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

1,065,453
9,172,161
Bad Girls - M.I.A.

Bad Girls

332,422
3,058,716
Boyz - M.I.A.

Boyz

282,465
1,603,940
Jimmy - M.I.A.

Jimmy

265,372
1,642,687
Bucky Done Gun - M.I.A.

Bucky Done Gun

234,386
1,390,298
Bamboo Banga - M.I.A.

Bamboo Banga

226,539
1,340,977
XR2 - M.I.A.

XR2

193,957
907,809
Galang - M.I.A.

Galang

191,230
959,540
The Turn - M.I.A.

The Turn

180,030
713,206
XXXO - M.I.A.

XXXO

178,066
1,471,441
Pull Up the People - M.I.A.

Pull Up the People

175,954
822,103
Bird Flu - M.I.A.

Bird Flu

174,698
877,521
Sunshowers - M.I.A.

Sunshowers

159,652
845,223
World Town - M.I.A.

World Town

151,265
747,536
Amazon - M.I.A.

Amazon

150,267
646,422
Bingo - M.I.A.

Bingo

141,149
587,061
10 Dollar - M.I.A.

10 Dollar

132,136
671,902
20 Dollar - M.I.A.

20 Dollar

131,310
679,782
Hombre - M.I.A.

Hombre

130,670
586,586
Born Free - M.I.A.

Born Free

129,171
727,588
Banana Skit - M.I.A.

Banana Skit

121,982
479,534
The Message - M.I.A.

The Message

119,655
465,956
Fire Fire - M.I.A.

Fire Fire

119,199
541,650
Y.A.L.A. - M.I.A.

Y.A.L.A.

117,674
856,816
Bring the Noize - M.I.A.

Bring the Noize

116,097
753,872
It Takes a Muscle - M.I.A.

It Takes a Muscle

109,051
494,742
Double Bubble Trouble - M.I.A.

Double Bubble Trouble

108,222
866,224
Teqkilla - M.I.A.

Teqkilla

100,888
450,296
Lovalot - M.I.A.

Lovalot

98,895
459,132
Steppin Up - M.I.A.

Steppin Up

98,058
426,986
Karmageddon - M.I.A.

Karmageddon

93,835
424,938
Come Walk with Me - M.I.A.

Come Walk with Me

91,630
551,693
Tell Me Why - M.I.A.

Tell Me Why

91,627
368,270
Matangi - M.I.A.

Matangi

89,449
470,428
Story to Be Told - M.I.A.

Story to Be Told

89,016
344,276
Meds and Feds - M.I.A.

Meds and Feds

83,785
410,197
Space - M.I.A.

Space

82,766
357,141
It Iz What It Iz - M.I.A.

It Iz What It Iz

80,019
308,061
$20 - M.I.A.

$20

78,513
418,499
Only 1 U - M.I.A.

Only 1 U

77,859
364,288
Warriors - M.I.A.

Warriors

77,484
386,516
Freedom Skit - M.I.A.

Freedom Skit

69,624
254,844
Boom Skit - M.I.A.

Boom Skit

68,951
363,301
Dash the Curry Skit - M.I.A.

Dash the Curry Skit

68,894
245,975
Hussel - M.I.A.

Hussel

67,952
281,940
aTENTion - M.I.A.

aTENTion

65,152
304,771