Mika

Biography

Mika (born Mica Penniman, 18.8.1983)

Mika is a Grammy Award-nominated singer / songwriter who was born in Lebanon and is now based in London.

Mika: Childhood

Mika was the third of five children born to a mother of Syrian / Lebanese heritage and an American father. He was born in Beirut, Lebanon. War forced the family from Lebanon and they moved to Paris. It was in Paris that he wrote his first song, a piano instrumental called 'Angry'.

When Mika was nine years old, the family then moved to London. He experienced much bullying and had problems with dyslexia. Mika attended St Phillips School in Kensington, then Westminster School and the Royal College of Music. He left RCM to record his first album for Casablanca Records. Frustrated at people mispronouncing his name, he changed the 'c' to a 'k'.

Mika: Musical Career

Mika's public musical endeavours range from creating the music for an Orbit chewing gum jingle, to writing British Airways in-flight music and appearing at the Royal Opera House.

His debut TV appearances were on Later With Jools Holland and The Friday Night Project. Mika topped the BBC News' influential Sounds of 2007 poll.

The debut single was a download / limited "7 vinyl release, 'Relax, Take It Easy'. The song was playlisted by BBC Radio 1 and was made Single of The Week by the station's DJ Scott Mills.

The single 'Grace Kelly' reached number one in January 2007 and the next month, his album, Life In Cartoon Motion, produced by Greg Wells, was released. Reviews of the album drew comparison to a number of established artists such as Freddie Mercury, Elton John and Scissor Sisters. The artwork for the album was created by his sister, who works under the name Dawack.

Mika won three awards at the 2007 World Music awards: more than any other artist that year and the first artist to ever win three in one year. In February 2008 he played at the 50th Grammy Awards in Los Angeles. That same month, he opened the 2008 BRIT Awards. He performed his own songs, 'Love Today' and 'Grace Kelly' as well as a duet with Beth Ditto, performing her band The Gossip's song 'Standing In The Way Of Control'.

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MIKA - Boum Boum Boum

7th July 2014 -

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Mika goes on a journey through time with the video for his latest single 'Boum Boum Boum'; a characteristically uplifting French track which is due to appear on his next album expected to drop early...

Mika Stunned To Hear His Song On Madonna's Album

22nd June 2012 -

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Singer Mika was shocked when he listened to Madonna's new album Mdna and heard her singing one of his own songs.The Grace Kelly hitmaker co-wrote a song called Bang Bang and was later shocked to...

MIKA - Kick Ass (We Are Young)

23rd April 2010 -

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Mika's Creative Mum

3rd February 2010 -

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Mika says his mother has the biggest creative influence on him. The 'Blame it on the Girls' star - who has wowed the UK charts with his infectious brand of melodic pop ever since he...

Mika's Cunning Revenge On Ex

22nd September 2009 -

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Pop star MIKA got the ultimate revenge on an ex-girlfriend who broke his heart - he made sure posters promoting his first album were put up in her neighbourhood.The 26 year old was left devastated...

Mika Bullied At School

12th September 2009 -

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Mika was bullied at school.The 'Love Today' singer was tormented so much as a child, he became a "cripplingly shy" teenager who was convinced he was a "piece of sh*t".The 26-year-old star said: "As a...

Mika - The Boy Who Knew Too Much

3rd September 2009 -

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Review of Mika' s album The Boy Who Knew Too MuchA lot of artists fear being forgotten when they prepare a comeback with their sophomore album, even if they've had a fair degree of success...

Mika - Love Today

12th August 2008 -

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Mika Love Today Video 23 year old pop sensation MIKA follows up his debut single Grace Kelly (which spent 5 weeks at Number One) with the release of his brand new single 'Love Today' on...

Mika - Grace Kelly

12th August 2008 -

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Mika Grace Kelly Video January 29th 2007 sees 23 year old virtuoso Mika release his deliriously catchy debut single 'Grace Kelly' on Casablanca Records. The single precedes his debut album, 'Life in Cartoon Motion' which...

Mika: 'Stop Comparing Me To Queen'

27th March 2007 -

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Pop sensation MIKA hopes critics will stop comparing him to British music legends QUEEN - because he doesn't want to be associated with FREDDIE MERCURY's dress sense. The GRACE KELLY star, who yesterday (26MAR07) dubbed...

Mika - Life In Cartoon Motion

26th March 2007 -

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MikaLife In Cartoon MotionAlbum ReviewA blaze of glory surrounded the single release of Grace Kelly and with just cause. A clearly infectious pop sound with vocals to match justified the continuous radio play and industry...

Mika - Leon Jean Marie, Manchester Academy 1

1st March 2007 -

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Mika with support from Leon Jean Marie Manchester Academy 1, 27/02/2007 Live Review Flashy guitar fuelled, funk gelled R N B is being beamed out by the dreadlocked 24 year old East Londoner, Leon-Jean Marie....

Mika, Dodgy Holiday EP, Audio Streams

26th September 2005 -

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I love Mika

What can I say - Mika is absolutely gorgeous. He has a beautifully sculptured face and in my opinion is drop dead gorgeous.If anyone has any contact details for him, please pass them on - I need to meet him and tell him exactly what I think of this fine specimen of a man

7 years 3 months ago
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owen

he is the best singer in the world today

7 years 1 month ago
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Liekks

ILoveUSoMuch

2 years 10 months ago
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yasdnil

thisis the best singer ever!!

5 years 2 months ago
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Mika is a fab artist. he is in my opinion the next Freddie mercury, and I don't say this lightly. I fell in love with his music when I first heard Grace Kelly and I almost fell in love with him when I first saw him (hehe). Mika if you ever read this then follow this advice: keep your music going, if you can brighten a life as dreary as mine you can brighten anyones life!!!!

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WilliamAllenFILMS

since you are a MIKA expert, could you please tell me how I can contact Mika, or Marketing Manager thereof, in order to obtain copyright permission for one of his songs? Thank you in Advance!Will Music Film Makerinfo@williamAllenFILMS

2 years 6 months ago
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Aiste

MIKA songs are very beautiful and sweet.Especially I like ,,Relax,take it easy'',it's a song which I can listen and listen.Also I like ,,Interpretation'', ,,Big girl you are beautiful'', ,,Grace kelly'' and others very much. MIKA,good luck to you!!

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