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

1,045,538
8,953,316
Bad Girls - M.I.A.

Bad Girls

318,810
2,899,282
Boyz - M.I.A.

Boyz

280,548
1,588,933
Jimmy - M.I.A.

Jimmy

263,103
1,621,308
Bucky Done Gun - M.I.A.

Bucky Done Gun

232,059
1,363,414
Bamboo Banga - M.I.A.

Bamboo Banga

224,921
1,325,215
XR2 - M.I.A.

XR2

192,666
899,539
Galang - M.I.A.

Galang

189,661
947,373
The Turn - M.I.A.

The Turn

178,980
707,901
XXXO - M.I.A.

XXXO

176,302
1,449,609
Pull Up the People - M.I.A.

Pull Up the People

174,726
812,460
Bird Flu - M.I.A.

Bird Flu

173,793
870,426
Sunshowers - M.I.A.

Sunshowers

158,208
833,856
World Town - M.I.A.

World Town

149,942
738,406
Amazon - M.I.A.

Amazon

149,101
638,451
Bingo - M.I.A.

Bingo

140,299
581,298
10 Dollar - M.I.A.

10 Dollar

131,218
663,781
20 Dollar - M.I.A.

20 Dollar

129,809
670,897
Hombre - M.I.A.

Hombre

129,774
579,507
Born Free - M.I.A.

Born Free

127,744
714,078
Banana Skit - M.I.A.

Banana Skit

121,237
475,424
Fire Fire - M.I.A.

Fire Fire

118,974
539,639
The Message - M.I.A.

The Message

118,622
458,900
Y.A.L.A. - M.I.A.

Y.A.L.A.

114,822
827,278
Bring the Noize - M.I.A.

Bring the Noize

114,260
733,599
It Takes a Muscle - M.I.A.

It Takes a Muscle

108,090
487,136
Double Bubble Trouble - M.I.A.

Double Bubble Trouble

104,381
823,530
Teqkilla - M.I.A.

Teqkilla

99,947
442,896
Lovalot - M.I.A.

Lovalot

97,902
451,176
Steppin Up - M.I.A.

Steppin Up

97,120
419,600
Karmageddon - M.I.A.

Karmageddon

92,218
411,706
Tell Me Why - M.I.A.

Tell Me Why

90,982
363,203
Come Walk with Me - M.I.A.

Come Walk with Me

90,079
536,985
Story to Be Told - M.I.A.

Story to Be Told

88,274
338,970
Matangi - M.I.A.

Matangi

87,841
454,244
Meds and Feds - M.I.A.

Meds and Feds

82,996
403,015
Space - M.I.A.

Space

82,011
351,729
It Iz What It Iz - M.I.A.

It Iz What It Iz

79,340
303,347
$20 - M.I.A.

$20

78,454
417,122
Only 1 U - M.I.A.

Only 1 U

76,507
353,899
Warriors - M.I.A.

Warriors

76,148
375,008
Freedom Skit - M.I.A.

Freedom Skit

69,578
254,242
Dash the Curry Skit - M.I.A.

Dash the Curry Skit

68,130
242,175
Boom Skit - M.I.A.

Boom Skit

67,499
352,628
Hussel - M.I.A.

Hussel

67,097
279,349
aTENTion - M.I.A.

aTENTion

64,016
296,603