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

1,123,999
9,645,651
Bad Girls - M.I.A.

Bad Girls

360,932
3,322,024
Boyz - M.I.A.

Boyz

287,091
1,628,823
Jimmy - M.I.A.

Jimmy

270,086
1,677,059
Bucky Done Gun - M.I.A.

Bucky Done Gun

239,761
1,427,420
Bamboo Banga - M.I.A.

Bamboo Banga

230,094
1,362,101
XR2 - M.I.A.

XR2

196,767
920,679
Galang - M.I.A.

Galang

194,468
977,829
The Turn - M.I.A.

The Turn

182,452
722,129
XXXO - M.I.A.

XXXO

181,832
1,505,915
Pull Up the People - M.I.A.

Pull Up the People

178,915
838,072
Bird Flu - M.I.A.

Bird Flu

176,507
885,646
Sunshowers - M.I.A.

Sunshowers

163,123
863,772
World Town - M.I.A.

World Town

154,728
761,824
Amazon - M.I.A.

Amazon

152,681
657,980
Bingo - M.I.A.

Bingo

143,139
595,791
20 Dollar - M.I.A.

20 Dollar

134,855
694,931
10 Dollar - M.I.A.

10 Dollar

134,242
683,680
Born Free - M.I.A.

Born Free

132,940
751,095
Hombre - M.I.A.

Hombre

132,755
595,906
Y.A.L.A. - M.I.A.

Y.A.L.A.

125,101
910,145
Banana Skit - M.I.A.

Banana Skit

123,705
485,693
The Message - M.I.A.

The Message

121,961
477,841
Bring the Noize - M.I.A.

Bring the Noize

121,163
790,702
Fire Fire - M.I.A.

Fire Fire

119,288
542,827
Double Bubble Trouble - M.I.A.

Double Bubble Trouble

116,953
948,619
It Takes a Muscle - M.I.A.

It Takes a Muscle

111,243
505,974
Teqkilla - M.I.A.

Teqkilla

103,214
463,197
Lovalot - M.I.A.

Lovalot

101,087
472,294
Steppin Up - M.I.A.

Steppin Up

100,373
439,964
Karmageddon - M.I.A.

Karmageddon

97,877
449,124
Come Walk with Me - M.I.A.

Come Walk with Me

95,284
577,511
Matangi - M.I.A.

Matangi

93,965
498,787
Tell Me Why - M.I.A.

Tell Me Why

93,172
376,468
Story to Be Told - M.I.A.

Story to Be Told

90,807
352,150
Meds and Feds - M.I.A.

Meds and Feds

85,606
421,336
Space - M.I.A.

Space

84,461
364,970
Paper Planes (DFA Remix) - M.I.A.

Paper Planes (DFA Remix)

82,801
312,770
It Iz What It Iz - M.I.A.

It Iz What It Iz

81,663
314,906
Only 1 U - M.I.A.

Only 1 U

81,453
384,177
Warriors - M.I.A.

Warriors

81,404
410,107
Borders - M.I.A.

Borders

79,627
666,686
$20 - M.I.A.

$20

78,386
418,139
Boom Skit - M.I.A.

Boom Skit

72,907
385,816
Dash the Curry Skit - M.I.A.

Dash the Curry Skit

71,015
253,129
Hussel - M.I.A.

Hussel

70,511
289,850
Freedom Skit - M.I.A.

Freedom Skit

69,553
254,971