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

1,145,103
9,845,744
Bad Girls - M.I.A.

Bad Girls

372,326
3,424,427
Boyz - M.I.A.

Boyz

289,075
1,640,978
Jimmy - M.I.A.

Jimmy

272,149
1,692,002
Bucky Done Gun - M.I.A.

Bucky Done Gun

241,846
1,443,004
Bamboo Banga - M.I.A.

Bamboo Banga

231,880
1,373,084
XR2 - M.I.A.

XR2

197,997
930,981
Galang - M.I.A.

Galang

195,787
986,472
The Turn - M.I.A.

The Turn

183,505
726,496
XXXO - M.I.A.

XXXO

183,498
1,520,592
Pull Up the People - M.I.A.

Pull Up the People

180,230
846,540
Bird Flu - M.I.A.

Bird Flu

177,353
889,737
Sunshowers - M.I.A.

Sunshowers

164,518
873,825
World Town - M.I.A.

World Town

156,115
768,847
Amazon - M.I.A.

Amazon

153,671
663,326
Bingo - M.I.A.

Bingo

143,958
600,056
20 Dollar - M.I.A.

20 Dollar

136,263
702,088
10 Dollar - M.I.A.

10 Dollar

135,097
689,447
Born Free - M.I.A.

Born Free

134,520
761,407
Hombre - M.I.A.

Hombre

133,668
600,736
Y.A.L.A. - M.I.A.

Y.A.L.A.

127,933
929,643
Banana Skit - M.I.A.

Banana Skit

124,126
487,811
The Message - M.I.A.

The Message

123,196
483,229
Bring the Noize - M.I.A.

Bring the Noize

122,955
803,794
Double Bubble Trouble - M.I.A.

Double Bubble Trouble

119,805
973,365
Fire Fire - M.I.A.

Fire Fire

119,393
543,547
It Takes a Muscle - M.I.A.

It Takes a Muscle

112,288
511,054
Teqkilla - M.I.A.

Teqkilla

104,390
469,029
Lovalot - M.I.A.

Lovalot

102,161
478,449
Steppin Up - M.I.A.

Steppin Up

101,643
446,825
Karmageddon - M.I.A.

Karmageddon

99,272
457,051
Come Walk with Me - M.I.A.

Come Walk with Me

96,443
586,104
Matangi - M.I.A.

Matangi

95,476
508,865
Tell Me Why - M.I.A.

Tell Me Why

93,905
380,388
Story to Be Told - M.I.A.

Story to Be Told

91,688
356,035
Meds and Feds - M.I.A.

Meds and Feds

86,455
426,569
Space - M.I.A.

Space

85,196
368,974
Borders - M.I.A.

Borders

84,419
711,969
Warriors - M.I.A.

Warriors

82,598
417,694
Only 1 U - M.I.A.

Only 1 U

82,595
391,076
It Iz What It Iz - M.I.A.

It Iz What It Iz

82,431
318,171
$20 - M.I.A.

$20

78,413
418,377
Boom Skit - M.I.A.

Boom Skit

74,283
393,996
Dash the Curry Skit - M.I.A.

Dash the Curry Skit

71,594
256,373
Hussel - M.I.A.

Hussel

71,584
293,462
Freedom Skit - M.I.A.

Freedom Skit

69,588
255,163