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

1,137,655
9,775,731
Bad Girls - M.I.A.

Bad Girls

367,988
3,386,688
Boyz - M.I.A.

Boyz

288,285
1,636,551
Jimmy - M.I.A.

Jimmy

271,319
1,686,512
Bucky Done Gun - M.I.A.

Bucky Done Gun

241,134
1,437,486
Bamboo Banga - M.I.A.

Bamboo Banga

231,081
1,368,777
XR2 - M.I.A.

XR2

197,487
928,631
Galang - M.I.A.

Galang

195,343
983,576
The Turn - M.I.A.

The Turn

183,064
724,949
XXXO - M.I.A.

XXXO

182,723
1,514,848
Pull Up the People - M.I.A.

Pull Up the People

179,736
843,772
Bird Flu - M.I.A.

Bird Flu

177,027
888,297
Sunshowers - M.I.A.

Sunshowers

163,962
870,322
World Town - M.I.A.

World Town

155,552
766,316
Amazon - M.I.A.

Amazon

153,293
661,403
Bingo - M.I.A.

Bingo

143,659
598,632
20 Dollar - M.I.A.

20 Dollar

135,701
699,620
10 Dollar - M.I.A.

10 Dollar

134,783
687,545
Born Free - M.I.A.

Born Free

133,850
757,315
Hombre - M.I.A.

Hombre

133,339
599,068
Y.A.L.A. - M.I.A.

Y.A.L.A.

126,897
922,693
Banana Skit - M.I.A.

Banana Skit

124,086
487,603
The Message - M.I.A.

The Message

122,575
481,016
Bring the Noize - M.I.A.

Bring the Noize

122,274
799,098
Fire Fire - M.I.A.

Fire Fire

119,358
543,309
Double Bubble Trouble - M.I.A.

Double Bubble Trouble

118,804
964,653
It Takes a Muscle - M.I.A.

It Takes a Muscle

111,795
509,070
Teqkilla - M.I.A.

Teqkilla

103,830
466,717
Lovalot - M.I.A.

Lovalot

101,671
476,165
Steppin Up - M.I.A.

Steppin Up

101,020
443,803
Karmageddon - M.I.A.

Karmageddon

98,780
454,335
Come Walk with Me - M.I.A.

Come Walk with Me

96,043
583,152
Matangi - M.I.A.

Matangi

94,908
505,312
Tell Me Why - M.I.A.

Tell Me Why

93,576
379,046
Story to Be Told - M.I.A.

Story to Be Told

91,261
354,546
Meds and Feds - M.I.A.

Meds and Feds

86,059
424,512
Space - M.I.A.

Space

84,863
367,600
Borders - M.I.A.

Borders

82,728
695,774
Only 1 U - M.I.A.

Only 1 U

82,185
388,946
Warriors - M.I.A.

Warriors

82,173
415,115
It Iz What It Iz - M.I.A.

It Iz What It Iz

82,056
316,830
$20 - M.I.A.

$20

78,405
418,287
Boom Skit - M.I.A.

Boom Skit

73,770
391,249
Dash the Curry Skit - M.I.A.

Dash the Curry Skit

71,475
255,727
Hussel - M.I.A.

Hussel

71,126
292,148
Freedom Skit - M.I.A.

Freedom Skit

69,574
255,093