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

1,123,496
9,640,944
Bad Girls - M.I.A.

Bad Girls

360,657
3,319,557
Boyz - M.I.A.

Boyz

287,044
1,628,517
Jimmy - M.I.A.

Jimmy

270,042
1,676,719
Bucky Done Gun - M.I.A.

Bucky Done Gun

239,707
1,427,026
Bamboo Banga - M.I.A.

Bamboo Banga

230,062
1,361,850
XR2 - M.I.A.

XR2

196,737
920,537
Galang - M.I.A.

Galang

194,433
977,629
The Turn - M.I.A.

The Turn

182,431
722,039
XXXO - M.I.A.

XXXO

181,798
1,505,482
Pull Up the People - M.I.A.

Pull Up the People

178,878
837,828
Bird Flu - M.I.A.

Bird Flu

176,483
885,552
Sunshowers - M.I.A.

Sunshowers

163,092
863,559
World Town - M.I.A.

World Town

154,691
761,665
Amazon - M.I.A.

Amazon

152,664
657,864
Bingo - M.I.A.

Bingo

143,122
595,689
20 Dollar - M.I.A.

20 Dollar

134,820
694,763
10 Dollar - M.I.A.

10 Dollar

134,222
683,552
Born Free - M.I.A.

Born Free

132,903
750,691
Hombre - M.I.A.

Hombre

132,731
595,793
Y.A.L.A. - M.I.A.

Y.A.L.A.

125,063
909,763
Banana Skit - M.I.A.

Banana Skit

123,682
485,604
The Message - M.I.A.

The Message

121,936
477,721
Bring the Noize - M.I.A.

Bring the Noize

121,130
790,414
Fire Fire - M.I.A.

Fire Fire

119,283
542,789
Double Bubble Trouble - M.I.A.

Double Bubble Trouble

116,889
948,024
It Takes a Muscle - M.I.A.

It Takes a Muscle

111,217
505,801
Teqkilla - M.I.A.

Teqkilla

103,190
463,031
Lovalot - M.I.A.

Lovalot

101,067
472,100
Steppin Up - M.I.A.

Steppin Up

100,353
439,741
Karmageddon - M.I.A.

Karmageddon

97,860
448,977
Come Walk with Me - M.I.A.

Come Walk with Me

95,266
577,281
Matangi - M.I.A.

Matangi

93,942
498,542
Tell Me Why - M.I.A.

Tell Me Why

93,153
376,350
Story to Be Told - M.I.A.

Story to Be Told

90,788
352,011
Meds and Feds - M.I.A.

Meds and Feds

85,587
421,120
Space - M.I.A.

Space

84,444
364,853
It Iz What It Iz - M.I.A.

It Iz What It Iz

81,646
314,792
Only 1 U - M.I.A.

Only 1 U

81,433
384,022
Warriors - M.I.A.

Warriors

81,383
409,918
Borders - M.I.A.

Borders

79,522
665,573
$20 - M.I.A.

$20

78,386
418,129
Boom Skit - M.I.A.

Boom Skit

72,889
385,642
Dash the Curry Skit - M.I.A.

Dash the Curry Skit

71,000
253,013
Hussel - M.I.A.

Hussel

70,482
289,758
Freedom Skit - M.I.A.

Freedom Skit

69,552
254,965
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