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

1,056,551
9,051,556
Bad Girls - M.I.A.

Bad Girls

326,362
2,964,147
Boyz - M.I.A.

Boyz

281,657
1,595,753
Jimmy - M.I.A.

Jimmy

264,370
1,630,795
Bucky Done Gun - M.I.A.

Bucky Done Gun

233,357
1,374,725
Bamboo Banga - M.I.A.

Bamboo Banga

225,828
1,331,498
XR2 - M.I.A.

XR2

193,391
903,295
Galang - M.I.A.

Galang

190,567
952,655
The Turn - M.I.A.

The Turn

179,599
710,596
XXXO - M.I.A.

XXXO

177,233
1,458,867
Pull Up the People - M.I.A.

Pull Up the People

175,434
816,661
Bird Flu - M.I.A.

Bird Flu

174,273
873,048
Sunshowers - M.I.A.

Sunshowers

159,075
838,872
World Town - M.I.A.

World Town

150,682
742,191
Amazon - M.I.A.

Amazon

149,742
641,713
Bingo - M.I.A.

Bingo

140,802
583,778
10 Dollar - M.I.A.

10 Dollar

131,734
667,128
20 Dollar - M.I.A.

20 Dollar

130,626
674,837
Hombre - M.I.A.

Hombre

130,276
582,344
Born Free - M.I.A.

Born Free

128,485
720,270
Banana Skit - M.I.A.

Banana Skit

121,673
477,049
The Message - M.I.A.

The Message

119,126
461,728
Fire Fire - M.I.A.

Fire Fire

119,116
540,477
Y.A.L.A. - M.I.A.

Y.A.L.A.

116,560
841,648
Bring the Noize - M.I.A.

Bring the Noize

115,393
743,585
It Takes a Muscle - M.I.A.

It Takes a Muscle

108,597
490,350
Double Bubble Trouble - M.I.A.

Double Bubble Trouble

106,607
842,607
Teqkilla - M.I.A.

Teqkilla

100,413
446,135
Lovalot - M.I.A.

Lovalot

98,393
454,654
Steppin Up - M.I.A.

Steppin Up

97,595
422,668
Karmageddon - M.I.A.

Karmageddon

93,245
418,652
Tell Me Why - M.I.A.

Tell Me Why

91,340
365,508
Come Walk with Me - M.I.A.

Come Walk with Me

91,023
545,006
Matangi - M.I.A.

Matangi

88,834
461,888
Story to Be Told - M.I.A.

Story to Be Told

88,666
341,282
Meds and Feds - M.I.A.

Meds and Feds

83,391
405,979
Space - M.I.A.

Space

82,428
354,028
It Iz What It Iz - M.I.A.

It Iz What It Iz

79,700
305,303
$20 - M.I.A.

$20

78,499
417,496
Only 1 U - M.I.A.

Only 1 U

77,349
359,568
Warriors - M.I.A.

Warriors

77,036
381,063
Freedom Skit - M.I.A.

Freedom Skit

69,612
254,457
Dash the Curry Skit - M.I.A.

Dash the Curry Skit

68,569
243,739
Boom Skit - M.I.A.

Boom Skit

68,403
358,256
Hussel - M.I.A.

Hussel

67,567
280,927
aTENTion - M.I.A.

aTENTion

64,751
301,014