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

1,075,914
9,228,785
Bad Girls - M.I.A.

Bad Girls

338,374
3,095,709
Boyz - M.I.A.

Boyz

283,623
1,607,991
Jimmy - M.I.A.

Jimmy

266,521
1,647,915
Bucky Done Gun - M.I.A.

Bucky Done Gun

235,706
1,395,517
Bamboo Banga - M.I.A.

Bamboo Banga

227,447
1,343,644
XR2 - M.I.A.

XR2

194,720
909,893
Galang - M.I.A.

Galang

192,086
962,505
The Turn - M.I.A.

The Turn

180,681
714,803
XXXO - M.I.A.

XXXO

179,086
1,476,702
Pull Up the People - M.I.A.

Pull Up the People

176,679
824,301
Bird Flu - M.I.A.

Bird Flu

175,243
878,996
Sunshowers - M.I.A.

Sunshowers

160,513
847,803
World Town - M.I.A.

World Town

152,054
749,570
Amazon - M.I.A.

Amazon

150,915
648,009
Bingo - M.I.A.

Bingo

141,666
588,439
10 Dollar - M.I.A.

10 Dollar

132,677
673,590
20 Dollar - M.I.A.

20 Dollar

132,130
682,136
Hombre - M.I.A.

Hombre

131,196
587,835
Born Free - M.I.A.

Born Free

130,022
730,639
Banana Skit - M.I.A.

Banana Skit

122,406
480,560
The Message - M.I.A.

The Message

120,243
467,577
Y.A.L.A. - M.I.A.

Y.A.L.A.

119,567
864,811
Fire Fire - M.I.A.

Fire Fire

119,339
542,121
Bring the Noize - M.I.A.

Bring the Noize

117,408
759,477
Double Bubble Trouble - M.I.A.

Double Bubble Trouble

110,390
882,267
It Takes a Muscle - M.I.A.

It Takes a Muscle

109,584
496,333
Teqkilla - M.I.A.

Teqkilla

101,466
452,273
Lovalot - M.I.A.

Lovalot

99,429
460,769
Steppin Up - M.I.A.

Steppin Up

98,603
428,647
Karmageddon - M.I.A.

Karmageddon

94,949
427,708
Come Walk with Me - M.I.A.

Come Walk with Me

92,639
555,978
Tell Me Why - M.I.A.

Tell Me Why

92,056
369,499
Matangi - M.I.A.

Matangi

90,641
474,094
Story to Be Told - M.I.A.

Story to Be Told

89,490
345,396
Meds and Feds - M.I.A.

Meds and Feds

84,247
411,670
Space - M.I.A.

Space

83,230
358,229
It Iz What It Iz - M.I.A.

It Iz What It Iz

80,455
308,945
Only 1 U - M.I.A.

Only 1 U

78,824
367,167
Warriors - M.I.A.

Warriors

78,596
390,007
$20 - M.I.A.

$20

78,572
418,667
Boom Skit - M.I.A.

Boom Skit

69,956
366,313
Freedom Skit - M.I.A.

Freedom Skit

69,666
254,904
Dash the Curry Skit - M.I.A.

Dash the Curry Skit

69,368
246,973
Hussel - M.I.A.

Hussel

68,460
283,202
Borders - M.I.A.

Borders

67,741
548,813