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

1,081,762
9,272,258
Bad Girls - M.I.A.

Bad Girls

341,424
3,124,665
Boyz - M.I.A.

Boyz

283,412
1,606,441
Jimmy - M.I.A.

Jimmy

266,385
1,647,555
Bucky Done Gun - M.I.A.

Bucky Done Gun

235,861
1,397,448
Bamboo Banga - M.I.A.

Bamboo Banga

227,199
1,342,289
XR2 - M.I.A.

XR2

194,507
908,762
Galang - M.I.A.

Galang

191,961
962,110
The Turn - M.I.A.

The Turn

180,428
713,891
XXXO - M.I.A.

XXXO

179,099
1,477,867
Pull Up the People - M.I.A.

Pull Up the People

176,524
824,225
Bird Flu - M.I.A.

Bird Flu

174,939
877,414
Sunshowers - M.I.A.

Sunshowers

160,507
847,796
World Town - M.I.A.

World Town

152,059
749,150
Amazon - M.I.A.

Amazon

150,741
647,848
Bingo - M.I.A.

Bingo

141,499
587,652
10 Dollar - M.I.A.

10 Dollar

132,568
673,525
20 Dollar - M.I.A.

20 Dollar

132,210
681,598
Hombre - M.I.A.

Hombre

131,076
587,370
Born Free - M.I.A.

Born Free

130,176
731,371
Banana Skit - M.I.A.

Banana Skit

122,283
480,210
Y.A.L.A. - M.I.A.

Y.A.L.A.

120,390
870,911
The Message - M.I.A.

The Message

120,208
468,171
Fire Fire - M.I.A.

Fire Fire

118,983
540,613
Bring the Noize - M.I.A.

Bring the Noize

117,783
762,959
Double Bubble Trouble - M.I.A.

Double Bubble Trouble

111,492
892,536
It Takes a Muscle - M.I.A.

It Takes a Muscle

109,552
496,641
Teqkilla - M.I.A.

Teqkilla

101,460
452,715
Lovalot - M.I.A.

Lovalot

99,424
461,141
Steppin Up - M.I.A.

Steppin Up

98,647
429,352
Karmageddon - M.I.A.

Karmageddon

95,246
430,137
Come Walk with Me - M.I.A.

Come Walk with Me

92,931
558,513
Tell Me Why - M.I.A.

Tell Me Why

91,990
369,713
Matangi - M.I.A.

Matangi

90,996
476,915
Story to Be Told - M.I.A.

Story to Be Told

89,463
345,569
Meds and Feds - M.I.A.

Meds and Feds

84,256
412,025
Space - M.I.A.

Space

83,228
358,559
It Iz What It Iz - M.I.A.

It Iz What It Iz

80,425
309,022
Only 1 U - M.I.A.

Only 1 U

79,098
368,852
Warriors - M.I.A.

Warriors

78,907
392,240
$20 - M.I.A.

$20

78,299
417,356
Boom Skit - M.I.A.

Boom Skit

70,323
368,891
Borders - M.I.A.

Borders

70,144
572,149
Freedom Skit - M.I.A.

Freedom Skit

69,447
254,321
Dash the Curry Skit - M.I.A.

Dash the Curry Skit

69,427
247,118
Hussel - M.I.A.

Hussel

68,553
283,304