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

1,101,195
9,442,604
Bad Girls - M.I.A.

Bad Girls

350,403
3,212,240
Boyz - M.I.A.

Boyz

285,135
1,616,952
Jimmy - M.I.A.

Jimmy

268,154
1,661,941
Bucky Done Gun - M.I.A.

Bucky Done Gun

237,711
1,411,734
Bamboo Banga - M.I.A.

Bamboo Banga

228,463
1,351,258
XR2 - M.I.A.

XR2

195,555
914,558
Galang - M.I.A.

Galang

193,117
969,237
The Turn - M.I.A.

The Turn

181,386
717,909
XXXO - M.I.A.

XXXO

180,397
1,491,698
Pull Up the People - M.I.A.

Pull Up the People

177,658
830,485
Bird Flu - M.I.A.

Bird Flu

175,730
881,410
Sunshowers - M.I.A.

Sunshowers

161,747
855,251
World Town - M.I.A.

World Town

153,307
755,185
Amazon - M.I.A.

Amazon

151,724
652,816
Bingo - M.I.A.

Bingo

142,311
591,357
20 Dollar - M.I.A.

20 Dollar

133,424
687,890
10 Dollar - M.I.A.

10 Dollar

133,383
678,257
Hombre - M.I.A.

Hombre

131,874
591,295
Born Free - M.I.A.

Born Free

131,455
741,216
Banana Skit - M.I.A.

Banana Skit

122,956
482,776
Y.A.L.A. - M.I.A.

Y.A.L.A.

122,645
890,866
The Message - M.I.A.

The Message

121,026
472,865
Bring the Noize - M.I.A.

Bring the Noize

119,371
776,315
Fire Fire - M.I.A.

Fire Fire

119,173
541,843
Double Bubble Trouble - M.I.A.

Double Bubble Trouble

114,211
920,375
It Takes a Muscle - M.I.A.

It Takes a Muscle

110,348
501,057
Teqkilla - M.I.A.

Teqkilla

102,239
457,599
Lovalot - M.I.A.

Lovalot

100,161
466,521
Steppin Up - M.I.A.

Steppin Up

99,441
434,141
Karmageddon - M.I.A.

Karmageddon

96,555
440,568
Come Walk with Me - M.I.A.

Come Walk with Me

94,098
568,308
Tell Me Why - M.I.A.

Tell Me Why

92,534
372,980
Matangi - M.I.A.

Matangi

92,451
487,952
Story to Be Told - M.I.A.

Story to Be Told

90,067
348,663
Meds and Feds - M.I.A.

Meds and Feds

84,859
416,400
Space - M.I.A.

Space

83,791
361,505
It Iz What It Iz - M.I.A.

It Iz What It Iz

80,984
311,749
Only 1 U - M.I.A.

Only 1 U

80,229
376,607
Warriors - M.I.A.

Warriors

80,178
401,430
$20 - M.I.A.

$20

78,348
417,752
Borders - M.I.A.

Borders

74,659
619,300
Boom Skit - M.I.A.

Boom Skit

71,558
377,419
Dash the Curry Skit - M.I.A.

Dash the Curry Skit

70,188
249,771
Freedom Skit - M.I.A.

Freedom Skit

69,512
254,689
Hussel - M.I.A.

Hussel

69,456
286,343