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

1,132,749
9,729,182
Bad Girls - M.I.A.

Bad Girls

365,426
3,362,842
Boyz - M.I.A.

Boyz

287,828
1,633,618
Jimmy - M.I.A.

Jimmy

270,854
1,683,189
Bucky Done Gun - M.I.A.

Bucky Done Gun

240,658
1,433,862
Bamboo Banga - M.I.A.

Bamboo Banga

230,615
1,365,980
XR2 - M.I.A.

XR2

197,207
923,298
Galang - M.I.A.

Galang

195,018
981,465
The Turn - M.I.A.

The Turn

182,824
723,958
XXXO - M.I.A.

XXXO

182,388
1,511,623
Pull Up the People - M.I.A.

Pull Up the People

179,376
841,834
Bird Flu - M.I.A.

Bird Flu

176,823
887,332
Sunshowers - M.I.A.

Sunshowers

163,649
868,192
World Town - M.I.A.

World Town

155,240
764,622
Amazon - M.I.A.

Amazon

153,047
660,086
Bingo - M.I.A.

Bingo

143,456
597,517
20 Dollar - M.I.A.

20 Dollar

135,368
697,913
10 Dollar - M.I.A.

10 Dollar

134,564
686,245
Born Free - M.I.A.

Born Free

133,505
754,942
Hombre - M.I.A.

Hombre

133,117
597,883
Y.A.L.A. - M.I.A.

Y.A.L.A.

126,148
918,068
Banana Skit - M.I.A.

Banana Skit

124,016
487,205
The Message - M.I.A.

The Message

122,362
479,815
Bring the Noize - M.I.A.

Bring the Noize

121,845
796,014
Fire Fire - M.I.A.

Fire Fire

119,320
543,105
Double Bubble Trouble - M.I.A.

Double Bubble Trouble

118,149
958,997
It Takes a Muscle - M.I.A.

It Takes a Muscle

111,597
507,941
Teqkilla - M.I.A.

Teqkilla

103,602
465,477
Lovalot - M.I.A.

Lovalot

101,473
474,761
Steppin Up - M.I.A.

Steppin Up

100,792
442,472
Karmageddon - M.I.A.

Karmageddon

98,460
452,466
Come Walk with Me - M.I.A.

Come Walk with Me

95,782
581,100
Matangi - M.I.A.

Matangi

94,594
502,968
Tell Me Why - M.I.A.

Tell Me Why

93,431
377,864
Story to Be Told - M.I.A.

Story to Be Told

91,101
353,743
Meds and Feds - M.I.A.

Meds and Feds

85,894
423,401
Space - M.I.A.

Space

84,717
366,574
Paper Planes (DFA Remix) - M.I.A.

Paper Planes (DFA Remix)

82,937
313,371
It Iz What It Iz - M.I.A.

It Iz What It Iz

81,923
316,141
Only 1 U - M.I.A.

Only 1 U

81,920
387,172
Warriors - M.I.A.

Warriors

81,882
413,253
Borders - M.I.A.

Borders

81,593
685,050
$20 - M.I.A.

$20

78,393
418,236
Boom Skit - M.I.A.

Boom Skit

73,484
389,138
Dash the Curry Skit - M.I.A.

Dash the Curry Skit

71,369
255,097
Hussel - M.I.A.

Hussel

70,889
291,245
Freedom Skit - M.I.A.

Freedom Skit

69,566
255,047