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Mika

Pop magpie Mika's bright, kaleidoscopic music has drawn comparisons to everyone from Queen and Elton John to the Scissor Sisters and Rufus Wainwright. Born Michael Holbrook Penniman in Beirut to a Lebanese mother and American father, Mika and his parents moved to Paris while he was still a very young child, and eventually London by the time he was nine years old. The frequent moves, incidents like his father being taken hostage at Kuwait's American Embassy, and bullying at school affected young Mika to the point where he stopped talking and was taken out of school for six months.

At this point, music became Mika's lifeline, and he soon began formal musical training, which included voice lessons. Along with studies at the Royal College of Music, in his teens and early twenties Mika also recorded with the Royal Opera House and created a jingle for Orbit chewing gum. He dropped out of school to concentrate on his take on pop music, inspired by freewheeling songwriters like Prince and Harry Nilsson. His debut single, "Relax, Take It Easy," appeared in fall 2006, but it was its follow-up, "Grace Kelly," that broke Mika in the U.K. Released in January 2007, the song hit number one on the singles chart thanks to heavy downloading, following in the footsteps of Gnarls Barkley's "Crazy." Mika's full-length debut, Life in Cartoon Motion, did just as well when it was released that February, and was topping the U.K. charts around the time it was released in the U.S. that March. The album sold over five million copies worldwide, and Mika earned a 2008 Grammy nomination for Best Dance Record for "Live Today" as well as that year's Ivor Novello Award for Songwriter of the Year, among other accolades.

Mika collaborated with producer Greg Wells, Imogen Heap, and Final Fantasy's Owen Pallett on his second album. Initially named We Are Golden after its lead single, the album's title was changed to The Boy Who Knew Too Much for its fall 2009 release. After spending much of 2010 and 2011 on the road, Mika assembled a team of collaborators for his third album, The Origin of Love, that included Pharrell Williams and Empire of the Sun's Nick Littlemore, who appeared on the single "Celebrate," as well as William Orbit, Benny Benassi, FrYars, Greg Wells, and Klas Åhlund. One of the songs from this period, "Gang Bang," ended up on Madonna's MDNA album. The Origin of Love arrived in October 2012. ~ Heather Phares, Rovi
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Track List: Boum Boum Boum (Single)

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Track List: Grace Kelly (Radio Single)

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Track List: Live Your Life (Single)

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Track List: Over My Shoulder (Single)

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Track List: We Are Golden (Radio Single)

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Im a californian and I would wanna Mika is amazing!
I love you mika! His songs always put me at ease
Hiii i like Mika and Michael Jackson. Its so weird like 2/3 of my fav celebs have been on fire micheal jackson and cris angel... Strange
LOVE MIKA! My favourite is Elle Mi Dit (French version <3)
LOOOOOOVE MIKA!!!!!
SUCKIN TOO HARD ON YO LOLLIPOP OH LOVES GONNA GET YA DOWN ^~^
Generic comment about being a fan of Mika
cheeselouise 1
jesus christ
Don't read this cause it actually works. You'll be kissed on the nearest Friday. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. Now that you started reading this don't stop. If you don't post this in two days you will have a terrible week. Post this song on 5 songs in 143 minutes and your crushes name will appear on the screen in big letters. This is scary cause it actually works.
Mika, if you ever read this...U ROCK and is one of my favorite singers! Check out Cher Shaffer- my aunt! She is an artist and I think u would really like her art! If u ever want to meat her let her know...cause i'll b there!!! (Hope that didn't ruin our visit!)
OMG, Mika is SOOOOOOO awesome and inspirationa l ! He inspires me to the greatness and the way he designed those AMAZING WATCHES WAS AWESOME! In on of his early interviews, he mentioned "The Yellow Submarine." Which is one of my ALL TIME FAVORITE MOVIES the art is soo amazing! And he just says a lot of things that you can relate to! I really hope I can meat him one day!!!!
-MIKAS BBBIIIGGGGGG G E E E E S E E T R T FAN LILLI CONNOLLY!!!! ! !
Whenever i listen to MIKA i feel like i am in a bubble that no one can bother me, his music is so inspiring to me and to probably a lot of people, i don't know what exactly i feel because i feel so many emotions. anyways i LOVE YOU MIKA :)
Love Overrated!
lawlessdeb
I wish he would have a concert here in San Diego.
I'm I the only one who thinks he sounds like Passion Pit?!
sandra_figar o a
Hi
sandra_figar o a
Good gone girl and Emily .!!!!!!!!!!! ! !
i LOVE MIKA!!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! IM A MIKA FREAK!!!!! I love the song rain!
michaelabiar
Rain is definitely one of my favourites.
maileele000
Evr hrd good gone girl? If not, its awesome, no offense, but ur a missr-outr.
maileele000
Grace Kelly



























Is





















EPIC
jmiori9
The songs really stay true to it’s origin in poetry; not taking from the wordplay or the meter at all when it meets the music. So epic.
I LOVE MIKA!
Love this so much.
I love mika so much I want him to make a new albulm
we are golden is playing and i stopped breathing... . . ( i am breathing now :) )
i love Grace Kelly too daftmau5city !!!!
I called one of my dogs on nintendogs Mika :)
im laying on the couch playing stardoll and listening to pandora and blame it on the girls came on and i nearly crapped my pants! (i haven't heard this song in years so i was much happy)
maileele000
Swearing on here is sooooooo crapping stupid
I love Mika's Blame it on the Girls, Celebrate, Popular Song, and more; He's great!
Kiss your left hand
Say crushes name
Close your hand
Say a weekday
Post this on 15 other songs and the weekday you did it your crush will ask you out
Kiss ur left hand close ur hand say ur crushes name say a day open ur hand post this on 15 different songs and your crush will ask you out
Omg, the thing about his father surprised me, I feel so bad for him now x.x
jejsjjjjjjjs j j j j j j j j j j j e k d x w h s j w s k w s
This freaked me out! This isn't fake. Apparently if you copy and paste this on ten comments you will have the best day of your life tomorrow. You will either get kissed or asked our. If you break the chain, you will see a dead girl in your room tonight. In the next 53 minutes someone will say I love you or I'm sorry
This freaked me out! This isn't fake. Apparently if you copy and paste this on ten comments you will have the best day of your life tomorrow. You will either get kissed or asked our. If you break the chain, you will see a dead girl in your room tonight. In the next 53 minutes someone will say I love you or I'm sorry.
IKR!!! i LOVE popular song!!!!!!!! ! !
winklerfamil y
WHERE IS POPULAR SONG!!!!! *looks all over the page*
I can't find popular song AAAHHHHHH
I love all mikas songs and mika himself!
Mika luv the popular song and blame it on the girls
garzai531
follow me on Instagram :D •NO STALKING• and u don't have to like my pics I just want more followers : bella_g_garz a
suck 2 hard on a lollipop loves gonna get u down
madeleine765 6
Mika is so awesome
I luv Mika
Popular Song!!!!!!!
LOLLIPOP
daftmau5city
Grace Kelly is awesome!!!
daftmau5city
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life ESV
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