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

1,049,158
8,981,369
Bad Girls - M.I.A.

Bad Girls

320,956
2,917,146
Boyz - M.I.A.

Boyz

280,879
1,591,025
Jimmy - M.I.A.

Jimmy

263,510
1,623,989
Bucky Done Gun - M.I.A.

Bucky Done Gun

232,493
1,367,224
Bamboo Banga - M.I.A.

Bamboo Banga

225,218
1,327,210
XR2 - M.I.A.

XR2

192,903
900,733
Galang - M.I.A.

Galang

189,985
948,970
The Turn - M.I.A.

The Turn

179,189
708,758
XXXO - M.I.A.

XXXO

176,588
1,452,409
Pull Up the People - M.I.A.

Pull Up the People

174,971
813,761
Bird Flu - M.I.A.

Bird Flu

173,959
871,265
Sunshowers - M.I.A.

Sunshowers

158,543
835,459
World Town - M.I.A.

World Town

150,183
739,516
Amazon - M.I.A.

Amazon

149,297
639,451
Bingo - M.I.A.

Bingo

140,474
582,081
10 Dollar - M.I.A.

10 Dollar

131,398
664,700
20 Dollar - M.I.A.

20 Dollar

130,080
672,064
Hombre - M.I.A.

Hombre

129,948
580,392
Born Free - M.I.A.

Born Free

127,994
715,768
Banana Skit - M.I.A.

Banana Skit

121,398
476,035
Fire Fire - M.I.A.

Fire Fire

119,024
539,893
The Message - M.I.A.

The Message

118,792
459,823
Y.A.L.A. - M.I.A.

Y.A.L.A.

115,383
831,682
Bring the Noize - M.I.A.

Bring the Noize

114,623
736,613
It Takes a Muscle - M.I.A.

It Takes a Muscle

108,260
488,089
Double Bubble Trouble - M.I.A.

Double Bubble Trouble

105,191
829,496
Teqkilla - M.I.A.

Teqkilla

100,113
443,902
Lovalot - M.I.A.

Lovalot

98,061
452,334
Steppin Up - M.I.A.

Steppin Up

97,285
420,577
Karmageddon - M.I.A.

Karmageddon

92,562
413,728
Tell Me Why - M.I.A.

Tell Me Why

91,116
363,920
Come Walk with Me - M.I.A.

Come Walk with Me

90,395
539,235
Story to Be Told - M.I.A.

Story to Be Told

88,402
339,599
Matangi - M.I.A.

Matangi

88,147
456,502
Meds and Feds - M.I.A.

Meds and Feds

83,142
403,911
Space - M.I.A.

Space

82,162
352,426
It Iz What It Iz - M.I.A.

It Iz What It Iz

79,475
303,984
$20 - M.I.A.

$20

78,470
417,239
Only 1 U - M.I.A.

Only 1 U

76,769
355,487
Warriors - M.I.A.

Warriors

76,439
377,034
Freedom Skit - M.I.A.

Freedom Skit

69,589
254,315
Dash the Curry Skit - M.I.A.

Dash the Curry Skit

68,291
242,743
Boom Skit - M.I.A.

Boom Skit

67,818
354,466
Hussel - M.I.A.

Hussel

67,257
279,856
aTENTion - M.I.A.

aTENTion

64,262
298,034