Artist Name: M.I.A.

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M.I.A.
There are five known artists under this name:

1. Mathangi “Maya” Arulpragasam also known as M.I.A., (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

1,156,123
9,946,127
Bad Girls - M.I.A.

Bad Girls

378,066
3,475,311
Boyz - M.I.A.

Boyz

290,064
1,646,457
Jimmy - M.I.A.

Jimmy

273,163
1,698,904
Bucky Done Gun - M.I.A.

Bucky Done Gun

242,781
1,450,086
Bamboo Banga - M.I.A.

Bamboo Banga

232,824
1,378,498
XR2 - M.I.A.

XR2

198,627
933,856
Galang - M.I.A.

Galang

196,373
990,050
XXXO - M.I.A.

XXXO

184,257
1,528,359
The Turn - M.I.A.

The Turn

183,985
728,310
Pull Up the People - M.I.A.

Pull Up the People

180,805
849,698
Bird Flu - M.I.A.

Bird Flu

177,748
891,596
Sunshowers - M.I.A.

Sunshowers

165,196
877,886
World Town - M.I.A.

World Town

156,754
771,849
Amazon - M.I.A.

Amazon

154,105
665,757
Bingo - M.I.A.

Bingo

144,343
601,840
20 Dollar - M.I.A.

20 Dollar

136,926
705,049
10 Dollar - M.I.A.

10 Dollar

135,499
691,760
Born Free - M.I.A.

Born Free

135,269
766,337
Hombre - M.I.A.

Hombre

134,069
602,852
Y.A.L.A. - M.I.A.

Y.A.L.A.

129,245
938,700
Banana Skit - M.I.A.

Banana Skit

124,164
488,072
Bring the Noize - M.I.A.

Bring the Noize

123,833
810,028
The Message - M.I.A.

The Message

123,694
485,795
Double Bubble Trouble - M.I.A.

Double Bubble Trouble

121,046
984,351
Fire Fire - M.I.A.

Fire Fire

119,440
543,779
It Takes a Muscle - M.I.A.

It Takes a Muscle

112,810
513,741
Teqkilla - M.I.A.

Teqkilla

104,894
472,112
Lovalot - M.I.A.

Lovalot

102,626
481,284
Steppin Up - M.I.A.

Steppin Up

102,148
449,824
Karmageddon - M.I.A.

Karmageddon

99,907
460,763
Come Walk with Me - M.I.A.

Come Walk with Me

97,027
590,019
Matangi - M.I.A.

Matangi

96,229
513,696
Tell Me Why - M.I.A.

Tell Me Why

94,235
382,060
Story to Be Told - M.I.A.

Story to Be Told

92,064
357,840
Meds and Feds - M.I.A.

Meds and Feds

86,833
429,165
Borders - M.I.A.

Borders

86,660
733,265
Space - M.I.A.

Space

85,535
370,770
Warriors - M.I.A.

Warriors

83,140
421,112
Only 1 U - M.I.A.

Only 1 U

83,110
393,922
It Iz What It Iz - M.I.A.

It Iz What It Iz

82,784
319,773
$20 - M.I.A.

$20

78,430
418,480
Boom Skit - M.I.A.

Boom Skit

74,928
397,471
Hussel - M.I.A.

Hussel

72,129
295,210
Dash the Curry Skit - M.I.A.

Dash the Curry Skit

71,729
256,961
aTENTion - M.I.A.

aTENTion

69,636
329,939