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  1. Mika saang at a party in Moscow last Saturday. THE SUN April 24, 2007 BIZARRE GIRLS hoping to pick up a rich Russian businessman are in for a fight. Bizarre went to the Moscow Motion party on Saturday evening and found a bevy of beauties, many of them hoping to bag their own ROMAN ABRAMOVICH. The event was attended by some of Russia’s richest people, as well as many of our Page 3 girls, PEACHES GELDOF, MELINDA MESSENGER and EMMA NOBLE. Even serial kiss-and-tell girl ALICIA DOUVALL was at the party, held in London’s Old Billingsgate Market. Music was provided by chart-topper MIKA and SOPHIE ELLIS BEXTOR, who managed a few words of Russian before breaking into a greatest hits set. For pictures from the party click the link below. CLICK HERE FOR SLIDESHOW --- Mika photo is number 4 of 6. CW.
  2. An album review from SOUTH AFRICA!! Great write-up. Refreshing - makes me want to put the record on again and dance about the room. CW. IAFRICA.COM MIKA Life In Cartoon Motion Lance Witten Wed, 18 Apr 2007 Infectious. That’s what it is. Infectious. MIKA  born in 1983 as Michael Holbrook Penniman in Beirut to a Lebanese mom and American dad  and his debut album 'Life in Cartoon Motion' are simply infectious. Whether it gets up your nose, gets your head bobbing, gets on your nerves, or gets you to sing falsetto  straining your voice, drawing glances of suspicion in the traffic from fellow motorists  it’s going to get to you somehow. You see, it touches you in a way musicians have simply not been able to since Queen and The Beatles. Of course, 'Cartoon Motion' doesn’t come anywhere near the legendary status of those aforementioned icons, it's just that a large part of the album is somewhat a tribute to the “real†music of days gone bye. MIKA (known for the better part of his life as Mica) fled Lebanon with his folks to Paris and there attend the Lycée Francais Charles de Gaulle and the Royal College of Music where he studied, among other things, Russian opera, performing at the Royal Opera House in London. His performance jobs have been eclectic, ranging from operatic performances to writing in-flight music for British Airways and creating a jingle for Orbit Chewing Gum. But now he's reached the solo album phase of his career. It kicks off with his big radio debut, 'Grace Kelly' which has nothing to do with the late Matriarch of Monaco, but is just as memorable, sticking in your head long after the notes have faded into the ether. 'Lollipop' follows, leaning heavily towards bubblegum pop, but has a delightful playground feel; you could almost picture a group of kids with a skipping rope repeating the song’s contagious refrain: "Sucking too hard on your lollipop, oh love’s gonna get you down." One or two of the tracks may have you checking to see whether they were perhaps written by David Bowie, the heavy Ziggy Stardust influence blatant, and refreshingly different from the standard mass-produced pop we're bombarded with these days. The soulful ballad 'Any Other World', with its melodic rolling string ensemble accompaniment, is wonderfully uplifting. As is the honky-tonk piano of 'Stuck in the Middle', harking back to the Fab Foursome’s glory years before the sitar-playing, pot-smoking days of their obscure-lyric-smacked post-“Jesus remark†albums. You’ll notice the Queen flavour too, not only in a line from one of the songs ("I tried to be like Grace Kelly, but all her looks were too sad; So I tried a little Freddie"), but also in the 'Fat-bottomed girls'-esque 'Big Girl (You are Beautiful)'. Once you’ve listened to the tracks over and over again (you’ll want to, trust me) you’ll understand why people have compared him to the likes of Robbie Williams, Scissor Sisters, Elton John, as well as those aforementioned legends of pop music. Look out for the achingly beautiful bonus track 'Over My Shoulder' which maybe should’ve been sung by women (it’s that high). But it works nonetheless and is in keeping with this artist’s wacky style of interpretation. Love it or hate it, MIKA has arrived… and has the Platinum certification, and chart-topping tracks to prove it. ---
  3. INDIE LONDON Music - Singles of the Week - Monday, April 23 MIKA – LOVE TODAY: Debonair, with a touch of degenerate dandy, Mika ruled the charts earlier this year with his platinum selling debut album Life In Cartoon Motion and its lead single Grace Kelly, which has become one of the biggest singles of 2007 so far. Next up is Love Today, a heady euphoric rush in Mika’s inimitable style. That is to say, it rushes over you with its whirlwind of cheesy, hysterically OTT vocals, Scissor Sister-style beats and guitars and a genuine sense of its own fun. Try as hard as we might, it’s difficult to find too much fault and, instead, just take it for what it is – unbridled fun that’s a firm guilty pleasure. Mika fans will no doubt ensure that the chart success of Grace Kelly was no fluke. The CD features a new track The Only Lonely One (demo) as well as an acoustic version of album track Billy Brown that was especially recorded on Freddie Mercury’s old grand piano. There’s just no stopping Mika at the moment. Rating: 3.5 out of 5 --- CW.
  4. Check out the video posted by news site: DAILYMOTION.COM Mika Live Montréall 19 mars 2007 Video duration: 05:11 Concert de Mika àMontréal, France 19 mars 2007. Il chante "Love Today". Enjoy!!! CW
  5. WORCESTER NEWS 20 Apr 2007 MUSIC legends Issac Hayes and Richie Havens have been confirmed for the Big Chill Festival. Joining them at the three-day event, held at Eastnor Castle in August, will be breakthrough singer-songwriter Mika. American folk singer Havens was the opening act at Woodstock Festival and he's noted for his guitar skills and foot tapping. Hayes is regarded as a soul legend. He penned the award-winning Shaft theme-tune and, in 2005, made it into the Songwriters' Hall of Fame. By the late 1990s, he was best known as the voice of Chef on South Park. Also performing is flavour of the moment Mika, whose debut album Life In Cartoon Motion reached number one as well as the catchy single Grace Kelly. The Big Chill takes place in Eastnor Deer Park from Friday, August 3 to Sunday, August 5. Full line up and tickets are available from http://www.bigchill.net. Alternatively call the ticketline on 08700 667733. --- CW.
  6. THE AGE Diva Lavigne puts pop on top April 16, 2007 - 9:34AM Avril Lavigne's Girlfriend sits atop the Australian singles chart. While rock has dominated the Motorola ARIA singles chart for the past two weeks, pop has fought back to take the top spots this week. Avril Lavigne's Girlfriend charts at No.1 above Mika's Grace Kelly, with Australian rockers Silverchair's Straight Lines at No.3. Two pop divas debut on the singles chart this week, with Christina Aguilera's Candyman at No.6 and Fergie's Glamorous at No.10. Rock has held onto the top spots on the albums chart, with Silverchair's Young Modern at No.1, the Cold Chisel compilation album at No.2 and The John Butler Trio's Grand National at No.3. Nelly Furtado's Loose has leapt back into the top 10 this week, charting at No.9, up from No.15 last week. Australian singles chart 1 (3) GIRLFRIEND Avril Lavigne (RCA/SBME) 2 (2) GRACE KELLY Mika (UMA) 3 (1) STRAIGHT LINES Silverchair (EMI) 4 (4) THE SWEET ESCAPE Gwen Stefani Feat. Akon (INR/UMA) 5 (5) THIS AIN'T A SCENE, IT'S AN ARMS RACE Fall Out Boy (IUS/UMA) 6 (-) CANDYMAN Christina Aguilera (RCA/SBME) 7 (8) 20 GOOD REASONS Thirsty Merc (WEA/WAR) 8 (6) SUDDENLY I SEE KT Tunstall (VIR/EMI) 9 (7) WHAT GOES AROUND...COMES AROUND Justin Timberlake (JVE/SBME) 10(-) GLAMOROUS Fergie feat. Ludacris (INR/UMA) --- CW.
  7. DAILY PRESS 15 April 2007 MIKA "Life In Cartoon Motion" (Casablanca) "Grace Kelly," the first single on the debut album from Mika - born Mica Penniman to Lebanese and American parents in Beirut - starts off with a sample of the former Princess of Monaco opining that "getting angry doesn't solve anything." Au contraire. "Grace Kelly" is a ticked-off flipping-of-the-bird to a record company foolish enough to not sign the poperatic, piano-playing big-star-to-be when they had the chance. Their bad. The song, which is a thoroughly fabulous account of one 23-year-old Londoner's efforts to make it to the top, no matter what it takes, has already topped the UK charts, and the 23-year-old Londoner seems poised to do the same Stateside. He's certain to win the hearts and minds of devotees of gleeful high camp, from Queen to Elton John to the Pet Shop Boys. At this early stage, Mika is at times guilty of brandishing his influences too openly - though "Big Girl (You Are Beautiful)" is a fairly hilarious update of "Fat Bottomed Girls." You can forgive that copycatism because his talents are so abundant. - Dan DeLuca --- CW.
  8. LAVENDAR MAGAZINE Arts & Enertainment On The Record by Ed Huyck Life in Cartoon Motion Mika Ah. While America’s pop culture seems to be stuck in a permanent case of gay panic, our British brethren are far more willing to embrace their inner queer. Witness the success of New York exports the Scissor Sisters, or their very own Mika. While plying a similar ’70s-infused modern dance-pop style, Mika sticks a bit closer to the Queen side of the equation. That’s in part because of his voice, which is frighteningly close to Freddie Mercury’s. The arrangements and songs themselves have the heightened sense of drama mixed with sheer joy of play that made the best music of Queen’s career so memorable. Sure, that doesn’t always hold true. Hit “Lollipop†is just a pure pop confection, as infectious as anything I’ve heard in months. But opener “Grace Kelly†could come from one of Queen’s late-’70s collections, while “My Interpretation†sounds like a ballad from the late ’80s period of that band. In the end, however, it really shouldn’t just be about the influences or similarities. Male pop singers in recent years have been terribly dull, or just trying too hard (paging Mr. Timberlakeâ€â€your sexiness is DOA). Mika is effortless in his performance, making Life in Cartoon Motion all the more fun. What’s next is hard to sayâ€â€the road to pop stardom is paved with one-hit wondersâ€â€but for now, he can wear the pop-idol tiara. --- CW.
  9. THE DAILY CAMPUS Forest Brooks, Staff Writer Issue date: 4/10/07 Section: Entertainment For those of you who have been paying attention, I've been enamored lately with the recent wave of British talent coming though the States (Amy Winehouse, Lily Allen, etc). Well, the newest artist I have to add to the list is London-based singer Mika. Armed with a voice and grandiose style reminiscent of British pioneers such as Freddie Mercury, David Bowie and Elton John, the singer is out to give pop a swift kick in the ass. His album "Life in Cartoon Motion" is packed full of catchy hooks with regal melodies. The result is an adventure in musicality, drawing from influences that range from disco to glam rock with a bit of new wave thrown in for good measure. I began hearing a buzz on Mika a few months ago when his first single, "Grace Kelly," leaked. The piano-driven tune, which sounds like Ziggy Stardust and Queen's love child, was enough to capture my attention. He peppers the epic track with colorful lyrics that personify British wit. His voice sounds flawless on this song; he gives enough power to let you know he has strong pipes and enough attitude to charismatically draw you in. Another tune, "Lollipop," has to be one of the catchiest songs I've ever heard in my life. Starting sparsely with drums and piano the track builds into a musical frenzy with horns, crazy percussion, and singing children. Warning: This song will inevitably get stuck in your head. You'll find yourself singing, "Sucking too hard on your lollipop/hey, love's gonna get you down." It's all fun and trust me, there are worse songs to have stuck in your head. Try walking around with Grace Jones on mental repeat?not a good look, but I digress. You may have heard his other single, "Love Today," in a recent Verizon commercial. From the thumping bassline to his searing falsetto, this track screams disco, which is great. Somewhere along the way, disco unfairly got a bad name. Granted, it's not all good, but some really great songs came out of that genre. Mika takes it and filters out the cheese to give us about four minutes of booty-shaking bliss. His song, "Relax, Take It Easy," borrows heavily from a new wave motif, utilizing a sample of Cutting Crew's "(I Just) Died in Your Arms." It's very '80s, but it doesn't sound so old school that it sounds out of place in today's market. This is helped by yet another great hook. His vocals sound great in this mode as well. You can tell he has a real understanding of his voice and knows what music best complements it. Throughout this album, Mika finds a way to take on music pioneered in the '70s and give it a new twist. Plus, he has fantastic pop sensibility; it's virtually impossible to listen to this album without getting at least three of the songs stuck in your head. With his highly nuanced motifs and colorfully witty lyrics, "Life in Cartoon Motion" is the perfect way to describe this m?lange of musicality. --- CW.
  10. VARIETY New CD releases dominate chart But sales still feeling the pinch By PHIL GALLO The music industry used the tail end of the spring-break period to unleash a slew of releases, but it did little to reduce the 17% drop in album sales in the first quarter vs. a year earlier. The top 10 for the week ended Sunday featured seven album debuts and 16 new titles in the top 50. And while the week-to-week result was an impressive 46% spike, the sales of new albums by veteran performers paled when compared with their previous efforts: Tim McGraw did half the business of his last studio effort; the latest "Now" compilation performed less well than the previous 11 editions of the series; and rock act Good Charlotte pulled in only about 30% of the audience it had the last time out. Album sales for the first three months of 2007 were 117.1 million units, down from 140.4 million a year earlier. Like so many of the numbers in the music business, for every negative there's a positive spin. The top 50 this week, for example, was up 35% from last week; compared with the same week last year, sales were down 15.4%. Overall album sales -- 9.1 million units -- were up only 4.7% from last week. Digital continues to grow dramatically as a method of delivery. Some 218.6 million digital tracks have been sold so far this year, up 52% from the 144 million in the same period last year. This year, Universal Music continues to dominate in music sales market share with 33.8%, while Sony BMG is just edging Warner Music Group 22.5% to 21.4%. (Warner's market share is its best in five years). EMI follows with 11.5%. The last week of March has been a good launching pad for youth-oriented albums, capitalizing on vacation weeks and the fallow period that follows Valentine's Day in the new-release bins. Last year wasn't all that different from this year's stanza: There were five album debuts in the top 10, and Shakira's re-emerged "Oral Fixation Vol. 2" skyrocketed into the top 10 from No. 98. This week's top 10 is led by Tim McGraw's "Let It Go" (Curb), which sold 325,000 copies in the week ended Sunday, according to Nielsen SoundScan. That total is less than half the 766,000 units his 2004 album "Live Like You Were Dying" moved in its opening week. At No. 2, "Now! That's What I Call Music Vol. 24" sold 230,000 --the lowest debut sales week for a "Now" collection since "Vol. 13" sold 171,000 four years ago. And rapper Young Buck's second album, "Buck the World" (G-Unit/Interscope), sold 140,000, which is 121,000 fewer than its predecessor, 2004's "Straight Outta Ca$hville." Both discs debuted at No. 3. EMI did have the biggest sales for any tyro act as Mims' "Music Is My Savior" (Capitol) sold 78,000 copies and opened at No. 4. Good Charlotte's fourth album, "Good Morning Revival" (Daylight/Epic), settled in at No. 7, selling 66,000 copies, a distant cry from the 199,000 that "The Chronicles of Life and Death" moved in its first week three years ago. Rocket/Island's collection of Elton John hits, "Rocket Man: Number Ones," sold 49,000 to lift off at No. 9. It is John's seventh hit collection; the last one, the two-CD "Greatest Hits 1970-2002," debuted at No. 12 on sales of 101,000. Rounding out the top 10 was Jennifer Lopez's "Como Ama Una Mujer" (Epic), her first Spanish-language album, selling 48,000. The Epic set bowed at No. 1 on the Top Latin Albums and Top Latin Pop Albums charts as well. In 2005, her album "Rebirth" sold 261,000. Next week, Lopez will appear on both episodes of "American Idol"; last week's "Idol" coach, Gwen Stefani, saw her "Sweet Escape" enjoy a 60% sales spike, selling 42,000 copies and rising 10 slots to No. 15. Redman's "Red Gone Wild" (Def Jam) sold 44,000 to open at No. 13; Lil' Flip's "I Need Mine" (Asylum/Warner Bros.) was a slot lower on sales of 43,000. "Crystal Visions: The Very Best of Stevie Nicks" (Reprise) sold 34,000 copies to debut at No. 20. "Disneymania 5," which features acts such as Miley Cyrus and Jordan Pruitt singing tunes from Disney's animation pic catalog, sold 30,000 (No. 27), as did "Life in Cartoon Motion" (Geffen) by Mika, the Brit singer compared favorably to Freddie Mercury (No. 29). Debuts lining up at Nos. 32-34 were the Prodigy's "Return of the Mac" (Koch), 27,000; Alabama's "Songs of Inspiration Vol. II" (RCA), 26,000; and Jack Ingram's "This is It" (Big Machine), also 26,000. Macy Gray's "Big" (Geffen/will.i.am music) sold 23,000 (No. 39), and the Kaiser Chiefs' second disc, "Yours Truly Angry Mob" (Universal), sold 17,000 (No. 45). --- CW.
  11. X-PRESS ONLINE, AUSTRALIA Living MIKA Life In Cartoon Motion Universal Music By ROBERT PENNEY April 4, 2007 02:27 PM Try as you may; it’s near impossible to sit through Life In Cartoon Motion without being reminded of the helium falsetto of Scissor Sisters’ frontman Jake Shears. Okay, admittedly the Sisters borrow heavily from Elton John, The Bee Gees and the like, but the musical influences of London-based, Lebanese-born Mika can often seem a little too obvious. The 23-year-old seemingly wrote the kitsch, bass-driven Big Girl (You Are Beautiful) with Freddie Mercury in mind, even down to isolating his vocals during the intro, àla Fat Bottomed Girls. Although credited in the album insert, Relax (Take It Easy) bafflingly pinches the melody of Cutting Crew’s ’80s power ballad (I Just) Died In Your Arms Tonight only to wind back another 10 years to apply a fairly mediocre disco treatment. Some moments can be a little trying as Mika applies exceedingly playful elements to ordinary melodies such as the sickly sweet Lollipop. Thankfully, this isn’t a major concern as the penmanship of the glitzy single, Grace Kelly, is far superior, as is the stomping piano number Billy Brown. Life In Cartoon Motion may be a hook-laden debut which mostly radiates good-natured, campy fun, however, sooner or later the dreaded game of ‘spot the watered-down influences’ is bound to rear its ugly head. --- CW.
  12. I LIKE MUSIC LATEST NEWS 2 April 2007 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 April 23rd 2007 on Casablanca Records. WATCH VIDEO CLIP A blast of pure pop energy, "Love Today" is taken from MIKA's debut album 'Life In Cartoon Motion' which went straight in at Number One and was certified platinum (300,000 sales) within two weeks of release. A whole host of remixes for 'Love Today' come courtesy of Rob Mello, Patrick Wolf and Switch. Formats include a 7" which features an acoustic version of 'Stuck In The Middle' The CD features a brand new track 'The only Lonely One (demo)' and an acoustic version of Billy Brown especially recorded on Freddie Mercury's old grand piano. WATCH behind the scenes footage of MIKA's circus themed album launch MIKA is captivating audiences across the world with Grace Kelly achieving high chart positions in Ireland (no 1), France (album gold), Italy, New Zealand, Norway, Germany and Sweden all ahead of its release in the US in March. The thrilling MIKA live experience heads across the UK in May at the following sold out dates: MAY 2007 13th LEEDS University 0113 244 4600 £12.50 14th LONDON Shepherds Bush Empire 0870 771 2000 £14.00 16th GLASGOW Barrowlands 0870 0600 100 £12.50 17th BIRMINGHAM Academy 0870 771 2000 £12.50 --- CW.
  13. Now That's What I Call Music Vol.66 released today. As anticipated, Mika has the lead track "Grace Kelly" on Disc 1 of the this 2-CD compilation, ahead of all his recent competition in the UK. Now That's What I Call Music Vol.66 ~ Various Artists Product details Audio CD (2 April 2007) Number of Discs: 2 Label: Emi/Virgin ASIN: B000N2G1NU Disc: 1 1. MIKA - Grace Kelly 2. Kaiser Chiefs - Ruby 3. Sugababes vs Girls Aloud - Walk This Way 4. Take That - Patience 5. Justin Timberlake - What Goes Around...Comes Around 6. Nelly Furtado - Say It Right 7. Beyoncé - Irreplaceable 8. Kelis feat. Cee-Lo - Lil Star 9. Akon feat. Eminem - Smack That 10. Just Jack - Starz In Their Eyes 11. Calvin Harris - Acceptable In The 80's 12. Mason vs Princess Superstar - Perfect (Exceeder) 13. Booty Luv - Boogie 2Nite (Seamus Haji Big Love Edit) 14. Eric Prydz vs Floyd - Proper Education 15. Sharam - P.A.T.T. (Party All The Time) 16. Cascada - Truly Madly Deeply 17. Girls Aloud - I Think We're Alone Now 18. Seamus Haji - Last Night A DJ Saved My Life 19. Camille Jones vs Fedde Le Grand - The Creeps 20. Jamelia - Beware Of The Dog 21. Gwen Stefani - Wind It Up 22. Fergie feat. Ludacris - Glamorous 23. JoJo - Too Little, Too Late 24. Leona - A Moment Like This Disc: 2 1. The Fray - How To Save A Life 2. The View - Same Jeans 3. Gossip - Standing In The Way Of Control 4. Sophie Ellis-Bextor - Catch You 5. Klaxons - Golden Skans 6. Fall Out Boy - This Ain't A Scene, It's An Arms Race 7. The Killers - Read My Mind 8. U2 - Window In The Skies 9. Robbie Williams with Pet Shop Boys - She's Madonna 10. The Fratellis - Whistle For The Choir 11. The Ordinary Boys - I Luv U 12. Snow Patrol - Open Your Eyes 13. Razorlight - Before I Fall To Pieces 14. Scissor Sisters - She's My Man 15. The Feeling - Love It When You Call 16. McFly - Sorry's Not Good Enough 17. Lily Allen - Alfie 18. Jamie T - Calm Down Dearest 19. Sugababes - Easy 20. Amy Winehouse - You Know I'm No Good 21. The Proclaimers feat. Brian Potter & Andy Pipkin - I'm Gonna Be (500 miles) CW.
  14. E! ONLINE By Marc Malkin Mar 26, 2007 4:06 PM The magic of Mika hit Los Angeles last night. I finally got to seeâ€â€and hearâ€â€the one-name British pop star Mika at the legendary Troubadour, and he's exactly what I imagined. The mop-topped Mikaâ€â€most famous for his infectious "Grace Kelly" tuneâ€â€didn't stand still for a nanosecond during his 45-minute set. He jumped, wiggled, clapped his hands and shook his ass. At one point, he said, "I was terrified to play this gig tonight." If he truly was worried, he didn't show it. His music is a cocktail of Elton John, Freddie Mercury and the Scissor Sisters, with plenty of Bee Gees-like high notes. The crowd was quite a mix, too. Old, young, gay and straight. Unless I'm mistaken, I think I saw television icon Norman Lear. But the best part for me? Just before Mika came onstage, Dolly Parton's "9 to 5" blared from the speakers. I'm a fan of anyone who kick-starts his show with a little Dolly. --- CW