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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 very young, 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.

On his second album, Mika collaborated with producer Greg Wells, Imogen Heap, and Final Fantasy's Owen Pallett. 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," along with William Orbit, Benny Benassi, FrYars, 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.

In 2013, Mika was added as a judge on the seventh season of the reality TV vocal competition The X Factor Italy. The following year, he also joined the French reality TV vocal competition The Voice: La Plus Belle Voix, as a judge for the third and fourth seasons. He also released the French-language single "Boum Boum Boum," another collaboration with Wells and Åhlund. Mika's fourth studio album, 2015's No Place in Heaven, once again found him working with Wells, and featured the singles "Talk About You" and "Last Party." ~ Heather Phares
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Selected Discography

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Track List: No Place In Heaven

1. Talk About You

2. All She Wants

3. Last Party

4. Good Guys

5. Oh Girl You’re The Devil

6. No Place In Heaven

7. Staring At The Sun

8. Hurts

9. Good Wife

10. Rio

11. Ordinary Man

12. Promiseland

13. Porcelain

14. Good Guys (Night Time Mix)

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Track List: The Origin Of Love

Disc 1

1. Origin Of Love

2. Lola

3. Stardust

4. Make You Happy

5. Underwater

6. Overrated

7. Kids

8. Love You When I'm Drunk

9. Step With Me

10. Popular Song

11. Emily

12. Heroes

13. Celebrate

Disc 2

6. Elle Me Dit

7. Tah Dah

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Track List: The Boy Who Knew Too Much

1. We Are Golden

2. Blame It On The Girls

3. Rain

4. Dr. John

5. I See You

6. Blue Eyes

7. Good Gone Girl

8. Touches You

9. By The Time

10. One Foot Boy

11. Toy Boy

12. Pick Up Off The Floor

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Track List: Boum Boum Boum (Single)

1. Boum Boum Boum

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Track List: Good Guys (Single)

1. Good Guys

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Track List: Grace Kelly (Radio Single)

1. Grace Kelly

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Track List: Last Party (Single)

1. Last Party

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Track List: Life In Cartoon Motion

1. Grace Kelly

2. Lollipop

3. My Interpretation

4. Love Today

5. Relax (Take It Easy)

6. Any Other World

7. Billy Brown

8. Big Girl (You Are Beautiful)

9. Stuck In The Middle

10. Happy Ending

11. Ring Ring

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Track List: Live Your Life (Single)

1. Live Your Life

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Track List: Over My Shoulder (Single)

13. Over My Shoulder

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Track List: Stardust (Single)

1. Stardust (Feat. Karen Mok)

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Track List: Talk About You (Single)

1. Talk About You

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Track List: We Are Golden (Radio Single)

1. We Are Golden

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I love his music. He is incredibly talented, and has a beautifully distinctive voice.
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moleculematt
Love Mika.
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Mika forever! I love, love, love his French music!
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Mika is just plain #fabulous
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Very inspiring upbringing. I love the song Relax,take it easy. It does make me feel a calmed type of way.
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Weird but awesome ��✨
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Mika is weird...
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LOL!!!
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He is a God of music!!!!!!! ! ! : - ) :-P O:-)
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Probably my favorite musical artist out there. He's a pretty chill dude.
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hes cool #love him
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Mika is someone I would very much like to hug.
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lillythepea
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest friday by the love of your life. Tommorow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will be injured(bu t you won't die) in two days. Now you started reading this so don't stop. Post this on at least five other songs in the next 143 minutes when your done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters this is so scary because it actually works
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I love MIKA he is the best #prince of pop
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His music is so freaking fun.
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onefscwby15
Here are the same thing to say it he's unfurls I. Fun if v in b ugu. Ugu d ish but g u d Isuzu f uv u u. Guru. F ugu f u d. Did f if I if. Fu u u fu fund d. I digit do
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I love mika
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this guy is musical genoius
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ponygirl1122
0.0 OxO o...k...
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O.o
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I love you Mika. You make my day so much brighter than it ever was.
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ktsui22
I love every song by him. <3
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I LOVE HIM!!!!!!!!! !
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Hahahahaahhh a h a h a h a h a h a h h a h a h a
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So hot
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I LOVE his SONGS!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! MOSTLY THE SONG LOLIPOP !!!!
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HE LOOKS GOOD!!!!
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I LO'VE HIS SONGS AND VOICE A LOT!!!!!0
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Hi!!!!
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Pick it up off the floor right anytime
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This song is amazing blame it on the girls always even though I am one
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LOVE HIM lollipop idk why but it's like one of my favorite songs
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YOU ARE AMAZING MIKA!!! XD
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He has an amazing voice
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Love his music
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Your music inspires me and keeps me from having a bad day
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Mika and Queen are my favorite things in this world but mostly Mika! Man I just love him!!
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matildearauj o 3 1 2
He is amazing and my friend are hater but I do not care
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twisk3
love all his stuff.. great driving music. Wish he would do more songs like this.
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hhhhhh- i love this man \(0w0\)
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I love Mika's voice! Especially in Over My Shoulder and One Foot Boy! Definitely my favorite!! :D
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Ppl mika is supa cool but i think he should shave... Anybody agree
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Mika sounds a lot like Queen..love this guy
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If i could listen to only one artist the rest of my life it'd definitely be Mika. His songs are pure poetry. I always listen to celebrate & live your life when I'm down. In Any Other World is full of raw emotion, wonderful person he is
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I love Mika he's my favorite artist everrrrrrr!! ! ! ! ! ! ! < 3
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Im a californian and I would wanna Mika is amazing!
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I love you mika! His songs always put me at ease
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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
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LOVE MIKA! My favourite is Elle Mi Dit (French version <3)
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