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

1,141,758
9,814,067
Bad Girls - M.I.A.

Bad Girls

370,503
3,407,866
Boyz - M.I.A.

Boyz

288,690
1,638,902
Jimmy - M.I.A.

Jimmy

271,755
1,689,531
Bucky Done Gun - M.I.A.

Bucky Done Gun

241,523
1,440,472
Bamboo Banga - M.I.A.

Bamboo Banga

231,482
1,370,926
XR2 - M.I.A.

XR2

197,761
929,882
Galang - M.I.A.

Galang

195,595
985,128
The Turn - M.I.A.

The Turn

183,291
725,744
XXXO - M.I.A.

XXXO

183,014
1,517,701
Pull Up the People - M.I.A.

Pull Up the People

180,015
845,303
Bird Flu - M.I.A.

Bird Flu

177,191
889,081
Sunshowers - M.I.A.

Sunshowers

164,258
872,127
World Town - M.I.A.

World Town

155,856
767,701
Amazon - M.I.A.

Amazon

153,509
662,507
Bingo - M.I.A.

Bingo

143,835
599,409
20 Dollar - M.I.A.

20 Dollar

136,002
700,965
10 Dollar - M.I.A.

10 Dollar

134,962
688,586
Born Free - M.I.A.

Born Free

134,122
759,489
Hombre - M.I.A.

Hombre

133,521
600,013
Y.A.L.A. - M.I.A.

Y.A.L.A.

127,490
926,627
Banana Skit - M.I.A.

Banana Skit

124,115
487,736
The Message - M.I.A.

The Message

122,748
481,934
Bring the Noize - M.I.A.

Bring the Noize

122,651
801,642
Fire Fire - M.I.A.

Fire Fire

119,377
543,427
Double Bubble Trouble - M.I.A.

Double Bubble Trouble

119,378
969,511
It Takes a Muscle - M.I.A.

It Takes a Muscle

111,986
509,994
Teqkilla - M.I.A.

Teqkilla

104,030
467,745
Lovalot - M.I.A.

Lovalot

101,843
477,241
Steppin Up - M.I.A.

Steppin Up

101,205
444,957
Karmageddon - M.I.A.

Karmageddon

99,070
455,833
Come Walk with Me - M.I.A.

Come Walk with Me

96,287
584,771
Matangi - M.I.A.

Matangi

95,240
507,244
Tell Me Why - M.I.A.

Tell Me Why

93,696
379,712
Story to Be Told - M.I.A.

Story to Be Told

91,421
355,240
Meds and Feds - M.I.A.

Meds and Feds

86,211
425,482
Space - M.I.A.

Space

84,990
368,230
Borders - M.I.A.

Borders

83,666
704,660
Paper Planes (DFA Remix) - M.I.A.

Paper Planes (DFA Remix)

83,084
314,027
Only 1 U - M.I.A.

Only 1 U

82,433
390,120
Warriors - M.I.A.

Warriors

82,423
416,496
It Iz What It Iz - M.I.A.

It Iz What It Iz

82,197
317,449
$20 - M.I.A.

$20

78,410
418,326
Boom Skit - M.I.A.

Boom Skit

74,052
392,710
Dash the Curry Skit - M.I.A.

Dash the Curry Skit

71,543
256,123
Hussel - M.I.A.

Hussel

71,360
292,842
Freedom Skit - M.I.A.

Freedom Skit

69,583
255,125