Artist: M.I.A. Biography

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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 "M.I.A."

Paper Planes - M.I.A.

Paper Planes

1,104,980
9,472,556
Bad Girls - M.I.A.

Bad Girls

351,847
3,225,998
Boyz - M.I.A.

Boyz

285,413
1,618,545
Jimmy - M.I.A.

Jimmy

268,427
1,664,396
Bucky Done Gun - M.I.A.

Bucky Done Gun

238,010
1,413,903
Bamboo Banga - M.I.A.

Bamboo Banga

228,699
1,352,601
XR2 - M.I.A.

XR2

195,736
915,336
Galang - M.I.A.

Galang

193,314
970,450
The Turn - M.I.A.

The Turn

181,555
718,512
XXXO - M.I.A.

XXXO

180,619
1,493,731
Pull Up the People - M.I.A.

Pull Up the People

177,832
831,460
Bird Flu - M.I.A.

Bird Flu

175,853
881,999
Sunshowers - M.I.A.

Sunshowers

161,938
856,339
World Town - M.I.A.

World Town

153,526
756,040
Amazon - M.I.A.

Amazon

151,863
653,571
Bingo - M.I.A.

Bingo

142,426
591,884
20 Dollar - M.I.A.

20 Dollar

133,632
688,736
10 Dollar - M.I.A.

10 Dollar

133,500
678,967
Hombre - M.I.A.

Hombre

131,993
591,858
Born Free - M.I.A.

Born Free

131,670
742,498
Banana Skit - M.I.A.

Banana Skit

123,061
483,159
Y.A.L.A. - M.I.A.

Y.A.L.A.

123,011
893,594
The Message - M.I.A.

The Message

121,184
473,583
Bring the Noize - M.I.A.

Bring the Noize

119,641
778,239
Fire Fire - M.I.A.

Fire Fire

119,189
541,978
Double Bubble Trouble - M.I.A.

Double Bubble Trouble

114,611
924,174
It Takes a Muscle - M.I.A.

It Takes a Muscle

110,503
501,744
Teqkilla - M.I.A.

Teqkilla

102,395
458,469
Lovalot - M.I.A.

Lovalot

100,318
467,373
Steppin Up - M.I.A.

Steppin Up

99,584
435,045
Karmageddon - M.I.A.

Karmageddon

96,746
442,273
Come Walk with Me - M.I.A.

Come Walk with Me

94,287
569,752
Matangi - M.I.A.

Matangi

92,669
489,515
Tell Me Why - M.I.A.

Tell Me Why

92,622
373,473
Story to Be Told - M.I.A.

Story to Be Told

90,186
349,213
Meds and Feds - M.I.A.

Meds and Feds

84,971
417,071
Space - M.I.A.

Space

83,892
361,943
Paper Planes (DFA Remix) - M.I.A.

Paper Planes (DFA Remix)

82,530
311,559
It Iz What It Iz - M.I.A.

It Iz What It Iz

81,096
312,164
Only 1 U - M.I.A.

Only 1 U

80,420
377,696
Warriors - M.I.A.

Warriors

80,375
402,654
$20 - M.I.A.

$20

78,357
417,805
Borders - M.I.A.

Borders

75,376
626,013
Boom Skit - M.I.A.

Boom Skit

71,780
378,630
Dash the Curry Skit - M.I.A.

Dash the Curry Skit

70,310
250,141
Hussel - M.I.A.

Hussel

69,613
286,802
Freedom Skit - M.I.A.

Freedom Skit

69,519
254,729