Artist: M.I.A. Bio

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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

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9,911,545
Bad Girls - M.I.A.

Bad Girls

376,175
3,457,804
Boyz - M.I.A.

Boyz

289,723
1,644,718
Jimmy - M.I.A.

Jimmy

272,834
1,696,740
Bucky Done Gun - M.I.A.

Bucky Done Gun

242,483
1,447,684
Bamboo Banga - M.I.A.

Bamboo Banga

232,531
1,376,719
XR2 - M.I.A.

XR2

198,415
932,916
Galang - M.I.A.

Galang

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988,936
XXXO - M.I.A.

XXXO

184,010
1,525,750
The Turn - M.I.A.

The Turn

183,844
727,766
Pull Up the People - M.I.A.

Pull Up the People

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848,645
Bird Flu - M.I.A.

Bird Flu

177,628
891,036
Sunshowers - M.I.A.

Sunshowers

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876,528
World Town - M.I.A.

World Town

156,548
770,919
Amazon - M.I.A.

Amazon

153,965
664,954
Bingo - M.I.A.

Bingo

144,215
601,269
20 Dollar - M.I.A.

20 Dollar

136,720
704,146
10 Dollar - M.I.A.

10 Dollar

135,361
691,013
Born Free - M.I.A.

Born Free

135,017
764,684
Hombre - M.I.A.

Hombre

133,938
602,160
Y.A.L.A. - M.I.A.

Y.A.L.A.

128,855
935,755
Banana Skit - M.I.A.

Banana Skit

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487,942
Bring the Noize - M.I.A.

Bring the Noize

123,576
808,132
The Message - M.I.A.

The Message

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485,034
Double Bubble Trouble - M.I.A.

Double Bubble Trouble

120,652
980,876
Fire Fire - M.I.A.

Fire Fire

119,426
543,718
It Takes a Muscle - M.I.A.

It Takes a Muscle

112,645
512,819
Teqkilla - M.I.A.

Teqkilla

104,744
471,204
Lovalot - M.I.A.

Lovalot

102,479
480,449
Steppin Up - M.I.A.

Steppin Up

102,007
448,956
Karmageddon - M.I.A.

Karmageddon

99,719
459,553
Come Walk with Me - M.I.A.

Come Walk with Me

96,837
588,734
Matangi - M.I.A.

Matangi

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512,089
Tell Me Why - M.I.A.

Tell Me Why

94,126
381,515
Story to Be Told - M.I.A.

Story to Be Told

91,948
357,330
Meds and Feds - M.I.A.

Meds and Feds

86,721
428,400
Borders - M.I.A.

Borders

85,942
726,330
Space - M.I.A.

Space

85,427
370,239
Paper Planes (DFA Remix) - M.I.A.

Paper Planes (DFA Remix)

83,250
314,808
Warriors - M.I.A.

Warriors

82,972
420,075
Only 1 U - M.I.A.

Only 1 U

82,947
392,987
It Iz What It Iz - M.I.A.

It Iz What It Iz

82,674
319,277
$20 - M.I.A.

$20

78,424
418,448
Boom Skit - M.I.A.

Boom Skit

74,736
396,341
Hussel - M.I.A.

Hussel

71,960
294,652
Dash the Curry Skit - M.I.A.

Dash the Curry Skit

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256,787
Freedom Skit - M.I.A.

Freedom Skit

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255,221