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

1,094,811
9,381,153
Bad Girls - M.I.A.

Bad Girls

347,559
3,182,162
Boyz - M.I.A.

Boyz

284,600
1,613,175
Jimmy - M.I.A.

Jimmy

267,598
1,656,765
Bucky Done Gun - M.I.A.

Bucky Done Gun

237,154
1,406,951
Bamboo Banga - M.I.A.

Bamboo Banga

228,025
1,347,872
XR2 - M.I.A.

XR2

195,227
912,547
Galang - M.I.A.

Galang

192,772
966,796
The Turn - M.I.A.

The Turn

181,072
716,566
XXXO - M.I.A.

XXXO

179,972
1,486,802
Pull Up the People - M.I.A.

Pull Up the People

177,315
828,484
Bird Flu - M.I.A.

Bird Flu

175,491
880,207
Sunshowers - M.I.A.

Sunshowers

161,372
852,839
World Town - M.I.A.

World Town

152,927
753,095
Amazon - M.I.A.

Amazon

151,423
651,161
Bingo - M.I.A.

Bingo

142,073
590,195
10 Dollar - M.I.A.

10 Dollar

133,149
676,703
20 Dollar - M.I.A.

20 Dollar

133,065
685,569
Hombre - M.I.A.

Hombre

131,647
590,067
Born Free - M.I.A.

Born Free

131,007
737,139
Banana Skit - M.I.A.

Banana Skit

122,759
481,905
Y.A.L.A. - M.I.A.

Y.A.L.A.

121,896
883,715
The Message - M.I.A.

The Message

120,761
471,430
Fire Fire - M.I.A.

Fire Fire

119,119
541,479
Bring the Noize - M.I.A.

Bring the Noize

118,873
771,681
Double Bubble Trouble - M.I.A.

Double Bubble Trouble

113,340
910,879
It Takes a Muscle - M.I.A.

It Takes a Muscle

110,065
499,500
Teqkilla - M.I.A.

Teqkilla

101,960
455,749
Lovalot - M.I.A.

Lovalot

99,912
464,275
Steppin Up - M.I.A.

Steppin Up

99,160
432,383
Karmageddon - M.I.A.

Karmageddon

96,127
437,783
Come Walk with Me - M.I.A.

Come Walk with Me

93,735
565,016
Tell Me Why - M.I.A.

Tell Me Why

92,348
371,987
Matangi - M.I.A.

Matangi

91,989
484,172
Story to Be Told - M.I.A.

Story to Be Told

89,859
347,515
Meds and Feds - M.I.A.

Meds and Feds

84,653
414,799
Space - M.I.A.

Space

83,602
360,507
It Iz What It Iz - M.I.A.

It Iz What It Iz

80,791
310,855
Only 1 U - M.I.A.

Only 1 U

79,865
373,989
Warriors - M.I.A.

Warriors

79,783
398,208
$20 - M.I.A.

$20

78,331
417,595
Borders - M.I.A.

Borders

73,235
603,049
Boom Skit - M.I.A.

Boom Skit

71,155
374,964
Dash the Curry Skit - M.I.A.

Dash the Curry Skit

69,960
248,930
Freedom Skit - M.I.A.

Freedom Skit

69,494
254,565
Hussel - M.I.A.

Hussel

69,151
285,227