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

1,127,226
9,677,497
Bad Girls - M.I.A.

Bad Girls

362,757
3,338,989
Boyz - M.I.A.

Boyz

287,369
1,630,797
Jimmy - M.I.A.

Jimmy

270,367
1,679,564
Bucky Done Gun - M.I.A.

Bucky Done Gun

240,103
1,429,840
Bamboo Banga - M.I.A.

Bamboo Banga

230,294
1,363,672
XR2 - M.I.A.

XR2

196,938
921,683
Galang - M.I.A.

Galang

194,689
979,243
The Turn - M.I.A.

The Turn

182,598
722,864
XXXO - M.I.A.

XXXO

182,052
1,508,185
Pull Up the People - M.I.A.

Pull Up the People

179,103
839,587
Bird Flu - M.I.A.

Bird Flu

176,622
886,307
Sunshowers - M.I.A.

Sunshowers

163,335
865,478
World Town - M.I.A.

World Town

154,917
762,914
Amazon - M.I.A.

Amazon

152,826
658,792
Bingo - M.I.A.

Bingo

143,258
596,465
20 Dollar - M.I.A.

20 Dollar

135,046
696,072
10 Dollar - M.I.A.

10 Dollar

134,376
684,523
Born Free - M.I.A.

Born Free

133,162
752,579
Hombre - M.I.A.

Hombre

132,897
596,665
Y.A.L.A. - M.I.A.

Y.A.L.A.

125,477
913,343
Banana Skit - M.I.A.

Banana Skit

123,817
486,248
The Message - M.I.A.

The Message

122,114
478,624
Bring the Noize - M.I.A.

Bring the Noize

121,402
792,785
Fire Fire - M.I.A.

Fire Fire

119,302
542,936
Double Bubble Trouble - M.I.A.

Double Bubble Trouble

117,434
952,855
It Takes a Muscle - M.I.A.

It Takes a Muscle

111,361
506,705
Teqkilla - M.I.A.

Teqkilla

103,371
464,040
Lovalot - M.I.A.

Lovalot

101,243
473,201
Steppin Up - M.I.A.

Steppin Up

100,531
440,888
Karmageddon - M.I.A.

Karmageddon

98,099
450,405
Come Walk with Me - M.I.A.

Come Walk with Me

95,474
578,933
Matangi - M.I.A.

Matangi

94,205
500,402
Tell Me Why - M.I.A.

Tell Me Why

93,261
376,998
Story to Be Told - M.I.A.

Story to Be Told

90,924
352,712
Meds and Feds - M.I.A.

Meds and Feds

85,712
422,063
Space - M.I.A.

Space

84,551
365,555
It Iz What It Iz - M.I.A.

It Iz What It Iz

81,760
315,387
Only 1 U - M.I.A.

Only 1 U

81,634
385,231
Warriors - M.I.A.

Warriors

81,592
411,321
Borders - M.I.A.

Borders

80,455
674,261
$20 - M.I.A.

$20

78,389
418,189
Boom Skit - M.I.A.

Boom Skit

73,127
387,143
Dash the Curry Skit - M.I.A.

Dash the Curry Skit

71,147
253,868
Hussel - M.I.A.

Hussel

70,651
290,415
Freedom Skit - M.I.A.

Freedom Skit

69,562
255,000