Artist: M.I.A. Biography

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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 "M.I.A."

Paper Planes - M.I.A.

Paper Planes

1,141,607
9,812,638
Bad Girls - M.I.A.

Bad Girls

370,427
3,407,176
Boyz - M.I.A.

Boyz

288,679
1,638,835
Jimmy - M.I.A.

Jimmy

271,740
1,689,442
Bucky Done Gun - M.I.A.

Bucky Done Gun

241,509
1,440,352
Bamboo Banga - M.I.A.

Bamboo Banga

231,473
1,370,865
XR2 - M.I.A.

XR2

197,753
929,840
Galang - M.I.A.

Galang

195,585
985,046
The Turn - M.I.A.

The Turn

183,287
725,724
XXXO - M.I.A.

XXXO

183,005
1,517,596
Pull Up the People - M.I.A.

Pull Up the People

180,004
845,245
Bird Flu - M.I.A.

Bird Flu

177,188
889,060
Sunshowers - M.I.A.

Sunshowers

164,248
872,051
World Town - M.I.A.

World Town

155,848
767,668
Amazon - M.I.A.

Amazon

153,500
662,463
Bingo - M.I.A.

Bingo

143,823
599,370
20 Dollar - M.I.A.

20 Dollar

135,995
700,927
10 Dollar - M.I.A.

10 Dollar

134,947
688,534
Born Free - M.I.A.

Born Free

134,115
759,425
Hombre - M.I.A.

Hombre

133,508
599,974
Y.A.L.A. - M.I.A.

Y.A.L.A.

127,475
926,499
Banana Skit - M.I.A.

Banana Skit

124,112
487,724
The Message - M.I.A.

The Message

122,741
481,899
Bring the Noize - M.I.A.

Bring the Noize

122,640
801,559
Fire Fire - M.I.A.

Fire Fire

119,376
543,417
Double Bubble Trouble - M.I.A.

Double Bubble Trouble

119,365
969,335
It Takes a Muscle - M.I.A.

It Takes a Muscle

111,978
509,969
Teqkilla - M.I.A.

Teqkilla

104,020
467,714
Lovalot - M.I.A.

Lovalot

101,838
477,209
Steppin Up - M.I.A.

Steppin Up

101,196
444,919
Karmageddon - M.I.A.

Karmageddon

99,058
455,787
Come Walk with Me - M.I.A.

Come Walk with Me

96,281
584,714
Matangi - M.I.A.

Matangi

95,225
507,186
Tell Me Why - M.I.A.

Tell Me Why

93,693
379,689
Story to Be Told - M.I.A.

Story to Be Told

91,418
355,222
Meds and Feds - M.I.A.

Meds and Feds

86,209
425,449
Space - M.I.A.

Space

84,987
368,215
Borders - M.I.A.

Borders

83,634
704,379
Paper Planes (DFA Remix) - M.I.A.

Paper Planes (DFA Remix)

83,082
314,021
Only 1 U - M.I.A.

Only 1 U

82,421
390,083
Warriors - M.I.A.

Warriors

82,413
416,449
It Iz What It Iz - M.I.A.

It Iz What It Iz

82,193
317,429
$20 - M.I.A.

$20

78,410
418,326
Boom Skit - M.I.A.

Boom Skit

74,043
392,668
Dash the Curry Skit - M.I.A.

Dash the Curry Skit

71,541
256,107
Hussel - M.I.A.

Hussel

71,353
292,827
Freedom Skit - M.I.A.

Freedom Skit

69,583
255,124