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

1,053,755
9,024,765
Bad Girls - M.I.A.

Bad Girls

324,281
2,946,155
Boyz - M.I.A.

Boyz

281,323
1,593,982
Jimmy - M.I.A.

Jimmy

264,023
1,628,212
Bucky Done Gun - M.I.A.

Bucky Done Gun

233,025
1,371,503
Bamboo Banga - M.I.A.

Bamboo Banga

225,602
1,329,829
XR2 - M.I.A.

XR2

193,204
902,270
Galang - M.I.A.

Galang

190,312
951,206
The Turn - M.I.A.

The Turn

179,434
709,883
XXXO - M.I.A.

XXXO

176,973
1,456,426
Pull Up the People - M.I.A.

Pull Up the People

175,252
815,396
Bird Flu - M.I.A.

Bird Flu

174,150
872,378
Sunshowers - M.I.A.

Sunshowers

158,858
837,570
World Town - M.I.A.

World Town

150,480
741,165
Amazon - M.I.A.

Amazon

149,585
640,788
Bingo - M.I.A.

Bingo

140,670
583,136
10 Dollar - M.I.A.

10 Dollar

131,607
666,012
20 Dollar - M.I.A.

20 Dollar

130,413
673,846
Hombre - M.I.A.

Hombre

130,137
581,602
Born Free - M.I.A.

Born Free

128,284
718,560
Banana Skit - M.I.A.

Banana Skit

121,563
476,664
Fire Fire - M.I.A.

Fire Fire

119,082
540,282
The Message - M.I.A.

The Message

118,995
461,111
Y.A.L.A. - M.I.A.

Y.A.L.A.

116,111
837,719
Bring the Noize - M.I.A.

Bring the Noize

115,101
740,628
It Takes a Muscle - M.I.A.

It Takes a Muscle

108,465
489,578
Double Bubble Trouble - M.I.A.

Double Bubble Trouble

106,078
837,893
Teqkilla - M.I.A.

Teqkilla

100,293
445,361
Lovalot - M.I.A.

Lovalot

98,261
453,811
Steppin Up - M.I.A.

Steppin Up

97,475
421,971
Karmageddon - M.I.A.

Karmageddon

93,022
416,630
Tell Me Why - M.I.A.

Tell Me Why

91,253
364,980
Come Walk with Me - M.I.A.

Come Walk with Me

90,782
542,161
Matangi - M.I.A.

Matangi

88,586
459,765
Story to Be Told - M.I.A.

Story to Be Told

88,569
340,699
Meds and Feds - M.I.A.

Meds and Feds

83,296
405,301
Space - M.I.A.

Space

82,332
353,507
It Iz What It Iz - M.I.A.

It Iz What It Iz

79,609
304,889
$20 - M.I.A.

$20

78,487
417,414
Only 1 U - M.I.A.

Only 1 U

77,137
357,804
Warriors - M.I.A.

Warriors

76,830
379,645
Freedom Skit - M.I.A.

Freedom Skit

69,601
254,397
Dash the Curry Skit - M.I.A.

Dash the Curry Skit

68,461
243,354
Boom Skit - M.I.A.

Boom Skit

68,186
356,777
Hussel - M.I.A.

Hussel

67,455
280,555
aTENTion - M.I.A.

aTENTion

64,573
299,947