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

1,062,152
9,116,220
Bad Girls - M.I.A.

Bad Girls

330,756
3,026,003
Boyz - M.I.A.

Boyz

282,232
1,600,282
Jimmy - M.I.A.

Jimmy

265,094
1,637,788
Bucky Done Gun - M.I.A.

Bucky Done Gun

234,084
1,384,453
Bamboo Banga - M.I.A.

Bamboo Banga

226,321
1,336,849
XR2 - M.I.A.

XR2

193,755
906,286
Galang - M.I.A.

Galang

191,055
956,633
The Turn - M.I.A.

The Turn

179,907
712,600
XXXO - M.I.A.

XXXO

177,771
1,465,350
Pull Up the People - M.I.A.

Pull Up the People

175,784
819,674
Bird Flu - M.I.A.

Bird Flu

174,583
875,896
Sunshowers - M.I.A.

Sunshowers

159,522
842,503
World Town - M.I.A.

World Town

151,085
745,047
Amazon - M.I.A.

Amazon

150,200
644,649
Bingo - M.I.A.

Bingo

141,059
585,733
10 Dollar - M.I.A.

10 Dollar

132,025
669,749
20 Dollar - M.I.A.

20 Dollar

131,071
677,398
Hombre - M.I.A.

Hombre

130,542
584,844
Born Free - M.I.A.

Born Free

128,928
724,275
Banana Skit - M.I.A.

Banana Skit

121,879
478,670
The Message - M.I.A.

The Message

119,402
463,874
Fire Fire - M.I.A.

Fire Fire

119,189
541,132
Y.A.L.A. - M.I.A.

Y.A.L.A.

117,495
850,142
Bring the Noize - M.I.A.

Bring the Noize

115,983
749,230
It Takes a Muscle - M.I.A.

It Takes a Muscle

108,874
492,696
Double Bubble Trouble - M.I.A.

Double Bubble Trouble

107,748
854,681
Teqkilla - M.I.A.

Teqkilla

100,695
448,471
Lovalot - M.I.A.

Lovalot

98,657
456,979
Steppin Up - M.I.A.

Steppin Up

97,836
424,777
Karmageddon - M.I.A.

Karmageddon

93,762
422,115
Tell Me Why - M.I.A.

Tell Me Why

91,523
367,165
Come Walk with Me - M.I.A.

Come Walk with Me

91,515
548,915
Matangi - M.I.A.

Matangi

89,360
466,777
Story to Be Told - M.I.A.

Story to Be Told

88,883
342,899
Meds and Feds - M.I.A.

Meds and Feds

83,640
408,041
Space - M.I.A.

Space

82,653
355,778
It Iz What It Iz - M.I.A.

It Iz What It Iz

79,896
306,803
$20 - M.I.A.

$20

78,526
418,286
Only 1 U - M.I.A.

Only 1 U

77,784
362,387
Warriors - M.I.A.

Warriors

77,479
384,338
Freedom Skit - M.I.A.

Freedom Skit

69,625
254,681
Boom Skit - M.I.A.

Boom Skit

68,876
361,205
Dash the Curry Skit - M.I.A.

Dash the Curry Skit

68,796
245,150
Hussel - M.I.A.

Hussel

67,805
282,287
aTENTion - M.I.A.

aTENTion

65,094
303,288