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  1. I love this song so much, that I can't stop listening to it! It gives me a feeling of warmth and happiness, an emotion similar to when I listened for the first time to Origin of Love or Good Guys, that are some of my favorite songs. I'm a little "obsessed" with his last two albums and Sinfonia Pop and now I can't wait for the next one!
  2. Yes, I think the same! Many people are reading the messages both on twitter and on instagram (there are lots now with both hashtags). And others will discover more about Gregory when there will be subtitles. He probably corrected the little mistake with tenses without thinking (because there was one, I guess? I make mistakes with foreign languages too).
  3. Don't worry! Someone collected all the tweets until last night and created a little book. They will give it to Mika after the recording of the show tonight. And I'm sure they'll mention that people are still writing with this hashtag!
  4. mariafrancy

    #CasaMika 2 - 2017

    Thank you! You know the rules of Wikipedia and the language much better than me! I only tried to correct the mistakes, but it's a "world" I don't know much about. And the editor I talked with made it very clear that he wasn't interested in the matter. The part of the BBC is taken from the BBC page (I found it here on MFC): it was just a draft and I used it only to give the information, but the editor said he wasn't the right person to do this work (that I can understand: everyone has different interests). But some weeks ago I was reading other more well-known artist pages and I saw that they have much more "promotional" material, like programs where they appeared on just as guests, to make promotion for their albums release for example... So, as you said, you probably just have to know your way around Wikipedia. Yes, it was really important for me too. I usually don't write much on twitter (and here), but I think this moment and others in the show can help many people (me too). I hope you have a nice Sunday with the ones you love!
  5. mariafrancy

    #CasaMika 2 - 2017

    Hello! Unfortunately, it's not only the Italian page that's not updated, but the English, French and Spanish ones too, for example. Wikipedia is not always the most reliable source, but lots of people read it for informations. Some weeks ago I tried to correct some mistakes on Mika's English Wikipedia page, but - as I'm Italian and I have never worked on Wikipedia - I wrote the last two post (9th October) in this talk page https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Talk:Mika_(singer) asking for help. Nobody answered, so I tried to ask on the online help chat of Wikipedia... It didn't go so well... After 2 hours of discussion (because apparently Italian or French articles from official sources were not considered reliable...) I managed to have an editor correct only a few things and add a mention of Stasera Casa Mika and the Rose d'Or award. For example, the last 2 dvd are still missing in the filmography section... On another note, someone on twitter started this beautiful hashtag #whenIvebeenGregory to help people talk about their stories and, in a way, say "thank you" to Mika for creating the character of Gregory and talking about important themes, like depression, fears and sadness in his show. In my opinion, it was a really touching moment. It's good when in a show there's lots of fun, but also something that makes you reflect.
  6. I think that the informations in this article come from Mika's website, in the Biography section http://www.mikasounds.com/biography (the updates are only in the News and Music sections of the site, that the person who wrote the article should have read anyway...) or from the page of his management: http://machinemanagement.co.uk/project/mika. Apart from the 4th album evident mistake, I was trying to find something more recent on the web about worldwide figures, but I couldn't find anything from an official source (perhaps they will update everything with the new album?). About the figures of the albums, for example, I see that in this Wikipedia page https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mika_discography they talk about 20 million records, indicating as source Machine Management. So probably, now, something like 11 million albums or more, counting the 4 albums and Songbook (as you can see below in the same page) + singles + dvds = 20 million records? But I don't know if those figures are correct or updated... Perhaps it's more now, because there are other mistakes and things missing in Mika's wikipedia page. Yes, and some million views more with "Elle me dit" and the videos from MikaSoundsOfficial Youtube channel. In this site http://kworb.net/youtube/artist/mika.html they say 687 millions now. Anyway, I'm very curious to see what will happen at X factor UK: I always love watching him on tv!
  7. It's a pleasure! It's me really that should thank you! Because I've read a lot of your translations of old interviews too! I can understand some French, but there are always some words and phrases that are not completely clear (but after two years of watching The Voice I'm getting better!).
  8. Yes, not a very mature reaction... Sometimes I want to reply too, and then I stop myself, because really, with some persons, it's not worth it...
  9. Yes, it was. The funny thing is that this article is from a blogger that a lot of times says not really nice things about Mika (and without a real reason too...). But in this case the ratings were good, so he could only report them...
  10. Just wanted to say that, yes, it seemed short to us (because we are all waiting for Casa Mika 2!), but it really wasn't! The part with Mika lasted 15 minutes and it was in the opening of a show on the 1st channel, so I think it made a lot of publicity for his show and to an audience that probably, for the most part, is not his usual one. Lots of older people watch it too, ones that probably don't use socials frequently. Fiorella was really nice: she made Mika lots of compliments and she mentioned the Rose d'Or award too. And I think that the songs were perfect for the audience. The first one is an old lovely well-known song (the one that moms and grandmothers love, but can be appreciated by young people too). But for me the funniest moment was probably the second song, because it was written as a kind of funny satire against the discographic industry and mainstream songwriters of the time. So, in way, you could say that it's a little like a seventies italian Grace Kelly (I'm only talking about the meaning and intent of the song, not making comparisons!). Anyway, I know about some of these surreal and humoristic old songs thanks to my father and it made me happy to listen to a little bit of "La canzone intelligente" after a long time!
  11. It was the journalist that talked about his past articles for Corriere and asked him to write for them again. She said they talked about a theme too. Mika then remembered that they met one day in a restaurant near the journalist's office while he was eating "cotoletta alla milanese" and they talked about how half of Mika's family is now vegan. And she thought it would be an interesting theme for an article. Mika talked about writing in general, but if I remember correctly, he didn't specify exactly what, apart from the phrases I translated before (about new songs) and his show, which he said it's a laboratory where he can experiment (and that's why he likes it a lot)
  12. Hello! I wasn't there, but I watched the video on Facebook and maybe, while you are waiting for subtitles of the whole interview, you are interested in the part about writing songs for the new album. This is what he said (I hope that there are not too many mistakes! This is a really literal translation....). "There is a culture that is changing in music. I got back to the piano (to write songs), because I don't always write: I write for a period, then stop, then begin again. I always did like that, from the beginning. And what is happening now is that I'm rejecting a little the "formats" of songs. I wrote a song now that is like a landscape: it last 4.50 minutes and there are 5 different parts that don't repeat. And I thought: it's strange! I never wrote like that before! I'm really structured: strophes, refrains... I think that now there's a culture where music became background music. The idea of sitting and listening and consuming music like a film, like something that stands alone, is much more rare. Sure, there are many among you that do it, but the tendence is not that. And the music now, with Spotify, with streaming, became something that is always there in the background, in the kitchen, library, restaurants and everywhere... So the tastes of popular music now reside more in background music, and other artist that don't do this kind of music disappears a little in this tendence. And I'm not someone really reactive, because I've always done what I want to do. And it will happen what it will happen... But I think that this tendence is a little dangerous because background music is funny, but it's not the only kind of music that counts, actually, not at all. So, perhaps rejecting this a little, I'm writing these songs that are a little strange, that have not this more traditional structure. And this is my starting point, and the project will arrive where it will arrive. And I'm someone that has always done so many contradictory things in his own work and I hope to keep doing it in the future". Then he said that he wrote a new "sigla" (jingle? theme song? last year it was Boum Boum Boum) for Casa mika, that wasn't born as a sigla, but as a song (he wrote it a month ago) and he thought it was perfect for the show and he really like it (he didn't say in which language he wrote this song). I hope this can help!
  13. Thank you very much for the warm welcome! And yes, I know that! I have been here for a few months without posting, since I discovered Mika's music, and I noticed how kind you all are. Also, here, I could find out many things I didn't know about him in the past years. Thank you again and I hope we'll live many happy moments in the future with our favorite artist.

    1. KiwiMikaFreak

      KiwiMikaFreak

      Welcome :) I totally agree with what you said on the Adelphi thread, you were very well spoken

  14. Just wanted to say "Welcome to the MFC". We don't argue all the time, but it's just like any family, sometimes people get excited when they discuss things.

  15. mariafrancy

    Adelphi Theatre, London 18 October 2015: REPORTS/PICS/VIDS

    Yes, I understand what you are saying about different backgrounds and exposure to a certain kind of music since your childhood and I wouldn’t certainly judge anyone if his or her tastes are different from mine! But why don’t give it a try if you already really like the other songs of an artist? I think that Mika in the last few years made many discoveries too, listening to Italian and French music for his television shows and probably that influenced a bit even his new English songs (I don’t know if you like "Talk about you", but part of the inspiration came from an old Italian song, that I love and is in the credits). And, to tell the truth, I was probably a bit in your situation when I was a kid: since my parents (like many older people in Italy) don’t understand a word of English, I mostly listened to Italian songs, with just a bit of classical music and French oldies. It was only in high school, but especially University and after, that I really started to discover music in English and other languages. Now, in recent years, it’s so easy to find new music on YouTube! And you can make interesting discovers too. Probably it’s also a question of temperament, since I am quite curious… But I’ll tell you a funny thing: I made my parents listen to Mika last album (the double one with the symphonic concert) and they loved the songs! Especially Any other world, Grace Kelly, Promiseland and Ordinary Man. They obviously can’t sing them, but my mother even went to google to find an Italian translation of the lyrics (and that’s never happened for another English artist). It’s really true that Mika can be liked by every generation, from kids to older people…