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

1,152,877
9,916,420
Bad Girls - M.I.A.

Bad Girls

376,425
3,460,068
Boyz - M.I.A.

Boyz

289,777
1,644,947
Jimmy - M.I.A.

Jimmy

272,874
1,697,000
Bucky Done Gun - M.I.A.

Bucky Done Gun

242,531
1,448,064
Bamboo Banga - M.I.A.

Bamboo Banga

232,580
1,376,961
XR2 - M.I.A.

XR2

198,434
933,044
Galang - M.I.A.

Galang

196,201
989,099
XXXO - M.I.A.

XXXO

184,044
1,526,048
The Turn - M.I.A.

The Turn

183,860
727,837
Pull Up the People - M.I.A.

Pull Up the People

180,641
848,800
Bird Flu - M.I.A.

Bird Flu

177,651
891,108
Sunshowers - M.I.A.

Sunshowers

165,009
876,736
World Town - M.I.A.

World Town

156,574
771,056
Amazon - M.I.A.

Amazon

153,989
665,089
Bingo - M.I.A.

Bingo

144,239
601,361
20 Dollar - M.I.A.

20 Dollar

136,753
704,283
10 Dollar - M.I.A.

10 Dollar

135,385
691,131
Born Free - M.I.A.

Born Free

135,047
764,881
Hombre - M.I.A.

Hombre

133,966
602,267
Y.A.L.A. - M.I.A.

Y.A.L.A.

128,914
936,185
Banana Skit - M.I.A.

Banana Skit

124,148
487,950
Bring the Noize - M.I.A.

Bring the Noize

123,611
808,395
The Message - M.I.A.

The Message

123,565
485,136
Double Bubble Trouble - M.I.A.

Double Bubble Trouble

120,709
981,362
Fire Fire - M.I.A.

Fire Fire

119,428
543,727
It Takes a Muscle - M.I.A.

It Takes a Muscle

112,676
512,952
Teqkilla - M.I.A.

Teqkilla

104,764
471,316
Lovalot - M.I.A.

Lovalot

102,500
480,555
Steppin Up - M.I.A.

Steppin Up

102,031
449,082
Karmageddon - M.I.A.

Karmageddon

99,749
459,694
Come Walk with Me - M.I.A.

Come Walk with Me

96,872
588,907
Matangi - M.I.A.

Matangi

96,037
512,324
Tell Me Why - M.I.A.

Tell Me Why

94,146
381,581
Story to Be Told - M.I.A.

Story to Be Told

91,968
357,402
Meds and Feds - M.I.A.

Meds and Feds

86,737
428,499
Borders - M.I.A.

Borders

86,056
727,244
Space - M.I.A.

Space

85,444
370,299
Paper Planes (DFA Remix) - M.I.A.

Paper Planes (DFA Remix)

83,257
314,839
Warriors - M.I.A.

Warriors

82,999
420,216
Only 1 U - M.I.A.

Only 1 U

82,972
393,110
It Iz What It Iz - M.I.A.

It Iz What It Iz

82,696
319,342
$20 - M.I.A.

$20

78,425
418,452
Boom Skit - M.I.A.

Boom Skit

74,766
396,498
Hussel - M.I.A.

Hussel

71,984
294,727
Dash the Curry Skit - M.I.A.

Dash the Curry Skit

71,691
256,819
Freedom Skit - M.I.A.

Freedom Skit

69,596
255,227