunshowers - M.I.A.

Sunshowers

161,971
856,504
World Town - M.I.A.

World Town

153,567
756,189
Amazon - M.I.A.

Amazon

151,883
653,678
Bingo - M.I.A.

Bingo

142,440
591,950
20 Dollar - M.I.A.

20 Dollar

133,669
688,912
10 Dollar - M.I.A.

10 Dollar

133,520
679,060
Hombre - M.I.A.

Hombre

132,015
591,958
Born Free - M.I.A.

Born Free

131,717
742,707
Banana Skit - M.I.A.

Banana Skit

123,082
483,226
Y.A.L.A. - M.I.A.

Y.A.L.A.

123,070
894,077
The Message - M.I.A.

The Message

121,209
473,687
Bring the Noize - M.I.A.

Bring the Noize

119,691
778,593
Fire Fire - M.I.A.

Fire Fire

119,192
542,029
Double Bubble Trouble - M.I.A.

Double Bubble Trouble

114,686
924,764
It Takes a Muscle - M.I.A.

It Takes a Muscle

110,529
501,838
Teqkilla - M.I.A.

Teqkilla

102,413
458,574
Lovalot - M.I.A.

Lovalot

100,342
467,524
Steppin Up - M.I.A.

Steppin Up

99,608
435,169
Karmageddon - M.I.A.

Karmageddon

96,782
442,512
Come Walk with Me - M.I.A.

Come Walk with Me

94,319
569,986
Matangi - M.I.A.

Matangi

92,716
489,815
Tell Me Why - M.I.A.

Tell Me Why

92,640
373,562
Story to Be Told - M.I.A.

Story to Be Told

90,206
349,284
Meds and Feds - M.I.A.

Meds and Feds

84,988
417,181
Space - M.I.A.

Space

83,905
362,022
It Iz What It Iz - M.I.A.

It Iz What It Iz

81,115
312,223
Only 1 U - M.I.A.

Only 1 U

80,444
377,861
Warriors - M.I.A.

Warriors

80,400
402,858
$20 - M.I.A.

$20

78,358
417,811
Borders - M.I.A.

Borders

75,504
627,049
Boom Skit - M.I.A.

Boom Skit

71,814
378,810
Dash the Curry Skit - M.I.A.

Dash the Curry Skit

70,329
250,208
Hussel - M.I.A.

Hussel

69,640
286,862
Freedom Skit - M.I.A.

Freedom Skit

69,522
254,734
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