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

1,136,554
9,765,880
Bad Girls - M.I.A.

Bad Girls

367,464
3,381,750
Boyz - M.I.A.

Boyz

288,182
1,635,975
Jimmy - M.I.A.

Jimmy

271,236
1,685,872
Bucky Done Gun - M.I.A.

Bucky Done Gun

241,054
1,436,794
Bamboo Banga - M.I.A.

Bamboo Banga

230,987
1,368,276
XR2 - M.I.A.

XR2

197,432
928,340
Galang - M.I.A.

Galang

195,283
983,216
The Turn - M.I.A.

The Turn

183,013
724,770
XXXO - M.I.A.

XXXO

182,659
1,514,205
Pull Up the People - M.I.A.

Pull Up the People

179,613
843,311
Bird Flu - M.I.A.

Bird Flu

176,988
888,138
Sunshowers - M.I.A.

Sunshowers

163,904
869,900
World Town - M.I.A.

World Town

155,476
766,002
Amazon - M.I.A.

Amazon

153,239
661,164
Bingo - M.I.A.

Bingo

143,622
598,434
20 Dollar - M.I.A.

20 Dollar

135,634
699,306
10 Dollar - M.I.A.

10 Dollar

134,725
687,261
Born Free - M.I.A.

Born Free

133,783
756,810
Hombre - M.I.A.

Hombre

133,291
598,843
Y.A.L.A. - M.I.A.

Y.A.L.A.

126,746
921,744
Banana Skit - M.I.A.

Banana Skit

124,080
487,579
The Message - M.I.A.

The Message

122,528
480,758
Bring the Noize - M.I.A.

Bring the Noize

122,210
798,509
Fire Fire - M.I.A.

Fire Fire

119,350
543,279
Double Bubble Trouble - M.I.A.

Double Bubble Trouble

118,682
963,583
It Takes a Muscle - M.I.A.

It Takes a Muscle

111,754
508,836
Teqkilla - M.I.A.

Teqkilla

103,781
466,458
Lovalot - M.I.A.

Lovalot

101,624
475,917
Steppin Up - M.I.A.

Steppin Up

100,968
443,535
Karmageddon - M.I.A.

Karmageddon

98,728
453,988
Come Walk with Me - M.I.A.

Come Walk with Me

95,991
582,768
Matangi - M.I.A.

Matangi

94,856
504,849
Tell Me Why - M.I.A.

Tell Me Why

93,543
378,528
Story to Be Told - M.I.A.

Story to Be Told

91,226
354,377
Meds and Feds - M.I.A.

Meds and Feds

86,025
424,277
Space - M.I.A.

Space

84,831
367,401
Borders - M.I.A.

Borders

82,493
693,603
Only 1 U - M.I.A.

Only 1 U

82,137
388,655
Warriors - M.I.A.

Warriors

82,122
414,741
It Iz What It Iz - M.I.A.

It Iz What It Iz

82,027
316,701
$20 - M.I.A.

$20

78,402
418,276
Boom Skit - M.I.A.

Boom Skit

73,714
390,869
Dash the Curry Skit - M.I.A.

Dash the Curry Skit

71,458
255,656
Hussel - M.I.A.

Hussel

71,082
291,977
Freedom Skit - M.I.A.

Freedom Skit

69,573
255,087
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