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Mika Encyclopedia

Over 1400 encyclopedia entries, and 350 with extended information in spoilers, but this is very much a work in process! Input is very welcome, so please post/message me if you find an error or an omission or have a question or would like to otherwise help.


 

ENTRIES:

* # ~ A ~ Ba-Bh * Bi-Bz * C ~ D * E ~ F ~ G * H ~ I ~ J * K ~ La-Li *

* Lj-Lz ~ Ma-Mh * Mi-Mz ~ N * O ~ P * Q ~ R ~ Sa-Sn * So-Sz ~ T * U ~ V ~ W ~ X ~ Y ~ Z

 

 

* EXTRA EXTENDED INFO *


 

~Entries are in alphabetical order with last name first! Please use page search if you can’t find what you’re seeking; it might be listed with an alternate name.

~For an extended entry with much more about a topic click REVEAL HIDDEN CONTENTS 

~Mikapedia began: March 12, 2015 - Last updated: March 25, 2020

~Green entries: entry is new

~Orange words: have their own encyclopedia entries

~Info i'm unsure of is light purple.

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ENCYCLOPEDIA TABLE OF CONTENTS:

Spoiler

 

*BLUE TEXT indicates an entry has extended information & to what category the entry belongs to.

 

#

3 Italia

16éme

The 23rd

+30 Studios

82 Rue Des Martyrs (see: Karen (82 Rue des Martyrs))

95

1955 Tour

 

A

ABBA

Abbey Road Studios

Abi Yaghi, Amin

Acapulco

AccorHotels Arena

Across The Universe

Adams, Bryan

Adele *FRIENDS

Afanasieff, Walter

A Far l'Amore Comincia Tu

Affinis Consort

Åhlund, Klas

Ain't Got No/I Got Life *COVER SONG

Airside

Åkerlund, Jonas

Albert

Albi

Al Cuore Fa Bene Far Le Scale

Alexander, Olly

AlexandLiane

Alfa System

Aliagas, Nikos *FRIENDS

Alice

Ali Di Libertà

The All-American Rejects

Allegra

Allen, Jonathan

Allen, Lily 

Allgood, Chris

All She Wants *NO PLACE IN HEAVEN

Alphabeat

Also Sprach Zarathustra

Alvarez, Carlos

Always On My Mind

Ambrosini, Nicola

Amira *DOGS

Amore Che Vieni, Amore Che Vai *COVER SONG

Amore Disperato

Ancora Ancora Ancora *COVER SONG

Anderson, Maxi

Andiamo A Londra *OTHER SONG

Andraé Crouch Gospel Choir

Andy (see: Dermanis, Andreas)

Angry

Anima Mia

Anninnia, Anninnia

Another Lullaby

Any Other World *LIFE IN CARTOON MOTION

Arbore, Renzo

Arcadian

Arch, David

Ardakov, Alla (Ablaberdyeva) *OTHER PEOPLE

Ardakov, Sasha 

Ardant, Fanny *FRIENDS

Arecheta, Jorge

Argentero, Luca

Argento, Asia

Arogundade, Ronke

Arthur's Day

The Art Of Song (see: Mika: The Art Of Song)

Artola, Beatriz

ASCAP

Ashforth, Richard

Askem, Matt

Asloum, Brahim

Astor

Astrup, Sigrid

Attitude

Auden, W.H.

Audi

Au Diable Le Paradis *COVER SONG

Auld Lang Syne

Auleta, KT

Aurelien

Aurora, Chiara Pia

Austin Healey Sprite *OTHER

Ave Verum Corpus

Ayane, Malika

Azar, Tristan 

Aznavour, Charles *INFLUENCES 

 

Ba - Bh

Bab’s Lullaby

Baez, Joan

Baglio, Antonio

Baker, Josephine

Bal de Rose

Ballandi Multimedia

Bampton, Alex

Banana Split *COVER SONG

Banda Rulli Frulli

Bang Bang *OTHER SONG

Banwell, Bill

Baran, Christopher J.

Barbara *INFLUENCES

Barbarossa, Luca

The Barber Of Seville

Barclay Records

Bareilles, Sara

Barley Arts

Barrett, John

Battiato, Francesco "Franco" *DUETTISTS

Bauer-Mein, James

Bavarel, Séverin

Bay, James

BBC

BBGun

Beaney-Ford, Josh

The Beatles

Beauregard

Beautiful Disaster *NO PLACE IN HEAVEN

Beck

The Bee Gees

Beirut *PLACES

Bella

Bellè, Valentina

Bellucci, Monica

Benassi, Alessandro "Alle"

Benassi, Benny

Benji E Fede

Bennato, Edoardo

Bercy Arena

Berlin

Besame Mucho 

Bestival

Bevan, Fiona


 

Bi - Bz

Big Girl

Big Girl (You Are Beautiful) *LIFE IN CARTOON MOTION

Billboard (see: Jomphe, Mathieu)

Bill Murphy Studios

Billy Brown *LIFE IN CARTOON MOTION

Billy Brown

Birch, Diane

Birkin, Jane

Bisio, Claudio

Bistro 82

Bitz, Ophelia

Black, Daniel

Blackall, Sophie *FRIENDS

Blackbird

Blackwood, Cam 

Blair, Jerry

Blake, Peter

Blame It On The Girls *THE BOY WHO KNEW TOO MUCH

Blame It On The Weather *OTHER SONG

Blease, John

Blink Gallery

Bloom, Louis

Bloxsom, Felix *BAND

Blue *MY NAME IS MICHAEL HOLBROOK

Blue Eyes *THE BOY WHO KNEW TOO MUCH

Blue Roses

Bob Geranium

Bocchini, Riccardo

Bocconi University

Bocelli, Andrea

Boisjoli, Brigitte 

Boll, Richard

Boni, Alessio

Bonnie & Clyde

Bonzom

Booba

Borghese, Alessandro

Boss

Both Sides Now *COVER SONG

Boulay, Isabelle

Bould, Miles

Boum Boum Boum *NO PLACE IN HEAVEN

Boury, Jordan

Bowie, David *INFLUENCES

Bowley, Laura

The Boy Who Comes From The Future

The Boy Who Knew Too Much *THE BOY WHO KNEW TOO MUCH

Boyzone *DUETTISTS

Brauer, Michael

Bravi, Michele

Brayn, Mike

Brazil, Karl

Brel, Jacques

Bridge, Lorna *BAND

The Brill Building

Brimful Of Asha

The Brit Awards

British Airways

Broad, Julian 

Brooklyn Steel

Broom, Daisy

Brothers, Kerry "Krucial"

Bruni, Carla *FRIENDS

Brunila, Teemu

Buckley, Jo

Buckmaster, Paul

Burdge, Ian

Burton, Tim

Burza, Kinga

Bushe, Claire

Butler, Ben

The Butterfly Lounge

Byrne, Marcus *BAND

By The Time *THE BOY WHO KNEW TOO MUCH

 

C

Cabaret

Cabello, Victoria

Cadences Obstinées *OTHER

Cake By The Ocean

Calabrese, Francesco

California

Calvi, Fabio

Campbell, Zeno

Campo Dall'Orto, Antonio

Cancellalo Amore

Can't Stand Losing You *COVER SONG

Can’t Take My Eyes Off You

Canty, Jim

Caparezza

Capitol Studios LA

Carancini, Lorenzo

Cardin, Charlotte

Carlile, Ed *BAND

Carlsson, Johan

Carlyle, Mara

Carné, Tristan

Carolina

Carter, Angela

Casablanca Records

Casanova *DUETTISTS

Casa Verdi

A Case Of You *COVER SONG

Cassel-Delavois, Tristan *BAND

Castellane, Victoire de

Cattelan, Alessandro

Cattoretti, Luca

Cavalli, Patrizia

Celebrate *THE ORIGIN OF LOVE

Celentano, Adriano

Center Of Gravity *SONGS FEATURING MIKA

Century Man *OTHER SONG

C’est Quoi Ce Bonheur *COVER SONG

Chamberlain, Matt

Chambers, Guy

Champagne

Champs Elysées *COVER SONG

Chan, Eason

Chang, Oli

Charlotte (Belgian singer)

Charlotte (British singer)

Château Marouatte *PLACES

Chazal, Claire

Chela

Chenoweth, Kristin

Chew Chew

Chiara (see: Galiazzo, Chiara)

Chiaravalle, Luca 

Chiaravalle, Valeriano

Chiatti, Laura

Chiccarelli, Joe

Child, Desmond

Children In Need

Chi Mai Sei Tu

China Boy

Chirac, Bernadette

Chirico, Francesco

Chiuri, Maria Grazia

Choi, Mikey *BAND

Christoff

Churchyard, Steven

Ciccone, Craig

Cielito Lindo

Cinelli, Daniel

Cintron, Derek

Ci Parliamo Da Grandi *OTHER SONG

Cirillo, Giuseppe

Cirque Bijou

Cirque D’hiver

Cirque du Soleil

Citizens!

Ci Vuole Orecchio

Clarke, Wez

Clean Bandit

Clerc, Julien

Clericetti, Martino

Clerici, Antonella

Coachella

Coca-Cola Happiness bottle *DESIGN & WRITING PROJECTS

Cocteau, Jean

Cœur de Pirate *DUETTISTS

Coffee, Clarence Jr

Coke Studio

Colabona, Sergio

Cole, Oliver

Columbia, Al

Comic Relief

Comment Te Dire Adieu *COVER SONG

Comme Un Garçon

Congo

Conte, Paolo

Cool Runnings

Copeland, Miles

Corbett, Larry

Corine

Coro Manos Blancas Del Friuli

Corriere della Sera

Cortez, Andy

Costa, Isabella

Cotroneo, Ivan *FRIENDS

The Cottage Studio

Cowell, Simon *OTHER PEOPLE

Creature

Crew, Mark *MUSIC COLLABORATORS

Cry *MY NAME IS MICHAEL HOLBROOK

Cuba

Cucurrucucú Paloma

Cuddly Toy

Cumming, Alan *FRIENDS

Cyprus

 

D

Dalida

Dalla, Lucio

Dallatana, Ilaria

d'Ambrosio, Francesco

D’Amico, Marina

Dame Edna

Danser Entre Hommes *SONGS FEATURING MIKA

Danvers, Rosie

Daquin, Clement "ALB"

Dassin, Joe

Daughters, Patrick

Dave Matthews Band

Davis, Rob

DaWack (see: Penniman, Yasmine)

Daysy 

Dean, James

De Andrè, Fabrizio

Dear Jealousy *MY NAME IS MICHAEL HOLBROOK

de Burgh, Chris

Defer, Nicolas

de Leeuw, Paul *FRIENDS

Delila, Sophie

De Niese, Danielle

Dennis, Cathy

Depeche Mode

Der Hölle Rache Kocht In Meinem Herzen

Dermanis, Andreas *FRIENDS

De Shanghaï á Bangkok

DevilRobots

Devlin, Es *FRIENDS

Diamonds On The Soles Of Her Shoes *COVER SONG

Diary Of An Accidental Optimist

Die Forelle

Die Frau Ohne Schatten

Diluvio

Dion, Celine *FRIENDS

Disney

Distler, Aaron

Ditto, Beth *DUETTISTS

Dixson, Paul - (see: Fyfe)

Doctor John

Dr. John *THE BOY WHO KNEW TOO MUCH

Doctor Who

Dodgy Holiday EP *DVDs/OTHER ALBUMS

Dodgy Holiday Tour

Doisneau, Robert

The Dolls

Domani *OTHER SONG

Domani è Un Altro Giorno

Dombasle, Arielle

Donaldson, Matthew

Donna

Don't Stop Believin' *COVER SONG

Doré, Julien

Doriand *MUSIC COLLABORATORS

Down The Tiny Steps

Dragusin, Leonardo Marius

Drinky

Drouginska, Tanya

Drucker, Michel

Dublin Gospel Choir

Dubuque, John

Dylan's Candy Bar

dyslexia

 

E

ECHO Awards

Einziger, Michael

E La Vita, La Vita

Elbaz, Alber *FRIENDS

El Hormiguero

Elio *FRIENDS

Elisa

Elisir d'Amore

Elle Me Dit *THE ORIGIN OF LOVE

Ellis-Bextor, Sophie

Elstree Film Studios

Emerald Forest

Emerson, Ralph Waldo

Emily *THE ORIGIN OF LOVE

En Direct De L'Univers 

Endless Love

Endrigo, Sergio

Epstein, Ben *BAND

Era de Maggio

Erase *LIFE IN CARTOON MOTION

Esamipau

Eufonia di Gavoi

Eurythmics

Eva

Everybody Hurts *SONGS FEATURING MIKA

Everybody's Talkin' *COVER SONG

Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic

Everywhere *COVER SONG

Example

 

F

Fabbri, Lucio

Faith *COVER SONG

Falk-Winland, Ida *BAND

Family One gospel choir

Fa-raon

Farina, Dario

Farland, Joe

Favino, Pierfrancesco

Fazio, Fabio

Fedez *DUETTISTS

The Feeling

Feels Like Love *NO PLACE IN HEAVEN

Felberbaum, Sarah

Fergie

Fernando

Fernando, Jorge

Fernando, Tamara

Ferri, Karine

Fiat

Filipetti, Frank

Fire And Rain *COVER SONG

The Fires

Fleetwood Mac

Florence *PLACES

Fo, Dario *FRIENDS

Fogiel, Marc-Olivier *FRIENDS

Follia d'Amore

Footman, Erika (see: iMMa)

Ford, Tennessee Ernie

Fortissimo

Foster, Ben

Francesco, Paolo de

Franklin & Marshall

Freed, Lance

Freedom! ‘90 *COVER SONG

Frero Delavega

Friedman, Joe

Fruit Of The Loom

Frutos, Javier De

FrYars (see: Garrett, Benjamin)

Fujikura, Dai

The Futuristics

Futuroscope

Fyfe

 

G

Gabardini, Carlo G.

Gabbani, Francesco

Gaiman, Neil

Gainsbourg, Serge

Galiazzo, Chiara *DUETTISTS

Galizia, Gaia

Gall, France

Gambaccini, Paul

Gang Bang

Garou

Garrett, Ben *MUSIC COLLABORATORS

Garrison, John

Garrucciu, Mario Gavino

Gary Go

Gatfield, Nick

Gaughan, Noel

Gaultier, Jean Paul

Gave It All Away *OTHER SONG

Gayet, Julie

Gelato Al Limon

Geldof, Peaches

Gertrude

Get Down

Gheghi, Francesco

Ghenea, Serben

Ghinazzi, Enzo

Giallini, Marco

Gibson, Dave 

Giffoni International Film Festival

Gigi e Ross

Gigli, Gabriele

Gil, Gilberto

Giordanetti, Carlo

Giorgia

Girac, Kendji *DUETTISTS

Gjon’s Tears

Golan, Ross

Gomes, Micael

Gomm, Luke

Gondry, Michel

Goodbye Stranger *COVER SONG

Good Gone Girl *THE BOY WHO KNEW TOO MUCH

Good Guys *NO PLACE IN HEAVEN

Good Morning America (GMA)

Good Wife *NO PLACE IN HEAVEN

Gormsen, Dyre

The Gossip

Goupil, Jean Baptiste

Goya, Chantal

Grace Kelly *LIFE IN CARTOON MOTION

Grainge, Lucian

Grammy Awards

Grande, Ariana *DUETTISTS

Grant, Gary

Gratton, Antoine

Gray Skelly

The Greatest Showman

Grech-Marguerat, Dan

Green, Leo

Gregory

Grevin Museum (see: Musée Grévin)

Greyhound

Griffiths, Isobel

Grimshaw, Nick

Groove Armada

Groundhog Day

Gualazzi, Raphael 

Guanciale, Lino

Guillaume 

 

H

Hace Una Vez

Hadid, Zaha

Hales, Matt

Hallyday, Johnny

Hammond, Richard

Ha-Na, Lee

Happy Ending *LIFE IN CARTOON MOTION

Happy Xmas (War is Over) *COVER SONG

Hardee, Alex

Hardy, Francoise

Hargreaves, Julian 

Harris, Calvin *FRIENDS

Harris, Rob

Harsh, Jodie *FRIENDS

Hassle, Erik

Hausler, Mo

Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas

Hawker, Michael Edwin

Hayek, Salma

Heap, Imogen *MUSIC COLLABORATORS

Heartbeat Slowing Down *SONGS FEATURING MIKA

Heaven

Heaven Tour

Hector, Wayne

Hendrickson, Roy

Hermanos Inglesos

Heroes *THE ORIGIN OF LOVE

Hey, Henry

Hey, Jerry

Hia Leah *OTHER SONG

Higgins, Dan

The High-Highs

Hikaru, Utada

Hill, Monica

Hilton, Perez *FRIENDS

Himalayas

Hips Don't Lie *COVER SONG

Hockney, David

Hogg, Richard

Holland, Jools *OTHER PEOPLE

Holy Johnny *OTHER SONG

Horn, Trevor

Hossain, Renu

The House, Los Angeles

House On Fire *OTHER SONG

Housman, A.E.

Ho Visto Un Re

How Could You Babe *COVER SONG

How Much Do You Love Me *OTHER SONG

Hudson, Sarah

Huet, Axel

Hugo Boss

Human Rights Campaign

Humphrey

Hurts *NO PLACE IN HEAVEN

Hutchinson, Alex

 

I

Ibiza *PLACES

Ibtis­sem, Mennel

I Can’t Make You Love Me

Ice Cream *MY NAME IS MICHAEL HOLBROOK

Ice Cream Man

ICP Studios

I Guess That's Why They Call It The Blues *COVER SONG

(I Just) Died In Your Arms

Il Coro Papageno

Il Messaggero

Il Mio Giorno Più Bello Nel Mondo

Il Tirreno

Imaginarium Tour

Imagine For Margo - Enfants Sans Cancer *EVENTS/CHARITIES

I'm Falling *OTHER SONG

I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles) *COVER SONG

I Miss You

iMMa *BAND

Impacciatore, Sabrina

I'm So Tired... *COVER SONG

The Indies

Instant Martyr *OTHER SONG

Instrumenti

International Talent Support contest

Intimate Evening Tour

Io Che Amo Solo Te *COVER SONG

Io Che Non Vivo Senza Te

I Only Want To Be With You *COVER SONG

Isaacson, Rich

I See You *THE BOY WHO KNEW TOO MUCH

Island Records

Ismaili

Ison, Rob

It’s My House *OTHER SONG

It’s Raining, It’s Pouring

Ivor Novello Awards

I Want Love *COVER SONG

I Want To Break Free

I Want You Back *COVER SONG

I Went To Hell Last Night *MY NAME IS MICHAEL HOLBROOK

I Will Survive

 

J

The Jackson 5

Jackson, Michael

J'ai Deux Amours *COVER SONG

J'ai Pas Envie *NO PLACE IN HEAVEN

Janine

Jannacci, Enzo

Jarny, Stephane

JBC *DESIGN & WRITING PROJECTS

Jean-Marie, Leon

Jebli, Yann'Sine

Je Chante *NO PLACE IN HEAVEN

Jenifer

Jesus To A Child *COVER SONG

Jetlakes

Jimenez, Cristian

Jingle Bells *COVER SONG

Joel, Billy

John & Yoko/Plastic Ono Band

John, Elton

Johnson, Martin

Jomphe, Mathieu

Jones, Glyn

Joseph, Joy *BAND

Joumas, Audrey

Journey

Jovanotti

Joyce, Ola

Joyss, Jean-Charles

Juby, Luke *BAND

The Junk Orchestra

Just Can't Get Enough *COVER SONG

Just Dance

 

K

Kalthoum, Oum

Karen (82 Rue des Martyrs) *THE ORIGIN OF LOVE

Katerine, Philippe

Kathmandu *PLACES

Ka Tong Ren Sheng

Kelly, Grace *INFLUENCES

Kennard, Buzz

Kensaltown Studios

Kerascoët

Key

Keyte, Sam

Khajadourian, Joe

Khammal, Nez

’K Heb Je Lief *COVER SONG

Khelfa, Farida *FRIENDS

Kick-Ass

Kick Ass (We Are Young) *OTHER SONG

Kids *THE ORIGIN OF LOVE

Kiesza

Killer Queen

Kim, Youjin

King, Carole *INFLUENCES

King George V School

The King’s Singers *DUETTISTS

King, Stephen

Kinsey, Alfred

Kiss

Kiss Me

Kitty, Daisy & Lewis

Knobel, Matt

Knockin On Heaven’s Door

Kobeisi, Raffa

Koja

The Kolors

Konditor & Cook Bakery

Kritzstein, Jarrad

Kukulakuki

Kukulakuku

Kuo, Patric

Kylie Christmas 

 

La - Li

Laberge, Gabriella

La Bohème

La Canzone Intelligente *COVER SONG

La Casa

La Compagnia Del Cigno

The Lads in Their Hundreds

Lady Gaga *FRIENDS

Lady Jane *DVDs/OTHER ALBUMS

La Fabrique 

Lagerfeld, Karl

L'aigle Noir *COVER SONG

Laisse Tomber Les Filles

Lake Malawi

Laloum, Sharon

L'amour Dans Le Mauvais Temps *THE ORIGIN OF LOVE

L'amour Fait Ce Qu'il Veut *NO PLACE IN HEAVEN

L'Anamour *COVER SONG

Langford, Bonnie

Langford, Oli

L'Anno Che Verrà'

Lanvin

La Patère Rose

Larsen, Kristian

Lasciati Baciare Col Letkiss

La Seine *COVER SONG

La Solitude *COVER SONG

Last Party *NO PLACE IN HEAVEN

Late, Pete

L'Auberge de L'Ill

Laureus Sports Awards

Laurie, Jane

Lavoine, Marc

Lazar, Emily

Le Cheval *COVER SONG

Leclerc, Simon *MUSIC COLLABORATORS

Leffe

Le Grand Journal

Legrand, Michel

Le Guil, Maxime

Lennox, Annie

Leno, Jay

Leon Jean-Marie

(Le) Poisson Rouge

Le Prophète *OTHER

Les Baisers Perdus *NO PLACE IN HEAVEN

Les Enfoirés *OTHER

Le Stella

Lesz, Natalia

Let It Snow *COVER SONG

Let The Sunshine In

Levy, Olivia

Leyland Innocenti 1000

Le Zenith

L’Histoire De La Vie

Lia, Jonathan

Life In Cartoon Motion *LIFE IN CARTOON MOTION

Lindbergh, Peter *FRIENDS

Lindsey, Hillary

Line Play

Lio

Lipman, Monte

L'isola Che Non C'è

L’Italiano (Lasciatemi Cantare) 

Littizzetto, Luciana

Little Donkey

Littlemore, Nick *MUSIC COLLABORATORS

The Little Prince

The Little Road To Bethlehem

Live@home

Live In Cartoon Motion *DVDs/OTHER ALBUMS

Live Parc Des Princes Paris *DVDs/OTHER ALBUMS

Live Your Life *OTHER SONG

 

Lj - Lz

The Lodge

Loggins, Kenny

Loko, London

Lola *THE ORIGIN OF LOVE

Lollipop *LIFE IN CARTOON MOTION

Lollipop Girl

L'Olympia

L'Ombelico del Mondo

London *PLACES

London's Air Ambulance

London School Of Economics

London Summer Olympics 2012 (see: Olympic Games)

The London Vegetable Orchestra

London Youth Choir 

London Zoo

Lonely Alcoholic *DVDs/OTHER ALBUMS

The Long and Winding Road

Longbois, Frédéric

Longman, James

Loriot, Thierry-Maxime

Los Angeles *PLACES

Lott, Pixie

Louboutin, Christian *FRIENDS

Loukoums

Lovebox

Lover Boy *THE BOY WHO KNEW TOO MUCH

Love Today *LIFE IN CARTOON MOTION

Love You When I'm Drunk *THE ORIGIN OF LOVE

Lozza *DESIGN & WRITING PROJECTS

LP

Luca e Paolo

Lucio

Lullaby Of Birdland 

Luvluvmi

Lycée Français Charles de Gaulle

 

Ma - Mh

Maalouf, Ibrahim

Macarena

Macgregor, Ian

Machine Management

Macron, Brigitte 

Macron, Emmanuel

Madama Butterfly

Madonna

Maebe, Wes

Magee, Sean

The Magic Flute

Magic Numbers *EVENTS/CHARITIES

Magnani, Anna

Maitland, Mat 

Ma Jeunesse *OTHER SONG

Make-A-Wish

Make You Feel My Love *COVER SONG

Make You Happy (LA Edit) *THE ORIGIN OF LOVE

Make You Happy (Miami Edit) *THE ORIGIN OF LOVE

Malinga, Vula

Malone, Tina

-M- & Vanessa Paradis

Manila

Mannoia, Fiorella

Manson, Marilyn

Marcantoni, Alessandro

Margiotta, Roberta

Marilou

Marin, Whitney *DUETTISTS

Mariza *FRIENDS

Marmite

Marr, Jodi *MUSIC COLLABORATORS

Marrone, Emma

Martelet, Élodie

Martens, Jef

Martinengo, Tiziana

Massive Attack

MaTi

Mattei, Maria Concetta

Maury, Andrew

May, Brian *FRIENDS

Mayer, Brett

Mayes, Peter

Mazzoleni, Giulio

MB14 *DUETTISTS

McCartney, Paul

Mchangama, Imane

McKee, David

McKellen, Ian *FRIENDS

McNeely, Joel

Medway, Jim

Melachi *DOGS

Melato, Mariangela

Melkite

Mengoni, Marco

Mercel, Ian

Merchant, John

Mercury, Freddie *INFLUENCES

Messina, Piero
Metcalfe, Oli

Metropolis Music 

Metropolis Studios

MFC (see: Mika Fan Club)

 

Mi - Mz

Miami *PLACES

Mica

Michael, George *INFLUENCES

Michieletto, Damiano

The Midway State

Mika *MIKA

Mika Et L'Orchestre Symphonique De Montréal *DVDs/OTHER ALBUMS

Mika Fan Club (MFC)

MIKA, Live from Brooklyn Steel *DVDs/OTHER ALBUMS

Mika Love Paris - Live à Bercy *DVDs/OTHER ALBUMS

Mika Punch BMI / Irving Music

Mikaraja

Mikasounds

Mika: The Art Of Song *OTHER

Milan *PLACES

Milas, Jack

Millar, Alexander *BAND

Miller, Sam

Millionaire, Tony

Miloco The Square

Mina

Minogue, Kylie *DUETTISTS

Missionary Man *COVER SONG

Mistry, Nilesh

Mitchell, Joni *INFLUENCES

Mitterrand, Frederic *OTHER PEOPLE

Mobistar

Moffatt, Ariane

Mohsen, Yousra

Mok, Karen *DUETTISTS

Money, Money *COVER SONG

Montanari, Francesco

Montréal *PLACES

Moo (see: Melachi)

Moore, George

Moose

Morgan *DUETTISTS

Moroder, Giorgio

Morton, Emma

Moschino

Mottola, Tommy

Mouakad, Odette Farah

Moukataff, Audrey *FAMILY

Moukattaf, Austin

Mouskouri, Nana

Moyles, Chris

Mr Hudson and The Library

Mubbina

The Mubbins

Muhoberac, Jamie

Mullarkey, Robin

Muller, Holly

Muller, Sophie

munter

Musée Grévin *PLACES

Music Of The Night *COVER SONG

Muti, Ornella

My Interpretation *LIFE IN CARTOON MOTION

My Name Is Michael Holbrook *MY NAME IS MICHAEL HOLBROOK

 

N

Nagui

Naïm, Thomas

Naked Compagnie

Naranjo, Dionisio

Narco

Nat

Negramaro

Neil, Fred

Nelson, Everton

Nevins, Jason

Nevsky, Alex

New York City *PLACES

The Nexus

Nicolaides, Chris

Nicorette

Nilsson, Harry *INFLUENCES

Noel! Noel!! Noel!!!

No Place In Heaven (song) *NO PLACE IN HEAVEN

No Place In Heaven (album) *NO PLACE IN HEAVEN

Norton, Graham *OTHER PEOPLE

No Woman, No Cry

NRJ Awards

Nutella

Nyeu, Tao

 

O

Obispo, Pascal

Obsessive–compulsive disorder (OCD)

OcaGiuliva (see: Società OcaGiuliva)

O'Donoghue, Danny

Ofenbach

Ofusu-Osei, Cherisse *BAND

Oh Girl, You're The Devil *NO PLACE IN HEAVEN

O'Leary, Dermot *OTHER PEOPLE

Oliver!

Olsson, Jeanette

Olympic Games

Olympic Studios

One Eyed Jack’s 

One Foot Boy *THE BOY WHO KNEW TOO MUCH

The 100 Voices Of Gospel

One Of Us

The Only Lonely One *OTHER SONG

Orbit Chewing Gum

Orbit, William

Orchestra dell'Opera Italiana

Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal (OSM) *OTHER

Ordinary Man *NO PLACE IN HEAVEN

Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (Order of Arts and Letters)

Orianthi

Origin Of Love (song) *THE ORIGIN OF LOVE

The Origin Of Love (album) *THE ORIGIN OF LOVE

The Origin Tour

Orton, Rob

Óscar, Páll

Out Of The Blue *OTHER SONG

Over My Shoulder *LIFE IN CARTOON MOTION

Overrated *THE ORIGIN OF LOVE

Overrated (demo) *OTHER SONG

Owen, Wilfred

 

P

Pace, Daniele

Page, Patti

Pagny, Florent

Paillé, Iouri Philippe

Paleo

Palladino, Pino

Palladium

Pallett, Owen

Palma, Rossy de

Palmer, Amanda

Palmer, Daisy

Paloma *MY NAME IS MICHAEL HOLBROOK

Paola, Danna

Parc Des Princes

Parédès, Sherley

Paris *PLACES

Parry, Dan

Parsons, Brian

Pasolini, Pier Paolo

Pastime Paradise

Pautasso, Alessandro

Pavone, Rita

Pazzagli, Leonardo

Pearl and the Puppets

Pearson, Drew

Pelton, Shawn

Penniman, Fortuné *FAMILY

Penniman, Joanie *FAMILY

Penniman, Michael Holbrook Jr. (see: Mika)

Penniman, Michael Holbrook Sr. *FAMILY

Penniman, Paloma *FAMILY

Penniman, Yasmine *FAMILY

Penniman, Zuleika Allegra *FAMILY

Perdomo, Fernando

Perry, Katy *FRIENDS

Peru

Peskett, Phil

Petit Papa Noël

Petrella, Davide

Peugeot *OTHER

Peyronnenc, Sandrine

Peyroux, Madeleine

Piano Man *COVER SONG

Piazza Grande

Piccinni, Rosalba

Piccioli, Pier Paolo *FRIENDS

Piccola Orchestra di Tor Pignattara

Pick Up Off the Floor *THE BOY WHO KNEW TOO MUCH

Pierce, Tim

Pif

The Pig

The Pilgrim's Progress *OTHER

Piliero, Chris Marrs

Pilot *DESIGN & WRITING PROJECTS

Pink

Pitch Perfect 2

Planet Studios

Platform Ballerinas *MY NAME IS MICHAEL HOLBROOK

Poker Face *COVER SONG

Pokora, Matt

The Police

Poli, Paolo

Polka dot choir

Pompa, Roberta

Popbitch

Popoff, Alex

Popstarz

Popular Song *THE ORIGIN OF LOVE

Porcelain *NO PLACE IN HEAVEN

Porter, Cole

Portraits

Potashnick, Luke

Premi Internazionali Flaiano

Previa

Price, Stuart

Priddy, Dan *MUSIC COLLABORATORS

Prince *INFLUENCES

The Proclaimers

The Production Office

Promiseland *NO PLACE IN HEAVEN

The Prophet (see: Le Prophète)

Protheroe, Guy

Pujol, Patrice

Pull Tiger Tail

Pupo (see: Ghinazzi, Enzo)

Pure Imagination

Purple PR

Pussy

 

Q

Quando Mi Dici Così

Quantum Special Effects

Quarmby, Jonathan

Queen

Queen Elizabeth II

 

R

Raffa (see: Kobeisi, Raffa)

Raffaele, Virginia

Rahman, Allah-Rakha 

Rai

Rain *THE BOY WHO KNEW TOO MUCH

The Rakes

RAK Studios

Ramazzotti, Eros

Ramirez, Daniela

Ramos-Ibanez, Marie-Clotilde

Randall, Peter

Ranieri, Massimo

Ranks, Shabba

Raymonde, Ivor

Ready To Call This Love *MY NAME IS MICHAEL HOLBROOK

RedDoor Studios

RedOne

Reichenbach, Bill Jr.

Reilly, Brendan

Reitz, Thomas

Relax (Take it Easy) *LIFE IN CARTOON MOTION

Renea, Priscilla *MUSIC COLLABORATORS

Renga, Francesco

Republic Records

Requiem Pour Un Fou *COVER SONG

Revelation Tour

Reynolds, James

Riback, Ryan

Ricchi e Poveri

Richards, Ali

Rich, Denise

Ricotti, Frank

RI Entertainment

Rihanna

Ringo, Shiina

Rimbaud, Arthur

Ringer, Catherine

Ring Ring *LIFE IN CARTOON MOTION

Rio *NO PLACE IN HEAVEN

Ritzberger, Rimau Grillo

Robert, Fabrice

The Robots

Robson, Steve

Rocket Carousel studios

Rocket Man *COVER SONG

Roelants, François

Roman Fischer

Romani, Valentina

Rome

Rondor Music

Rose d’Or

Rossi, Serena

Rothchild, Dan *BAND

Royal College of Music

Royal Opera House

Royal Sympathy Band

Royal Variety Performance

Royworld

Rubio, Paulina

Rudman, Gustave

Russo, Mauro

 

Sa - Sn

Sadler’s Wells

Sage & Sound Studios

Sahara 

Saint Peter

St Philips School

Sakr, Karol *DUETTISTS

Salamé, Lea

Salma Ya Salama *SONGS FEATURING MIKA

Same Jeans *COVER SONG

Sanitansamble

San Miguel *OTHER

San Raffaele

Sanremo *MY NAME IS MICHAEL HOLBROOK

Sanremo 

Sanremo Music Festival

Saranayde *BAND

Sarà Perché Ti Amo

Sarm

Sastri, Lina

Satellite *COVER SONG

Save The Last Dance For Me

Savoie, Caroline

Savoretti, Jack *DUETTISTS

Scamarcio, Riccardo

Scarry, Huck

Schaff, Marlene

Scheme Engine

Schiavone, Dylan

Schwartz, Alex

Schwartz, Stephen *FRIENDS

Scissor Sisters *FRIENDS

Scott, Glen

Scott, Maureen

Scully, Mary

Se Bruciasse La Città

Sendak, Maurice

Seoul *PLACES

Sergey

Serra, Éric

Setai Recording Studios

SexyBack

Shakira

Shanks, John

Sharky (see: Amira)

Sheridan, Shez

She's Always A Woman *COVER SONG

Show Me Heaven

Shy’m

Sido To Hakuchūmu

Si La Vita è Tutto Un Quiz

Silvert, Damian

Simon, Émilie

Simon, Paul

Simone, Nina *INFLUENCES

The Simpsons

Sims, Jimmy *BAND

Sinfonia Pop *DVDs/OTHER ALBUMS

Singin’ In The Rain

Singleton, Emlyn

Sixth & I Historic Synagogue

Sjöroos, Jori

Skin

Skinny Love *COVER SONG

Slattery, Martin

Smeets, Job

Smith, Emma

Smith, Paul *FRIENDS

Smith, Sam *BAND

Sneddon, David

Snoopy

 

So - Sz

Società OcaGiuliva

Solo, Ced

Somerset House

Some Voices Choir

SoMusic

Songbird *COVER SONG

Songbook Vol 1 *DVDs/OTHER ALBUMS

Songs For Sorrow EP *DVDs/OTHER ALBUMS

Songs For Sorrow Tour

Soprano

Sound Of An Orchestra *OTHER SONG

The Sound Of Music

Southam, Alex

Sparro, Sam

Spleen 

The Spoon Orchestra Of Chiswick

Springfield, Dusty

Stage Technologies

Standing In The Way Of Control *COVER SONG

Stansfield, Curtis *BAND

Star Academie

Stardust *THE ORIGIN OF LOVE

Staring At The Sun *NO PLACE IN HEAVEN

Starsmith

Stasera Casa Mika *DESIGN & WRITING PROJECTS

Staton, Candi

Stay High *MY NAME IS MICHAEL HOLBROOK

Steel, Paul

Stefanelli, Barbara

Step With Me *THE ORIGIN OF LOVE

Stevens, Mike

Stiller, Ben

Sting

Stipe, Michael

Stoddard, Joe

Stonestreet, Skyler *MUSIC COLLABORATORS

Strange, Andy

Strauss, Richard

String, Jesse

Stuck In The Middle *LIFE IN CARTOON MOTION

Studio Gospel Choir

Studio Job *DESIGN & WRITING PROJECTS

"studio outtakes"

Sugamura, Mikako

The SugazZz

Sunset Sound Studios

Supa, Richie

Svalutation

Swarovski

Swatch *DESIGN & WRITING PROJECTS

Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This) *COVER SONG

SXSW

 

T

Tah Dah *THE ORIGIN OF LOVE

Takagi & Ketra

Talk About You *NO PLACE IN HEAVEN

Tamagotchi

Tant Que J’ai Le Soleil *NO PLACE IN HEAVEN

Taratata

Tawaji, Hiba

Taylor, James

Taylor, Max *BAND

Teardrop *COVER SONG

Teddy Bear’s Picnic

Téléthon for L'Association Française Contre les Myopathies

Tenco, Luigi

Teo, Angie

Terefe, Martin

Testa Spalla

TGV

Theia

Thibault, David *DUETTISTS

Thiele, Joan

Thomson, Nichol

Thom Sweeney

Thornburg, Lee

Tiësto

Timberlake, Justin

Tiny

Tiny Love *MY NAME IS MICHAEL HOLBROOK

Tiny Love Reprise *MY NAME IS MICHAEL HOLBROOK

Tiny Love Tiny Tour

Tioli, Valentina

Todd, Charles

Todd, Matthew

To-Fu Doll *OTHER

Tognazzi, Gianmarco

Tollervey, Ali

Tomalty, Jonas 

Tommassini, Luca

Tomorrow *MY NAME IS MICHAEL HOLBROOK

Toms, Luke

Torjussen, Alex

Touches You *THE BOY WHO KNEW TOO MUCH

Townshend, Pete *FRIENDS

Toy Boy *THE BOY WHO KNEW TOO MUCH

Tozour, Luke

Trenet, Charles

Tulum

Turner, Lyndsey

 

U

Ugly Betty

Un Bacio

Underwater *THE ORIGIN OF LOVE

Une Belle Histoire

UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees) *EVENTS/CHARITIES

Union Chapel

Universal Music Group (UMG)

Un Soleil Mal Luné *THE ORIGIN OF LOVE

Up Above My Head

 

V

Valenti, Luca

Valentino *DESIGN & WRITING PROJECTS

Valle, Anna

Van Beirendonck, Walter *FRIENDS

Van Der Kuil, Tim *BAND

Van Eede, Nick

Van Helden, Armand

Van Tornhout, Wouter *BAND

Vartan, Sylvie

Vaughn, Chris

Vedrai, Vedrai

Ventura, Simona

Via Con Me

Vickers, Diana

Victoires de la Musique

Viktor & Rolf

Vienna

The View

Villa, Lorenzo

Villaneuve, Annie

Vinel, Vincent *DUETTISTS

Vive Le Vent *SONGS FEATURING MIKA

Vivement Dimanche

The Voice *OTHER

Von Teese, Dita *FRIENDS

 

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Wadge, Amy

Wainwright, Rufus

Waldemeyer, Moritz

Walker, Gareth

Walking In Memphis

Walsh, Louis

Waltmann, Fabien

Warchild

Ward, Matthew

Warhol, Andy

Warner, Dan

Watt, Iain

Waugh, Martin *BAND

The Way You Look Tonight

We Are Golden *THE BOY WHO KNEW TOO MUCH

Webb, Brad

Weber-Fillion, Tamara

Weill, Kurt

We'll Be Coming Back *COVER SONG

Wells, Ella

Wells, Greg *MUSIC COLLABORATORS

Wells, Rob

Werner, Martin

West, Kanye *MUSICIAN FRIENDS

Westminster School

Wheatley, Jeremy

Wheat, Sam

When Doves Cry *COVER SONG

When I See An Elephant Fly *COVER SONG

Whiley, Jo *OTHER PEOPLE

Whiston, Andrew “Wiz”

Whitman, Walt

Whitmey, David *BAND

Wicked

The Wideboys

Wika

Wilde, Oscar

Williams, Paul

Williams, Pharrell *MUSIC COLLABORATORS

Williams, Ralph Vaughan

Williamson, Matthew *FRIENDS

Wilson, Damon

Winehouse, Amy *FRIENDS

Wired Strings

Without Her *COVER SONG

Wogan, Terry

Wolf, Patrick *FRIENDS

Wonderful Christmastime *SONGS FEATURING MIKA

Wonderland

The Woodcutter's Boy

Woodford, Nina

Woodring, Jim

Wood, Victoria

Workman, Lyle

World Music Awards

Worlds End Studios

Wright, Lewis *BAND

Wrongonyou 

Wurst, Conchita

 

X

X Factor *EVENTS/CHARITIES

XL Repubblica *DESIGN & WRITING PROJECTS

Xylaroo

 

Y

Yelle

Yesterday *COVER SONG

YM&U Group

Yo Gabba Gabba

Yoshida, Mitchell *BAND

You Got The Love *COVER SONG

Your Song *COVER SONG

Your Sympathy *LIFE IN CARTOON MOTION

Youth And Love *SONGS FEATURING MIKA

You've Got A Friend *COVER SONG

 

Z

Zanotto, Lucas

Zazie

Zegna

Zingaretti, Luca

Zironi, Violetta

Zook, Joe

Zoolander 2

Zumba

 


 

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I apologize for any typos, misinformation, broken links, and omissions. :facepalm: Please, please tell me if you find something that’s wrong.

Most quote translations into English are done automatically by google translate. If you find a particularly poor translation, please let me know what it should say!!!

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Pretty please don’t copy this Mika encyclopedia & claim it as your own as I’ve worked countless hours on it :pinkbow:

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3 Italia - Italian telecommunications company H3G SpA, more commonly known as 3 or Tre, offering cellular telephone services in Italy, and wireless access to Internet and mobile television. In 2014 and 2015, Mika appeared in three of their commercials, one used the song "Stardust" and two used "Staring At The Sun".

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16ème - the 16th arrondissement (district) is an affluent, chic area of Paris where Mika and his family lived after they moved to Paris when he was one year old. Parc Des Princes stadium is located there. The term is mentioned in "Boum Boum Boum" in the line "et tous les bourgeois du 16ème" which roughly translates to "and all the bourgeois of the 16th".

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The 23rd - pair of songwriters/producers/brothers, George and Henry Flint, who were co-writers and vocal producers of "The Sound Of An Orchestra". They have also worked with Sigrid, Grace Carter, James TW, and others.

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+30 Studios - Paris recording studio (also known as Plus XXX Studios) where some of "Un Soleil Mal Lune" was recorded.

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82 Rue Des Martyrs - SEE: Karen (82 Rue des Martyrs)

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95 - Interstate 95 (I-95) is the main highway on the East Coast of the United States, running parallel to the Atlantic Ocean seaboard between New England and Florida, including Miami. It's mentioned in "Love Today" in the line "Carolina sits on 95".

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1955 Tour - Mika tour which spanned across North America and parts of Asia in the fall of 2009 in support of The Boy Who Knew Too Much. Some special components of the space-themed shows included an opening with the band in a living room-like setting, a fake news report video by Ian McKellen, and large styrofoam balls painted to look like planets. Mika typically came out dressed like an astronaut, took off the space suit, then changed into a black & white suit. The band was usually IiMMa, Cherisse Ofusu-Osei, David Whitmey, Jimmy Sims, and Martin Waugh, and they usually wore black & white or neon costumes. On the North American leg of the tour the opening act was Gary Go. PHOTO dates - PHOTO astronaut & set - PHOTO band

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ABBA - Swedish 4-member pop group formed in 1972 who had many hits in the late '70s/early '80s. On the Spanish TV show El Hormiguero in April 2010 Mika sang part of their single "Fernando". In several interviews he also mentioned the band as being an influence.

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Abbey Road Studios - recording studio established in November 1931, located at 3 Abbey Road in London, England. It’s most notable as being the venue in the 1960s for innovative recording techniques adopted by The Beatles, Pink Floyd, Badfinger, and others. In 2009 Mika was interviewed and recorded acoustic versions of "Grace Kelly", "We Are Golden", and "Blame It On The Girls" there for season 3 of Live From Abbey Road (a 12-part, one-hour performance series/documentary that began filming its first season during 2006). The strings on "Make You Happy" (Miami Edit) were recorded here and some of No Place In Heaven was recorded there as well.

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Abi Yaghi, Amin - Lebanese artist manager and concert promoter since 1992. He is the founder of Star System, a company that organizes music events in the Middle East, including the Jounieh International Festival near Beirut, Lebanon. He tweeted a photo of Mika on stage in Lebanon in July 2013, he appeared in a photo with Mika and Miles Copeland in October 2013 at the Château Marouatte, in July 2013 at Jounieh festival, and in August 2015 he tweeted a photo of them together before Mika’s free concert in Monte Carlo captioned "proud of this Lebanese star". PHOTO 2015

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Acapulco - city (population: 687,608), municipality and major seaport in the state of Guerrero on the Pacific coast of Mexico. It’s also a town in the Zorritos District of the Contralmirante Villar Province, in the Tumbes Region of Peru. It is mentioned in "Good Wife" in the line "says his wife’s just left him with his two-year-old daughter to live in Acapulco with some idiot she only met a couple months ago".

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AccorHotels Arena - SEE: Bercy Arena

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Across The Universe - The Beatles song (1969) which Mika and Morgan performed together on the second episode of Stasera Casa Mika (2016 season).

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Adams, Bryan - Canadian singer-songwriter, musician and photographer who photographed Mika in a kilt with Melachi in his London studio for Comic Relief in February 2011. Adams has won many awards and sold millions of albums worldwide.

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Adele - British singer, songwriter, pianist, guitarist who has sold over 100 million records worldwide. She is a friend and neighbor of Mika. They were interviewed together backstage at the 2008 Brit Awards by TV and radio presenter Fearne Cotton. In the April 2009 issue of Vogue magazine Adele listed Mika among her favourite artists.

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BORN: May 5, 1988 in London

NATIONALITY: British

FULL NAME/ALSO KNOWN AS: Adele Laurie Blue Adkins

ADDITIONAL BIO: She graduated from the BRIT School for Performing Arts and Technology in 2006, and got a recording contract the same year. In 2007, she received the Brit Awards "Critics' Choice" award and won the BBC Sound of 2008 poll in January 2008 (which Mika won in 2007). She has since won several Brit Awards, an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award, numerous Grammy Awards and Billboard Music Awards, 4 American Music Awards, 2 Ivor Novello Awards and many others. She is proficient in guitar, drums, bass, and piano.

OTHER APPEARANCES WITH MIKA: - They were interviewed together backstage at the 2008 Brit Awards ceremony and Perez Hilton posted pictures of them together at a party afterward. Mika was photographed out on the town in London with her in August 2008 when they had dinner at Zuma in Knightsbridge before going to Soho House for drinks.

QUOTES: ---When asked in a February 2010 interview with www.musictalk4u.com, Mika said "I’m friends with Adele, the singer. She’s another strong woman and her own creation."

---On October 4, 2010 Mika tweeted "Watching Xfactor with Adele and the dogs. Just burned the food after hearing Any Other World and Happy Ending one after another. Lol".

---According to a February 2008 article from The Sun at a London Fashion Week party Adele said that at The Brit Awards ceremony: "I wanted to wear a flamboyant dress and dance on the table as Mika sung ‘Big Girl’".

---In an October 2009 interview with Dutch magazine Veronica Mika said, "A little time ago I stole something, by the way. I was at a gas station and there was a lifestyle magazine about dogs and stuff, with a bag of dog food stuck on the cover. I secretly took the bag with me. I wanted to give it to Adele, she is a friend and she has a weenie dog, a dachshund. But she did not want them to have it when she heard that I had nicked it!"

---In an interview Heat magazine in November 2008 she said, "I met him [Mika] at the Brit Awards. Just after I'd picked up my award he'd won best breakthrough we were on live TV bit with Fearne Cotton who was giving the numbers out to phone in for Single Of The Year. I was going ‘Oh, number one for ‘Bleeding Love’. Oh no, number two for ‘Valerie’. No, number two for ‘Foundations’…’ and when it came to number four which was his I didn't say anything and he was like ‘Oh you bitch!’ We've been friends ever since. I do love him very much".

---On BBC Radio 2’s ‘Mika: The Art Of Song’ radio show on New Year's Day 2016 Mika said, "Great interpreters, great writers, I mean, at the moment it is the reigning moment for Adele and I have to tell you there was for me a huge turning point in Adele’s career, I’ve known her for quite a long time and I’ve admired her from right the beginning and she put out ‘Chasing Pavements’, she put out her first album and I was actually on tour in the middle of a drive, I think it was in Estonia, I turn on the radio and I hear ‘Make You Feel My Love’ and I completely freaked out, I couldn’t believe how good this song was and how good she sounded on it. I sent her a text message, I said ‘I love your new single’ and she sent me a message back saying ‘Oh, thanks. Bob Dylan likes it a lot, he says it’s the second best version he ever heard, after his’ and that’s how I discovered, even though I’m hosting right now on Radio 2 and you’re listening to a show called ‘The Art of Song’, where I’m supposed to be telling you about all the best songs from rock and pop history, I didn’t know that this was a Bob Dylan song, I guess some things just slip you by." After he played her version, Mika said, "I really wonder where she got the idea to sing that song, whoever… whoever had the idea was genius because it’s just absolutely stunning, it’s a stunning record, honestly one of my favourite vocal recordings ever, ever made."

---On BBC2’s Tracks Of My Years on May 30, 2016 Mika played her song “Hometown Glory” and said, "I think that there’s a couple songs that changed the path of Adele’s career. And ‘Hometown Glory’ is one of them. I mean it’s easy to say it’s something like ‘Chasing Pavements’ was the breakthrough but it wasn’t, it was a breakthrough from a radio point of view and from a commercial point of view, but the other songs that pulled it much closer to her complicated, and quite beautiful story that she has had already at such a young age and the maturity that she has to describe her emotions. She’s so emotionally intelligent. She’s not someone who’s the most well-read person in the world but when she speaks she does it like this kind of likewise, zen Buddhist kind of like--[laughs] She has a sense of perspective and you feel reassured and I think that’s what's so nice about this song."

OTHER WORKS: Her studio albums are 19 (2008), 21 (2011), and 25 (2015).

OTHER INFO: -

HER IMPORTANT LINKS: website | facebook | wikipedia

PHOTOS: walking together 2008 - in a car together 2008 - with their Brit Awards (and Fearne Cotten) - with Mika & Mr. Hudson

VIDEO: 2008 Brits interview with Fearne Cotton

 

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Afanasieff, Walter - Brazilian-American-Russian record producer, songwriter, and multiple Grammy-winner best known for his long association with Mariah Carey and for producing Celine Dion’s "My Heart Will Go On". He played keyboards, programmed percussion, and co-wrote Mika's "I See You".

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A Far l'Amore Comincia Tu - Raffaella Carrà (an Italian singer, dancer, television presenter, and actress) song (1976) written by Daniele Pace and Franco Bracardi. Mika sang it with radio DJ Luca Barbarossa at Rai Radio2 Social Club, Italy on Nov 1, 2016.

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Affinis Consort - Canadian/Italian international music agency specializing in pop-symphonic productions and classical events. They provided the nine-piece ensemble conducted by Simon Leclerc at Mika’s performance at a dinner after the Valentino runway show in Rome on July 9, 2015; the 65-musician orchestra led by Leclerc that played with Mika at his concert in Como, Italy on October 24, 2015; and the orchestra for Mika’s Opera di Firenze concerts in Florence, Italy on December 30th and 31st, 2016.

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Åhlund, Klas - Swedish songwriter, record producer, and guitarist. On the album The Origin Of Love he co-produced and co-programmed "Elle Me Dit", "Emily", and "Overrated". He co-produced and did percussion programming on the album version of "Boum Boum Boum". On Mika’s repertoire.sacem.fr/ listing it says Klas co-wrote the song “L O V E” with Mika, but nothing more is known about this song. He is the founding member of the Swedish rock band Teddybears. As a songwriter and producer he has worked with artists such as Robyn, Sugababes, Ke$ha, Kylie Minogue, Britney Spears, Melody Club, Katy Perry, and Madonna

-In a German Interview with Piranha magazine from October 2012 Mika spoke of Klas: "It's funny, because we are getting along well. I think we have a similar humour, I think he is very, very funny. Because he is sitting there, with his long beard, and he… is wasting little energy. But he is doing all these different things, so much different kinds of music, I love that!"

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Ain't Got No/I Got Life - Nina Simone song (1968) that Mika covered (with the Jools Holland Rhythm & Blues Orchestra) on Jools Holland’s "Annual Hootenanny" in 2007. Her original version is actually a medley of two songs from the 1960’s musical Hair, with lyrics by James Rado and Gerome Ragni and music by Galt MacDermot. During the opening number of En Direct De L'Univers in January 2020 parts of Mika's favorite songs were sung for him, including this song because Mika chose it as a song that describes him the best.

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LYRICS: lyrics

CREDITS: original lyrics by James Rado and Gerome Ragni, and original music by Galt MacDermot

LENGTH: 2:17 (original)

ORIGINALLY APPEARED ON: on cast recordings of Hair as two separate songs. Nina’s combined cover appeared on her album 'Nuff Said

PERFORMED BY MIKA: once, on TV, on the Jools Holland’s "Annual Hootenanny" on December 31, 2007 on BBC2, with Jools on piano and the Jools Holland Rhythm & Blues Orchestra.

QUOTES: ---On W9’s "Les 25ans de RTL2" broadcast on December 19, 2019 Mika was asked what song represents him the most, and he replied: "Nina Simone, I've Got Life".

OTHER INFO: Nina’s version charted at #2 in the UK and at #1 in The Netherlands.

 

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Airside - design company (1998-2012) who helped turn Mika's art into sleeve designs and did artwork for Life In Cartoon Motion, including the animated "Relax (Take It Easy)" music video. They co-curated Mika's July 2007 art exhibit at Blink Gallery with Mika and DaWack.

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Åkerlund, Jonas - Swedish director of the music video for "We Are Golden". He has also directed videos for Lady Gaga, Madonna, U2, Coldplay, Rammstein, and many others, films including Spun and Lords Of Chaos, and commercials. PHOTO

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Albert - name of the ‘golden’ donkey who guarded Mika's Twitter page for years, according to Mika. His photo is no longer on Mika's Twitter page, but Mika's Twitter bio still says "Long live the golden donkey. may he guard my page. fear the donkey, love the donkey, donkey is GOOD." PHOTO

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Albi - French 18-year-old (at the time of his auction) singer from Lyon who was one of Mika’s contestants on season 8 of The Voice France. He made it to the 15th episode on May 18, 2019 before he got eliminated. Albi, Whitney Marin, Gjon’s Tears, and London Loko sang “Elle Me Dit” in an exclusive video posted on the TF1 site on May 16, 2019.

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Al Cuore Fa Bene Far Le Scale - Patrizia Cavalli poem (2012) set to music by Diana Tejera. On the fourth episode of Stasera Casa Mika (2016 season) Patrizia and Mika performed the song together.

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Alexander, Olly - English musician, singer, songwriter and actor. He is the lead singer of the synth-pop band Years & Years. He picked the Joni Mitchell song "River" and chatted with Mika on the episode of BBC Radio 2’s ‘Mika: The Art Of Song’ which aired on December 26, 2018. On that same episode Mika said Olly is “a musician, a songwriter that I like very much” and played the Years & Years song "King".

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AlexandLiane - directors of the music video for "Happy Ending". They have also directed videos for Scissor Sisters, Tiga, Bloc Party, La Roux and many others.

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Alfa System - Italian company formed in 1987 which specializes in the design, construction and installation of equipment, machines and installations specifically for the theater and public showrooms in general. They did the scenography and control systems for Stasera Casa Mika (2017 season, and probably 2016 too) with scenographer Riccardo Bocchini, including the large M-I-K-A motorized letters, motorization of a scenic heart, and a circular-shaped mobile platform. PHOTO

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Aliagas, Nikos - French-Greek journalist, photographer, singer, actor, and radio and TV host, known for being the host of the French singing competitions Star Academy and The Voice France. He interviewed Mika on radio for Europe 1 on September 22, 2012; and Europe 1’s Sortez du Cadre in 2015 and 2016. He and Mika appeared on several TV shows together including the NRJ Awards ceremony in 2010 and 2012; 50 Mn Inside; La Chanson de l’Année; Toute la Musique Qu'on Aime (shot in Paris on December 14, 2015 and broadcast on December 31 on TF1); La Chanson Secrète on September 14, 2019; and The Voice Kids France when Mika was a guest on October 25, 2019. He's appeared with Mika in several photos, and has taken many black & white photos of Mika. He called Mika on his 32nd birthday and left Mika a birthday song message along with Greek singer Nana Mouskouri. He attended Mika’s Bercy concert on December 22, 2019.

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BORN: May 13, 1969 in Paris

NATIONALITY: French-Greek

FULL NAME/ALSO KNOWN AS: Nikólaos Aliágas

ADDITIONAL BIO: He lived in France and Greece during his childhood. In addition to hosting all 8 seasons of The Voice France and Star Academy from 2001 to 2008, he’s also hosted shows like La Chanson de l'Année (2011-2017), 50' Inside, the NRJ Awards ceremony from 2009 to 2016, and Gros Plan (2007), released an album of duets called Rendez-Vous (2007), and published a book called I Was Born Greek: The Mythology or The School of Life (2003). He speaks five languages (as of 2003). 

OTHER APPEARANCES WITH MIKA: They appeared together in a commercial for the 2010 NRJ Awards.

QUOTES: ---In a short piece in Paris Match magazine in August 2015 Nikos said: "On his face I see a little brother, two heads taller than me. A man with multiple talents who becomes someone else when he gets on a stage dressed up in his showman glitter suit. Mika is naturally playful with a touch of genuine courtesy. At the same time a bit of the British gentleman phlegm and an Oriental piercing eye which sees everything, Mika is a star, but when I take pics of him, I see a conquering child with a serious look in his eyes as if one had to climb on top of all peaks in the world because life is too short and that time plays with us."

---On December 22, 2019 Nikos instagrammed a photo of Mika performing that evening at AccorHotels Arena captioned in French with: “From the great, the very great @mikainstagram tonight on stage. Songwriter Mika is also a charismatic showman who fills the space with light and joy. A packed house, and Mika on the wire, reaching out, balancing over the abyss. Sometimes Icarus, sometimes Béjart, the artist raises the body and the voice in a total gift of his person. No more hell, no more Paradise, just a world where everyone is himself because he loves without posture and without blinkers. The energy for sharing, with the hip sway of a @mickjagger and the arena instinct of an @georgemofficial is what it means to be #Pop in 2020... or almost 2020. Proud to have seen him again on stage. Bravo my friend Mika, you are unique. #instanikos #revelationtour.”

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HIS IMPORTANT LINKS: twitter | wikipedia

PHOTOS: together at The Voice December 2015 - together at the shooting of Toute la Musique Qu'on Aime on December 14, 2015 - together on La Chanson Secrète 2019 -collage of Mika photos taken by Nikos

VIDEO: clip of Mika & Nikos on The Voice aired March 2019

 

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Alice - one of three pseudonyms which Mika uses to write songs for other singers, including Eros Ramazzotti’s "Ci Parliamo Da Grandi". Mika also said that if he was to have a son he'd name him Alice.

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Ali Di Libertà - Andrea Bocelli song (2018) which Mika and Andrea sang as a duet when Mika was a guest at Andrea’s charity concert at Teatro Del Silenzio in Lajatico, Italy on July 25, 2019.

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The All-American Rejects - American rock band founded in 1999. Their 2012 album Kids In The Street was produced by Greg Wells, and features the song "Heartbeat Slowing Down" which Mika sang backing vocals on.

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Allegra - the middle name of Mika's younger sister, Zuleika Penniman. Early in Mika's career it was the name she was known by to the press and fans. Mika said he thought it's also the name of a medicine for depressives, but it's actually for allergies.

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Allen, Jonathan - sound engineer and recording producer who recorded strings on "Karen (82 Rue des Martyrs)", "Stardust" (album version), and "Make You Happy (Miami Edit)". He has also done work on records by Panic! At The Disco, Shirley Bassey, Electric Light Orchestra, Goldfrapp, Freddie Mercury & Montserrat Caballé, movie soundtracks, and more.

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Allen, Lily - English singer, songwriter, actress, and television presenter. Mika sang a little bit of her 2006 single "LDN" (from her album Alright, Still) in the Live In Cartoon Motion documentary. At the end of Children In Need show in 2009 Mika, Lily, and all the other performers sang The Beatles' song "Hey Jude".

-In a February 2007 interview the interviewer asked her "Mika is getting popular here, and I know he’s massive in the U.K. right now. Do you have an opinion about him?" and Lily answered: "I haven’t heard much of his stuff. I’ve only heard the one song that’s on the radio in the U.K., which is called ‘Grace Kelly’. I like that; I think it’s all right."

PHOTO beside him on CiN

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Allgood, Chris - New York audio engineer at The Lodge. He was mastering assistant on "Boum Boum Boum", "L’amour Fait Ce Qu'il Veut", "Beautiful Disaster", "Feels Like Love", and Mika’s cover of "Je Chante". He also has done work for Brandon Flowers, Braids, Slightly Stoopid, and many others.

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All She Wants - song which appears on the album No Place In Heaven as the 2nd track on the standard, standard deluxe, and limited edition signed deluxe editions, and as the 4th track on the French, French deluxe and French reissue editions, and as the 1st track on Italian and Korean deluxe editions and vinyl (side 1). Written by Mika, James Bauer-Mein and David Sneddon; produced by Greg Wells and Mika with additional production by Martin Terefe. It was released as a promo only single in 2015.

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OFFICIAL VIDEO: n/a

LYRICS: lyrics

CREDITS: Written by Mika, James Bauer-Mein, and David Sneddon.

Vocals, Background Vocals, Piano - Mika

Background Vocals - David Sneddon, Jeanette Olsson, and Max Taylor

Bass - Max Taylor

Drums, Percussion - Karl Brazil

Guitar - Martin Terefe

Mastered by Emily Lazar

Mixed by Greg Wells

Engineered by Beatriz Artola, and Dyre Gormsen

Engineering Assistance by Kristian Larsen

Additional Recording by Sam Keyte, and Jesse String

Produced by Greg Wells, and Mika

Additional Production by Martin Terefe

LENGTH: 3:39

PLAYED LIVE: During the interview part of his Naver Music showcase in Seoul in May 2015 Mika and the band performed an impromptu bit of the song before it was released, otherwise it’s not yet been performed live.

PERFORMED ON TV: -

MIKA'S OTHER NOTABLE VERSIONS: -

USED IN: -

REMIXES: n/a

COVERED BY: -

QUOTES: ---In Vanity Fair Italia May 2015 Mika said, "In the album there's a track, 'All She Wants', about a woman who only has a wish: 'A different son from the one she has'. Does it talk about my mother? Of course. I'm referring to how I felt when I was a kid, the feeling that to her, it would have been easier to have another kind of son and the suspicion that she was focusing her hopes on my brother, dreaming that at least him, would one day marry a nice Lebanese girl. When my mother listened to the song she liked it a lot, but we never talked about it, we never speak about such topics. Songs are there to talk about things you don't say in another way."

---In June/July 2015 Winq magazine Mika explained each song and said this song is "about how terrified I was of what my mother would think about a son who wasn't 'normal'."

---In a June 10, 2015 Italian interview with Sky Uno Mika said, "'All She Wants' is a sort of coming-out. But not a sexual coming out, which certainly is not something interesting, but an existential coming-out, a metaphorical exit from the shell in which for years I have been trapped. When you come from a family to fifty percent Lebanese is all more complicated. Speaking of myself, of my feelings, of love (both when the heart is full of joy and when it is disintegrated by the pain) was difficult, until a few years ago I would never have done it."

---In NEXT magazine June 12, 2015 Mika said: "I look at my mother; she would never really want to change me, ever but you see that little modicum of doubt that things might have been nice also to have a little bit of convention, a little bit of the format, things rolling themselves out the way they're supposed to when you have a baby boy. And that's not a negative thing to say. I think it's very kind if you can turn something negative into something playful, and dismantle that potential negative bomb by addressing it with such a candid attitude. That's what I'm trying to do in that. In the same way l write songs about the person I would like to be as opposed to the person I am, or the imaginary person as opposed to the real one, I think that l write about the things people are afraid to say. In one way it is a little brutal and in the other it's one of the most tender songs on the album, because of the melody and the way the chorus is really tender and really heartfelt. There's a Beatles' sweetness to it-but then the lyric is just brutal."

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ARTWORK: promo single cover art

 

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Alphabeat - Danish pop band, fronted by singers Stine Bramsen and Anders Stig Gehrt Nielsen, who opened for Mika on a few dates of the Dodgy Holiday Tour in Europe in 2008. They did the "Relax (Take It Easy)" Alpha Beat Mix which appears on some versions of the single.

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Also Sprach Zarathustra - a tone poem by Richard Strauss, composed in 1896 and inspired by Friedrich Nietzsche's philosophical novel of the same name. The initial fanfare (titled "Sunrise" in the composer's program notes) became particularly well-known after its use in Stanley Kubrick's 1968 film 2001: A Space Odyssey. At the beginning of the concerts on the 2010 Imaginarium Tour Mika was flown on stage dressed as an astronaut to the opening phrases of it.

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Alvarez, Carlos - co-recording engineer on "Love Today". He has won six Latin Grammy Awards and has done engineering and production for many artists such as Marc Anthony, Julio Iglesias and Carrie Underwood, Jose Feliciano, Alejandro Sanz and many others. PHOTO

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Always On My Mind - unreleased film, said to be directed by Chris D'Arienzo and to star Nick Nolte and Glenn Close, about an aging rock star with Alzheimer's disease. It was announced in December 2012 and is currently in development (or is perhaps shelved indefinitely). Mika said he reworked the song "Century Man" to be sung by one of the actors in the film. Reports from 2017 say it will star Melissa Leo instead.

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Ambrosini, Nicola - Italian project manager with Universal Music Italia, he's credited as PM on Mika's Songbook Vol 1. He has also been the project manager for the artists Vasco Rossi, Tiziano Ferro, Carmen Consoli, Stadio, Zero Assoluto, Parix, and more.

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Amira - Mika and Andreas Dermanis’s second golden retriever gun dog, AKA Sharky, whom they got in March/April 2015 or so. She's Melachi's niece. She is less reddish than Melachi and around the same size (if not slightly larger). She was trained by dog trainer Buzz Kennard and her husband Dave. The dogs often go to stay with them when not with Mika, and they post many photos of her and Mel on their instagram. Andy also frequently takes care of them when Mika is traveling without them or doing things. In an October 15, 2019 interview on France 5’s Passage Des Arts Mika said he’d recently gotten the news that she is slowly going blind. 

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HER NAME: her name is pronounced "uh-meer-uh". According to Wikipedia the term "Amira" may refer to "an Arabic and Hebrew female given name" or a "title for nobility and princesses in Arabic. The feminine of amir / emir meaning ‘prince’." Her nickname is Sharky, apparently because she bites.

APPEARANCES: on Mika’s seasons of X Factor Italia and on The Voice France; in many of Mika’s photos, videos, and stories on instagram and twitter; and on the "Portrait: Le Monde de Mika" documentary on France2’s Envoyé Spécial which aired in January 2016. At Mika’s gig in Pistoia, Italy on July 5, 2016 Amira came onstage during "Lollipop". Mika carried her offstage, and seemed unhappy about it, saying something like ‘Whoever did that, I’m gonna f**king kill you’ when he came back to his microphone. She appeared in all four episodes in both seasons of Mika’s TV show Stasera Casa Mika.

QUOTES: ---"She's a brat," Mika said to fans who asked about her after his concert at Verboten in New York City in May 2015.

---"My new pup Amira with her friend this am in the country East Sussex. Via Buzz Kennard", Mika tweeted on July 21, 2015

---In a Radio Scoop interview in French from October 2, 2015 Mika was asked about his pre- and post-show rituals; he said: "I have my dogs. I have my dogs and they are the ones who make me human. She's outside right now and when she will be back in, she's like a storm. Amira! You'll see the storm is here. The monster! She is seven months old and she is a monster."

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PHOTOS: as a pup being held by Mika - as a pup at the vet - with Mika October 2015 - with Mika at X Factor Italy Nov 2015 - with Mika June 2017 

VIDEO: short instagram story of Amira where Mika says her name - June 2019

 

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Amore Che Vieni, Amore Che Vai - song (1966) by Fabrizio De Andrè which Mika performed on Rai1 at Sanremo Music Festival on February 6, 2020. 

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LYRICS: Italian lyrics and English translation

CREDITS: originally written by Fabrizio De André

LENGTH: original 2:50

ORIGINALLY APPEARED ON: a b-side of De Andrè’s single “Geordie” in 1966, and also on his 1968 album Volume III

PERFORMED BY MIKA: once, for his performance at the Sanremo Music Festival on February 6, 2020, which aired on Italian TV station Rai 1

QUOTES: ---During the Sanremo Music Festival on February 6, 2020 Mika said in Italian: “When I learned Italian I only knew how to say ‘hello’, ‘thank you’, and ‘in the blue painted blue’. I realized that the more you know Italy the less you understand it. But listening to your music I was able to really get to know Italy with Dalla, Battiato, Tenco and De Andrè, who made me understand how many things about Italy and me. When I was asked to pay homage to the Italian song from this stage I got scared: then I told myself that I shouldn't fear anything because my friend De Andrè is at my side."

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Amore Disperato - Nada (a female Italian singer) song (1983) which Mika sang alone on the fourth episode of Stasera Casa Mika (2017 season).

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Ancora Ancora Ancora - Mina song (1978) in Italian, written by Cristiano Malgioglio and Gianpietro Felisatti. Mika covered it with the Orchestra dell'Opera Italiana for the Rai1 special dedicated to Mina and Adriano Celentano, aired on December 12, 2016. Mika’s version was filmed during the time period when he was filming his Stasera Casa Mika (2016 season) TV show. On Rai Radio2 Social Club on May 31, 2019 Mika said something about this song and sang a little bit of it.

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LYRICS: lyrics

CREDITS: originally written by Cristiano Malgioglio and Gianpietro Felisatti

LENGTH: 4:19 (original)

ORIGINALLY APPEARED ON: Mina’s single Ancora Ancora Ancora/Città Vuota

PERFORMED BY MIKA: once, with l'Orchestra dell'Opera Italiana on the Rai1 show dedicated to Mina and Adriano Celentano, aired on December 12, 2016. 

QUOTES: ---Before his performance on the TV show Mika said: "When I was young, when I was *this* tall, when I wasn't half Italian yet, like now -- who were the Italians that I knew? I knew Leonardo, I knew Verdi, Puccini, Sophia Loren. But I also knew Mina and Adriano Celentano. Because their music, through the nations and borders, reached me, thanks to my family and our friends. As music does when it's beautiful, beautiful."

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Anderson, Maxi - American soul singer, songwriter, session artist, arranger, contractor, and was in the Andraé Crouch Choir. She was the choir leader on the studio versions of "Big Girl (You Are Beautiful)" and "Happy Ending".

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Andiamo A Londra - Italian song released by Bluvertigo, their first new song since 2001, and co-written by Morgan, Mika, and Guy Chambers. It was first performed live in May 2015 in Rome, and released as a single in September 2015, from the band’s album Tuono – Tono, Tempo, Suono. In November 2016 Morgan and Mika performed the song together on the second episode of Stasera Casa Mika (2016 season). The original song is most likely on the BMI music publishing site as "Rain On Me"

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OFFICIAL VIDEO: Bluvertigo’s video

LYRICS: Italian lyrics - The English lyrics Mika and Morgan sang several times were "Rain fall down, rain on me, hit the ground, wash me clean".

CREDITS: Italian lyrics written by Marco Castoldi (Morgan), music composed & original English lyrics by Mika and Guy Chambers. Produced by Morgan.

LENGTH: 4:21 (Bluvertigo’s version)

PLAYED LIVE: Bluvertigo first performed it in May 2015. It was never performed live by Mika.

PERFORMED ON TV: Mika and Morgan performed it together in Italian and English on Stasera Casa Mika on November 22, 2016.

MIKA'S OTHER VERSIONS: no known studio versions feature Mika on vocals

USED IN: -

REMIXES: -

COVERED BY: -

QUOTES: ---During Mika’s interview with Morgan on Stasera Casa Mika Morgan said, "You know, ‘Andiamo a Londra’ is a song I wanted to sing with Mika, because we wrote it together even if we didn’t know each other yet. [...] A record producer handed it to me telling me it was one of Mika’s unreleased songs and it’d be nice if I could rewrite it in Italian for Marco Mengoni."

OTHER INFO: The Italian title loosely translates to "we go to London".

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Andraé Crouch Gospel Choir - gospel choir which sang backing vocals on Mika's "We Are Golden"; they can be seen in the TBWKTM Part 1 vlog. Mika said that the choir refused to sing the ‘no giving up when you're young and you want some' line. Andraé Edward Crouch was an American gospel singer, songwriter, arranger, record producer, and pastor. The Andraé Crouch Choir were also featured on the Michael Jackson songs "Keep the Faith", "Will You Be There", "Man In The Mirror", and "Earth Song". Crouch worked as a producer or arranger with artists such as Madonna, Quincy Jones, Diana Ross, Elton John, and Prefab Sprout. PHOTO choir singing WAG - PHOTO Andraé & his wife Sandra w/ Greg Wells in 2011

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Andy - name of Mika’s boyfriend. SEE: Dermanis, Andreas

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Angry - title of Mika's first song, written around age 7, a piano instrumental he says was "awful".

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Anima Mia - I Cugini di Campagna song (1973) which Mika sang a bit of on the Radio Deejay show Rosario Della Sera on May 30, 2019.

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Anninnia, Anninnia - Sardinian song written by Maestro Mauro Lisei which Elisa and 12 members of the choir Eufonia di Gavoi (with Mika a little bit) performed on the first episode of Stasera Casa Mika (2017 season).

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Another Lullaby - John Merchant’s website and the BMI catalogue say John co-wrote a song called "Another Lullaby" with Mika, Jodi Marr, and Denise Rich. Nothing else is known about the track as it’s never appeared on any of Mika’s albums and he’s never spoken of it. An Australian singer named Zak Bowen seems to have covered it

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Any Other World - song which appears on the album Life In Cartoon Motion as the 6th track on the standard version and the vinyl (side 1), and as the 7th track on the US version and on the digital edition of Songbook Vol 1 as the 18th track. Official live versions appear on Mika’s Live In Cartoon Motion and Live Parc Des Princes Paris video releases, and as an orchestral version on the Mika Et L'Orchestre Symphonique De Montréal disc sold as a stand-alone and as disc two of the No Place In Heaven reissue, and on Mika’s Sinfonia Pop video/CD release. Written by Mika. The woman who speaks before and after the song on the CD is Raffa Kobeisi

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OFFICIAL VIDEO: n/a

LYRICS: lyrics

CREDITS: Written by Mika

Vocals, Keyboards - Mika

Backing Vocals - Fortuné Penniman

String Arranger - Paul Buckmaster

Mixed by Greg Wells

Produced by Greg Wells, and Mika

Recorded by Chris Nicolaides, and Joe Chiccarelli

LENGTH: 4:19

PLAYED LIVE: The first time was in 2007 (or before?). Since then Mika has played it live off and on.

PERFORMED ON TV: on the first episode of Stasera Casa Mika October 31, 2017

MIKA’S OTHER NOTABLE VERSIONS: symphony versions live with the OSM in February 2015 & with Affinis Consort in Como, Italy in October 2015 -- demo version on the demo LICM label sampler -- with the King’s Singers at Mencap Little Noise sessions on November 18, 2009

USED IN: a Giorgio Armani ad (instrumental), an episode of the TV show The Good Wife, the soundtrack to 2007 Korean film The Postcard, in the 2015 French film Les Profs 2.

REMIXES: N/A

COVERED BY: -

QUOTES: ---In a February 2007 interview for The Sun where Mika explained each song on the album he said, "There is a little spoken introduction that many people may miss. It's about a family friend of mine who lost her eye during the war in Lebanon and I realized in everyone's life there comes one point, or several points where something happens and you have to completely change the way you have lived your life because of one event. And it really makes you re-adjust and rethink and re-judge parts of your life all over again. That happens to some people in a dramatic way like Raffa who lost both her eye and her husband within 6 months. Or it can be in a much quieter way like when you are 22-years-old and you finally leave university after being in education all your life or when you lose your job. I wanted to put that in the song, because when you're 68 or 14, it's still the same feeling and it's still just as hard. I wanted to try to capture that quite difficult period that people have to go through at least once in their life."

OTHER INFO: The woman speaking before and after the album version of the song is Raffa Kobeisi, Mika’s Lebanese neighbor and longtime family friend. What she says at the beginning is: "Same day I went to dress for wedding, same day, where I went married, what happened - he's gone married another girl. When he's married another girl I am very, very sad, I can't walk, like cutted my legs. How he's married different lady, I no believe. After one month, I am sent up in balcony some bomb come for my eyes. My eyes gone. My eyes gone in bomb, now I have only one eyes. I am sad until now. I no married any man after." What she says at the end is: "I never ever I forget my story. My face is no sad, but inside I am sad."

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Arbore, Renzo - Italian TV host, showman, singer, musician, film actor, and film director (born in June 1937). On the first episode of Stasera Casa Mika (2016 season) he and Mika performed Renzo’s "Si La Vita è Tutto un Quiz", which originally appeared on his album Discao Meravigliao, and Mika interviewed him. PHOTO

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Arcadian - French pop trio (Yoann, Florentin, and Jérôme) who were one of Mika’s final four contestants on The Voice France in season 5. They were eliminated in the semi-finals episode, coming in joint 5th to 8th place. PHOTO

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Arch, David - pianist/keyboardist who has worked on numerous films and TV shows, and has written and arranged. He played piano on "Stardust" (single version with Chiara Galiazzo). He toured or recorded with many artists including Paul McCartney, Annie Lennox, Westlife, Jose Carreras, Robbie Williams, and Kylie Minogue.

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Ardakov, Alla (Ablaberdyeva) - classical soprano specializing in chamber music who taught Mika to sing opera starting when he was about 10 years old. Mika’s mother had originally hired her husband, Sasha Ardakov, to teach Mika to play piano but when that didn’t work out he sent his wife to try instead. She was a strict singing teacher and gave him 2-hour lessons twice a week. 

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BORN: May 7, 1953

NATIONALITY: Russian

FULL NAME/ALSO KNOWN AS: Алла Аблабердыева

ADDITIONAL BIO: She studied at the Moscow Conservatoire under Nina Dorliak. After completing her studies she won several international singing competitions including the All-Union Mikhail Glinka Competition of Musicians in Moscow. Throughout the 1980s she sang regularly as a soloist with the Moscow Philharmonic Society and appeared regularly in chamber music concerts in Moscow and Leningrad. She also toured the USSR, Czech Republic, Hungary, Cuba, Sweden, and France during this time. She relocated to London in 1991 and her career has since been centered there.

QUOTES: ---In 4MUSIC: 4PLAY on February 2, 2007 Mika said, "I had a lot of trouble at school when I was younger. It got to a point when it was really bad. That led to me being taken out of school for about 6 – 8 months. I didn’t have anything to do during the day so my mother found me a Russian singing teacher. Her name was Alla, and she would terrorise me into practising, and it was the best thing that ever really happened to me. It was really hard. She trained me like an athlete. I didn’t realise what was happening at such an early age. I was about 11 years old."

---In a Mika article published in The Times on December 29, 2007, they interviewed Alla on the phone from Moscow. She said, "I remember him as eight years old. He was actually my first pupil; my first advert in a South Kensington music shop. His mother, Joannie, asked me to come to their house. What a big place. The whole set-up was designed for Mika to do whatever he wanted. He was a beautiful, lively young boy. I could see he was different from the others; the voice, the clarity of tone, was angelic. Immediately, I fell in love with the voice."

---In an April 2015 interview on the show Le Divan Mika said, "She realized that I couldn’t read music, so she played the melodies, I sang the melodies and the moment I sang them, I could play them. So she looked at me and she told me ‘sing this’ and suddenly, unknowingly I thought I was just doing small exercises to learn how to play the piano, but this wasn’t the truth, I was learning my first Lied, my first German song, that was Schubert, ‘Die Forelle’, and immediately she told me ‘Ok, you aren’t going to play this song at the piano anymore, you'll only sing it’, and with my mother, I don’t even know if they had a conversation or not, but I think they’ve never had this conversation, but they looked at each other and Alla started to train me. So Alla was technique, it was very intense and technical and the way it was, it was a very hard discipline, because it really went by the Russian tradition, no tolerance."

---In an interview in the issue of Le Monde magazine out on February 10, 2019 Mika said, "An opera singer who seemed out of the 20s, with her long embroidered collar. She was supposed to give me piano lessons but actually she didn't play the piano. She began singing melodies, I sang with her. The melodies became complicated, they turned into melodies by Schubert, by Brahms, by Britten."

OTHER WORKS: She has made several recordings including Stravinsky's Les Noces, several cantatas by Giovanni Battista Pergolesi and Antonio Vivaldi, art songs by various Russian composers, and numerous works by J.S. Bach, Henry Purcell & George Frideric Handel, mostly on the Melodiya label.

OTHER INFO: Since 1991, she and her husband have lived in London.

HER IMPORTANT LINKS: wikipedia 

PHOTOS: Alla alone - Alla record - To my knowledge, she and Mika have not appeared in any photos together.

VIDEO: brief footage of her singing can be seen in "Portrait: Le Monde de Mika" documentary on France2’s Envoyé Spécial at 17:12.

 

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Ardakov, Sasha - Russian professional pianist (real name: Alexander Ardakov) who graduated from the Moscow Conservatoire, was a prizewinner at the Viotti International competition in Italy (1984), and played with the Moscow State Philharmonia between 1981 and 1991. Since 1991, he has lived with his wife Alla Ardakov in London, working as Professor of Piano at Trinity College of Music. Mika’s mother, Joannie Penniman, originally hired him to teach Mika how to play piano as a child but that didn’t work out so he sent his wife to teach Mika instead.

-In an April 2015 interview on the show Le Divan Mika said, Alla had "trained me for some years, she had just left Moscow, with her husband called Sasha Ardakov, and Sasha Ardakov is a great pianist. My mother put an ad to find a piano teacher. Sasha Ardakov arrived, he saw that I was terrible, he looked at me and told me ‘You are not for me’ and he called his wife!" --- In an interview with Le Monde magazine on February 10, 2019 Mika said, "Then, my mother hired a piano teacher who had just arrived from Russia. He didn't speak much and he smelt that sweat that comes from several hours of playing the piano. When he realized I couldn't read music, his expression changed. The following week he sent his wife to take over him.

Ardant, Fanny - French actress, writer, director, singer who starred in the music video for "Elle Me Dit" as the lady in the red dress. She directed the movie Cadences Obstinées, in which Mika had a minor role, acted as a guest coach with Mika on The Voice France in season 4, and appeared with Mika on 20H30 Le Dimanche on October 27, 2019.

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BORN: March 22, 1949 in Saumur, Maine-et-Loire, France

NATIONALITY: French

FULL NAME/ALSO KNOWN AS: Fanny Marguerite Judith Ardant

ADDITIONAL BIO: The youngest of five children, she grew up in Monte Carlo, Monaco, until the age of 17 when she started studying international relations in Aix-en-Provence. She has appeared in more than eighty films since 1976 and directed a few. She is fluent in French, English, Italian, and Spanish.

OTHER APPEARANCES WITH MIKA: She was one of MIka’s guest coaches on The Voice France in season 4, appearing in the episode aired February 28, 2015. 

QUOTES: ---In Le Parisien in November 2011 Fanny said, "We [she and Mika] met at a dinner, he told me: 'I would love you to be my mother,' I said, 'Of course, you are a charming young man'. We shot in a villa where everyone seemed to have smoked! It was very nice".

---In a TWT Tunisia interview on July 31, 2012 Mika said: "So when I met Fanny Ardant, it was completely by chance, we were at a dinner in Paris and a few weeks later I called her to ask if she wanted to make a video with me, to be in it. And that's what happened. In fact... In fact... Yasmine, wasn't it here? Wasn't it here, that I called her? I think that the first time I had the idea to make a video with Fanny Ardant was when I was in Tunisia. I was in Tunisia in my hotel room. And I started.. yes it was in Tunisia! And I called Fanny Ardant from my phone and I had a whole conversation with her before going on stage, telling her really formally 'Hello, I like what you do a lot, I have an idea for a video, would you like to be in a pop video? ' She said 'No, but tell me why you're asking' And I told her. And it took several months and finally it worked. It took a lot of time but it started here."

---In www.sfexaminer.com on March 24, 2013 Mika said: "I was introduced, and I became obsessed with her persona. You have to refer to her in the formal term of ‘vous,’ and she’s so pure, so hardcore and so dangerous, you never know what she’s going to say. She’s a true diva."

---In an interview in French Vogue magazine in April 2014 Mika explained his definition of elegance, "From an aesthetic point of view, coherence, integrity, even if it reaches extremes. I find Yayoi Kusama very elegant for example. Not to mention Fanny Ardant. She is elegance raised to sublime; her figure and her looks are gorgeous, she is warm, extreme, curious, she gets involved and against all odds, she is very much a punk."

---In the June 10, 2017 issue of Télé 7 Jours magazine Mika was explaining who he’d invited to his dream dinner and said that Fanny is "one of the most beautiful and most talented among the French actresses. She is as remarkable in life as on screen, which is very rare. A strong and gifted woman, with style."

OTHER WORKS: She is also known for her many films roles, including those in La Femme d'à Côté (1981), Vivement Dimanche! also known as Confidentially Yours (1983), Un Amour de Swann (1984), Le Colonel Chabert (1994), Ridicule, Pédale Douce (1996), Elizabeth (1998), Callas Forever (2001), 8 Femmes (2001), Paris Je T'aime (2006), Chic! (2014), Ma Mère Est Folle (2018), and La Belle Époque (2019).

OTHER INFO: In the The Origin Of Love album liner notes Mika thanks her.

HIS IMPORTANT LINKS: IMDB page

PHOTOS: Fanny alone 1995 - EMD screenshot - guest coach on The Voice 1 - guest coach on The Voice 2 - together on 20H30 Le Dimanche 2019

 

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Arecheta, Jorge - Chilean TV, film, and stage actor (born January 5, 1986) who is the main actor in the "Origin Of Love" short film. He's also known for Vuelve Temprano (2014), Young and Wild (2012), and Igloo (2013). PHOTO screenshot

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Argentero, Luca - Italian actor, model and reality TV star, known for his more than eighteen films since 2006, and TV shows such as Sirene (2017). On the first episode of Stasera Casa Mika (2017 season) he talked with Mika about playing trumpet, then Mika interviewed he and his Sirene co-star Valentina Bellè on the couch while wearing mermaid tails Mika said his aunt made. PHOTO

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Argento, Asia - Italian actress, singer, model, and director. She starred in Cadences Obstinées as Margo. On February 6, 2013 she tweeted, "How eclectic and unusual can a movie get? Today I shot a scene with Mika, a piano-cello duet. We 'played' Piazzolla," along with a photo of him. Mika wrote an XL Repubblica column about her in February 2013. She was a guest mentor on X Factor Italia 7, a judge for some of X Factor Italia season 12, and has starred in movies such as Go Go Tales, xXx, B Monkey, Marie Antoinette, and Land Of The Dead

-In Mika’s March 2013 XL Repubblica column he wrote: "We have only met a few hours ago, and now at lunch I realise how much I could like this girl. She is brutally candid and thoroughly un-judgemental."

PHOTO as Margo

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Arogundade, Ronke - actress in the music video of "Tiny Love". Born in London to Nigerian parents, she currently owns a restaurant in Brighton, England called Dough Lover. She appeared on stage with Mika for a minute during "Tiny Love" at his November 10, 2019 concert in London.

-On September 2, 2019 Mika posted on his instagram: "I want take this opportunity to talk about my co-star and collaborator in the Tiny Love video, Ronke (@doughloverdiner). This was a very intense experience for both of us. One that needed total trust. Ronke is a chef and restaurant owner from Brighton. Wiz, the director of the video, had met her a few years ago and when it came to casting she immediately came to mind. For Ronke this video was a leap of faith, one that made her understandably nervous. A few days before the shoot, we spoke over the phone. I was at home making dinner, she was working, making 30 loaves of bread. We hit it off right away. This video would be about difference, love, tenderness, complex relationships and physical beauty. It meant a lot to her to be part of this video. To be chosen for her natural beauty and for it to be celebrated. I respected that enormously and admit that I was carried by it during the whole filming process. She is the star of this video and her generosity made it all possible. Thank you Ronke. Xxx". Ronke replied to his post: "Mika. I just saw your post. So hard not to cry as I write this. Being chosen by Wiz and then you was something incredible. Things have been tough for me and I’ve been through such a lot. I was struggling with sadness and asked God to give me something, just something. A few days later, I got a text about the video. It seemed unreal and still does. Like a wonderful dream. Mika, you were so kind and generous. You even gave up the chance of any behind the scenes footage of the shoot in order to protect me as I’ve never done anything like this before. You supported me beautifully at every step as did Wiz. He said he wanted to create an inner world inhabited by just these two people with a special love connection. It felt easy. I can’t thank you enough. To be chosen because of how I look is absolutely new to me. My appearance has brought me all kinds of attention. My younger years were often horrible and humiliating on account of the cruelty of others. I’m still repairing the damage. This was like medicine for my soul. The attention is terrifying but I regret nothing and I love this fantastic ‘Tiny Love’ film and feel honoured to have been a part of it. Thank you. Also you have the most beautiful, symmetrical face ever and look amazing all the time which was very annoying!!!!😂 you have such a beautiful heart and a huge talent and deserve every bit of your success and more. ❤️ ❤️ ❤️ ❤️ ❤️ <3". Mika replied back: "@dough_lover_ what an open and honest message. Thank am really touched by what you are saying. It is even more powerful that you are writing this knowing that many people you don’t know will be reading. It warms my heart that things like this can happen and restores my faith in what I do. By the way my face is not so symmetrical... I have a broken nose and when I’m tired (which is often) my face swells like a cauliflower. Thanks again Ronke, you are a special person. X". She replied again: "@mikainstagram it’s all true and yes, it feels like a wonderful, little miracle. Thank you! ❤️ Cauliflowers are fantastic by the way! I especially love them as cauliflower cheese, of baked whole with some spices or old school, al la Grecque. I think that you are a special person too. 😍".

PHOTO Aug 6 Mikainstagram - PHOTO videoshoot - PHOTO videoshoot - PHOTO London

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Arthur's Day - was an annual series of music events worldwide, originally organized in 2009 to promote the 250th anniversary of Guinness brewing company. It was cancelled by Guinness in July 2014. On September 27, 2012 Mika performed a surprise concert at a pub near Dublin, Ireland, called The Graduate, then later at the Market Bar in Dublin, backed by the Dublin Gospel Choir. Mika’s video diary with rehearsals, concert footage, and more was posted online.

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The Art Of Song - SEE: Mika: The Art Of Song

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Artola, Beatriz - London-based recording and mix engineer who engineered Mika's "Talk About You", "All She Wants", "Staring At The Sun", "Good Wife", "Promiseland", "Les Baisers Perdus", "J'ai Pas Envie", "L'amour Fait Ce Qu'il Veut", and "Youth And Love", and recorded Mika’s vocals for "Salma Ya Salama", and all tracks on My Name Is Michael Holbrook except "Blue". Mika instagrammed a photo of them together in February 2019 and several other instagram photos and stories with her, including one on January 28, 2019, one on March 4, 2019 with Dan Priddy, and one on April 24, 2019. She has also worked with Leona Lewis, Ellie Goulding, Rita Ora, Pixie Lott, Tyler James, and others. 

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ASCAP - a not-for-profit performance-rights organization (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) "that protects its members' musical copyrights by monitoring public performances of their music, whether via a broadcast or live performance, and compensating them accordingly." Mika is not a member (because he's a member of rival company BMI, SEE: Mika Punch BMI), but has attended ASCAP's songwriting retreat at the Château Marouatte.

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Ashforth, Richard - British hairdresser and artist who co-founded Saco Salons & Academies in 2005, of which he is currently the international creative director. He’s been Mika’s hair stylist for many years, including for the "Live Your Life" music video, for The Origin Of Love-era promo photos, for the Pilot commercial, and for photoshoots for magazines such as L'Uomo Vogue (2015) and GQ France (2017). The pair have instagrammed photos and videos of/about each other several times, including one on July 30, 2019. He has also worked with other celebrities, at fashion week shows, on photo shoots with photographers such as Peter Lindbergh, and for magazines like American and British Vogue, Tatler and ID. PHOTO posted by Richard 2012 - PHOTO together 2017 - PHOTO by Mika 2018

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Askem, Matt - multi-camera director specializing in music, comedy and live events. He directed the second "Relax (Take It Easy)" video, the Live In Cartoon Motion DVD, and was the screens director of Parc Des Princes concert. He is also known for directing Stephen Merchant: Hello Ladies... Live! (2011), Muse's Hullabaloo: Live at Le Zenith, Paris (2002), Take That: The Circus Live (2009), and Elbow Live at Jodrell Bank 2013.

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Asloum, Brahim - French boxer who won the Light Flyweight Gold medal at the 2000 Summer Olympic Games. His name is mentioned in "Boum Boum Boum" in the line "c'est comme les coups de Brahim Asloum" which roughly translates to "it is as the punches of Brahim Asloum".

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Astor - the black mubbin with the Napoleon complex. Mika said his sister came up with the idea of Astor. GIF

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Astrup, Sigrid - Norwegian artist currently based in Copenhagen, Denmark. With a group of artists under the production of stage designer Es Devlin, she made visuals for "Good Gone Girl" for Mika's 2010 Imaginarium Tour. Astrup has also done work for musicians such as Moi Caprice, Chimes and Bells, and Of Montréal.

-On Sigrid’s website it says she said: "With the song 'Good Gone Girl’ I worked on a metaphor for the topic of tantalizing women. The idea was to build and project a giant female moon hanging over Mika's head on stage, responding to the lyrics and singing along with the choirs."

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Attitude - British gay lifestyle monthly magazine, debuted in May 1994, sold worldwide as a physical magazine and as a digital download. It’s owned by Darren Styles, and the current editor is Cliff Joannou. Former editor Matthew Todd wrote the article about Mika in the Live Parc Des Princes Paris booklet. Mika was interviewed and was on the cover in April 2007, was interviewed and was on the cover in October 2019, was featured in the September 2006 issue, and they’ve posted news stories about him on their website many times. Attitude has an annual awards ceremony, launched in October 2012, to honor those who "inspire and make change, make LGBT+ lives easier, influence and entertain, or quite simply give us life". Mika was at the October 9, 2019 live-streamed awards ceremony held in London’s Roundhouse venue, and on the red carpet beforehand. Dan Gillespie-Sells from The Feeling presented the Music Award to Mika, and Mika gave a thank you speech. After the ceremony ended and the livestream cut off Mika performed a five song set for the guests.

-On October 10, 2019 Mika tweeted: "So proud! Thank you @attitudemag for the Music Award 2019 and the cover So happy to be back in the UK after many years. Was v special, performing for a magazine I love, in a mythical venue with some of the coolest peeps in the city. X @bydarrenstyles #AttitudeAwards", and also: "so proud to be part of this. Thank you @AttitudeMag @bydarrenstyles and the whole team. Xxxxx". Darren Styles, the publisher and owner of Attitude, replied "Couldn’t and wouldn’t have done it without you! And the new album rocks - feeling anything but Tiny Love xxx".

PHOTO 2007 cover - PHOTO on the red carpet 2019 - PHOTO w/ his award - PHOTO performing

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Auden, W.H. - Anglo-American poet (born in England, became an American citizen). He published about 400 poems and is regarded by many critics as one of the greatest writers of the 20th century. He was married to a woman, but it remained unconsummated and he was openly homosexual. Mika mentions him in the song "Good Guys".

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Audi - German automobile manufacturer headquartered in Bavaria, Germany, that designs, engineers, produces, markets and distributes luxury automobiles. On January 23, 2015 in Kitzbühel, Austria, Mika performed for an audience of about 400 guests at the Zur Tenne Hotel during the "Audi Night", a red carpet event every year during the Hahnenkammrennen (annual Men’s World Cup ski races held in Kitzbühel). Previous performers include James Blunt and Lisa Stansfield. PHOTO

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Au Diable le Paradis - Doriand song (1996) which Mika covers on Doriand’s album Portraits, released January 24, 2020.

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LYRICS: French lyrics & English translation

CREDITS: originally arranged by Marc Collin, lyrics by Doriand, and music by Hugues Ducamin.

LENGTH: original 3:56, Mika’s cover 3:43

ORIGINALLY APPEARED ON: the single, released in 1996, on an EP of the same name, and on Doriand’s album Contact 

PERFORMED BY MIKA: once, for the album.

QUOTES: -

OTHER INFO: -

 

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Auld Lang Syne - Scots-language poem (1788) by Robert Burns set to the tune of a traditional folk song which Mika sang part of and played on piano, accompanied by Max Taylor and Monica Hill, at a private New Year’s Party concert in Gstaad, Switzerland December 31, 2017). Mika posted a video of the performance on instagram.

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Auleta, KT - fashion photographer and director. She was introduced to fashion photography when she arrived in New York City to work at Interview magazine as an assistant art editor. She directed the music videos for Mika’s "Talk About You" and "Good Guys", and also directed music videos for Sugababes, Steve Gunn, Lily McMenamy, and others.

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Aurelien - MFCer who played piano on "Relax (Take It Easy)" at Mika's Cirque d'Hiver show on June 12, 2009. He said he had talked to Mika about it the night before.

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Aurora, Chiara Pia - Italian cellist and actress from Trani who was 18 years-old when she appeared with Mika in the 9th episode of the TV show La Compagnia Del Cigno. In their scene he spoke with her character, a cello player called Sofia, and sang some of "Origin Of Love" to her. She’s been a fan of Mika for many years and instagrammed a photo of an autographed copy of No Place In Heaven back in June 2015. She posted instagrams of them at the Vanity Fair stories event in November 2018 and of her meeting him in Paris in June 2019.

-On Mika’s birthday in 2018 she instagrammed a photo of him captioned in Italian with "To my everything, to the man who taught me to dream, to struggle, to live. Happy birthday Mikone. You know I love you. ‘From the air I breathe, to the love I need 

Only thing I know, you're the origin of love. From the God above, to the one I love Only thing that's true, the origin is you.’ #happybirthdaymika"

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Austin Healey Sprite - make and model of Mika's red 1966 convertible sports car. He was spotted around London in it with Dita Von Teese, and has posted a few photos of it on his social media accounts. Sprites are small open sports cars that were intended to be a low-cost model that "a chap could keep in his bike shed". They were produced from 1958-1971 and 129,347 were made. They were designed by the Donald Healey Motor Company and made at the MG sports car factory in Abingdon, England. In a 2008 interview Mika said he bought an Austin Healey 100 from 1952 (apart from a single one built for the 1952 London Motor Show 100s didn’t start being produced until 1953 so perhaps he got the year wrong); no word what happened to it.

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---In a July 27, 2008 interview with gulfnews.com Mika said, "I drive a Fiat 500 but I've just bought an Austin Healey 100 from 1952 which is so cool. But the irony of the whole thing is that I don't drive. It's great I can get driven around by my friends.”

---Mika tweeted a photo of his car broken down on June 1, 2012, "First day back in London. Went to pick up my car and this happened…"

---In his September 2013 AskAnything Q&A Mika said, "I paid £5000 for it, it breaks down every single day, it's a piece of rubbish, and I love it. It looks like a toy, and I hardly fit in it."

---In his June 2012 "Cup Of Coffee" interview pop music website Wotyougot.com asked Mika about his night out with Dita Von Teese and he said, "It was fun. I did, I went um on...well I have got this little kind of like old banger from the 1960s. It's an Austin Healey and I never drive it around because it's always raining and unfortunately because it's not a very high end vintage car it kind of stops running when the rain goes. We were driving around London and then when we came out we were kind of swamped and surrounded. The only thing I could think of when I was sitting in the car trying to get the car to start was if this car doesn't actually start and I'm stuck with Dita von Teese in a convertible, minute little Morris Minor convertible, it would probably be quite an embarrassing pap moment."

OTHER INFO: -

IMPORTANT LINKS: wikipedia

PHOTOS: Sprite full of Mika and flowers - posted by Mika 2012 - uh-oh engine trouble! - Sprite full of Mika and Dita

 

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Ave Verum Corpus - short Eucharistic hymn that has been set to music by various composers including Mozart and Franz Liszt. It dates from the 14th century and has been attributed to Pope Innocent VI. Mika performed it with il Coro Papageno on the fourth episode of Stasera Casa Mika (2016 season).

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Ayane, Malika - Italian pop singer (born January 31, 1984) who has released four albums and many singles. On the first episode of Stasera Casa Mika (2016 season) she performed her songs "Senza Fare Sul Serio" and "Tempesta". She and Mika then sang the song "Io Che Non Vivo Senza Te" in Italian, originally by Pino Donaggio. In 2019 she became a judge on X Factor Italia 13, on which Mika was a guest judge for one episode. PHOTO Casa Mika - PHOTO X Factor 2019

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Azar, Tristan - young singer who sang the traditional French song "À La Claire Fontaine" (because Mika chose it as a nursery rhyme that his mother made him repeat as if it were a classical piece) for Mika on En Direct De L'Univers on January 18, 2020 because they said he’s a fan of Mika who “doesn't believe in his luck right now”. PHOTO

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Aznavour, Charles - singer, songwriter, actor, diplomat, and public activist active from 1933 until his death in 2018. In December 2009 on the French TV show Sacrée Soirée he completely surprised Mika, they chatted then he sang his hit song "La Bohème". Mika is a longtime fan and talked about Aznavour in his May 2015 radio interview with Jo Whiley and on the ‘Mika: The Art Of Song’ radio show on New Year's Day 2016, both times choosing the 1974 Aznavour hit song "She" to be played. On March 19, 2016 Mika and the other 3 coaches of The Voice France season 5 performed Aznavour’s "Emmenez Moi" (from his 1967 album Entre Deux Rêves) on the show. 

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BORN/DIED: May 22, 1924 in Paris, France - October 1, 2018

NATIONALITY: French/naturalised Armenian

FULL NAME/ALSO KNOWN AS: Shahnour Varinag Aznavourian

ADDITIONAL BIO: He was born in the Saint-Germain-des-Prés district of Paris to Armenian immigrant parents. In a career spanning over 70 years, he recorded more than 1,200 songs, and wrote or co-wrote more than 1,000 songs for himself and other artists. Dubbed France's Frank Sinatra, he has sung in 8 languages and has sold 180 million records around the world. His big break came in 1946 when Édith Piaf heard him sing and arranged to take him with her on tour in France and the United States. In 2009, he was appointed ambassador of Armenia to Switzerland, and is Armenia's permanent delegate to the United Nations. He’s known for his unique tenor voice: clear and ringing in its upper reaches, with gravelly and profound low notes.

OTHER APPEARANCES WITH MIKA: In December 2009 on the French TV show Sacrée Soirée Charles completely surprised Mika by coming out without Mika knowing he was there, they chatted a bit then Charles sang his hit song "La Bohème" (which Mika had sang some of while accompanying himself on piano earlier in the show).

QUOTES: ---On Sacrée Soirée in December 2009 Mika sang about 30 seconds of "La Bohème" and prefaced it with, "it's almost a sacrilege to sing this song on French television, but I don’t care because I love it a lot". The host asked Mika "did you think that one day you'd be able to meet…" and Mika replied "no never! Because, last time I saw you [to Charles], it was at the Palais des Congrès, and you sang for 3 hours. And I was coming from London to see the show, and I stayed till the end, and I went to the stage door, but I didn’t see you."

---On the French TV show Sacrée Soirée in December 2009 the host asked Charles if he knows Mika, he replied: "Yes and no", then explained, "wait, I’ll tell you why, yes and no. I'm very curious about everything that’s happening here and in the world. And I’m very interested in the young people that we meet, or even just on tv or radio. So, in that way, I know him. But personally, I’ve never met him."

---In Mika’s May 2015 radio interview with Jo Whiley he said "Charles Aznavour, well this is kind of my little of like salute to France and it's part of my childhood as well. Charles Aznavour is Armenian, I'm Lebanese and it's, he's just a genius, and he's a songwriter that, err, you know his songs just speak for themselves and this is ‘She’ and it could be seen as a bit old folks, but just listen to the melody and the way he sings, it's just like once they will turn around they'd be like 'Oh my God, this man is madly, well he is, he's completely what, a genius.’ I said it, I can't say it more times than that."

---On BBC Radio 2’s ‘Mika: The Art Of Song’ radio show on New Year's Day 2016 Mika said, "Charles Aznavour is another huge hero in France, I mean, this man is remarkable. Let me just say this: he’s still working, he’s 91 years old, he’s an Armenian immigrant, he’s published 1200 songs and recorded and written them and overall he sold 180 000 000 records and he’s also had a hit in English, even though most of his hits have been in French, he does record in about eight different languages. This song is ‘She’, it was written for a British TV show, it was written in English as well. This man’s insane, I mean, people who work with him who I know, actually have to spend most of their time negotiating hours off because he just wants to keep on going, he doesn’t wanna stop, he’s got a tour that keeps on going around the world. He’s 91 and he has written songs like this, you think he could just take it easy, but not him."

---On the day Charles died, October 1, 2018, Mika tweeted in French: “Oh Charles... you who have been the voice (and lyrics) of a whole generation of immigrants, the musical crossbreeding, the courage to tackle delicate themes in your time... as you will be missed. We have 1400 songs left to remember all the things we sometimes forget. It's so much! Thank you. Mika.”

OTHER WORKS: His more than 90 French and international studio albums are too numerous to list here. In his 70+ year career he has written over 1000 songs and recorded more than 1,200, released at least 167 singles, 20 live albums and 121 compilation albums, and appeared in over 80 films.

OTHER INFO: In Mika’s 2016 Blue Room twitter Q&A he was asked which French song he’d like to have written, one song he listed was "Phoenix" by Charles Aznavour. 

HIS IMPORTANT LINKS: website | wikipedia

PHOTOS: Charles in 1957 - screenshot from Sacrée Soirée 2009 - GIF Mika finding out he was about to meet Charles on Sacrée Soirée - GIF Mika watching Charles sing on Sacrée Soirée

VIDEO: Mika performing "La Bohème".

 

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Bab’s Lullaby - a piano instrumental song posted on YouTube as a "new, unreleased Mika tune". It is not a real Mika song, it was posted by MFCer Babspanky several years ago as a joke.

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Babydaddy - SEE: Hoffman, Scott

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Baez, Joan - American folk singer active since 1958, songwriter, musician, and activist whose contemporary folk music often includes songs of protest or social justice. Mika has spoken of her several times. On July 8, 2016 he tweeted that "Joan Baez just took my hand and said ‘come, I want to sing for you’ I sat down in the lobby of the hotel and she sang ‘Diamonds and Rust’"; then he posted, "totally floored and honoured. Can't believe it."

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Baglio, Antonio - Italian mastering engineer who mastered "Stardust" (single version with Chiara Galiazzo) and the album Songbook Vol 1. He has also done work on records by Morgan, Ornella Vanoni, Robert Palmer, Fiorella Mannoia, Eros Ramazzotti, Ricky Martin, Arisa, Franco Battiato, and many others.

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Baker, Josephine - American-born French dancer, jazz and pop music singer, and actress (real name: Freda Josephine McDonald, born June 3, 1906 in St Louis, Missouri - died April 12, 1975 in Paris). Mika covered her song "J'ai Deux Amours" at Wonderland in May 2016. 

-In the June 10, 2017 issue of Télé 7 Jours magazine Mika was explaining who he’d invited to his dream dinner & said that Josephine Baker was a "dancer and pop star in the twenties, who conquered Paris and the world. Her life was full of contrasts. She didn't know a happy ending, but she was a true star. It's crazy how I find her fascinating when I watch her movies, although so much time has passed. That's how you know the real artists."

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Bal de Rose - one of the major charity events in Monaco, created in 1954, and benefits the Princess Grace Foundation. Mika performed a concert at the Bal de Rose on March 29, 2014, at Sporting Monte-Carlo. The decor was designed by fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld. Tickets to the exclusive event cost 800 euros; Monaco's Princess Charlene, Prince Albert, and Princess Caroline headed up the A-list guest list. PHOTO

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Ballandi Multimedia - Italian television production company founded in 1983 by Bibi Ballandi. It specializes in television productions of entertainment and cultural documenting. They produced both seasons of Stasera Casa Mika in collaboration with Rai 2. Over the years, the company has produced many ‘one man shows’ for artists like Adriano Celentano, Laura Pausini, Massimo Ranieri, Roberto Bolle, and Virginia Raffaele, documentaries and TV specials that have involved artists such as Mina and Andrea Bocelli, and other shows such as the Italian version of Strictly Come Dancing, Hidden Singer, En La Tuya Or En La Mia, Babushka. Mika thanked the Ballandi team during his acceptance speech at the Rose d’Or awards ceremony in September 2017 and mentioned Bibi, who passed away in February 2018, in his acceptance speech video for the Premi Internazionali Flaiano 2018 award in July 2018.

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Bampton, Alex - classically trained pianist, singer, songwriter, multi instrumentalist, producer and sound engineer. He played Mika songs at the Mika Fan Club anniversary party in January 2011. While attending Mika's Sheffield concert in October 2012 as a fan someone requested "Love You When I'm Drunk". Mika said the band didn't know it yet so Alex called out that he knew how to play it and Mika invited Alex up on stage to accompany him.

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Banana Split - Lio song (1979) that Mika and Zazie covered on La Chanson de L'Année in June 2015.

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LYRICS: lyrics

CREDITS: originally written by Jacques Duvall and Jay Alanski

LENGTH: 2:35

ORIGINALLY APPEARED ON: as a single and on Lio’s self-titled album

PERFORMED BY MIKA: once, on TV, as a duet with French singer Zazie on the French broadcast La Chanson de L'Année in June 2015.

QUOTES: -

OTHER INFO: the song lyrics are double entendres about oral sex.

 

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Banda Rulli Frulli - Italian band of about 70 youths from the town of Finale Emilia who reuse recycled materials to make their instruments (mostly drums). On the second episode of Stasera Casa Mika (2016 season) Mika went to visit them where they practice and surprised them, then Mika and the band performed "L'Ombelico del Mondo", originally by Jovanotti. PHOTO

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Bang Bang - demo written by Mika and Priscilla Renea, with vocals by Priscilla and recorded in 2011. It was later reworked for the song "Gang Bang" by Madonna for her March 2012 album MDNA. The demo sung by Priscilla was leaked online in 2012. Another version reportedly sung by Madonna was also leaked in 2012. Both of these demos had almost the same lyrics and were mid-tempo songs featuring a sample synth piano. Madonna’s final version ended up very different and had many new lyrics.

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OFFICIAL VIDEO: N/A

LYRICS: original demo lyrics and Madonna’s demo lyrics and Gang Bang lyrics

CREDITS: Demo written by Mika and Priscilla Renea (with music by William Orbit?)

LENGTH: 3:41

PLAYED LIVE: Mika has never played it live.

PERFORMED ON TV: -

MIKA'S OTHER NOTABLE VERSIONS: no known versions feature Mika on vocals

USED IN: -

REMIXES: N/A

COVERED BY: -

QUOTES: ---On March 8, 2012 Mika tweeted that Madonna’s version was "weird as f**k, underground and lyrically cool; it's amazing and bizarre. I love it, she sounds so good singing words so harsh."

---In the "Cup Of Coffee" interview in June 2012, Mika told pop music website Wotyougot.com, "I was working with Priscilla Renea who is a co-writer of mine and we wrote this song called ‘Bang Bang’ and it was full of all the statements that my grandfather used to say like, you know, ‘like a fish out of water’, ‘like a bat out of hell’. Things like ‘you may think it's you that I like the most but I'm just keeping my enemies close’. These are all things that my granddad used to say. He was this kind of burly Arab guy who lived in New York. Madonna heard the song because [producer] William Orbit presented it to her and I didn't know. As far as I was concerned it was just a song I was writing for myself. Madonna liked it and recorded her version and in the end she adapted it. I was never in the studio with Madonna. The song got changed countless times and in the end it was called 'Gang Bang' - probably because there were so many people who worked on it! […] It's kind of cool - It's my favourite thing off that last record. It's kind of grown up in a weird sort of way. It's got this bitterness about it, which is kind of cool to hear. I heard the finished product along with everyone else. She certainly wasn't asking for my opinion. I don't think she was interested!"

---In his audio interview with EQ Music Blog posted in July 2012 Mika said, "I didn't call the song ‘Gang Bang’. For me ‘Bang Bang’ was a much better title. But it was interesting. I wrote it with a friend of mine called Priscilla Renea who is an amazing LA-based young songwriter and singer. And we wrote it as ‘Bang Bang’ and a lot of the lyrics are sayings that my grandfather used to say like ‘You think it's you I like the most but I'm keeping my enemies close.’ All those kind of things. It's very bizarre to hear, in the mutation that the song went through, to hear those lyrics being sung back through her kind of like distinctive speaktone. It's kind of great. It's really great to hear Madonna singing something that you were involved in writing. I didn't really have that much more to do with it apart from the original writing session that I had with Priscilla. And it landed on her desk because of William Orbit."

OTHER INFO: On the Madonna website drownedmadonna.com they said, "‘Bang Bang‘ was a mid-tempo song featuring a sample synth piano, which is now disappeared on ‘Gang Bang’. If the demo was somewhat similar to some Mika songs, without the typical happiness, now ‘Gang Bang’ is very theatrical and electronic. Now the lyrics are presented in a new manner in ‘Gang Bang’. Part of them are completely new and the chorus has changed. But, if some of the lyrics are pretty the same, the whole thing is very different and absolutely more dramatic and violent. The song is now very dark, also thanks to the new beat. One of the biggest differences, is that Madonna is now mostly speaking gently over the track in a Kill Bill like fashion."

ARTWORK: N/A

 

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Banwell, Bill - English session bassist and musician who played bass on "Dear Jealousy", "Ready To Call This Love", "Platform Ballerinas", and "Cry". He’s also worked with Kelis, The Hoosiers, Rag’n’Bone Man, and others.

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Baran, Christopher J. - songwriter, producer, singer, and musician (AKA CJ Baran) who has worked on commercial releases by Pixie Lott, Bea Miller and others. He co-wrote Mika's "Promiseland" and on March 18, 2014 he tweeted, "Such an awesome day with @mikasounds and @skystonestreet working aka watching the best 80's music videos".

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Barbara - French singer-songwriter and actress active from 1958 to 1996 whom Mika cites as an influence. He covered her songs "La Solitude" (several times live), which originally appeared on her album Le Mal De Vivre and "L'aigle Noir" (as a duet with Kendji Girac), which originally appeared on the album of the same name. A recording of her cover of Georges Moustaki's "De Shanghaï à Bangkok" (which appeared on her album Dis, Quand Reviendras-Tu?) was played before Mika's performance of "Rain" on the Imaginarium Tour in 2010. In a 2010 radio interview with Jools Holland Mika chose to play a recording of her "La Solitude" and explained it, then sang a bit of it while accompanying himself on piano. He also sang a bit of it while accompanying himself on piano on French TV show Sacrée Soirée in December 2009. Mika was interviewed by French radio station France Inter when he was in Montreal in August 2012 about his passion for Barbara and at the end he sang some of ‘La Solitude’ a cappella.

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BORN/DIED: June 9, 1930 in Paris, France / November 24, 1997 near Paris, France

NATIONALITY: French

FULL NAME/ALSO KNOWN AS: Monique Andrée Serf

ADDITIONAL BIO: She was born in Paris to Jewish parents and had to go into hiding during the Nazi occupation of France during World War II. After singing in small clubs for several years she signed her first major recording contract in 1964 and remained active for more than 30 more years, releasing her final album a year before her death of respiratory problems.

QUOTES: ---In his November 2009 MySpace Q&A Mika said, "...but recently my recent obsession is a French singer and songwriter called Barbara and Barbara is in my opinion one of the finest songwriters that has ever been and she didn't get that famous around the world or as famous as someone like Edith Piaf because... I don't know why, but it's actually better... because you haven't... you know, been surrounded by her your entire life and it's something to discover. She's amazing, check her out."

---On the French TV show Sacrée Soirée in December 2009 Mika said, "ok, I had two gods in the French music... well there was three... of course there was Piaf. But for me, the most important were Aznavour and Barbara. I was a kid, but still today, I'm obsessed with both. And Barbara obsessed me all the time when I was young. And even when I was young, I used to sing that song [‘La Solitude’]. And it’s quite sad, but I didn’t think it was."

---During the interview at Mika’s live@home unplugged performance in April 2010 he said, "Barbara tells stories that are soaked in melancholy. It doesn’t leave us depressed, it leaves us like someone has given us comfort. And that’s very French."

---Mika was interviewed for a 9-part special about Barbara on France Inter radio on August 18, 2012 and said, "it was 3 years ago actually. I heard a compilation in a car in London. I was waiting for someone and I heard this and I stayed in the car for an hour and a half, almost 2 hours, listening to music, just listening to her songs, and I couldn't believe that there was somebody who could mix sadness, joy, classical music, tradition of French songs, poetry, all this in such a beautiful and pure way that such a discovery when you're 20 something, I was 25, it's like a gift. Like a huge gift, and for months after that, I only listened to Barbara, I completely threw myself in her world, in her universe in order to understand why there is such a woman, where she comes from, how she can do what she does and how come people around the world don't know her. And it unsettled me, and it still unsettles me a bit because we should know Barbara all over the world. There is Piaf, there is Brel, there is Barbara. Why don't people know Barbara? I completely understand it when people say that Barbara's music is like a drug because it's a kind of refined melancholy, and we know for certain that melancholy and sadness can be consumed like a drug, just like chocolate, like cocaine, it's a kind of extremity of sadness and that's why it can become addictive and often when you talk to people who love Barbara, they have a moment in their lives when they are completely into Barbara's universe, then they reject it completely and do not listen to Barbara for a year because they've had it; they have an overdose. It's sadness, we can draw a parallel with... I don't know, it's not absurd, and it's not surrealist, it's very realistic, but it's poetic, it's a bit like Almodovar, it's a bit sexy, it's a bit dark, it's a bit dirty and we never feel very clean with Barbara's music, we feel very real. Her characters are not very beautiful, they always have a lot of flaws and she finds beauty in it. It's not seen through pink glasses, it's not life in pink, it's more life in purple. Barbara's music is not necessarily very complex, we can get close to it easily, but with Barbara, the means of communication is melody. And actually in all she does, there's always melody. In what she sings there's melody, in what she plays there's often melody, a counter melody and in her bass there's also melody or arpeggio or sequences, it's very classical, it's almost neoclassical in style, it's not baroque at all but it's neoclassical. It's a kind of very refined melody and what is beautiful with her is that she finds melody in the lyrics. So she writes poetry but we can think that poetry and the melody she's singing are completely mixed together. For example she says a word and she finds melody in this word, and the rhythm is never in contrast with the melody she's singing. And it's very difficult to do, only a few people can do this, we all try to do it but she's the big priestess. I think it's the universe that I like more than anything. More than any precise song, it's the universe. Now I have Spotify, Universal's antichrist, ITunes' antichrist, they are all scared of it, but for me it's great because I can type in 'Barbara' and I hear a hundred songs and I can lose myself very easily in her universe. She has a way of seducing us, and it's only after she has seduced with her melody and her very pure, very childlike voice, like a 16 year old girl; if you take any of her songs like 'Quand Reviendras-tu' or 'La Solitude', you can hear all of her life and all the different versions she made for radio, because I collect her radio recordings and it's funny to hear how her voice changed but the intention is clear. She wanted to present herself with a very pure voice, so she seduces us in all these ways, with melody, with her pure voice, with this neoclassical side but after you're seduced you realise that the knife hits you, the knife gets in slowly and then she turns the knife at the last minute and it's vicious and it inspires me a lot. I think we always have to do this in a way. We always have to seduce people and then when we have them really close, we tell them exactly what we think. I consider myself a student and she's the teacher. We are very easily victims of Barbara and of her songs, and even of her look when we are 25. After going out in clubs, after taking a bit too much drug, having such experiences, we want to throw ourselves in a melancholic world which is a bit adolescent, which is comfortable. I think that indeed we are very easily victims of Barbara. I use the word 'victim' because I have this idea that she's... she's like a witch in a studio Ghibli movie, a Miyazaki movie, a Franco-Japanese witch who lives in a tower in the middle of the ocean with a lot of cats and with a lover. It's really Miyazaki, with antiques everywhere in a fantasy world, a bit childlike but very philosophical and very beautiful at the same time, and very adult. She's also vile and mean and horrible just as much as she's inspiring, nice and tolerant. That's why she's a bit like Miyazaki."

OTHER WORKS: Dis, Quand Reviendras-tu? (1963), Barbara Chante Barbara (1965), Le Mal de Vivre (1966), Ma Plus Belle Histoire D'Amour (1967), Le Soleil Noir (1968), Madame (1970), L'Aigle Noir (1970), Amours Incestueuses (1971), La Fleur D'Amour (1972), La Louve (1973), Seule (1981), Lily Passion (with Gérard Depardieu) (1986), Barbara (1996)

OTHER INFO: -

HER IMPORTANT LINKS: wikipedia 

PHOTOS: Barbara alone 1965 - Barbara alone 1982 - To my knowledge, she and Mika did not appear in any photos together.

 

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Barbarossa, Luca - Italian radio DJ at Rai Radio2. Mika sang "A Far l'Amore Comincia Tu" with him when he was a guest on Radio2 Social Club on November 1, 2016. He interviewed Mika again on May 31, 2019, and on October 14, 2019. PHOTO

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The Barber Of Seville - early Gioachino Rossini opera, first performed in 1816. Mika based the melody of "Grace Kelly" on its aria "Largo al Factotum".

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Barclay Records - Mika's French record label. Founded in the mid-1950s by Eddie Barclay under his original name, Édouard Ruault, some of the artists in Barclay Records' extensive back catalog include Charles Aznavour, Jacques Brel, Jimi Hendrix, Henri Salvador, Noir Désir, and Dalida. Barclay is currently owned and distributed by Universal Music Group.

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Bareilles, Sara - American singer-songwriter and musician who opened for Mika in North America on his June 2007 tour. After Ursula, a contestant on The Voice France, sang Sara’s song “Gravity” as her audition song in March 2019 Mika talked about when Sara toured with him. One of Sara’s fans tweeted her a link to that portion of the episode and asked her if she remembered him. Sara tweeted back, “haha. yes. it was one of my favorite (and hardest) tours. We were driving and they were flying from show to show. It was amazing and we didn't sleep. bonjour @mikasounds”.

-The translation of what Mika said on the March 20, 2019 episode is: “And I also have a kind of personal link with that artist because one day I was preparing a tour in the United States and there were people that sent me demos and I listened to the demos and suddenly I heard this girl that was singing ‘Love Song’ and it was Sara Bareilles who was singing, and it was her record and no one knew her and I said to myself ‘This is crazy’ and I took her, she was my opening act on my tour and then she took her wings and left and she has a huge career in the United States. So I said to myself that in the same spontaneous way that I chose Sara to be my opening act - and no one knew who she was, tonight I choose you, thank you.”

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Barley Arts - Italian promotion company, founded in 1979 by Claudio Trotta, which organizes concerts, live music, edutainment and festivals in Italy and in the world. They represent Mika, and many other artists including Bruce Springsteen, Scissor Sisters, The Cure, Phil Collins, Billy Joel, Bryan Adams, Tom Waits, Morrissey, and many others.

-In a February 21, 2020 Sound & Lite.it article about the technical aspects of Mika’s show Claudio Trotta said: "Mika works with us practically from the beginning. The first time I heard one of his songs, “Grace Kelly”, in the office of his agent Alex Hardee, I immediately requested it. He is a special person: very intelligent, passionate and loyal. This show combines a theatrical and personal ability to involve the public without huge scenographies, without screens; I embrace his choice not to have the video, as we have already chosen to do in the production of We Will Rock You.”

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Barrett, John - engineer who assisted in recording strings on "Karen (82 Rue des Martyrs)", "Stardust" (album version), and "Make You Happy (Miami Edit)". He has also done work on records by The Kooks, London Symphony Orchestra, Paul McCartney & Wings, Cliff Richard, Kate Bush, and more.

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Battiato, Franco - Italian pop singer-songwriter, composer, pianist, guitarist, filmmaker, and painter. In September 2015 in Il Messaggero Mika first announced they had collaborated on a song together, "I will sing with him in English in a piece that will be inserted in the republication of No Place In Heaven to be released on November 13th. It's a great pleasure!". Their duet, "Center Of Gravity", appears on Battiato’s Le Nostre Anime and on the November 2015 Italian reissue of No Place In Heaven. Franco performed his song "La Cura" on X Factor Italia 9 on November 19, 2015. At the end of the song Mika gave him a standing ovation and shook his hand.

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BORN: March 23, 1945 in Riposto, Sicily, Italy

NATIONALITY: Italian

FULL NAME/ALSO KNOWN AS: Francesco Battiato (real name), Albert Kui, Franc Jonia, Kilim, Süphan Barzani, Il Maestro ("The Master" or "The Teacher")

ADDITIONAL BIO: Active from 1967 to the present, Franco is one of the most popular pop singer-songwriters in Italy. He moved from Rome to Milan at age 22 and soon after got his first recording contract. He developed from an experimental prog-psych singer/songwriter in the early '70s to a pop star by the late ‘70s. He has even written several operas. His sound, song-crafting and especially his lyrics have earned him a unique spot on Italy's music scene. He uses the pseudonym Süphan Barzani for his visual art and filmmaking. 

MIKA CREDITS: they duetted on "Center Of Gravity", a remake of Franco’s well known song "Centro di Gravità Permanente", with English lyrics sung by Franco and Mika, released November 6, 2015 on Battiato’s Le Nostre Anime and on November 13, 2015 the reissue of No Place In Heaven.

ALSO WORKED WITH: His work includes songwriting and joint production efforts with several Italian and international musicians and pop singers, particularly Italian singer Alice.

QUOTES: ---In an interview on http://www.quotidiano.net posted on November 13, 2015 Mika said, "With Franco Battiato we recorded the English version of ‘Center Of Gravity’. He is the intellectual dandy of post boom Italy, cultured, ironic, proud of everything he's done. Even of a pop hit. He doesn’t live his popularity in fake suffering, but with balance and detachment."

---In a June 14, 2018 interview on Radio Italia World the interviewer asked "among the many artists you've met, is there a special one?", and Mika replied: "Franco Battiato. I am struck by his elegance, he is elegant in life, in music, in poetry".

OTHER RELEASES: His full-length studio albums are: Fetus (1971); Pollution (1972); Sulle Corde Di Aries (1973); Clic (1974); M.elle Le "Gladiator" and Feed Back (1975); Battiato (1976); Juke Box (1977); L'Egitto Prima Delle Sabbie (1978); L'era Del Cinghiale Bianco (1979); Patriots (1980); La Voce Del Padrone (1981); L'arca di Noè (1982); Orizzonti Perduti (1983); Mondi Lontanissimi and Echoes Of Sufi Dances (in English) and Ecos de Danzas Sufi (in Spanish) (all 1985); Nomadas (1987, in Spanish); Fisiognomica (1988); Come Un Cammello In Una Grondaia (1991); Caffè de la Paix (1993); L'ombrello E La Macchina Da Cucire (1995); L'imboscata (1996); Gommalacca (1998); Fleurs (1999); Campi Magnetici (2000); Ferro Battuto (2001); Fleurs 3 (2002); Dieci Stratagemmi (2004); Il Vuoto (2007); Fleurs 2 (2008); Inneres Auge – Il Tutto è Più Della Somma Delle Sue Parti (2009); Apriti Sesamo (2012).

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HIS IMPORTANT LINKS: facebook

PHOTOS: Franco alone 1972 - GIF Franco shaking hands with Mika on X Factor - PHOTO Franco shaking hands w/ the X Factor judges

 

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Bauer-Mein, James - songwriter and producer who currently works with David Sneddon as The Nexus. He co-wrote and produced "All She Wants", "Hurts", and "Good Wife"; did programming on "Good Wife", played bass on "Hurts" and played bass, electric guitars, and did programming on the Nexus remix of "Hurts" that appears on the reissue of No Place In Heaven. SEE: 'The Nexus' for more info.

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Bavarel, Séverin - actor known for Special Forces (2011), Sinister Attack From Mysterious Planet X (2001), and Angélique (2013). He is the wavy-haired man with a beard and moustache in the music video for "Elle Me Dit". PHOTO

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Bay, James - English singer, songwriter, and guitarist whom Mika met at the 2011 ASCAP songwriting retreat. He appeared on Mika’s September 2015 Vivement Dimanche special.

-In Mika’s September 13, 2015 episode of Vivement Dimanche, Mika said: "James Bay is a singer uhm… he’s an Englishman, he sings very well, he has a… he writes his own songs. We met each other in 2011 in a castle. Actually in a castle owned by a man called Miles Copeland, who is the manager of The Police. He has this castle where he does some meetings, he takes some young artists, some writers, and everybody write together during a week we write a song, we record it the same day and the evening while we’re eating our dinner, we listen to the songs in the dining room and some years ago I was there with James and I listened this young singer. There was Ellie Goulding, there was a lot of people, and I listened to what he was doing and I was convinced this was going to be a huge hit. I went to my record company and I said come on, give him all that he wants, come on, sign this young man, he signed with Universal."

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BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation) - the public-service broadcaster of the United Kingdom, headquartered at Broadcasting House in London. They provide extensive radio, TV, and online services covering the nations and regions of the UK. Mika has appeared on many BBC TV programs throughout his pop music career; including appearing on shows such as The Graham Norton Show in 2007, Friday Night With Jonathan Ross in 2009, BBC Newsnight in 2012, Pointless Celebrities in 2017, Saturday Kitchen in 2019, and on BBC News in a report about Syrian refugees in Lebanon in December 2015 with James Longman. He's also been interviewed numerous times on the various BBC Radio channels; including by DJs such as Jo Whiley, Alan Carr, Dermot O’Leary, Chris Moyles, Fearne Cotton, Chris Evans, Nick Grimshaw, Ken Bruce, and Steve Wright. Mika guest radio DJed for BBC Radio 2 for two hours on New Year’s Eve 2009, and on eleven parts of BBC Radio 2’s ‘Mika: The Art Of Song’ which aired between January 1, 2016 and January 1, 2019. In 2019 BBC Radio 2 played "Sanremo" on their B and C lists, made My Name Is Michael Holbrook their album of the week, and Mika did a Piano Room session where he performed "Sanremo", "Grace Kelly", and a cover of "I’m So Tired...". PHOTO

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BBGun - New York-based film company created by directors Maxim Bohichik and Alex Bergman. Max directed the music video for "Celebrate" in 2012. Before the duo went their separate ways they directed videos by Usher, Dev, Swedish House Mafia, Neon Trees, Kid Cudi, and several others. PHOTO

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Beaney-Ford, Josh - British actor, known for GMTV show Toonattik, short film Tits (2013), and other films. He was the tap-dancing astronaut during "Stuck In The Middle" at Mika’s 2008 Parc Des Princes concert and can be seen in the Live Parc Des Princes Paris documentary. GIF tap dancing

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Beauregard - Mika’s nephew; born in 2014; full name Beauregard Evans Penniman; also known as Bobo or Bobalo; son of Paloma Penniman. Mika has posted photos and videos of him many times, spoken of him in interviews, and he’s even been spotted at some of Mika’s concerts. He was in some of the photos in Mika’s September 2019 Paris Match cover story. On En Direct De L'Univers on January 18, 2020 Beauregard appeared with Paloma, Yasmine Penniman, and Mika’s cousins Audrey Moukattaf, Austin Moukattaf, and Joseph Moukattaf, as they sang a medley of songs for Mika. PHOTO Feb 2015 - PHOTO Aug 2017 - PHOTO Sept 2019

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The Beatles - English rock band (vocalist/guitarist John Lennon, vocalist/bass guitarist Paul McCartney, guitarist /vocalist George Harrison, and drummer Ringo Starr), formed in Liverpool in 1960. They are widely regarded as the foremost and most influential act of the rock era, and are the best-selling band in history, with estimated sales of over 600 million records worldwide. Mika sang a bit of their song "Blackbird" several times throughout the years. On the BBC Children In Need Rocks The Royal Albert Hall event on November 12, 2009 Mika and all the other performers, which included McCartney and more, sang The Beatles' song "Hey Jude". Their song "Across The Universe" was covered by Mika and Morgan on the second episode of Stasera Casa Mika (2016 season), and their song "The Long And Winding Road" was covered by Mika and Fiorella Mannoia on the second episode of Stasera Casa Mika (2017 season). Mika and Vincent Vinel performed their song "Yesterday" on the finale of The Voice France season 6.

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Beautiful Disaster - Mika/Fedez collaboration single released by Fedez on his album Pop-Hoolista (Cosodipinto Edition) (2015) and as the 16th track on Mika’s November 2015 reissue of No Place In Heaven. The song features lyrics in English sung by Mika and rapped in Italian by Fedez and is co-written with Skyler Stonestreet and John Shanks. It went to number one in Italy in the first week of its release and in May 2016 the FIMI (Federazione Industria Musicale Italiana) confirmed the single went double platinum (meaning it sold over 100,000 units) in Italy. The music video was directed by Mauro Russo. A Mika-only, English-only version of the song appears as the 18th track on the French reissue of No Place In Heaven, and as the 20th track on the Italian reissue.

More information about "Beautiful Disaster" (featuring only Mika):

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OFFICIAL VIDEO: n/a

LYRICS: lyrics

MIKA-ONLY CREDITS: Written by Mika, John Shanks, and Skyler Stonestreet

Vocals - Mika 

Produced by Takagi & Ketra

Recorded & Engineered by Takagi & Ketra

Mixed by James Reynolds

Mastered by Emily Lazar

Mastering Assistance by Chris Allgood

LENGTH: 3:44

PLAYED LIVE: -

PERFORMED ON TV: -

MIKA'S OTHER NOTABLE VERSIONS: -

USED IN: -

REMIXES: N/A

COVERED BY: -

QUOTES: ---

OTHER INFO: -

ARTWORK: N/A

 

More information about "Beautiful Disaster" (featuring Fedez):

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OFFICIAL VIDEO: A video starring Mika and Fedez was filmed in Milan, Italy and released on December 4, 2015. It features Mika and Fedez on top of a building, Mika playing a piano with a ballerina on it, and other people in various scenes as a planet is about to crash into earth. A behind the scenes making-of video was released online and Fedez made a video diary about it also. SCREENSHOTS - VIDEO GIF

LYRICS: lyrics and translation

SINGLE VERSION CREDITS: Written by Mika, Fedez, John Shanks, and Skyler Stonestreet

Vocals - Mika and Fedez

Produced, mixed, recorded and engineered by Takagi & Ketra

Mastered by Emily Lazar

LENGTH: 3:46

PLAYED LIVE: The first time without Fedez was on March 7, 2016 in Bari, Italy. Mika and Fedez performed it together during Mika’s short set at the Radio Italia Live concert in Milan on June 16, 2018.

PERFORMED ON TV: as a duet with Fedez on X Factor Italy December 10, 2015; as a duet with Fedez on the fourth episode of Stasera Casa Mika November 21, 2017.

MIKA'S OTHER NOTABLE VERSIONS: -

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REMIXES: N/A

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QUOTES: ---In a November 2015 issue of Italian magazine Chi Fedez said: "It's a break video. We imagine the end of the world, a ‘beautiful disaster’, through strong/intense and harsh scenes. Mika and I aren't the real protagonists, but the interpreters of the video will live the situations that we wrote. Situations that are held/take place in several parts of Italy where the characters attend the end of the world and, ultimately, to the vision of a beautiful landscape. The vision is a message of hope". 

---In an interview on http://www.quotidiano.net posted on November 13, 2015 Mika said, "I took up ‘Beautiful Disaster’ again, which wasn’t entered in a previous album, I made Fedez listen, I said to him: ‘you have to get into the heart of the song’. He replied: ‘in a week you’ll have the text/lyrics’. I thought we were very different/worlds apart, I found a person without fear, with an energy that I like."

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Beck - American singer-songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist (real name: Bek David Campbell). Mika said in a blog post that he "lucky enough" to watch Beck's performance at a July 2008 festival in Lisbon, Portugal. Mika often cites him as a musician of whom he is a fan, and in a 2012 interview with EQ Music said that Beck is a "massive influence artistically even if he's not a sonic one."

-In a "Bizarre" podcast interview from The Sun in January 2007 Mika said: "There are people who are starting to pop up and around. It’s quite fun. You know, when I was recording the album in Los Angeles, Beck, who I’m a huge fan of, just kind of showed up and I just didn’t recognise who he was for the first 25 minutes, because he had such a big beard on and I wasn’t used to that." --- In a 2007 interview on Later... with Jools Holland Mika said: "I really would love to work with somebody like Beck. I relate to him in a way…he’s like a one man band, that circus ringmaster thing that he does, that I kind of relate to as a solo artist, there’s not many people that I can look at and think, I relate to them." --- In his 2012 audio interview with EQ Mika said: "Oh Beck is probably like, he's a massive artistic influence. Even if he's not a sonic one, on my record. But he's inspiring you know. A man who makes pop music for himself. And sometimes it's shimmering and brilliant and sometimes it's more introspective. But it always has the same intention." --- In a Project U.tv interview from March 2020 Mika said: “I was listening to Odelay, Beck’s record. I was listening to the jauntiness of that programming and the really effortless way that he is on that record. It’s kind of genius. It’s really one of the greatest pop records ever made, that album. And it was really inspiring to hear that because I think as a songwriter nowadays, you have to tell the story across the sound as well. It’s not just words and lyrics and melodies.”

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The Bee Gees - pop music band formed in 1958, whose line-up consisted of brothers Barry, Robin, and Maurice Gibb, that has sold over 220 million records worldwide. Mika said that before he was famous he recorded his demos at night in their Miami studio, Middle Ear, until Barry Gibb caught them and fired the studio’s main engineer. Mika has spoken of them and their influence in many interviews. When Mika DJed on BBC Radio2 on New Years Eve 2009 he played their version of the song ‘Nights On Broadway", and when he DJed on BBC Radio 2’s ‘Mika: The Art Of Song’ on New Year's Day 2016 he played their version of the song "How Deep Is Your Love". 

-On BBC Radio 2’s ‘Mika: The Art Of Song’ radio show on New Year's Day 2016 Mika said: "Barry Gibb and the Gibb brothers, I mean you can’t actually dispute it, they are some of the best pop writers that has ever lived. This next song is Barry Gibb’s favourite song of the Bee Gees ever. This is a classic track recorded in Miami and also in some little castle in the middle of the countryside which I will tell you more about later." And after the song ended he said, "That song was actually part of the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack and it was a tiny indie film, they took a risk, they put the song into it along with a bunch of other iconic songs that we all know. And, look, that movie was not supposed to be the success that it was. The Bee Gees recorded that in a tiny, well not a tiny, actually in an enormous chateau called the Château d’Hérouville which is in France which is legendary because it was also where Elton John recorded ‘Goodbye Yellow Brick Road’, when there was this fury of Bernie-Taupin-Elton-John-creativity, something which is over the course of decades filled to the vaults of songs that are, you know, that fill up basically what we consider the greatest songs within pop and rock history." --- In an interview with Telépro magazine in August 2015 Mika said: "I started working in Miami where producers who felt frustrated by Latino music had seen a potential in me. The girl who had discovered me mortgaged her apartment. I had spent my student loan. I recorded my demos at night incognito in the Bee Gees studio. When Barry Gibb found out about it, he fired both his main engineer and me."

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Beirut - capital and largest city of Lebanon, located at the midpoint of Lebanon's Mediterranean coast (approximate metropolitan area population: 2,063,363 as of 2007). Mika was born there and lived with his family there until he was about one year old. They evacuated to Paris, via Cyprus, because the 15-year civil war in Lebanon was escalating and at least once part of his sister’s bedroom wall was blown apart. In December 2015 Mika went to Beirut with The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and BBC News’s James Longman, to hear the stories and spend time with some of the Syrian war refugees who were forced to flee to Lebanon.

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MIKA CONCERTS: He has played live concerts there in July 2008 at Beiteddine Festival in Beirut’s Martyr's Square, June 2010 at Baalbeck International Festival in Baalbeck (actually about 86 km from Beirut), July 2013 at the Jounieh International Festival in Jounieh (actually about 21 km from Beirut), and August 4, 2016 at Baalbeck International Festival in Baalbeck.

MIKA STUDIOS: n/a

QUOTES: ---In a February 2010 interview with www.musictalk4u.com, Mika said "Beirut I don’t really remember. Beirut was like a shadow that flavoured the food in my house. And decided what my house would look like and smell like and what my skin and my hair would look like. I don’t really remember living there, but it influenced so many aspects of my life. It’s a lineage that’s hard to understand. Even though I was evacuated at the age of one, it was still such a part of our culture at home, no matter where we lived in the world."

OTHER INFO: Some of its most famous landmarks include the National Museum of Beirut, Jeita Grotto, Mohammad Al-Amin Mosque, and the Corniche.

PHOTOS: Mika’s view in Beirut 2008

VIDEO: BBC report of Mika and James in Beirut

MAP: map of Lebanon

 

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Bella - one of the two older women in the "Grace Kelly" music video (the other is Raffa Kobeisi). She was a Spanish friend of the Penniman family whom Mika said hung around their house and used to be the nanny of his younger brother and sister. On Mika’s birthday in 2018 he posted an instagram video of them together. She passed away in February 2019 and Fortune Penniman instagrammed flowers and a card from a friend about her.

-In a July 7, 2019 interview with Belgian radio station RTBF Mika said: "Recently I lost someone. Her name was Bella, Isabella. She was a nanny of my brother Fortune and my little sister Zuleika. But most of the time she was not working for my family. She was adopted by my family. She had been living with us for 15 years. You can even see her in my videos. One day she was not feeling good. I took her to a hospital and our family from all over the world came to say goodbye to her. At a certain moment she stopped reacting to anything. She didn't want to answer. Someone brought ice cream and put a little on her lips. And this lady of 94 opens her mouth and swallows ice cream. And all she said is: ‘mmmmmmmmm’. I said to myself: we are coming back to sugar".

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Bellè, Valentina - Italian actress, known for films and TV shows such as Il Permesso - 48 Ore Fuori (2017), Sirene (2017), Medici: Masters of Florence (2016) and Grand Hotel (2015). On the first episode of Stasera Casa Mika (2017 season) she and Mika sang his "Underwater" then Mika interviewed her and her Sirene co-star Luca Argentero on the couch while wearing mermaid tails Mika said his aunt made. PHOTO

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Bellucci, Monica - Italian actress and fashion model who starred in films such as The Matrix Reloaded, The Matrix Revolutions, The Passion Of The Christ, and the 2015 James Bond film Spectre. Mika interviewed her on the second episode of Stasera Casa Mika (2016 season) and sang her a little bit of Serge Gainsbourg‘s "Je T'aime Moi Non Plus" in Italian (instead of French). In December 2013 Mika instagrammed a photo of Christian Louboutin‘s Paris flat with saying "post dinner with la Belle M. Bellucci". 

-During Mika’s Q&A at Giffoni International Film Festival in July 2017 someone asked him about how he chose people to be on his TV show. Mika said some were born from friendship, and some were not: “It was different to call Monica Bellucci and say: ‘I want you to sing a song!’ It's... how to say it... a very sexy song [‘Je T'aime Moi Non Plus’] by Serge Gainsbourg. ‘But for singing it you should enter... In my fridge! In my kitchen!’ When she understood WHY I was asking to do it - She did much more that we planned in our scenario.”

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Benassi, Alessandro "Alle" - Italian DJ, songwriter, record producer, and cousin of Benny Benassi. He co-remixed and rearranged "Rain"; co-wrote and programmed "Stardust"; and co-wrote "Staring At The Sun". He has also co-written songs for Madonna and Chris Brown.

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Benassi, Benny - Italian DJ and record producer who remixed and rearranged "Rain"; co-wrote, programmed, and produced "Stardust"; and co-wrote "Staring At The Sun". He is also known for his 2002 club hit "Satisfaction", and his remixes for many other artists. In November 2014 he was on X Factor Italia 8 and appeared in a photo with Mika. In April 2016 Mika posted a photo of them together after they bumped into each other at a party. PHOTO 2014 - PHOTO 2016

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Benji E Fede - Italian musical duo consisting of Benjamin Mascolo and Federico Rossi. They gained fame posting covers of songs to their joint YouTube channel as well as to their own personal channels. They were guests on the first episode of Stasera Casa Mika (2016 season) and sang an acoustic bedtime song for Mika and Sarah Felberbaum in Mika’s big bed. PHOTO

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Bennato, Edoardo - Italian singer-songwriter (born July 23, 1946 in Naples) who began his music career in the early sixties. He and Mika performed his song "L'isola Che Non C'è" on the third episode of Stasera Casa Mika (2017 season). In December 2014 Mika tweeted a photo of them together (with contestant Mario Gavino Garrucciu) at X Factor Italia 8. PHOTO on right - PHOTO

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Bercy Arena - indoor sports arena and concert hall located in the 12th arrondissement of Paris which opened in 1984 (originally known as Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy). It’s maximum capacity for concerts is 20,300 people. Mika performed at the arena twice in April 2010, once in May 2016, and once in December 2019. The arena’s name changed to AccorHotels Arena in October 2015 but Mika’s 2016 Wonderland concert there was released as a dvd/blu-ray called Mika Love Paris - Live à Bercy. VIDEO lit-up during Underwater

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Berlin - capital city of Germany, located in the northeast. It’s mentioned in the song "Rio" in the line "It could be Paris or Berlin, I don’t care what state I’m in". Mika has performed several concerts there, and some footage of Mika in the Live In Cartoon Motion documentary was filmed there.

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Besame Mucho - song written in 1940 by Mexican songwriter Consuelo Velázquez. Versions of it have also been sung by Trio Los Panchos, Plácido Domingo, The Beatles, Cesária Évora, Herb Alpert, and more. In April 2017 Mika played piano while he, Rosalba Piccinni, and another lady sang this song at Rosalba’s restaurant in Milan, which she posted video of on Facebook.

Bestival - annual four-day music festival held at the Robin Hillcountry park on the Isle of Wight, England. Mika performed at the festival on September 10, 2006, and again on September 12, 2009 when he wore a spacesuit and sequins on his face in the shape of a star. During his performance of "Lollipop" people dressed in costumes came on, including a small spaceman, a Martian and various stormtroopers. 

-In an interview with Contact Music in approximately September 2006 the interviewer asked Mika if Bestival was his first festival. Mika replied: "Yes, It is! I'm a festival virgin. It's only my third gig so I'm really looking forward to playing. I've been here all day so I've been busy looking around. last night I went bumbling around so I'm hoping my voice holds out for 1.30 in the morning!!" Then the interviewer asked "So you're playing tonight in the Big Top what can we expect?" and Mika said, "My show is quite bouncy, I can’t control myself, I don't do drugs, I think if I did I'd probably fall off the stage, I just bounce around I don't know, I'll probably throw in a Shakira cover or something I have no f**king clue, the thing is with being here, I can get away with pretty much anything so I'm really looking forward to it!"

PHOTO 2009

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Bevan, Fiona - English pop/folk/soul singer-songwriter from Suffolk who currently lives in London. She co-wrote and sang backing vocals on Mika’s single "It’s My House". She instagrammed a video of Mika songwriting on May 22, 2017, and one of Mika at the wrap party of his TV show on November 9, 2017. On Mika’s BMI catalogue listing it says she co-wrote the songs “Show Me” and “In Between” with Mika and Johnathan Quarmby, but nothing more is known about these songs. She also co-wrote the song "Little Things" with Ed Sheeran (a #1 hit for One Direction), and has also co-written for/with artists such as 5 Seconds Of Summer, Billie Marten, Laura Welsh, and Steps.

-On May 22, 2017 she instagrammed a video of Mika captioned "How come @mikainstagram is so cute even when he's angry?! such a fun and amazing couple of days! Au revoir Paris #mika #newmusic #paris #songwriting #adventures". --- On November 8, 2017 she instagrammed that she was in Italy to watch Mika’s TV show being filmed, and on the 9th she instagrammed a video of Mika captioned "show wrap party! #itsmyhouse our song is the theme tune for the show ❤️ @mikainstagram and his incredible crew created one of the biggest TV shows in Europe over the past 5 weeks... the last episode is airing in a couple of weeks! It was such an honour and pleasure to witness it all coming together, all-singing, all-dancing ❤️ We wrote this song after talking about love, refugees, borders, homelessness, inclusion, generosity... and to see the outpouring of love that is #mika in action has been overwhelming <3<3<3 #casamika #staseracasamika #mikashouse #itsmycake #songwriting #italy #milan #single".

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Big Girl - Mika's illustrated character who wears a blue corset with frilly knickers, red boots, and a red cowboy hat; from the artwork for Life In Cartoon Motion. In 2007 big girl was brought to life on stage during "Big Girl (You Are Beautiful)" by Ophelia Bitz and Ali Richards. At some point fans began to be chosen from the queue to dress up as the big girls, originally in blue and later in fluorescent corsets and knickers at almost all Mika gigs until 2011. Also, sometimes Mika would have a giant inflatable Big Girl, or a pair of 25-30 meter tall inflatable Big Girl legs on stage. PHOTO art - PHOTO inflate PHOTO later costume

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Big Girl (You Are Beautiful) - single released in July 2007 which appears on the album Life In Cartoon Motion as the 8th track on the standard version, as the 9th track on the US version, as the 2nd track on the vinyl (side 2), and on Songbook Vol 1 as the 7th track. Official live versions appear on Mika’s Live In Cartoon Motion, Live Parc Des Princes Paris, and Mika Love Paris - Live à Bercy video releases. Written by Mika. The song was inspired by a Victoria Wood documentary about overweight people. The music video was directed by Patrick Daughters. The song was originally called "Butterfly Lounge" and it appeared on a very early promo before Mika changed its name.

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OFFICIAL VIDEO: The music video was directed by Patrick Daughters and was filmed on May 19, 2007. It features Mika and several curvy women in corsets and dresses dancing down Croydon high street and Surrey Street Market, with other people watching and joining in as they go. The finale of the video features a whole gathering of curvy women celebrating with Mika and the onlookers. Also featured are some fans. In a March 2013 interview for neontommy Mika said, "I did a video for this song ‘Big Girl’ and I thought, ‘I cannot believe I did that.’" No behind the scenes making-of video was released. SCREENSHOTS - VIDEO GIF

LYRICS: lyrics

CREDITS: Written by Mika

Vocals, Guitar Programming, Additional Percussion - Mika

Backing Vocals - Paloma Penniman, Studio Gospel Choir

Bass - Dan Rothchild

Drums - Matt Chamberlain

Keyboards - Greg Wells, and Mika

Choir Leader - Maxi Anderson

Mixed by Greg Wells

Produced by Greg Wells, and Mika

Recorded by Chris Nicolaides, and Joe Chiccarelli

LENGTH: 4:08

PLAYED LIVE: The first time was in 2006 (or before?)

PERFORMED ON TV: on British TV show Transmission hosted by Steve Jones and Lauren Laverne in March 2007; as part of a medley on Star Academie in Quebec in March 2012; on the third episode of Stasera Casa Mika November 14, 2017.

MIKA’S OTHER NOTABLE VERSIONS: 3:09 (radio edit) -- acoustic version on Wave 105 radio show in the UK 2012 - Mika recorded a special version of this song for an episode of the TV show Ugly Betty, changing the chorus to "Hey Betty, you are beautiful." Mika explained to the Sun newspaper: "Betty is a real fashion icon and we should celebrate anyone like her - genuine individuals who stay true to their own identity. That's what 'Big Girl' is all about so it was the perfect fit to change the song for her. It was a huge honor to be asked to do it. I love the show."

USED IN: In Australia, Crazy John TV advertisements used a sample of this song. In Spain, the Galician TV station Televisión de Galicia used samples of this song in the show O show dos Tonechos. The song is featured in the Ubisoft video games Just Dance 2 for the Nintendo Wii and Just Dance Now (with a remake).

REMIXES: Big Girl (You Are Beautiful) (Tom Middleton Remix) 5:51 - appears on the single’s remix editions

Big Girl (You Are Beautiful) (Bondo Do Role Remix) 3:49 - appears on the single’s remix editions

Big Girl (You Are Beautiful) (Lo Fi Fnk Remix) 6:13 - appears on the single’s remix editions

Big Girl (You Are Beautiful) (Hick Nurdman Remix) 5:44 - appears on the single’s remix editions

COVERED BY: Trixter’s guitarist Steve Brown on the 2011 album WHOLE LOTTA LOVE: An All-Star Salute To Fat Chicks by various artists.

QUOTES: ---In a February 2007 interview for The Sun where Mika explained each song on the album he said, "I was flying to Los Angeles and I can never sleep because I hate flying so much. So I was watching trashy television, it was two o’clock in the morning, a Victoria Wood documentary on Channel 4. It was about fat people in the United States and she visited a club called The Butterfly Lounge, which was the first place of its kind, a club for larger women to hang out in. Skinny women were not being allowed in. The women were amazing and I absolutely felt as if I had to write about them. I muted the television and wrote it straight away. I never expected it on the album, but a few weeks later we recorded it and it’s now there. So it is one of my favourite tracks and brilliant to play live. Everyone sings along!"

---In a July 27, 2008 interview with gulfnews.com Mika said, "I was watching a programme on Channel 4 in the UK about obesity in the US and it was incredibly dark. The tone of the documentary was very sarcastic and cutting towards fat people and it didn't sit right with me. Then they started interviewing the owner of a nightclub about two hours outside LA called The Butterfly Lounge, which was a nightclub specifically for larger ladies. Suddenly the whole tone of the documentary changed and became a pleasure to watch. These ladies were having a great time and it flicked something in me. There and then I wrote down the words ‘get yourself to the butterfly lounge and find yourself a big lady' and Big Girl was written in 15 minutes."

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ARTWORK: single cover art

 

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Billboard - SEE: Jomphe, Mathieu

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Bill Murphy Studios - Fort Lauderdale, Florida recording studio owned by media, audio and broadcast professional Bill Murphy where Mika and Jodi Marr recorded some demos, but apparently not anything that ended up on any of his albums.

-On August 18, 2018 Jodi Marr posted on instagram: "Happy Birthday @mikainstagram I will always be thankful that you believed in me believing in you (and we still do! ) Here’s to a lifetime of friendship and music .Have a great day E says she’ll send another video later lol xo here w r @murphonics studio #backintheday". Bill Murphy replied to her in October: "OMG just seeing this now! Miss you guys!"

PHOTO posted by Jodi

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Billy Brown - song which appears on the album Life In Cartoon Motion as the 7th track on the standard version, as the 1st track on the vinyl (side 2), as the 8th track on the US version, and on the Dodgy Holiday EP as the 1st track. Official live versions appear on Mika’s Live In Cartoon Motion and Live Parc Des Princes Paris video releases. Written by Mika. At Mika’s July 12, 2016 concert at Anfiteatro Camerini in Piazzola Sul Brenta, Italy Mika told the audience he’d decided to state, for the first time, that he’d written "Billy Brown" about one of his sister’s ex-boyfriends because the ex was recently being an idiot "but it's okay, because he doesn't speak Italian".

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OFFICIAL VIDEO: N/A

LYRICS: lyrics

CREDITS: Written by Mika

Vocals, Piano, Keyboards - Mika

Brass Arrangement - Jerry Hey

Bass - Dan Rothchild

Drums - Matt Chamberlain

Mixed by Greg Wells

Produced by Greg Wells, and Mika

Recorded by Joe Chiccarelli

LENGTH: 3:14

PLAYED LIVE: The first time was in 2006 (or before?)

PERFORMED ON TV: -

MIKA’S OTHER NOTABLE VERSIONS: demo version on the demo LICM label sampler -- live@home acoustic gig April 2010 in Paris

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REMIXES: N/A

COVERED BY: -

QUOTES: ---In a February 2007 interview for The Sun where Mika explained each song on the album he said, "I just thought it was a brilliant story to put into a pop song — the idea of a man leaving his wife for another man. I really don’t know why it hasn’t been done before. When you’re writing songs, you always want to play with intrigue and you always want to pull certain strings. The point of writing pop music is that, in a way, you can write about anything. And it’s amazing how many younger listeners really love it and really identify with this little character Billy Brown, this cartoon character. A few of my cousins are all around 12 to 15 years old. This is their favourite song. They find it funny and sweet."

---In his 2009 MySpace Q&A Mika said, "Yes, it's about somebody I know and the name wasn't originally Billy Brown, it was another name and I changed it to Billy Brown just 'cause I like the way it rolls off the tongue but if you want to know who it is, you can't."

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Billy Brown - Mika's illustrated character who was used in artwork for the Dodgy Holiday EP, Life In Cartoon Motion, the "Relax (Take It Easy)" singles, and The Boy Who Knew Too Much (in the ‘group photo’ painting). He is based on the song of the same name. PHOTO Billy art 1 - PHOTO art Billy’s wife - PHOTO art Billy’s kids

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Birch, Diane - American singer-songwriter who opened for Mika at Le Poisson Rouge on June 23, 2009.

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Birkin, Jane - English actress and singer based in France who is perhaps best known for her personal and musical relationship with Serge Gainsbourg in the 1970s. She and Mika appeared together on Le Grand Journal in January 2007; he said she sounds like his mother on the phone. He also told this story on Taratata in October 2009. 

-On Le Grand Journal in January 2007 Mika told Jane: "I lived in Paris for 8 years and when we were here, my mother has nearly the same accent that you have. Every time we called a restaurant, we always had the best place because everybody thought it was you." --- On Le Grand Journal in January 2007 the interviewer asked Jane how she found Mika’s music to be, she replied: "It makes me happy. It brings some energy. [...] It removed all my nervousness which is a very big thing. They must spread your songs before surgical operations. Before coming here, there’s a very nice girl who tells us that everything will be alright. It’s like someone will cut you but everything will be ok. We must spread your music before every distressing thing. Mika, the remedy."

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Bisio, Claudio - Italian actor, comedian, television host, voice actor, writer, and impersonator. He and Mika played charades, talked and he presented his latest film Gli Sdraiati, then they sang a tiny bit of Gianfranco Benedetti’s "Ciapa ‘L Tram Baldura" together on the fourth episode of Stasera Casa Mika (2017 season). PHOTO

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Bistrot 82 - bar located at 82 Rue Des Martyrs in Paris, France. Mika has been there several times (it's near where someone he works with lives) and wrote the song "Karen (82 Rue des Martyrs)" about a woman he met there. PHOTO

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Bitz, Ophelia - one of the two main Big Girl dancers who performed with Mika on stage and appeared at some promotional events in Europe in mostly 2007, including at the private opening night launch of Mika’s art exhibit at Blink Gallery in July 2007. She is also in the "Big Girl (You Are Beautiful)" video. On her myspace page after her stint with Mika ended it said "she was sacked for voicing her opinions on pop muzak and making off with the tour bus rider".

-An interviewer with Squidge Magazine in 2010 asked her: "You had a period working as a backing dancer for Mika, which didn’t seem to be a happy time for you. Are you glad you did it, or is more that you wish you never went near him?" She bitterly replied, "I think it’s cool that I have a celebrity nemesis before I’m even vaguely famous, and yeah, it was easy work, but it was sort of soul destroying being a backing dancer for a squawking pop gonk…".

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Black, Daniel - British recording artist and vocalist who co-wrote and co-produced "Ice Cream". He was the lead singer and rhythm guitarist in The Servant until they broke up, has released his own singles and albums, and has also written for Nolwenn Leroy, Louane, and others.

-On May 31, 2019 Dan instagrammed the cover of the single, saying “I had the great pleasure to co-write and produce, for the force of nature that is @mikainstagram , ICECREAM - go get a double scoop now…”

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Blackall, Sophie - Brooklyn-based artist and illustrator of over 20 children’s books. She collaborated with Mika, Yasmine Penniman, and Richard Hogg for the artwork for The Boy Who Knew Too Much. Also, she also contributed "Lady Jane" artwork to the Songs For Sorrow EP. Mika and Sophie also started a long-distance "exquisite corpse" drawing game in 2009. She lives and works in Brooklyn, and Mika was in Los Angeles recording his new album. The game began with his note, which read "How about we start with a drawing of a girl?" She then turned his note into the girl’s dress. The drawing was sent back and forth between them and each new stage was posted on Mika's website and Blackall's blog. All 8 parts are still viewable on her blog.

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BORN: July 2, 1970 in Sydney, Australia

NATIONALITY: Australian

FULL NAME/ALSO KNOWN AS: -

ADDITIONAL BIO: She completed a Bachelor of Design in Sydney, Australia in 1992 with honors. She’s lived in Brooklyn, New York since 2000. She created a poster called "Missed Connections" for the New York MTA Arts for Transit program which appeared on all the new NYC subway cars for all of 2012. Her editorial illustrations have appeared in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Time, Gourmet, Food & Wine, and many others. She won the Ezra Jack Keats New Illustrator Award in 2003 for her work on Shirin YIm’s book Ruby's Wish (which Mika mentioned in his blog in May 2008, saying Sophie "illustrated a brilliant children's book called ‘Ruby’s Wish’"), and the Caldecott Medal in 2016 for her illustrations in Finding Winnie by Lindsay Mattick.

MIKA CREDITS: artwork for The Boy Who Knew Too Much and "Lady Jane" artwork for the Songs For Sorrow EP.

OTHER APPEARANCES WITH MIKA: in Mika’s 2009 Behind The Artwork vlog

QUOTES: ---On his Myspace blog posted May 12, 2008 Mika wrote: “I'm also going to be checking out the illustrator Sophie Blackall's studio in Broklyn. I've spoken about her before. She illustrated a brilliant children's book called Ruby's Wish.”

---In an August 2008 interview on blaine.org the interviewer asked Sophie what was currently in rotation on her iPod or loaded in her CD player, she answered "Tom Waits, Tom McRae, Neutral Milk Hotel and MIKA."

---In an October 2008 Mikasounds blog post he wrote, "I am totally excited about this. About six months ago when I was on a research trip in New York, I blogged about the illustrator Sophie Blackall. What I didn’t say was that when I saw her drawings in real life, I fell completely in love with them and left new york with quite a sizeable collection. I absolutely love what she does. Her line is so sophisticated and feminine. Elegant and yet still very whimsical." He also wrote that "Sophie is from Australia and lives in Brooklyn. For a time back in Oz she even worked in a robot factory. She then won a green card in a national lottery back home. She now illustrates children’s books as well as draw for newspapers and magazines."

---In his ‘Mika in the Studio LA 2008’ vlog he said "Sophie’s amazing and every time she sends me something it’s really quite a surprise."

 ---In February 2012 Mika tweeted "Stumbled across this on Vimeo! Sophie Blackall; one of my favourite people in the world pls watch this video

---On March 27, 2019 Mika tweeted about her writer and illustrator retreat on an upstate New York farm: “Hey. This project https://www.milkwoodfarm.org by my friend and artist @SophieBlackall is one of the many reasons why I think she is remarkable ❤ if only there was something comparable for music”.

OTHER WORKS: She illustrated The Crows of Pearblossom (2011) by Aldous Huxley, Ruby's Wish (2002) by Shirin Yim, Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World's Most Famous Bear (2015) by Lindsay Mattick, Wombat Walkabout (2009) by Carol Diggory Shields, New York Times Top Ten Picture Book for 2010 Big Red Lollipop by Rukhsana Khan, the ongoing Ivy and Bean series by Annie Barrows, and many others. She wrote and illustrated Are You Awake? (2011), The Baby Tree (2014), 20 Party Tricks: to Amuse and Amaze Your Friends (1997), Missed Connections: Love, Lost & Found (her first book for adults, 2011), and others.

OTHER INFO: -

HER IMPORTANT LINKS: website

PHOTOS: Sophie alone - still of Sophie working on Mika’s album art - part of their drawing game

 

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Blackbird - The Beatles song (1968) from their double album The Beatles (also known as "The White Album"), written and performed by Paul McCartney. Mika sang a bit of it in a Vanity Fair Radio interview in December 2013, on X Factor Italia in 2015, on The Voice France season 7, and talked about it many other times, especially in regard to its symbolism when asked about dealing with difficult subjects in pop music. On En Direct De L'Univers on January 18, 2020 Max Taylor sang this song for Mika because Mika chose it as the most beautiful English song of all time. 

-In a June 2009 interview with The Guardian Mika talked about Paul McCartney and the song: "When he [Paul] first wrote it there was a line about 'black woman living at Little Rock', and he meant it as a song about the civil rights movement. But he realised that might limit his message, and that if you don't conceal the darkness but turn the darkness into a kind of code, that empowers your message; so it became a song for freedom instead of a political song. I found that really interesting, and I try to do that sort of thing as much as possible."

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Blackwood, Cam - British record producer, songwriter and musician. He produced co-wrote, co-composed, co-engineered, co-programmed, and played some synthesizer on the Mika and Jack Savoretti duet "Youth And Love". He’s also worked with George Ezra, Billie Marten, CSS, London Grammar, and many others.

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Blair, Jerry - long-time record executive who is head of Global Entertainment Management, a talent management company developing projects for music and online platforms. In 2004, Jerry and current Mika manager Rich Isaacson founded The Fuerte Group, which used to be Mika's US management company. Jerry is no longer Mika’s manager or involved in any way.

-In a March 19, 2007 article in Pollstar magazine Jerry Blair spoke of MIka, saying: "I thought his music was amazing, lyrically and performance-wise. There's really nobody like him. Having worked for many years with some really big stars from Mariah (Carey), and The Fugees to Destiny's Child, Dido and Usher – this was an artist that just broke through all the clutter. There's no indecisiveness. He knows exactly what he wants."

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Blake, Peter - English pop artist, best known for co-creating the sleeve design for The Beatles' album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. He contributed "Toy Boy" artwork to the Songs For Sorrow EP. On March 31, 2009 Mika tweeted, "Time for a beer. Had a day of it. Gonna sit by the river in hamersmith. Ps met Peter Blake in his studio today! What an amazing man".

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Blame It On The Girls - single released in February 2010, appears on the album The Boy Who Knew Too Much as the 2nd track and on Songbook Vol 1 as the 11th track. Written by Mika. The music video was directed by Nez Khammal. The song was the album’s second single in American and Japan. It failed to make any impact in the USA but it was a hit in Japan where it was at #1 for a week. It was only the second international single to achieve this feat since the Japanese Hot 100 chart’s start in March 2008. As the third UK single it peaked at #72.

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OFFICIAL VIDEO: The music video was directed by Nez Khammal. An unfinished version of the video premiered on October 3, 2009 in the UK on Channel 4. "The video starts in black and white with Mika sitting on a chair, wearing a bowler hat and holding a cane whilst speaking a prologue to the song. As the music starts the video bursts into colour, showing three screens behind Mika, each showing him in alternate colours of pink and blue. The screen to the left and right break away as female dancers dressed in half a tuxedo and half an orange dress dance into shot. As the chorus ends, the dancers disappear and Mika is seen sitting in a large sofa, he then gets up and moves over to a maze of mirrors, and then the girls join him again once the second chorus begins. The video is set in a film studio dressed in pastel colours with Mika playing a pastel pink piano. The video ends with him jumping into the air and the picture being frozen." A behind the scenes making-of video was released online also. SCREENSHOTS - VIDEO GIF

LYRICS: lyrics

CREDITS: Written by Mika

Vocals - Mika

Backing Vocals - Ida Falk Winland, and Mika

Drums - Cherisse Osei, and Greg Wells

Keyboards - Fabien Waltmann, and Greg Wells

Percussion Programming - Greg Wells

Recorded By - Joe Chiccarelli, Mo Hausler, Luke Tozour

Produced by Greg Wells, and Mika

Mixed by Greg Wells

LENGTH: 3:34

PLAYED LIVE: The first time was at The Roxy surprise show in Los Angeles in April 2009. He played it live at many shows prior to 2014, but has rarely (or not at all?) played it since.

PERFORMED ON TV: on American TV show Good Morning America on September 25, 2009; live on Later... with Jools Holland on BBC2 TV show on September 29, 2009; on American TV show Late Show with David Letterman on October 14, 2009; on American TV show The Ellen DeGeneres Show on October 22, 2009; on British TV show So You Think You Can Dance UK on January 30, 2010; on British TV show Popstar to Operastar on February 5, 2010; on British TV show Alan Carr: Chatty Man on February 11, 2010; on British TV show The Album Chart Show on Channel 4 on February 12, 2010; on GMTV on February 18, 2010; on British TV show Movie Toons on February 27, 2010; on Parla Con Me in March 2010; on French TV show Le Grand Journal on April 13, 2010; as a duet with Raphael Gualazzi on the second episode of Stasera Casa Mika November 22, 2016.

MIKA'S OTHER NOTABLE VERSIONS: 3:18 (Radio Edit) -- live@home acoustic gig April 2010 in Paris

USED IN: played during the credits of the 2011 Selena Gomez film Monte Carlo, was used in a 2010 episode of the TV show Melrose Place

REMIXES:

Blame It On The Girls (Alalal Remix) - Alalal 4:04 - appears on some of the single’s remix editions

Blame It On The Girls (Anoraak Dub) - Anoraak 5:15 - appears on some of the single’s remix editions

Blame It On The Girls (Anoraak Remix) - Anoraak 5:13 - appears on some of the single’s remix editions

Blame It On The Girls (Anoraak Extended Mix) - Anoraak ? - appears on some of the single’s remix editions

Blame It On The Girls (Not On The Starsmith Remix) - Starsmith 6:15 - appears on the remixes & rarities disc of some editions of The Boy Who Knew Too Much and on some of the single’s remix editions

Blame It On The Girls (Flip And Fill Remix) - Flip & Fill 4:27 - appears on some of the single’s remix editions

Blame It On The Girls (Wolfgang Remix) - Wolfgang Gartner 6:18 - appears on some of the single’s remix editions

Blame It On The Girls (Wolfgang Dub Remix) - Wolfgang Gartner 5:48 - appears on some of the single’s remix editions

Blame It On The Girls (Paul Woolford Remix) - Paul Woolford 7:20 - appears on some of the single’s remix editions

COVERED BY: Catherine Ringer on La Chanson Secrète on September 14, 2015 with dancers while Mika watched

QUOTES: ---Mika told Q magazine in June 2009, "this sounds like No Doubt. It's about a wealthy, handsome boy who has everything, yet pretends to be miserable."

---In a November 2009 interview for AccessAllAreas.net.au this song is a dig at "kids who have everything but don’t realise it. A spoilt, good looking guy, who is sitting there complaining about his life. I saw an interview with Bill Gates when I was about 15, and he said ‘Only losers blame their parents’, and I thought that’s ok for you, you’re the wealthiest man in the world! I don’t think you’d be saying that if you were working in a toll booth (laughs). I definitely think he’s wrong. The track is that feeling of adolescence, and blaming everyone around you for what’s happening, and blaming everyone other than yourself."

OTHER INFO: The song uses a musical technique called 'musique concrète' in which the music is made by using everyday objects to make sound. In this particular song, the beat is created by Mika hitting his desk, clapping hands and stamping feet.

ARTWORK: single cover art

 

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Blame It On The Weather - unreleased song that Mika performed as a duet in English with Ida Falk-Winland a few times live in the summer of 2011. Mika modified the song and changed the lyrics to French with his co-writer Doriand and it became "L'Amour Dans Le Mauvais Temps" (found on the bonus disc of the French deluxe edition of The Origin Of Love).

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OFFICIAL VIDEO: N/A

LYRICS: lyrics

CREDITS: Written by Mika and Doriand (and ???)

LENGTH: varies

PLAYED LIVE: The first time was at Palais Imperial in Compiègne, France in July 2011. They also performed it at Paleo in Nyon, at Les Ardents in Liege and at Olympic Hall in Seoul. Mika and Ida sang the song a little differently in Seoul, with Mika singing the first verse alone as opposed to alternating lines like they did for the first few performances.

PERFORMED ON TV: -

MIKA'S OTHER NOTABLE VERSIONS: -

USED IN: -

REMIXES: N/A

COVERED BY: -

QUOTES: ---Before Mika started singing this song in Seoul in September 2011 he said, "I'm gonna sing you something else that--that Ida's gonna join me in singing (for? before?). It's slower, but then don't worry, we'll sing something (happy?) as well. I don't know what I'm gonna do with this song, but it's a nice song, and it sounds good acoustic so I thought we'd do it tonight. This is called 'Blame It On The Weather'." 

OTHER INFO: -

ARTWORK: N/A

 

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Blease, John - Scottish drummer who played drums on the studio versions of "Tiny Love", "Ice Cream", "Dear Jealousy", "Sanremo", "Tomorrow", "Ready To Call This Love", and "Cry"; drums and percussion on "Paloma", "Tomorrow", "Platform Ballerinas", and "Stay High"; and drums, percussion, and timpani on "I Went To Hell Last Night". He posted a video of himself playing drums on "Ice Cream", and Mika posted an instagram video with him in it. He’s also worked with Robert Plant, Seal, Paolo Nutini, Goldfrapp, Jamie Cullum, Michael Bolton, Ellie Goulding, Birdy, and many more.

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Blink Gallery - London art gallery where Mika and DaWack had an exhibition from July 12th through 14th 2007. They both attended the private opening night launch along with their special guests. The exhibit included original paintings, sketches, and drawings and was co-curated by Mika, DaWack, and the design company Airside. PHOTO collage

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Bloom, Louis - president of Island Records UK and a formed A&R man there. He didn't sign Mika but he spoke of Mika in a 2011 interview with Hitquarters. In January 2019 Jef Martens instagrammed a photo of himself, Mika, Louis, and Alastair Webber (a former A&R person at Island and son of Andrew Lloyd Webber) together at London’s Metropolis Studios in 2011.

-He said in a 2011 Hitquarters interview: "I knew about the deal and screamed in the background that I wanted to be his A&R person. I wanted to be involved as soon as I heard the demo of ’Love Today’ which is such a crazy record and then when I met him I was blown away by his huge personality." In the same interview he also said, "I had a relationship with Mika where we were always on the phone to each other talking about ideas, about quality of songs etc … I have been a sounding board for Mika from day one."

PHOTO Louis on the far left

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Bloxsom, Felix - producer, drummer, composer, DJ working under the name Plastic Plates. He is a former drummer in Mika’s live band; he started in June 2012 and left in mid 2013.

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BORN: February in Sydney, Australia

NATIONALITY: Australian

FULL NAME/ALSO KNOWN AS: -

ADDITIONAL BIO: He completed his higher education from Sydney Conservatorium of Music in 2000. He was the winner of the 2004 Bell Award for Young Australian Jazz Artist of The Year and also secured 1st position in the National Jazz Awards at the 2004 Wangaratta Festival of Jazz.

MIKA CREDITS: -

FIRST SHOW WITH MIKA: June 2012 (at a private Samsung Galaxy S3 Party in Paris on June 14, 2012; his first public Mika gig was at Lovebox on June 17th)

LAST SHOW WITH MIKA: mid 2013

ALSO WORKED WITH: He has previously worked with Sia, Empire Of The Sun, Christina Aguilera, Sam Sparro, The Sleepy Jackson, Paloma Faith, Jennifer Lopez, The Presets, Kelly Clarkson, and many more.

QUOTES: -

OTHER RELEASES: Felix played drums on every song that features the instrument on Sam Sparro's second album Return to Paradise (2012), as well as remixed the song "Shades of Grey" for the album's re-release. He’s released several of his own singles and remixed many others.

OTHER INFO: -

HIS IMPORTANT LINKS: twitter

PHOTOS: Felix alone - drumming in Tunisia July 2012 - on the end, w/ Mika & the band July 2012 - drumming in NYC October 2012

 

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Blue - song which appears on My Name Is Michael Holbrook as the 11th track. Co-written by Mika and Amy Wadge, and produced by Mika. Mika performed a snippet of it at the Vanity Fair Stories on November 24, 2018 in Milan, singing only the lines "blue is a feminine colour. Blue is deep and bold, blue is like a mother".

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OFFICIAL VIDEO: N/A

LYRICS: lyrics

CREDITS: Written by Mika and Amy Wadge

Vocals, Programming - Mika

Mixed by Andrew Maury

Mixing Assistance by Harry Burr

Recorded by Ian Mercel

Produced by Mika

Mastered by Joe LaPorta at Sterling Sound

LENGTH: 3:09

PLAYED LIVE: The first time was at Brooklyn Steel in New York City on September 12, 2019.

PERFORMED ON TV: -

MIKA'S OTHER NOTABLE VERSIONS: -

USED IN: -

REMIXES: N/A

COVERED BY: -

QUOTES: ---In a wired.it interview from July 1, 2019 Mika said: "There is another song called ‘Blue’ which opens with the line ‘Blue is a feminine color’ and it’s a love letter to a woman from the perspective of a man that is not sexually interested in women at all, but I decided to write a letter to a woman and to melancholy."

---In a September 6, 2019 interview with EDGE Media Network Mika said: "My favorite song is ‘Blue’, because it is the most romantic song. It challenges your preconceptions. And it plays on so many different levels. ‘Blue’ is about gender, sexuality. It's about the idea that you're only okay if you're so f**king upbeat and smiling at everyone all the time. When sometimes, actually, that's the biggest sign that you're f**ked up. And it's a love letter to the people that I love in saying that, from the deepest part of my heart, I will always love that blue in you because within that blue is the deepest color and the deepest version of you... It starts off as one thing and ends up as something completely different. And that kind of pirouette is really what makes me happy as a writer and its fun to sing because you're going on a journey."

OTHER INFO: -

ARTWORK: N/A 

 

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Blue Eyes - song which appears on the album The Boy Who Knew Too Much as the 6th track, on the Songs For Sorrow EP as the 1st track, and on the digital edition of Songbook Vol 1 as the 19th track. Written by Mika. Though it was not a single it was played on UK radio at least a few times. Artworks illustrating this song in the Songs For Sorrow book were done by DaWack (Yasmine Penniman), and Kerascoët.

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OFFICIAL VIDEO: n/a

LYRICS: lyrics

CREDITS: Written by Mika

Vocals, Keyboards - Mika

Backing Vocals - Ida Falk Winland, and Mika

Drums, Bass, Guitar - Greg Wells

Recorded by Mo Hausler, Steven Churchyard, and Luke Tozour

Produced by Greg Wells, and Mika

Mixed by Greg Wells

LENGTH: 2:50

PLAYED LIVE: The first time was at The Roxy surprise show in Los Angeles in April 2009. He has played it live many times since.

PERFORMED ON TV: -

MIKA'S OTHER NOTABLE VERSIONS: live@home acoustic gig April 2010 in Paris

USED IN: -

REMIXES: n/a

COVERED BY: -

QUOTES: ---In a 2009 video explaining the song "Blue Eyes", Mika said, "It has this very kind of island, you know kind of chilled out holiday rhythm to it… but it all started completely opposite of that. I came up with this idea about a woman losing her heart on the subway system, literally losing it. ...There’s this place in London for the London Underground where it’s the famous lost & found and they have so many of everything, and they categorized everything into big boxes… So I was like maybe she loses her heart on the underground, like she gets her heart broken, she loses it, and then she has to go to the lost & found to find it but she can’t tell which one it is from the row and row that there are. That’s how it started."

OTHER INFO: -

ARTWORK: n/a

 

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Blue Roses - English singer-songwriter and musician (real name: Laura Groves) who opened for Mika on his acoustic Songs For Sorrow Tour in summer 2009. She now releases music under her own name.

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Bob Geranium - during an interview in 2007 and one in 2009 Mika said that this is what he would name a dog if he ever got one. Neither of his dogs is actually named this.

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Bocchini, Riccardo - Italian designer and architect, particularly active as a television set designer, whose first works date back to the late eighties. He’s worked on shows like Stasera Casa Mika, Omnibus, Affari Tuoi, Soliti Ignoti, Tale e Quale, and Si Può Fare!. He also produced the scenery of the Sanremo Song Festival in 2015, 2016, and 2017.

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Bocconi University - private university in Milan, Italy where Mika gave a guest lecture on December 11, 2013. His lecture, called "Marketing, music, and art: How far can you go? A lecture in honor of a Miami prostitute", traced the important steps of his career and the approach to the marketing and promotion of his artistic image. PHOTO

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Bocelli, Andrea - blind Italian opera singer, songwriter, and record producer, active since 1982. His 15 solo studio albums of classical and pop music, three greatest hits albums, and nine complete operas have sold over 90 million records worldwide. Mika was a guest at Andrea’s charity orchestral concert at Teatro Del Silenzio in Lajatico, Italy on July 25, 2019 and duetted with him on the song "Ali Di Libertà". Mika also sang "Happy Ending" and "Tiny Love", accompanied by the orchestra, a troupe of dancers, Ida Falk-Winland, and Max Taylor, and was interviewed onstage by the host. The concert was broadcast on RAI1 on September 14, 2019. The show was directed by Luca Tommassini, and had the theme of "ali di libertà" ("wings of freedom"), from an idea by Alberto Bartalini, artistic director of the Teatro Del Silenzio. Mika is in the ‘making of Andrea Bocelli: Wings of Freedom’ video several times.

-In a June 29, 2019 Radio Italia video interview Mika said that Andrea had "already invited me to do things with him and I never could because of timing and planning. Now the opportunity has arrived: he invited me through his wife and his son Matteo. Perfect! Before the 10 days of vacation that I want to take, I end up with a good concert with Andrea Bocelli dueling with him and bringing new songs there ... it's great! He is truly great: he does not ‘exist’ only in the classical world and does not ‘exist’ only in the pop world; he exists there, like his theater: in the middle of the countryside, there are many people coming from the whole world, from China to America, to see this man because he has his bubble. Being invited and entering his bubble for a moment is really cool." --- On July 25, 2019 Mika instagrammed a photo of them rehearsing, captioned with: “An honour to perform with @andreabocelliofficial at his amazing charity gala. I have heard his voice since I was a child and seeing him sing up close like this is remarkable @andreabocelliofficial @teatro_del_silenzio @lucatommassiniofficial”.

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Boisjoli, Brigitte - Québecoise singer, active since 2009 when she appeared as a contestant on Star Academie, who sang Les Ritas Matsuko’s "Marcia Baila" (because Mika chose it as one of his favourite teenage songs), Blondie’s "Call Me" (because Mika chose it as one of his favourite songs of the 80s), and Taylor Swift’s "Shake It Off" (because Mika chose it as a song he listens to while cleaning) for Mika on En Direct De L'Univers on January 18, 2020. They said she was an artist that Mika “didn't know five seconds ago but who got him under her spell in two seconds”. GIF

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Boll, Richard - did still life photography on The Boy Who Knew Too Much.

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Boni, Alessio - Italian actor (born July 4, 1966) known for films such as The Best of Youth (2003), Don't Tell (2005), and The Tourist (2010). On the second episode of Stasera Casa Mika (2017 season) Mika interviewed him, on his couch with Melachi. He and Mika discussed Mariangela Melato, his co-star in the 2010 TV miniseries Rebecca, La Prima Moglie. He also starred in La Compagnia del Cigno. PHOTO

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Bonnie & Clyde - song(?) which appeared on some of the setlists during Mika’s Intimate Evening tour in 2013 but was not ever performed. Nothing more is known about it.

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Bonzom - studio composed of 5 French animators, directed the animated music video for "Lollipop".

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Booba - French rapper active 1994-present (real name: Elie Yaffa). He has sold more than ten million discs over his career and became the most legally downloaded artist in French history. He is mentioned in "J’ai Pas Envie" in the line "T'as voulu du Gainsbourg, Je t'ai mis Booba" which roughly translates to "You wanted Gainsbourg, I put on Booba".

-In a May 2016 French interview on melty.fr the interviewer asked if Mika would prefer to duet with Booba on "Celebrate" or on "Relax", Mika replied: "In my song ‘J’ai Pas Envie’, I say "you wanted Booba, I put on Gainsbourg" .... So why not, if the concept is good and it's sincere, I say never no!"

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Borghese, Alessandro - Italian chef, TV presenter, and author (born November 19, 1976 in San Francisco). On the third episode of Stasera Casa Mika (2017 season) he emerged from the Casa Mika refrigerator to sing a little bit of a song about cooking for Mika and Laura Chiatti to the tune of one from the musical Grease. PHOTO

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Boss - one of the nicknames fans gave to Mika.

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Both Sides Now - Joni Mitchell song (1969) which Mika covered on the episode of BBC Radio 2’s ‘Mika: The Art Of Song’ radio show which aired April 4, 2017 (a video of him performing the song was posted online by BBC Radio 2).

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LYRICS: lyrics

CREDITS: originally written by Joni Mitchell

LENGTH: 4:32 (original)

ORIGINALLY APPEARED ON: Joni’s album Clouds (1969)

PERFORMED BY MIKA: once, on radio accompanied by himself on piano with Max Taylor on bass and Tristan Cassel-Delavois on guitar, on Mika’s ‘Mika: The Art Of Song’ BBC Radio 2 show aired April 4, 2017 (a video of which was also posted on BBC Radio 2’s site).

QUOTES: ---On the episode of Mika’s ‘Mika: The Art Of Song’ BBC Radio 2 show when he performed this song he said, "I’ve chosen ‘Both SIdes, Now’ selfishly because I think it’s one of the most beautiful songs she’s ever written, and one of the most beautiful songs ever written, full stop. And when I was trying to figure out how to present this song and how to introduce it I actually found out that it was written on a plane, which is--I mean kind of amazing because we have this idea that everything’s written in some kind of log cabin somewhere or in a really iconic studio, but no, this was written on a commercial plane as she was looking out and looking at the clouds. There is something slightly drunk about it, slightly kind of lofty about it and altitude does have a funny effect on the brain. That’s why they tell you that it’s so much easier to get drunk and they said please don’t drink too much because it will have effects that you can not understand. But also I find myself when I’m watching movies on the plane-cuz I fly around a lot and especially when I’m on tour-I just cry all the time, things that-I never cry on earth but in the sky I’m just blubbing. I mean I could be watching anything from, you know, Dancer In The Dark with Bjork where it’s truly disastrous the amount of tears that are coming out of my eyes, or-or like Miss Congeniality and I’ll still find something emotional about it. It’s truly embarrassing. Anyway, knowing that one of the greatest pieces of songwriting was written in a similar state perhaps, while she looked out of the window of the plane and saw the cloud formations kind of, for some reason, made me happy."

OTHER INFO: The song was first recorded by Judy Collins in 1967. Collins' version became a top-ten hit on the U.S. singles chart during the fall of 1968. Joni’s version appeared Clouds; she also re-recorded it as an orchestrated version for her 2000 album Both Sides Now.

 

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Boulay, Isabelle - French-Canadian singer active since 1993 who sang Barbara's "La Solitude" and Robert Charlebois’s "Je Reviendrai à Montreal" (because Mika chose it as a song from Quebec that he adores and describes him well) for Mika on En Direct De L'Univers on January 18, 2020 because Mika chose her as one of his favourite Quebec singers. PHOTO 

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Bould, Miles - London-born percussionist who played percussion on "It’s My House" and "C’est Quoi Ce Bonheur". He’s also worked with artists such as Sting, Beyonce, Morcheeba, and Michael Jackson.

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Boum Boum Boum - French-language song which appears on the album No Place In Heaven as the 10th track on the French, French deluxe, and French reissue editions, as the 15th track on the Italian reissue, Italian and Korean deluxe editions, as the 1st track on 2nd disc of the Korean magazine edition, and as the 2nd track on the soundtrack for the 2015 film Spy. An official live version appears on Mika’s Mika Love Paris - Live à Bercy video release, an orchestral version appears on the Mika Et L'Orchestre Symphonique De Montréal disc sold as a stand-alone and as disc two of the No Place In Heaven reissue, and on Mika’s Sinfonia Pop video/CD release. It was released as a single in June 2014 along with a video directed by Jonathan Lia. Written by Mika and Doriand; single version produced by Mika, Klas Åhlund and Greg Wells; No Place In Heaven version produced by Klas Åhlund and Tim Van Der Kuil.

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OFFICIAL VIDEO: The video was directed by Jonathan Lia, and filmed in June 2014 in the Almeria region of Southern Spain. It features a number of sexy ladies, with Mika playing the roles of a James Bond-like man, a cowboy, an Arab prince, a film noir private eye, and a French revolutionary war soldier. The director said "This video was an epic two-day shoot in and around Almeria, Spain. We didn't want to make a literal translation of the lyrics, but rather create a world that was as if you put five of your favorite films in a blender to tell a loose narrative around the themes of sex and violence. The western and film noir vignettes were shot at Western Leone, where films such as The Good, The Bad and The Ugly and A Fistful of Dollars were shot. The fortress in Lawrence Of Arabia was an actual fortress called The Alcazaba in Almeria from the 10th century. The Bond vignette was shot at Hotel Cala Grande. The 1700's Revolution vignettes were shot in Guadix in a farm where they grow trees, hence the symmetrical nature of the forest. Mika was an absolute pleasure to work with. An excellent actor, he was able to truly embody each role, adding his own flair for nuance and subtle expression." A behind the scenes making-of video was released online also. SCREENSHOTS - VIDEO GIF

In June 2014 Mika also released an animated lyric video: SCREENSHOTS - VIDEO GIF

LYRICS: French lyrics & English translation

CREDITS: Written by Mika and Doriand

Vocals - Mika

Background Vocals - Skyler Stonestreet, and Mika

Upright Bass - Joe Stoddard

Drums - Lewis Wright

Programmed Percussion - Klas Åhlund

Piano - Curtis Stansfield

Additional Piano - Mika, and Klas Ahlund

Mixed by Jeremy Wheatley

Produced by Klas Åhlund, and Tim Van Der Kuil (album version)

Produced by Mika, Klas Åhlund, and Greg Wells (single version)

LENGTH: 3:18

PLAYED LIVE: The first time was at the Mobistar gig in Belgium on September 18, 2014.

PERFORMED ON TV: Cœur de Pirate and Mika duetted on "Boum Boum Boum" on the show L'ete Indien, aired on August 9, 2014; on Du Côté De Chez Dave on June 21, 2015; Mika and contestants from Quebec TV show La Voix performed this song in a medley along with "J'ai Pas Envie", "Grace Kelly", and "Relax" on the show on March 27, 2016; on the third episode of Stasera Casa Mika sung in French mixed with some Italian November 29, 2016; on the 67th Sanremo Song Festival on February 9, 2017, in Sanremo, Italy as a medley with "Grace Kelly" and "Good Guys".

MIKA'S OTHER NOTABLE VERSIONS: symphony versions live with the OSM in February 2015 & with Affinis Consort in Como, Italy in October 2015 -- album version is different than the single version (3:22)

USED IN: A very short bit was used in the 2015 Melissa McCarthy film Spy and it was on the soundtrack released June 2, 2015.

REMIXES: n/a

COVERED BY: -

QUOTES: ---On L'ete Indien in August 2014 Mika said: "I wrote it with Doriand, who is a writer with whom I write a lot, and we were having dinner in an old and well known brasserie in the 16th arrondissement. Everybody there was very polite, well dressed, polite, very forthright. And we were eating and suddenly I look on my right, and there's this guy getting changed in his flat and I say 'but Doriand, look, look what this guy is doing, he knows there is a restaurant down there and that he is watched!' So he takes off his clothes, and he takes more and more off, he's in his boxers, he takes off his boxers, his girlfriend comes in, she's a little bit more modest, and so she shuts the curtains, I look at Doriand and I say 'oh well, it's a dinner and show, it's boum boum boum in the 16th'. We looked at each other, and we thought, but this has just changed the whole mood. So we started talking about this idea that actually there is a really funny way to talk about intolerance, about love, what the heck is now this intolerance against marriage equality. All of this is a little bit...a little bit shocking in a way. Because love is love. And it's only that.”

---In June/July 2015 Winq magazine Mika explained each song and said this song is: "actually a love song, but interpreted by others as a militant call from an activist. I have no idea why, really."

---On the track-by-track of NPIH at Deejay video in June 2015 Mika said: "'Boum Boum Boum' is a love story but pretty fun. It's about the love which is not conventional love, which is a little bit the love against the tide, a little bit in the society and as in this situation the love doesn't become a bad thing or something that embarrasses you, but even more special, even more important to defend, even more love." 

OTHER INFO: At the beginning of the song a female says: "Même les Américains comprennend"’, it means "Even Americans understand" -- English translation: Boom Boom Boom.

ARTWORK: single cover art

 

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Boury, Jordan - keytarist of Mika’s live band at some short performances in the summer of 2019.

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Bowie, David - English singer and songwriter often considered to be one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, arranger, artist, art collector, mime, and actor active from the early 1960's until his death of liver cancer in January 2016. Mika cites him as an influence, mentions him in the song "Good Guys" in the line "thank you Emerson and Bowie for my dreams", and has talked about him many times. When Mika DJed on BBC Radio 2’s ‘Mika: The Art Of Song’ radio show on Easter Monday 2016 he played Bowie’s version of "Heroes", and on the second episode of Stasera Casa Mika (2017 season) he danced and sang along to a cover of Bowie’s "Rebel Rebel" by The Kolors. On The Voice France in April 2018 Mika and the other coaches sang "Heroes" together, and on another episode he sang a bit of Bowie's 1971 song "Life On Mars?" while teaching it to his team.

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BORN: January 8, 1947 in Brixton, London, England / January 10, 2016 in Manhattan, New York CIty

NATIONALITY: British

FULL NAME/ALSO KNOWN AS: David Robert Haywood Jones; Davy Jones; The Thin White Duke, Ziggy Stardust, The Picasso of Pop, The Dame, The Master of Reinvention, The Chameleon of Rock, Aladdin Sane, Major Tom, The Starman

ADDITIONAL BIO: He was born and raised in London, England, to a Yorkshire-born father with family roots in West Wales, and Kent-born mother of Irish ancestry. As a youth he was punched in the eye by a school friend, resulting in one of his pupils to be permanently dilated. He changed his last name from Jones to Bowie in the 1960s to avoid confusion with the then well-known singer of the Monkees, Davy Jones. In 1971 he had one son with his then-wife Angie Bowie. Originally named Zowie, he later changed it to Joe and is now a film director known as Duncan Jones. Bowie married model Iman in 1992 and had one daughter with her, Alexandria Zahra Jones. He lived in New York City from 1992 until his death. In the mid 1970s, Bowie was a heavy cocaine abuser and sometime heroin user; towards the end of the 1970s he finally kicked his drug habit. His last live concert was at the Hurricane Festival in Germany, on June 25, 2004. A heart-attack after this show caused him to cancel the remaining 14 dates of the tour. After recovering, Bowie gave what turned out to be his final live performance on stage during the High Line festival at The Theater at Madison Square Garden on May 19, 2007. He introduced comedian Ricky Gervais by singing “Little Fat Man”, a song that he had performed on Gervais’s TV sitcom Extras in 2006. His record sales are estimated to be over 140 million albums worldwide and he was awarded ten platinum album certifications in the UK and five platinum certifications in the USA. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996, was awarded Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters by the French culture minister in 1999, was inducted into the Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame in June 2013. He declined the royal honor of Commander of the British Empire (CBE) in 2000 and a British knighthood in 2003. His 1969 song "Space Oddity" won him an Ivor Novello Special Award For Originality. He was the winner of the Brit Award for British Male Solo Artist in 1984 following the success of his album Let's Dance, and the winner of the 1996 Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution. In 2014, at more than 40 years older than the other Brit Award nominees in the category of British Male Solo Artist, Bowie became the oldest person to date to win any Brit award. In 2017, he became the first posthumous winner of the British Male Solo Artist award. At the Grammy Awards in 2017 Bowie won all five awards his album was nominated in: Best Rock Performance; Best Alternative Music Album (for Blackstar); Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical; Best Recording Package; and Best Rock Song for “Blackstar”. Bowie was the first sexually ambiguous British pop star, declaring himself "gay" in 1972 and also claiming to be bisexual. Years later he stated his bisexuality was really a sham to create more mystery about himself. In a 2002 interview with Jonathan Ross he said that he'd been "incredibly promiscuous", but wouldn’t confirm or deny if he had engaged in gay relationships. He could play many instruments including alto and baritone saxophone, guitar, piano, Mellotron, synthesizers, harmonica, stylophone, viola, cello, koto, thumb piano, drums, and various percussion instruments. In addition to his solo career he was in several bands including The Mannish Boys, The Kon-rads, The Hooker Brothers, Davie Jones & The King Bees, Tao Jones Index, The Buzz, Davy Jones & The Lower Third, The Hype, The Riot Squad, and Tin Machine. 

QUOTES: ---In Keyboard magazine in February 2009 Mika said: "Obviously, I love Bowie". 

---In an RFM Portugal interview on April 11, 2010 after Mika explained how he fell in love with voices as a child, he said, "I liked the music of Bowie, but I didn’t like looking at him."

---In the Japanese magazine CROSS BEAT June 2013 issue Mika said: "With no doubt, David Bowie is one of the most distinguished Pop artists." The interviewer asked, "Have you met David Byrne or David Bowie?" and Mika replied, "No, I don’t want to meet them. The people who create amazing things are not necessarily interesting in many cases, or not as interesting as I expected."

---In a September 2015 interview with La Repubblica Mika said, "The art - film, music, literature - is always a call for tolerance. When I think of David Bowie I see an artist, a giant, who was able to communicate in a fully and powerfully creative way above the politics and sexuality. Ambiguous in the true sense of the word, a banner of freedom, indefinable, not to label."

---On BBC Radio 2’s ‘Mika: The Art Of Song’ radio show on New Year's Day 2016 Mika said, "That was David Bowie, ‘Let’s Dance’. What a courageous joyful record. It takes a lot of guts to be as joyful as that. David Bowie is probably one of my all time favourites. And it's just because he represents everything, he’s the hero of everyone, from the hipster to the snob, to the style icons, there is David Bowie."

---After Bowie died of cancer on January 10, 2016 Mika tweeted "Oh goodness. I really can't believe it. Just reconnecting. How sad", and "RIP to one of the finest recording artist there has ever been. What a shock and what an extraordinary legacy."

---On BBC Radio 2’s ‘Mika: The Art Of Song’ radio show aired on Easter in March 2016 Mika said, "It’s really emotional to hear that record [Bowie’s "Heroes"] and especially when you know that that was also produced by Tony Visconti who also produced the last Bowie album, which is Black Star, was written also with Brian Eno, who is a genius, and it-- just the guts that it takes, to make a record like that, the bravery, just kind of say, ‘ok, we’re gonna flip things up and down, and we gonna make things noisy but we gonna control the noise in such an artful way’. It stays inspiring for musicians, for songwriters, for just fans of music forever, and that is one of the finest songs ever made. The thing about Bowie is that, for me, he represents elegance, and he is the antithesis of fashion. Because fashion comes and it goes and it sells perfume and it sells handbag. But style and substance and belonging to no one and taking risks over and over again. That takes courage, and it’s not cool, it’s hot, and it’s risky, and over the course of career, it becomes remarkable, and he is the ultimate example of being remarkable, and belonging to no one but to the music that you make. I’m a huge Bowie fan and I’ve spoken a lot about Bowie and now we should move on to another song, [Mika laughs] because I’ve got to sing live."

---In Mika’s Elle Men May 2016 ‘truth or dare’ video he was asked which Bowie album he likes the most, Mika replied "Hunky Dory, it’s like a big hug". Also in the same video he sang a line from Bowie’s "Life On Mars" in Ariana Grande’s voice.

OTHER WORKS: Bowie released 27 studio albums, 11 live albums, 51 compilation albums, 8 EPs, 128 singles, and 4 soundtracks. He also released 14 video albums and 72 music videos. His studio albums are: David Bowie (1967); Space Oddity (1969); The Man Who Sold the World (1970); Hunky Dory (1971); The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (1972); Aladdin Sane (1973); Pin Ups (1973); Diamond Dogs (1974); Young Americans (1975); Station to Station (1976); Low and "Heroes" (1977); Lodger (1979); Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps) (1980); Let's Dance (1983); Tonight (1984); Never Let Me Down (1987); Black Tie White Noise (1993) and The Buddha of Suburbia (1993); Outside (1995); Earthling (1997); 'Hours...' (1999); Heathen (2002); Reality (2003); and The Next Day (2013), and Blackstar (2016). He was also known for his acting roles in film and television. His films include The Man Who Fell To Earth (1976), Just A Gigolo (1978), Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence (1983), The Hunger (1983), Labyrinth (1986), The Last Temptation Of Christ (1988), Basquiat (1996), The Prestige (2006), and many others. He played the part of John Merrick in the play The Elephant Man on the American stage between July 1980 and January 1981.

OTHER INFO: When Mika covered a little bit of Queen's "I Want To Break Free" with Randy the Rat on a TV show in 2009 the bassline he sang was actually from the 1981 Queen/Bowie collaboration "Under Pressure".

HIS IMPORTANT LINKS: website 

PHOTOS: David alone 1972 - David alone 2015 - To my knowledge, he and Mika did not appear in any photos together.

 

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Bowley, Laura - choreography assistant for Mika's Parc Des Princes concert. She appears in the Live Parc Des Princes Paris documentary. PHOTO

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The Boy Who Comes From The Future - fictional storyline of Stasera Casa Mika (2017 season) in which Mika timetravels through his magical wardrobe/revolving door to a bedroom in the year 1967 where he finds a teenage girl named Amalia Cardone and her younger brother Gigi, uses his smartphone to teach them about the future, and meets their family. Scenes were interspersed throughout all four episodes, ending in the final episode with the pair coming to visit Casa Mika as 60-something-year-olds. The scenes were directed by Piero Messina, and starred Francesco Gheghi as Gigi and Roberta Margiotta as Amalia. PHOTO - PHOTO

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The Boy Who Knew Too Much - Mika's second full-length studio album. Released in September 2009.

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RELEASE DATE: September 18, 2009 in parts of Europe - September 22, 2009 in USA - Asia Tour Edition June 2, 2010 in Asia

DATES RECORDED: June 2008-2009

RECORDED AT: Olympic Studios in London, Rocket Carousel Studios in Los Angeles, Capitol Studios in Los Angeles

TOTAL LENGTH: 41:13

LABEL: Casablanca, Polydor

PRODUCED BY: Greg Wells and Mika (except "By The Time" - produced by Imogen Heap with additional production by Greg Wells and Mika). Associate Produced by Jodi Marr and John Merchant.

MIXED BY: Greg Wells.

SINGLES: "We Are Golden" - "Rain" - "Blame It On The Girls"

BASIC TRACKLIST:

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"

OTHER VERSIONS: See below for the tracklists of the Korean 3 disc Magazine Edition (with remixes & rarities disc, Sadler's Wells gig disc, paperback book of photos, early printings also came with a set of postcards), Japanese edition, Asia Tour edition, Summer Edition with bonus tracks, 2 disc US edition with DVD, and 2 disc UK deluxe edition with Sadler's Wells gig. Some editions came with link access to an online "Mika bonus area" where you could watch and download exclusive performances of "Dr. John", "I See You" and "We Are Golden" and join Mika's mailing list. 

CHART POSITIONS: debuted at its peak position of number four on the UK Albums Chart. See below for all chart positions.

ESTIMATED SALES: 1.5 million worldwide

AWARDS & NOMINATIONS: This album was not nominated for any awards. See individual songs below for their awards and nominations. 

LAUNCH/LISTENING PARTIES: Launch party on September 17, 2009 in London at private dining club Mosimann’s. Some of the famous people that attended were Christian Louboutin, Anthony Cotton, Ian McKellen, Rory Bremner, Matthew Williamson, Paul Gambaccini, Jodie Harsh, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Speech Debelle, Kathy Burke, and others.

TOURS: Imaginarium Tour which Mika did around Europe and Asia in 2010, with a huge set designed by Es Devlin.

TITLE INFO: The album was originally to be titled We Are Golden after the first single from the album, "We Are Golden" and some promo copies were sent out with this titled and different artwork. On July 20, 2009 in an on-air interview with DJ Jo Whiley on BBC Radio 1, Mika revealed he was considering renaming the album, because he wanted "something a little more ridiculous." On August 6, 2009 it was confirmed that the album's title would change to The Boy Who Knew Too Much. In BEAT magazine, October 2009, Mika said, "When I look for a name for a record I want it to have a cinematographic resonance. This one in particular has a link with the film The Man Who Knew Too Much, which was directed by Alfred Hitchcock. I replaced Man with Boy because the album deals with my adolescence; with a curious boy who observes society from behind a corner." Also, in a November 2009 interview with Access All Areas.net.au Mika said, "It is a reference to myself, but I wanted a title that could be a comic book title, and to reference Hitchcock as well [The Man Who Knew Too Much]. I was so obsessed with Hitchcock from such a young age because I thought he was a brilliant storyteller." The Man Who Knew Too Much is a British suspense film directed by Alfred Hitchcock, starring Peter Lorre in 1934, and it’s remake starring Doris Day and James Stewart in 1956. It was one of the most successful and critically acclaimed films of Hitchcock's British period. Also, "The Boy Who Knew Too Much" is the title of the twentieth episode of The Simpsons' fifth season, which originally aired on the Fox network in the United States on May 5, 1994, but Mika has not indicated that this was a factor in naming the album.

QUOTES: ---In a BBC News article published on September 21, 2009 Mika said, "the context of a lot of the storyline is my adolescence. I made movies in my head and I was a loner. I was always a watcher, and there are a lot of references in the album's lyrics about looking from the outside in. The boy who knew too much because he always sat around looking at everybody, the stalker."

---In Entertainment Weekly magazine September 22, 2009 Mika said "With the album, I wanted to paint this kind of comic-book version of my adolescence. I made a conscious decision to try and write a few more songs in the first person. Unfortunately, I've written songs that have dealt with a lot of different things from my personal life and these kind of psychosexual melodramas set within an adolescent context but all framed within pop music. The only difficult thing for me now is I get asked questions about all these things."

OTHER INFO: The album received generally positive reviews from music critics, based on an aggregate score of 70/100 from Metacritic.

ARTWORK: the album artwork was designed by DaWack (Yasmine Penniman), the Brooklyn-based Australian illustrator Sophie Blackall, Airside design studio collaborator Richard Hogg and Mika himself and was inspired by children's picture books from the 1940s to the 1970s.

-Artwork [Additional Illustrations] - Claire Bushe, Sophie Blackall, Zuleika Penniman

-Design [Additional] - Alex Hutchinson

-Illustration, Design - DaWack, Mika, Richard Hogg

-Photography By [Still Life] - Richard Boll

example of internal artwork 1 - example of internal artwork 2 - example of internal artwork 3

COVER: album cover BEFORE he changed it - album cover art - back cover - Asian Tour Edition cover

 

----OTHER TRACKLISTINGS----

Deluxe Edition Bonus Tracks

tracklist same as basic version plus:

13. "Lady Jane" 3:20

14. "Lover Boy" 3:13

 

Korean edition

tracklist same as basic version plus:

13. "Love Today" (live from Sadler’s Wells) 3:45

 

Korean Deluxe 2CD edition

tracklist same as basic version plus:

13. "Lover Boy" 3:13

+Live at Sadler's Wells Bonus Disc (see tracklist below)

 

Summer Edition Bonus Tracks 

tracklist same as basic version plus:

13. "Kick Ass (We Are Young)" 3:12

14. "Lover Boy" 3:13

15. "Lady Jane" 3:20

16. "Lonely Alcoholic" 3:08

17. "Rain" (Acoustic) 3:06

18. "Poker Face" (BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge Session) 3:09

19. "Satellite" 4:14

20. "Ring Ring" 2:48

 

Live at Sadler's Wells Bonus Disc (comes with the UK Deluxe edition, Korea Deluxe edition, and Korean magazine edition) 

1. "Grace Kelly" 4:24

2. "Lady Jane" 3:04

3. "Stuck In The Middle" 6:06

4. "Lonely Alcoholic" 3:17

5. "Blue Eyes" 3:34

6. "Toy Boy" 3:55

7. "Billy Brown" 3:32

8. "Good Gone Girl" 3:10

9. "Over My Shoulder" 4:11

10. "Big Girl (You Are Beautiful)" 4:12

11. "Love Today" 3:45

12. "Blame It On The Girls" 6:18

13. "Happy Ending" 5:22

14. "Lollipop" 7:08

15. "My Interpretation" 3:15

16. "Rain" 5:07

17. "Relax (Take It Easy)" 5:38

 

B-Sides & Rarities Bonus Disc (Asian Deluxe Edition, Asia Tour edition, and the Korean magazine edition) 

1. "Kick Ass (We Are Young)" 3:14

2. "We Are Golden" (Calvin Harris Remix) 6:58

3. "Rain" (Benny Benassi Remix) 6:10

4. "Blame It On The Girls" (Not On the Starsmith Remix) 6:53

5. "Poker Face" (BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge Session) 3:05

6. "Kick Ass (We Are Young)" (Cutmore Remix) 3:53

7. "Relax (Take It Easy)" (Ashley Beedle's Castro Vocal Discomix) 6:18

8. "Grace Kelly" (Tom Neville Full Vocal Remix) 9:03

9. "Love Today" (Switch Remix) 5:31

10. "Happy Ending" (Kleerup Mix) 6:31

11. "Rain" (P Zombies Remix) 6:34

(The 2CD Asia Tour edition has "Lover Boy" as the 13th track on disc one and came with a mini 2" To-FU doll in blue w/ a yellow M; another Asia Tour edition came with a set of 7 Mika To-fu stickers instead)

 

The Best of Life in Cartoon Motion Bonus Disc (Summer Deluxe Edition)

1. "Any Other World" 4:19

2. "Grace Kelly" 3:07

3. "Lollipop" 3:03

4. "My Interpretation" 3:35

5. "Relax (Take It Easy)" 3:44

6. "Love Today" 3:55

7. "Happy Ending" (The LA Edit) 3:54

8. "Over My Shoulder" 4:45

 

Japanese Bonus Track

tracklist same as basic version plus:

13. "We Are Golden" (Acoustic) 3:08

 

Japanese edition with Bonus DVD

tracklist same as basic version plus:

13. "We Are Golden" (Acoustic bonus track) 3:08

DVD:

1. The Boy Who Knew Too Much Documentary 11:36

2. Making Of "We Are Golden" video 5:59

3. "We Are Golden" (promo video) 4:16

4. "Blame It On The Girls" (promo video) 3:40

5. "Rain" (promo video) 3:43

6. "Grace Kelly (Live From Parc Des Princes) 4:07

7. "Lollipop" (Live From Parc Des Princes) 4:06

8. "Love Today" (Live From Parc Des Princes) 10:21

 

US Deluxe with Bonus DVD

tracklist same as basic version plus:

13. "Lover Boy" 3:16

DVD:

1. Making Of "We Are Golden" video

2. "We Are Golden" video

3. Documentary - Making Of Parc Des Princes Paris 

4. "Grace Kelly" (Live From Parc Des Princes)

5. "Lollipop" (Live From Parc Des Princes)

6. "Love Today" (Live From Parc Des Princes)

 

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Weekly charts

-Chart (2009) Peak position-

Argentine Albums Chart #6

Australian Albums Chart #10

Austrian Albums Chart #9

Belgian Albums Chart (Flanders) #3

Belgian Albums Chart (Wallonia) #3

Canadian Albums Chart #19

Danish Albums Chart #24

Dutch Albums Chart #5

French Albums Chart #1

German Albums Chart #6

Greek Albums Chart #45

Irish Albums Chart #14

Italian Albums Chart #10

Mexican Albums Chart #29

New Zealand Albums Chart #30

Norwegian Albums Chart #29

Portuguese Albums Chart #17

Spanish Albums Chart #7

Swedish Albums Chart #14

Swiss Albums Chart #2

UK Albums Chart #4

US Billboard 200 #19

US Billboard Top Electronic Albums #5

 

Year-end charts

-Chart (2009) #Position-

European Top 100 Albums #49

French Albums Chart #12

Swiss Albums Chart #60

 

Certifications

-Region - Certification - Sales/shipments-

Canada (Music Canada) - Gold - 40,000^

Belgium (BEA) - Platinum - 30,000*

France (SNEP) - 3× Platinum - 300,000*

Italy (FIMI) - Platinum - 50,000*

Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland) - Gold - 15,000x

 

* sales figures based on certification alone

^ shipments figures based on certification alone

x unspecified figures based on certification alone

 

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Boyzone - chart-topping Irish boy band; their most famous line-up was Keith Duffy, Stephen Gately, Mikey Graham, Ronan Keating, and Shane Lynch. In 2007 they recorded a version of Mika's "Gave It All Away", originally to be released as their comeback single, but Mika refused to let it be released, at least partly due to royalty problems. On October 10, 2009 Gately died of a pulmonary edema resulting from an undiagnosed heart condition. Mika pulled some strings so they could release the song and it became the lead single from their album 2010 Brother. In March 2010 Mika performed the song with the group on Boyzone: A Tribute to Stephen Gately which was broadcast on ITV1 to an audience of 8.12 million viewers.

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YEARS ACTIVE: 1993-2000, 2007-present

NATIONALITY: Irish

ADDITIONAL BIO: They got their first recording contract in 1994. After some final Irish tour dates in January 2000, the group split so the members could pursue solo projects. They made a comeback in 2007, originally with the intention of just touring but going on to record more hit singles and albums. In April 2018 they confirmed their final album will be released in September 2018. Their farewell tour ended October 25, 2019. The group have had 19 top 5 singles on the Irish Singles Chart, 18 top 10 hits on the UK Singles Chart, nine #1 Irish hit singles and six #1 UK hit singles and five #1 albums, with 25 million records sold by 2013 worldwide.

MIKA CREDITS: They released the Mika/Greg Wells penned song "Gave It All Away" as a single on March 1, 2010. On March 21, 2010 Mika performed the song with the group on TV during Boyzone: A Tribute to Stephen Gately.

ALSO WORKED WITH: -

QUOTES: ---In a November 16, 2009 with The Sun Ronan said, "About two years ago we were given this song which was written by Mika. We loved it so we recorded it for our greatest hits. At the last minute Mika pulled the song and took it back. But Stephen had loved it so much we asked whether we could get permission to use it. We were in Los Angeles at the time - and then the weirdest thing happened. The hotel lift doors opened and there was Mika! I'm thinking, 'This is really messed up. It must be fate'. Mika said, 'I know what you are going to say - the song is yours'."

---In the February 21, 2010 issue of The Sunday World Mika said "Stephen really liked it because he understood why I wrote it. Then when Ronan sings the song it turns into this lovable, straight man's lullaby to his ex-girlfriend or something." In the same issue he also said, "Before Stephen died, I didn't want Boyzone to release the song for reasons that are too complicated to explain. Afterwards, there were things that I had to go in and fix to make it OK for them to release it. I was in the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in LA on the phone trying to the song approved. Then, I'm going through the lobby and this guy in sunglasses with grocery bags walks into the elevator. He says: 'Mika, how 'ya doin'. I'm Ronan.' I was completely freaked out. He had run away from Ireland because things had been too stressful. He was staying in 401 and I was staying in 410 ...on the same floor in the same hotel. I figured it was a sign, so I turbo-charged the approval and by the next morning it was all sorted."

OTHER RELEASES: Their full-length albums are Said And Done (1994), A Different Beat (1996), Where We Belong (1998), Brother (2010), BZ20 (2013), Dublin To Detroit (2014), and Thank You & Goodnight (2018).

OTHER INFO: -

THEIR IMPORTANT LINKS: website

PHOTOS: the group with Stephen - screenshot performing "Gave It All Away" w/ Mika

VIDEO: Mika on Boyzone: A Tribute to Stephen Gately

 

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Brauer, Michael - audio mixer active since the 1970s who has worked with artists such as Aretha Franklin, Coldplay, Rolling Stones, and many others. Mika said someone else had mixed the tracks of My Name Is Michael Holbrook but he wasn’t sure about them, so he sent them to Michael in New York City. Mika posted instagram stories of them on July 20, 2019, and Michael posted a photo of them together captioned "Mixing with @mikainstagram Mika at #brauersoundstudios". However, Michael Brauer is not listed on the album credits at all. 

-On an interview on Radio 105 on July 18, 2019 Mika said, "I'm going to New York and starting the mixing phase from tomorrow morning, I had doubts about the sound and sent it to an expert thinking I would never be able to publish it on time, then he heard it, he called me after 4 hours and he told me that he canceled all his commitments to work with me. Positive energy and wise people are needed to make a good album."

PHOTO posted by Michael on July 20, 2019

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Bravi, Michele - Italian pop singer who was a contestant on Morgan‘s team in season 7 of X Factor Italia and won the competition. In November 2016 he posted a video interview of he and Mika for YouTube PopUp Space on his YT channel. He, Mika, and Joan Thiele performed the song "Let The Sunshine In" together on the second episode of Stasera Casa Mika (2016 season). PHOTO

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Brayn, Mike - London-based composer/producer in genres from pop & dance to classical-crossover who wrote the lyrics for "Out Of The Blue". He has worked with writers in Los Angeles, New York City, and Nashville and played professionally in several bands and as a solo artist.

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Brazil, Karl - English session drummer, best known as the drummer for the British indie rock band Feeder, replacing the band's original drummer. He played drums on Mika’s "Live Your Life", drums and percussion on "All She Wants" and "Staring At The Sun". He also played drums on the Help For Haiti "Everybody Hurts" single, and played on tour and/or in the studio with Starsailor, Rufus Wainwright, Elton John, Lily Allen, Joss Stone, Robbie Williams, James Blunt, and many others.

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Brel, Jacques - Belgian singer, songwriter and actor active from 1953 until his death in 1978. Mika once covered his song "Le Cheval" which originally appeared on his album Jacques Brel 67.

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Bridge, Lorna - soprano opera singer and long-time friend of Mika who was Lollipop Girl during live shows in the first part of 2007 and sang backing vocals on "Happy Ending" during some concerts, including the one from Live In Cartoon Motion. She sang backing vocals on the album version of "Touches You". She and Mika both attended the Royal College Of Music together.

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BORN: March 20, 1984 or so (she was aged 22 in 2006)

NATIONALITY: ?

FULL NAME/ALSO KNOWN AS: -

ADDITIONAL BIO: She got her Bachelor of Music degree at the Royal College of Music and trained at their Benjamin Britten International Opera School. In 2009 she appeared at the Royal Opera House as the Boy in concert performances of Donizetti's Linda Di Chamounix. She spent three seasons with English Touring Opera in the chorus and sang several small roles, including several performances as Fiordiligi in Cosi Fan Tutte.

MIKA CREDITS: backing vocals on the album version of "Touches You".

FIRST SHOW WITH MIKA: 2007 (or before?)

LAST SHOW WITH MIKA: 2007

ALSO WORKED WITH: White Horse Opera, English Touring Opera, and other operas and choral groups.

QUOTES: -

OTHER RELEASES: -

OTHER INFO: In the The Origin Of Love album liner notes Mika thanks her.

HER IMPORTANT LINKS: ?

PHOTOS: w/ Mika onstage 2007 at l’Olympia Paris - w/ Mika on a jet ski 2007 - w/ Mika onstage 2007 at Manchester Vodafone gig 1 - w/ Mika onstage 2007 at Manchester Vodafone gig 2

VIDEO: singing "Happy Ending" with Mika

 

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The Brill Building - office building located at 1619 Broadway on 49th Street in Manhattan, New York City, famous for housing music industry offices and studios where some of the most popular American music tunes were written by Carole King & Gerry Goffin, Burt Bacharach, Neil Diamond, Kander & Ebb, Phil Spector, Paul Simon, and many more. Its heyday was in the late 1950's and throughout the 1960's but it's still occupied by many music companies. In his May 2015 radio interview with Jo Whiley and many others Mika has spoken about it.

In his May 2012 XL Repubblica column Mika wrote: "My main concern however was often trying to figure out how to get around [Westminster] School without being noticed. My main obstacle was the courtyard, as to get from my locker to the music centre where my piano was, I actually had to cross it. Once there however, I would write. My aim was crystal clear; I wanted to figure out how to write melody. Melodies that stuck like glue, for I knew that these were power. No matter who you are, we are all prone to falling for a melody. The music centre was a small building with a narrow corridor, with many doors that opened on to small cubicles where all you would find was a piano and a chair. Others would be practicing difficult classical pieces, but I pretended I was in the Brill building in 1960s New York, where the likes of Bacharach and Carole King would be competing in similar rooms, trying to write the perfect pop song". --- In his May 2015 radio interview with Jo Whiley Mika said: "I mean the Brill building was amazing, is that, I mean out of this building so many people were, Neil Sedaka and Barry and Cynthia Mann, of course I mean Gerry Goffin, I mean they wrote the pop songs of that decade, you know of like two decades almost. They wrote in little white cubicles with a piano and apparently they used to compete against each other. There's this amazing documentary that was made also on Radio 2. [...] And it's just amazing that you know this massive records came out of like a bunch of catty people fighting ridiculously competitively working on who would write the best song that day in their cubicles. That's mad! It's not like that anymore."

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Brimful Of Asha - Cornershop (a British indie rock band) song (1997) originally released as a single and on their album When I Was Born for the 7th Time. Mika inserted a couple lines of lyrics from the song into his 2007 cover of The View’s "Same Jeans".

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The Brit Awards - annual awards given out for excellence in music by the British Phonographic Industry since 1977. Mika opened the February 20, 2008 awards ceremony with a live performance of "Grace Kelly", "Love Today", and a duet with Beth Ditto of "Standing In The Way Of Control". Mika was nominated for Best Male Solo Artist, Best Album for Life In Cartoon Motion, Best Single for "Grace Kelly", and won the award for British Breakthrough Act in 2008. In 2010 he was nominated for British Male Solo in 2010 but lost to Dizzee Rascal. Also in 2010 he presented an award to Lady Gaga. PHOTO collage

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British Airways - the United Kingdom's largest airline based on fleet size, international flights and international destinations. When Mika was younger British Airways paid him to sing in-flight and hold music for them. He’s spoken of it in several interviews.

-In a March 4, 2015 interview for Europe 1 radio Mika said: "It's not me who wrote it! I was young and there was this little record company that would produce music for advertising, and stuff like that. And I would do little jobs for them, I wasn't paid at all and I had no rights on the thing I was singing and all I got in change, was some hours in which I could use the studio where I could record my demos and I would do it from the age of 9/10." --- In a January 2007 interview with The Sun he said: "I'll never forget calling up British Airways to get a ticket, only to be placed in a line, listening to my own voice. That was a painful eight minutes."

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Broad, Julian - photographer and filmmaker born in England in 1964. He photographed Mika in 2009 for promo photos, and in 2019 for photos used for the forthcoming My Name Is Michael Holbrook, the "Ice Cream" single, and other promo. He’s photographed for many clients such as Vogue, Armani, Peugeot, Rolling Stone, Travel & Leisure, Playboy, Universal, Dolce & Gabbana, BMW, Paul Smith, GQ, Vanity Fair, and many more.

-On May 29, 2019 Mika instagrammed a video with a glimpse of Julian and the caption: "When you release an album you end up doing a lot of photo shoots! But the very first one, for the album and single artwork, is by far the most important. I chose the photographer Julian Broad who I have worked with for over 10 years. I wanted a portrait that was pure and beautiful, that would also enable me to mix my graphic and illustrated world with photography. Through the eyes of a person in the photograph you can learn a lot about them but the drawings that surround them can also reveal even more layers. And in the midst of all this elegant poetry... there is a dancing bear in the middle of the street... more about that later 😉🙄🐻 Stay tuned, tomorrow I will be posting the single cover art #icecream #mikaicecream #mika". --- Julian instagrammed the “Ice Cream” cover art on May 30, 2019, saying: "Mika World! The first from my project with Mika. Single sleeve for Mika’s new track ‘Ice Cream’ dropping soon. Designed by Mat Maitland @ Big Active and Mika’s brilliant Sister Yasmine. Wonderful team."

PHOTO collage of Mika pics taken by Julian

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Brooklyn Steel - 1,800-capacity music venue in New York City where Mika filmed the music videos for "Tomorrow" and "Dear Jealousy" before the first of his two September 2019 concerts there. During the second concert Mika said the show was being recorded for a live album, released in January 2020 called MIKA, Live from Brooklyn Steel.

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Broom, Daisy - actress known for Leaving (2009), Teen Spirit (2007), and Girlhood (2014). She is the young blonde girl in the music video for "Elle Me Dit". PHOTO

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Brothers, Kerry "Krucial" - American songwriter, multi-Grammy Award winning producer and executive producer who co-wrote Mika's "Rio". In addition to co-writing and co-producing songs for Alicia Keys, he has worked with R&B and hip hop artists like Rakim, Angie Stone, Nas, Keyshia Cole, Toni Braxton, Drake, and K'naan.

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Bruni, Carla - Italian-French singer-songwriter, model, and former First Lady of France. On the fourth episode of Stasera Casa Mika (2017 season) she and Mika did a segment with her pretending to be his mirror image, they duetted on Sylvie Vartan’s "Comme un Garçon", he interviewed her about inspiration and told of how he’d gone to her house to talk to her about coming on the show and nearly punched her husband by accident. Then he sat at the piano and they sang bits of songs including Elvis Presley’s "Love Me Tender", Francesco De Gregori’s "Buonanotte Fiorellino", and Leonard Cohen’s "Hallelujah". She later came back on and performed the Rolling Stones song "Miss You" alone. The pair had previously appeared on the same November 2009 episode of Vivement Dimanche about Sylvie Vartan. Mika played her cover of Depeche Mode’s "Enjoy The Silence" and he talked with her on BBC Radio 2’s ‘Mika: The Art Of Song’ radio show aired on New Year's Day, January 1, 2018.

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BORN: December 23, 1967 in Turin, Italy

NATIONALITY: Italian/French

FULL NAME/ALSO KNOWN AS: Carla Gilberta Bruni Tedeschi, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy

ADDITIONAL BIO: She and her family moved from Italy to France when she was seven. She was a model from 1987 to 1997, becoming one of the then 20 highest-paid fashion models. Her music career began when she quit modelling in 1997, but her first album didn’t come out until 2002. She sent her lyrics to Julien Clerc in 1999, based on which he composed six tracks on his 2000 album Si J'étais Elle. In 2008, she married Nicolas Sarkozy, the President of France from May 2007 until May 2012.

OTHER APPEARANCES WITH MIKA: The pair appeared on the same November 2009 episode of Vivement Dimanche about Sylvie Vartan. She was a guest on the fourth episode of Stasera Casa Mika (2017 season).

QUOTES: ---The Lebanese President, Michel Suleiman, was visiting France for an official visit in March 2009. On this occasion, Nicolas Sarkozy and Carla Bruni invited Mika to a dinner... which he declined. He said at the time: "I did not want to get into that game, but Carla Bruni is incredible when I think about Taratata, which I did with her when I started...". In Le Parisian in September 2009, Mika explained more: "First, I recorded my record in Los Angeles. It was complicated, and then, I'm a little afraid of the world of politics, this It's not my place. I'm interested in politics, but not enough to invest myself in it. Nicolas Sarkozy, I would have taken 48 hours to get there ... "

OTHER WORKS: Her albums include Quelqu'un M'a Dit (2002), No Promises (2007), Comme Si De Rien N'était (2008), Little French Songs (2013), and French Touch (2017).

OTHER INFO: She and Mika both appear on the 2011 Michel Legrand album Noel! Noel!! Noel!!! (singing different songs). -- Mika was photographed with Carla’s older sister Valeria Bruni Tedeschi at the Valentino fashion show in Paris in October 2016.

HER IMPORTANT LINKS: wikipedia | instagram

PHOTOS: beside Mika 2009 on Vivement Dimanche - mirror images on CasaMika - talking together on CasaMika - PHOTO on CasaMika

VIDEO: she and Mika’s mirror act on Stasera Casa Mika

 

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Brunila, Teemu - Finnish singer, songwriter, musician and producer. He became known as the lead vocalist and songwriter for the Turku-based pop group The Crash. During their career, the band released four studio albums and one compilation album. He co-wrote Mika’s "Last Party"; co-wrote, produced, played piano, drums, bass, sang background vocals on "Porcelain". He's also written songs for acts like David Guetta, Pixie Lott, JLS, and Trey Songz, and is probably the lead singer of the virtual band Studio Killers.

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Buckley, Jo - assistant string contractor on "Karen (82 Rue des Martyrs)", "Stardust" (album version), and "Make You Happy (Miami Edit)". She has also done work on records by Il Divo, Joe McElderry, Daft Punk, Pet Shop Boys, and more.

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Buckmaster, Paul - Grammy-winning English artist, arranger, conductor and composer. He arranged and conducted strings on "Any Other World", "Happy Ending", "Toy Boy", and "I See You". He has also worked with David Bowie, Elton John, The Darkness, Taylor Swift, Harry Nilsson, Guns N' Roses, and many others.

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Burdge, Ian - British session cello and electric cello player who played 1st cello on "Karen (82 Rue des Martyrs)", "Stardust" (album version), and "Make You Happy (Miami Edit)", violoncello on "Stardust" (single version with Chiara Galiazzo), and additional cello on "Good Guys". He co-founded The Millennia Ensemble in 1995, recording for many artists including Travis, David Gray, Paul McCartney, and Luciano Pavarotti. Ian's string arrangements include those used by Suede, Doves, Garou, and more. He has toured and played live on electric cello with many acts including Tom McRae, Elbow, Ben Folds Five, and Lamb.

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Burton, Tim - American film director, producer, artist, writer, and animator known for his dark, gothic, macabre, and quirky horror and fantasy films such as Beetlejuice (1988), Edward Scissorhands (1990), The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993), Ed Wood (1994), Sleepy Hollow (1999), Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007), Dark Shadows (2012), and many others. Mika has mentioned Tim Burton in interviews on numerous occasions, particularly when speaking of The Boy Who Knew Too Much. When asked "Who would you invite to your dream dinner party?" he replied "Kurt Weill, Tim Burton, Neil Gaiman and Angela Carter."

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Burza, Kinga - Polish-Australian director of music video for "Elle Me Dit", (in which Mika does not appear). She has also directed music videos by Calvin Harris, La Roux, Katy Perry, Patrick Wolf, Marina And The Diamonds, Kate Nash and others.

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Bushe, Claire - did additional artwork on The Boy Who Knew Too Much.

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Butler, Ben - Australian guitarist. On the album The Origin Of Love he played guitar on "Lola", "Kids", "Heroes", "Karen (82 Rue des Martyrs)", and "L'Amour Dans Le Mauvais Temps". He’s also recorded or toured with artists such as George Michael, Annie Lennox, Stevie Wonder, Paula Cole, Sheryl Crow, Burt Bacharach, Herbie Hancock, and Bono & the Edge (of U2).

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The Butterfly Lounge - the size-acceptance nightclub located in Costa Mesa, California which Mika referenced in the song "Big Girl (You Are Beautiful)". In an interview with Stuart Maconie in 2007 Mika said that originally the song was called "Butterfly Lounge"; this title appears on a very early, very rare, promo disc used to get him gigs before he signed to Universal. PHOTO with founder & hostess Kathleen Divine

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Byrne, Marcus - British keyboard player and programmer. He played keyboards at a few of Mika's 2011 concerts, was Mika's musical director from 2011-June 2012, and played piano on the album version of "Overrated".

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BORN: ?

NATIONALITY: British 

FULL NAME/ALSO KNOWN AS: -

ADDITIONAL BIO: He is director at Subsonic Media Ltd & CoDE Media Ltd in Twickenham, United Kingdom.

MIKA CREDITS: He played piano on the album version of "Overrated". 

FIRST SHOW WITH MIKA: 2011

LAST SHOW WITH MIKA: 2011

ALSO WORKED WITH: Take That, Cher Lloyd, Darren Hayes, Electric Light Orchestra, Annie Lennox, Gary Barlow, Cheryl Cole, and Rebecca Ferguson. 

QUOTES: -

OTHER RELEASES: ?

OTHER INFO: -

HIS IMPORTANT LINKS: ?

PHOTOS: Marcus alone - live with Mika - backstage with Mika, Martin Waugh, and Cherisse 

 

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By The Time - song which appears on the album The Boy Who Knew Too Much as the 9th track. It was written by Mika and Imogen Heap, and features Imogen on drums, keyboards/programming and backing vocals. Footage of Mika and Imogen working on the track appears in the 2009 Making Of TBWKTM vlog.

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OFFICIAL VIDEO: N/A

LYRICS: lyrics

CREDITS: Written by Imogen Heap and Mika

Vocals - Mika

Backing Vocals - Imogen Heap, and Mika

Bass - Greg Wells

Drums - Greg Wells, and Imogen Heap

Keyboard Programming - Imogen Heap

Produced by Imogen Heap

Additional Production by Greg Wells, and Mika

LENGTH: 3:21

PLAYED LIVE: The only time he performed it live was with The King’s Singers at Union Chapel in London on November 18, 2009.

PERFORMED ON TV: -

MIKA'S OTHER NOTABLE VERSIONS: -

USED IN: -

REMIXES: N/A

COVERED BY: The King’s Singers performed a vocal version (3:16) on their 2010 CD Swimming Over London

QUOTES: ---Imogen Heap explained in a 2009 interview, "So he came round literally a couple of days later and we just worked on some stuff at home, and on the piano just wrote the basics of an idea, and went to the studio and put some vocal ideas down. We really did it in a couple of days. Then he had to go off and tour and do the rest of his record and stuff and bits and bobs. So, I spent a couple of evenings on the music and kinda left it at that. Then when they were piecing the album together I got the call saying ‘can we have the song’, and I said ‘no no, it's not finished yet, I haven't done anything to it’ and they were like ‘no, no, no, we like it as it is.’ So it is basically the demo that I did at like seven in the morning, and that's what went on the record."

OTHER INFO: -

ARTWORK: N/A

 

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Cabaret - musical, based on a book written by Christopher Isherwood, with music by John Kander and lyrics by Fred Ebb. The 1966 Broadway production became a hit, as well as the 1972 film by the same name starring Liza Minnelli. When Mika was at Westminster School, he played the Emcee, "a leering, ghoulish, flamboyant figure". The musical was performed at The Musical-Millicent Fawcett Hall, from February 11th-14th 2002 and was directed by Lyndsey Turner. In a review in the school magazine, The Elizabethan, they mentioned Mika’s performance and published a couple photos with him in them. On Virginia Raffaele’s Rai TV show Facciamo Che Io Ero, aired June 7, 2017, she and Mika danced and sang the song "Money, Money", which was originally performed by Minnelli and Joel Grey in the film version.

-In a 2002 review in The Elizabethan, they had this to say about young Mika’s performance: "The evening’s events are overseen by Mica Penniman’s kooky, eccentric Emcee. His lurking presence throughout is often amusing, but grows increasingly sinister as the evening comes to its climax. Strongly sung and wittily acted, Penniman’s performance seemed to delight and intrigue audiences nightly." --- In an interview with Katja Schwemmers for Austrian TBA magazine in September 2009 Mika said: “At school I was considered a fag. This is why I don’t like stereotype thinking. But then one day I got the part of emcee in a theatre production of ‘Cabaret’. I played him so excessive and controversial that I thought it had to destroy me once and for all. But it had precisely the opposite effect: The people who had been so mean to me, looked at me and applauded. They could not deny that I was good! For me this was almost a shock to realize: Oh my God, you can exist on your own terms!”

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Cabello, Victoria - Italian television presenter and one of the other judges on X Factor Italia 8. PHOTO collage

Cadences Obstinées - French-Portuguese romance 96-minute film, released in January 2014 in France and in March 2014 in Portugal, directed and written by Fanny Ardant, and starring Asia Argento, Gerard Depardieu, and Franco Nero. Mika played a small role with no dialogue as Lucio, appearing in the final scene which was filmed in Lisbon, Portugal.

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SYNOPSIS: Cadences Obstinées revolves around a couple, Margo, an acclaimed cellist who left her job to devote herself to her husband, and Furio, an architect embarked on the almost impossible task of restoring a long-abandoned hotel. As the opening day draws near, tensions and obstacles build up between them.

CAST: Asia Argento as Margo, Nuno Lopes as Furio, Franco Nero as Carmine, Gérard Depardieu as Père Villedieu, Ricardo Pereira as Mattia, Laura Soveral as Mère Carmine, Tudor Istodor as Gabriel, Mika as Lucio, and Johan Leysen as Wladimir.

QUOTES: ---In a February 5, 2013 tweet Mika said "In a dilapidated palace in Lisbon filming a cameo in Fanny Ardent's new film. Then off to Dubai for a collab with a v special Arab starlet".

OTHER INFO: English translation: Obsessive Rhythms. -- The film made $31,125 in the box office and it received generally negative reviews.

IMPORTANT LINKS: imdb page

PHOTOS: film poster - Mika as Lucio - Mika on the TV scene

VIDEO: Mika's scene

 

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Cake By The Ocean - DNCE (an American dance-rock band) song (2015) which Mika and his pajama-partiers danced to on the beach in Rimini at the end of the third episode of Stasera Casa Mika (2016 season).

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Calabrese, Francesco - Italian director who directed the music video for "Ice Cream". He’s also directed music videos for Mario Venuti, M+A, Amari, and others; made short films; and made commercials for companies such as Alfa Romero and Valentino.

California - large South-western coastal state located in the United States of America. It’s mentioned in "Kids" in the line "just another California day". Mika’s recorded much of his albums there, played gigs in several California cities including San Francisco, Oakland, and Los Angeles, and filmed things like TV appearances and other interviews there.

Calvi, Fabio - Italian director who directed Stasera Casa Mika (2016 season). He worked mainly as a TV and theater director, and has directed television programs such as Le Invasioni Barbariche (which Mika was a guest on in 2014), Dillo a Wally, Tempi Moderni, Grande Fratello, Piazzapulita and more.

Campbell, Zeno - film producer who produced the music video of "Grace Kelly". He’s also produced videos for Kaiser Chiefs, Franz Ferdinand, Alphabeat, and others.

Campo Dall'Orto, Antonio - CEO of the Italian television broadcasting company Rai from December 2015 to June 2017. He was the general director of Stasera Casa Mika (2016 season) and was at the Stasera Casa Mika press conference on November 3, 2016 in Milan, Italy.

-In a November 16, 2016 article published by LaPresse Antonio is quoted as saying: "Mika's show is a good idea for the public service entertainment. Mika is a great ‘mix’ of cultures and talents: it can entertain and at the same time bring in those who watch in a space of proximity and empathy. The project is also a contemporary homage to the great Italian classical variety: written, played, sung and danced by those who have the talent to do it to the highest level, coupled with the will to include storytelling elements on the country which are perfectly integrated into the show."

PHOTO w/ Casa Mika car

Cancellalo Amore - Italian language version of "Erase", with Italian lyrics written by Emanuele Asti, which Italian singer Valerio Scanu released a 3:05 version of on his self-titled 2009 album. 

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Can't Stand Losing You - song originally by The Police, covered by Mika Vs Armand Van Helden for the 2007 Radio 1 Established 1967 anniversary album, with vocals done by Mika and remixed by Armand. 

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LYRICS: lyrics

CREDITS: originally written by Sting

LENGTH: 4:08 (Mika Vs Armand’s version) / 3:02 (original)

ORIGINALLY APPEARED ON: The Police’s debut album Outlandos D'Amour

PERFORMED BY MIKA: on a studio recording, as Mika Vs Armand Van Helden for the 2007 Radio 1 Established 1967 anniversary double album as the 13th track on the 1st disc. The vocals were by Mika and it was remixed by Armand. The song was also a promo remix single (not on a record label) with three mixes on it (3:13, 4:14, and 6:09).

QUOTES: -

OTHER INFO: -

 

Can’t Take My Eyes Off You - Frankie Valli song (1967) which Mika and Karen Mok sang as a duet at her marriage anniversary party in London on September 9th, 2017; a video of their duet was posted online.

Canty, Jim - director of the music video for "Kick Ass (We Are Young)". He has also directed videos for Geri Halliwell, James Blunt, and Mumford & Sons.

Caparezza - Italian rapper (real name: Michele Salvemini, born October 9, 1973) who debuted in 1997 at the Sanremo Song Festival under the name MikiMix. On the third episode of Stasera Casa Mika (2017 season) he performed his song "Ti Fa Stare Bene", then he and Mika used vocoders to sing some of "The Robots" by Kraftwerk. PHOTO

Capitol Studios LA - Hollywood, California recording studio located in the Capitol Records building. Some of The Boy Who Knew Too Much was recorded there. It has also hosted many noted recording artists, from Frank Sinatra to the Beastie Boys.

Carancini, Lorenzo - Italian guitarist and guitar teacher. Out of several hundred guitarists who submitted videos online Mika chose Lorenzo to accompany him at his street performance in Ancona, Italy on October 16, 2019. Together they performed "Tomorrow", "Stardust", "Grace Kelly", and "Piazza Grande".

In an October 16, 2019 article about the guitarist Lorenzo said: "I was recruited only for this event, not for the concert on November 26th, also because Mika has his band.” He also explained they didn’t have rehearsal time: "...We talked a bit about how to make songs and in particular ‘Piazza Grande’, it was a very informal and pleasant thing.” He also said: "I am a bit of the trade, I worked with other Italian artists like Ron, Ivana Spagna and Pupo, I wanted to put myself on the line for this experience but I didn't have any expectations, I tried like everyone else.” When asked why he thought Mika chose him, he said: “I don't want to sin of pride, maybe it was simply because the things I had sent to Mika were relevant to his way of making music. I don't want to talk about skill, because I'm sure those 500 videos came from people who were just as good. It was a wonderful experience, a lot of people, a lot of warmth and this made everything definitely satisfying."

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Cardin, Charlotte - singer, songwriter, and former model from Mont-Royal, Quebec, Canada. She opened for Mika in Montréal on July 4th and 5th, 2015. She was also formerly a contestant on the French-Canadian version of The Voice in season 1.

Carlile, Ed - drummer of Mika’s live band, he started with Mika in 2013, and has mostly played with Mika since, except on some 2015 dates when Lewis Wright filled in.

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BORN: August, ?

NATIONALITY: British

FULL NAME/ALSO KNOWN AS: -

ADDITIONAL BIO: He lives in London, England.

MIKA CREDITS: -

FIRST SHOW WITH MIKA: May (?) 2013

LAST SHOW WITH MIKA: 2017?

ALSO WORKED WITH: previously played shows with Elio Pace, Katrina & The Waves, David Sneddon, Geraldine Latty, Chris Lawson Jones, Kipper (Sting), WeeksWeeksWeeks, Dave Ruis, Chris Eaton, Matt Redman, and others.

QUOTES: -

OTHER RELEASES: -

OTHER INFO: -

HIS IMPORTANT LINKS: twitter | tumblr

PHOTOS: in the red suspenders with Mika & the band Aug 2014 - onstage w/ Mika in Sollies Pont July 2016 - onstage w/ Mika in Trieste July 2016 - Ed backstage alone - live w/ Mika Lithuania May 2016 - live w/ Mika Trieste Italy 28 2016

 

Carlsson, Johan - Swedish-born songwriter and producer who co-wrote "Talk About You". He also worked with Ariana Grande, One Direction, Gavin DeGraw, and others. In addition, he is the bassist/keyboardist of Carolina Liar, a Los Angeles-based rock quartet.

Carlyle, Mara - singer-songwriter and ukulele/musical saw player who opened for Mika at The Borderline, London on August 30, 2006.

Carné, Tristan - French television director who works for channels such as France Télévisions, TF1, and Canal + directing shows Mika was on such as The Voice France, Téléthon for L'Association Française Contre les Myopathies, and many others. He was also the director of Mika’s June 2018 performance at the Rugby Top 14 final at Stade de France. He attended Mika’s concert in Madrid, Spain on November 13, 2019.

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Carolina - prostitute mentioned in "Love Today" in the line "Carolina sits on 95, give her a dollar and she'll make you smile" whom Mika met in real life. He spoke about her in his XL Repubblica column and at his Bocconi University lecture.

-In his December 2013 XL Repubblica column Mika explained: "I met Carolina in my early twenties in Miami. At the time, my collaborator Jodi Marr and I would beg and borrow studio hours wherever we could get them. In exchange, we would lend our voices to bad Latin pop records or Jodi would translate lyrics. We were prostituting ourselves for studio time and for a way out of obscurity. We were making my first demos and money was non existent. This meant we often got the studios after normal working hours, from 7pm to 2am. Unable to drive, Jodi would pick me up and drop me off at a gas station in North Miami where I would then be collected by my sister or a friend. Carolina was always there waiting for customers. I quickly realised this wasn’t such a good thing as it meant she wasn’t getting work, which wasn’t surprising as she was passed it and not in good health. I became fascinated by her, but mostly fascinated by her incredible strength. One day she disappeared and I never saw her waiting there again."

Carter, Angela - late English novelist and journalist; author of many novels, short fiction collections, and other books. Mika has mentioned her in several interviews, including in his November 2009 MySpace Q&A.

-Mika has mentioned her in several interviews, including in an interview in The Guardian in June 2009: "I've been reading Angela Carter's The Magic Toyshop" - which is about a girl's burgeoning sexuality as she lives under the roof of her tyrannical toy maker uncle - "and I've been fascinated by that period in someone's life." --- When asked "who would you invite to your dream dinner party?" in a quick Q&A interview in The Guardian in September 2009 Mika replied: "Kurt Weill,Tim Burton, Neil Gaiman and Angela Carter." --- In his 2009 MySpace Q&A he said: "I think around the last album, the latest one I mean, I was kind of reading a lot of Angela Carter. She is a very... well, she's a very inspiring novelist simply because she plays with this whole concept of magical realism but it's particularly the English version of it. She was a writer who died not too long ago, she died quite young in her 50s with cancer but she wrote some amazing books while she was alive, including Nights At The Circus, she wrote The Magic Toyshop, all these things that mix fantasy and reality and are extremely good for getting visuals in your head and from the things that you see in your head that's where you get ideas to write songs, really and that's how I approach it."

Casablanca Records - American recording label owned by Universal Republic Records Group (which in turn is a division of Universal Music Group) and operated by Republic Records. Once known as predominantly a disco label, it was relaunched in 2000 and now operates as an electronic dance music label under the direction of Tommy Mottola. Mika has been signed to Casablanca in the USA since he first got a record deal in 2006. Other artists on their roster include Tiësto, Stromae, Crystal Castles, and Scissor Sisters.

Casanova - Corsican singer who was one of Mika’s final four contestants on The Voice France in season 7. Mika stole him from Zazie’s team in the 9th episode. He lost his duel against Mennel Ibtissem in episode 11, but after she dropped out of the competition Casanova was brought back. He made it to the finale and came in 3rd place with 12.6% of the vote. He and Mika sang Supertramps’s "Goodbye Stranger" together on the final episode. Casanova and the other three finalists on Mika’s team performed a cover of "Happy Ending" which was uploaded as an extra on the TF1 site but not aired on TV.

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BORN: age 23 when he was on the show in 2018

NATIONALITY: Corsican

FULL NAME/ALSO KNOWN AS: Yoann Casanova

ADDITIONAL BIO: He is from Bastia, Corsica. For his audition he sang "Je Serai Là" by Slimane; Zazie and Florent turned their chairs for him and he chose Zazie as his coach. He also tried out for The Voice France in season 5 but Mika and the other coaches did not turn their chairs for him.

MIKA CREDITS: In the finale episode of The Voice France 7 he did a duet with Mika, performing"Goodbye Stranger" originally by Supertramp.

ALSO WORKED WITH: -

QUOTES: ---The four finalists of The Voice France season 7 were on C à Vous in May 2018. The presenter asked them if they got on well with their coaches and Casanova replied: "seeing what he [Mika] brought me this year, I trust him 100%, I have never chosen my songs, it was him who chose them for me to surpass myself and to make me grow artistically, and I thank him because without him I would not arrive so far in the competition this year".

---During the semi-final episode Mika said: "It's a crazy thing what happens with you Casanova, I have goosebumps! " ... "I said to myself with 'Casanova, we have nothing to lose, we go thoroughly, I told him the last thing you want to be when you go on stage, it's not to be commonplace. Well, what do you know? You are anything but ordinary."

OTHER RELEASES: -

OTHER INFO: -

HIS IMPORTANT LINKS: twitter - facebook

PHOTOS: reheasals w/ Mika - w/ Mika in his red chair - Mika coaching - duet screenshot w/ Mika 1 - duet screenshot w/ Mika 2

VIDEO: "Goodbye Stranger" duet

 

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Casa Verdi - home for retired opera singers and musicians in Milan, Italy, founded by the Italian composer Giuseppe Verdi in 1896. In a pre-recorded segment on the third episode of Stasera Casa Mika (2017 season) Mika spent a day working there as a volunteer, and took several older residents on a special visit to the Milan opera house, Teatro alla Scala. PHOTO

A Case Of You - Joni Mitchell song (1971) Mika covered on the third part of Mika’s BBC Radio 2’s ‘Mika: The Art Of Song’ radio show aired November 8, 2016 (a video of him performing the song was posted online by BBC Radio 2). The song was also chosen by Amy Wadge on the episode of BBC Radio 2’s ‘Mika: The Art Of Song’ which aired on January 1, 2019.

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LYRICS: lyrics

CREDITS: originally written by Joni Mitchell

LENGTH: 4:20 (original)

ORIGINALLY APPEARED ON: Joni’s album Blue

PERFORMED BY MIKA: once, on radio accompanied by Curtis Stansfield on piano, on Mika’s 3rd ‘Mika: The Art Of Song’ BBC Radio 2 show aired November 8, 2016 (a video of which was also posted on BBC Radio 2’s site).

QUOTES: ---On BBC Radio 2’s ‘Mika: The Art Of Song’ radio show aired on November 8, 2016 Mika said, "I am going to be playing another song here at the Elton John piano in the corridor of Radio 2 and since we’re talking so much about mums, well, since I am talking so much about mums I’m just going to do a song for my mum. I’m going to do a song that my mum loves. I grew up listening to this song because of her, thanks to her. I grew up discovering this artist thanks to her." After he finished his performance he said, "I think it’s hard to sing one of her songs, but it doesn’t mean that it’s not worth trying. I’m looking at my producer right now who’s the biggest Joni Mitchell fan and so I am, so it’s just kind of amazing to get into one of those songs. It’s only once you get into a song like that and you try it on like a jacket that you realize how genius it really is, how those melodies kind of tumble and rise and how those lyrics that shouldn’t fit just fit within the melody. It’s not a song you sing at karaoke, it’s impossible to sing at karaoke and so it’s good to have an excuse to kind of wrap your arms around it and that’s why it’s such a pleasure to sing it here."

OTHER INFO:

 

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Cassel-Delavois, Tristan - musician, producer, and composer based in London, UK. He is one of Mika’s former guitarists. He replaced Tim Van Der Kuil starting at Mika’s autumn 2015 shows in Europe.

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BORN: ? (33 in early 2014)

NATIONALITY: half French/quarter Swedish/quarter Polish, but lived in England all his life

FULL NAME/ALSO KNOWN AS: -

ADDITIONAL BIO: He has worked as a musician, musical director and programmer for bands and artists and also composed for film/tv and commercial projects. He can play violin and speaks fluent French.

MIKA CREDITS: -

FIRST SHOW WITH MIKA: September 18, 2015 in Rennes, France

LAST SHOW WITH MIKA: As of May 2019 he seems to no longer be in Mika’s live band.

ALSO WORKED WITH: Tricky, Tim Minchin, Leftfield, Francesca Belmonte, Neon Jungle, and others.

QUOTES: -

OTHER RELEASES: -

OTHER INFO: -

HIS IMPORTANT LINKS: twitter

PHOTOS: with Mika on stage in Luxembourg 2015 - Tristan alone, live in Lithuania 2016 - with Mika on stage in London 2016 - with Mika on stage at Avoine Zone Groove July 2016 

 

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Castellane, Victoire de - French jewelry designer. On Mika’s website they posted a photo of Mika with her and Farida Khelfa in Paris taken January 20, 2015. She appeared in a couple of photos with Mika, her daughter Zoe Lenthal, Farida, and fashion designer Olympia Le-Tan hanging out one evening in Paris on May 19, 2018. Mika captioned the photo he instagrammed with "<3<3<3<3these ladies. Tonight they made me laugh and made me happy." Mika instagrammed a video and a photo of them together again on July 6, 2018. He captioned the photo "went to see @victoiredecastellane show at the @museedartmodernedeparis There is no one designing like she does. Her designs make you dream". PHOTO w/ Farida and Mika 2015 - PHOTO 2018

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Cattelan, Alessandro - Italian television personality known for presenting TRL Italy, the Italian version of Total Request Live broadcast by MTV Italia; Le Iene, broadcast by Mediaset’s Italia 1; and since 2011, X Factor Italia. Mika appeared on his Sky Uno TV show E Poi c'è Cattelan on April 21, 2016. He hosted the Vanity Fair Stories Festival awards on November 24, 2018 in Milan and presented Mika with an award. He was host and appeared with Mika when Mika was a musical guest and guest judge on X Factor Italia on October 24, 2019. PHOTO collage

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Cattoretti, Luca - credited with the photos for Songbook Vol 1.

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Cavalli, Patrizia - Italian poet who has authored three books of poems. She was honored on June 9, 2016 at the AAR McKim Gala 2016 in Rome which Mika also attended in order to give an honor to Giorgio Moroder and they all appeared in some photos together. She performed her poem set to music "Al Cuore Fa Bene Far Le Scale" with Mika, then recited a poem called "Pockets" from her book My Poems Won’t Change the World on the fourth episode of Stasera Casa Mika (2016 season). PHOTO w/ Mark Robbins, Moroder, & Mika - PHOTO

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Celebrate - song featuring Pharrell Williams which appears on the album The Origin Of Love as the 13th track and on Songbook Vol 1 as the 4th track. Officially released on June 15, 2015 as the lead single (except in France where it was the 2nd single), it was made available in French-speaking countries on June 1, 2012 but not until October 1, 2012 in the United Kingdom. Written by Mika, Pharrell Williams, and Ben Garrett; produced by Peter Mayes, Nick Littlemore, and Ben Garrett. The music video was directed by Max Bohichik of BBGun. Sometimes in live versions of "Celebrate" Mika inserts some "China Boy" lyrics in place of the lines Pharrell sings on the studio version. Mika’s commercial for Pilot featured the Ryan Riback remix of "Celebrate". This remix was released as a single on March 2, 2018.

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OFFICIAL VIDEO: directed by Maxim Bohichik of the film company BBGun, and filmed in July 2012 in the Lower East Side of New York City. It features a frustrated Mika trying to write in an apartment intercut with scenes of various people celebrating in different ways, such as a surprise party, an engagement proposal, and old men remembering a deceased friend. It begins raining torn paper in the apartment and Mika goes out and walks down the street. He ends up at a club dancing with others as torn paper rains down like confetti. A behind the scenes making-of video was released online also. SCREENSHOTS - VIDEO GIF

LYRICS: lyrics

CREDITS: Written by Ben Garrett, Mika, and Pharrell Williams

Vocals - Mika, and Pharrell Williams

Backing Vocals - Ben Garrett

Bass - Max Taylor

Guitar - Rob Harris

Keyboards - Brett Mayer

Programming - Ben Garrett

Additional Programming - Greg Wells

Mixed by Serban Ghenea

Vocal Coaching by Maureen Scott

Produced by Ben Garrett, Nick Littlemore, and Peter Mayes

Additional Production by Greg Wells, and Mika

Recorded by Andy Strange, Angie Teo, and Matt Knobel

LENGTH: 3:08

PLAYED LIVE: The first time was at a private Samsung Galaxy S3 Party in Paris’s Parc de Saint-Cloud on June 14, 2012. The first time for the public was at Lovebox, London on June 17, 2012. 

PERFORMED ON TV: on Strictly Come Dancing in the UK in September 2012; on Danish morning talk show Life4You in September 2012; on French TV show Taratata in September 2012; on French TV show Vivement Dimanche in September 2012; on French TV show 13 Heures in September 2012; on Manneke Paul in October 2012; as a duet with Fedez on the fourth episode of Stasera Casa Mika November 21, 2017.

MIKA'S OTHER NOTABLE VERSIONS: Mika collaborated with the Junk Orchestra and the London Vegetable Orchestra on a different version of "Celebrate" for Hyundai New Thinkers. The musical director was Oli Jackson and the instruments were created, the song practiced and recorded in less than 24 hours at Sarm Studios in July 2012. -- Acoustic version on TOOL deluxe bonus disc -- Mika explained on the "Celebrate" track-by-track video that the song started off with him and Pharrell Williams working in Miami on a sad song called "China Boy". Sometimes in live versions of "Celebrate" Mika inserts some "China Boy" lyrics.

USED IN: a commercial in the USA for the store Crate & Barrel, the British TV shows Coronation Street and EastEnders, on American TV show NBC's The Today Show (weekend edition). The "Celebrate" (Ryan Riback Remix) was used in Mika’s commercials for Pilot pens.

REMIXES:

Celebrate (Robbie Rivera Radio Edit) 3:14 - appears on some deluxe editions of The Origin Of Love and some of the single’s remix editions

Celebrate (Robbie Rivera Vocal Mix) 5:55 - appears on some of the single’s remix editions

Celebrate (Peter Rauhofer Big Room Mix) 8:51 - appears on some of the single’s remix editions

Celebrate (Ryan Riback remix) 3:11 - appears as a single 

COVERED BY: -

QUOTES: ---Mika explained on the track-by-track video he added that the chorus 'When I wake up, I feel better, and I pull myself together, I remember those two letters, It will be OK' was "very Pharrell," alluding to the "be OK" at the end. Mika referred to the song's breakdown as having "this silly moment," when he sings about, "no matter how miserable I am, it doesn't matter cause, I get the whole world to celebrate, and, that was the heart of almost everything." He concluded that, "It’s a fun song, it has all these different layers. It has a bunch of really healthy influences, and it got mixed by a guy called Serban Ghenea in America, and the result is this. It’s not supposed to hit you over the head, it's got a lightness of touch about it, which means that a record like this can sit nicely next to 'Origin Of Love' and next to 'Lola', even though it clearly has more, you know, of a dance-y intention. That lightness of touch was really important. I kept on saying it to Angie [Teo] and to Serban and to Greg Wells. I was just like, just kinda like, nothing's gotta slam you in the face, because nowadays everything slams you in the face, and I was like, you know, it wasn’t, it was not a commercial decision, it was just something that felt… classy."

---In Mika’s The Origin Of Love EPK interview with Nick Grimshaw in August 2012 Mika said: ”I think the song 'The Origin of Love' sums up the tone generally more of the whole album but 'Celebrate' is a good single. It's a really good first single and it's kind of summery and it's got this kinda marching cool thing about it which is quite Empire of the Sun. It's a collaboration between me, Pharrell and Nick Littlemore from Empire of the Sun and it's... it never really blows its cool so it's never kind of... hits you over the head. The beat never truly explodes. It kinda marches in a kind of effortless way and there's a lightness of touch about it, which there is pretty much on a lot of the record. It's kind of happy pop but it's not frenetic. I think it's fun. It's a sad song that sounds so joyous, that's the funny thing.”

OTHER INFO: -

ARTWORK: single cover art - remix single cover art

 

Celentano, Adriano - Italian singer, composer, producer, comedian, actor, film director and TV host (born January 6, 1938). He released twenty-nine studio albums, including one with Mina, and starred in nearly forty films. Mika and Francesco Gabbani sang his song "Svalutation" on the second episode of Stasera Casa Mika (2017 season).

Center Of Gravity - remake of Franco Battiato’s Italian song "Centro di Gravità Permanente" (1981) with rewritten lyrics sung in English which he and Mika recorded as a duet released on November 6, 2015 on Battiato’s Le Nostre Anime and on the November 2015 reissue of No Place In Heaven as the 17th track.

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OFFICIAL VIDEO: n/a

LYRICS: lyrics

CREDITS: originally written by Franco Battiato, Daniele Luppi, and Raffaele Rinaldi

FRANCO'S VERSION WITH MIKA:

Vocals - Mika, and Franco Battiato

Drums - Joey Waronker

Percussion - Daniele Luppi

Bass - Justin Meldal-Johnsen

Guitars, Synthesizer - Alessandro Cortini

Strings - Hollywood String Ensemble (arranged and conducted by Daniele Luppi)

Mixed by Pino Pischetola

Recorded by Jeff Peters at Sunset Sound

Additional recording by Morgan Stratton at Sunset Sound

Mastered by Emily Lazar

Produced by Daniele Luppi

LENGTH: 3:21

ORIGINALLY APPEARED ON: Franco's 1981 album La Voce Del Padrone

PLAYED LIVE: Mika has never performed it live.

PERFORMED ON TV: -

MIKA'S OTHER NOTABLE VERSIONS: -

USED IN: -

REMIXES: n/a

COVERED BY: -

QUOTES: ---In September 2015 in Il Messaggero Mika first announced they collaborated on a song together, "I will sing with him in English in a piece that will be inserted in the republication of No Place In Heaven to be released on November 13th. It's a great pleasure!"

OTHER INFO: -

COVER: album cover art

 

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Century Man - unreleased song written by Mika in (if not before) 2007. He performed it once in August 2007 at the secret last minute concert at The Highline Ballroom in New York City. During his Intimate Evening acoustic tour in March-April 2013 he performed it several times, saying that he had reworked the song, and that it was going to be included in an upcoming film called Always On My Mind. However, the film may have been shelved indefinitely.

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OFFICIAL VIDEO: n/a

LYRICS: lyrics

CREDITS: Written by Mika (and ???)

LENGTH: varies

PLAYED LIVE: Mika played a song called "Century Man" in August 2007, at the secret last minute gig at The Highline Ballroom in New York City, but he requested that no one record it. He didn’t ever play it again live until 2013 when he reworked and resurrected it for some dates on his Intimate Evening tour in North America. He has not played it live since.

PERFORMED ON TV: -

MIKA'S OTHER NOTABLE VERSIONS: -

USED IN: -

REMIXES: n/a

COVERED BY: -

QUOTES: ---At his El Rey gig in Los Angeles on March 27, 2013 Mika introduced the song, "and this song is actually not gonna be sung by me the first time you hear it, well, apart from tonight. It's gonna be sung by a character in a movie, and he's the son of this aging rockstar who's got---who's dying of Alzheimer's and he goes--they go to a bar and the son, who doesn't even know who his father is, is standing up on stage and he wants to be a star and they needed a song so I wrote this one, and it goes like this..."

OTHER INFO: -

ARTWORK: n/a

 

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C’est Quoi Ce Bonheur - song performed by Mika, co-written in French by he and Doriand, which is an adapted cover of the 1999 Japanese Shiina Ringo song "Sid to Hakuchūmu". It was released on the Shiina Ringo tribute album entitled Adam To Eve No Ringo on May 23, 2018 as the 4th track.

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LYRICS: original lyrics | French lyrics and English Translation

CREDITS: originally written by Shiina Ringo, French lyrics adaptation by Mika and Doriand

MIKA'S VERSION:

Vocals - Mika

Guitar - Mark ‘Shez’ Sheridan

Bass - Robin Mullarkey

Drums - Alex Torjussen

Percussion - Miles Bould

Piano - Jonathan Quarmby

Produced by Jonathan Quarmby for 365 Artists

Engineered by Wes Maebe

Assisted by Max Anstruther and Nathael Graham

Mixed by Jeremy Wheatley for 365 Artists at X Chapel

Recorded in Miami and at RAK Studios, London

LENGTH: 4:03 (original) / 4:09 (Mika’s version)

ORIGINALLY APPEARED ON: her album Muzai Moratorium

PERFORMED BY MIKA: once, in a studio recording, as the 4th track for the Shiina Ringo tribute album Adam To Eve No Ringo released on May 23, 2018. 

QUOTES: ---In a quote on the Japanese Universal Records site Mika said, "Pop is a journey to meet the one and only singing voice, which in this sense is like a sample of the best pop artist with no more Sheena Ringo. I am really pleased that I was able to participate in tribute work of that rare artist. Since I entered music college I was a huge fan of her work and voice, and I was constantly inspired by that courageous attitude and radical expression. That's why I tried hard to bring her song to a completely different world view this time. The sound was a fun recording with a member of the Mercury Prize producer, Jonathan Quarmby, who has long been a trusted one".

OTHER INFO: The song’s title translates to "What is this happiness".

COVER: album cover art 

 

Chamberlain, Matt - American session drummer, producer, and sound engineer currently based in Los Angeles, California. He played drums for Mika on the album versions of "Billy Brown", "My Interpretation", "Big Girl (You Are Beautiful)", "Happy Ending", "Dr. John", "Touches You", and "Underwater". He has also recorded or toured with many artists such as Tori Amos, Morrissey, Josh Groban, Soundgarden, Sara Bareilles, Fiona Apple, Garbage, and David Bowie.

-An interviewer with Dutch magazine Gay&Night said that Mika said he hired drummer Matt Chamberlain because he loved his work with singer Tori Amos, and that Mika is a big fan of Tori, but is not too fond of her 2005 album The Beekeeper. The interviewer said Mika LOVED the drums on "Crucify", but when he was told that Matt didn't drum for Tori until about six years after "Crucify" was recorded Mika replied "****, I hired the wrong guy."

Chambers, Guy - English songwriter, musician and record producer, best known for his work with Robbie Williams. He and Mika co-wrote Eros Ramazzotti’s "Ci Parliamo Da Grandi" and several unreleased songs listed on the BMI catalogue including "Look Don't Touch", "Fall From Grace", "Ugly Boy", and "What I Want To Hear". He co-wrote a song with Mika called "Rain On Me", which Morgan wrote Italian lyrics for and released with his band as "Andiamo A Londra".

Champagne - perfume created by Yves Saint Laurent in 1993, now called Yvresse (changed because of lawsuits from French producers of the sparkling wine called Champagne). The main notes are nectarine, anise, menthol, Otto rose, blue rose, litchi, oakmoss, patchouli, and vetiver. In Mika's July/August 2012 XL Repubblica column he wrote, "My mother always used to wear an Yves Saint Laurent perfume called Champagne and it would mix with the history of her day, from the smell of her cooking the evening meal to the slight petrol tinge of our old Toyota Previa."

Champs Elysées - French Joe Dassin song (1969) that Mika covered a bit of song during the French TV show Taratata, aired February 23, 2007. He also sang it live in 2008 a few times and made a vlog about practicing it with the band. On October 8, 2019 Mika sang it while he played piano on a river tour boat onParis‘s La Seine river for the TF1 show Plan C. On En Direct De L'Univers on January 18, 2020 Ariane Moffatt and Alex Nevsky sang this song for Mika because he chose it as one of the first songs he learned to play on piano as a child.

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LYRICS: lyrics

CREDITS: originally written by Mike Deighan, Mike Wilsh, Pierre Delanoë

LENGTH: 2:40 (original)

ORIGINALLY APPEARED ON: Joe Dassin’s album Les Champs-Élysées

PERFORMED BY MIKA: a few times, live in 2008, including once with Doriand at Francofolies in La Rochelle, France. He also performed a bit of it during the French TV show Taratata, aired February 23, 2007.

QUOTES: -

OTHER INFO: The song is named after the Avenue des Champs-Elysées, a boulevard famous for it's shops, cafés and theaters in the 8th arrondissement of Paris, France.

 

Chan, Eason - Cantopop singer, musician, actor from Hong Kong. He and Mika seem to be fans of each other’s music and during a May 2007 press conference in Hong Kong Eason told Mika via video that he’s "bloody good". Mika surprised him by presenting him with an award at the 2008 Music Chart Awards in Beijing on April 8, 2008. PHOTO

---In an April 8, 2008 interview in Beijing for sina.com.cn Mika was asked about collaborating, and he said: "Oh we’ll see. I think he’s a very busy man, and I'm making my second album now, so at the moment it’s not in the works, but who knows, we’ll see."

Chang, Oli - of the band The High-Highs. He co-wrote, co-programmed, and co-produced "Heroes".

Charlotte - Belgian singer (real name: Charlotte Mansion) who opened for Mika on the Revelation Tour at his Brussels, Belgium concert in December 2019.

-On her instagram on December 15, 2019 she posted🇧🇪 FOREST NATIONAL 🇧🇪 Here we are, and I have the impression that it was not real! It was our first ‘Forest’ for@barrajohan and me AND IT WAS DANGEROUS !!! 😍.️ Thank you@mikainstagram and its warm public for the welcome, your feedback, life, music!”

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Charlotte - British singer 21-year-old from Hull, England who opened for Mika on the Revelation Tour at most of the European dates in January and February 2020. She gave Mika a cake after the 3rd Utrecht, Netherlands concert in February 2020, and he instagrammed a video of her and the cake. Her first EP is called Nowhere To Hide and she’s already written with or for artists including Mabel, The Vamps, Aloe Blacc, and more.

-On her instagram on December 20, 2019 she posted: “So I hinted about this news a little while ago... Really not sure what to say about it. I think this man is a genius. Cannot believe I’ll be playing these amazing venues. I am so incredibly grateful for this opportunity. @mikainstagram I cannot wait to meet you and to watch you perform every night. The best Christmas present I could’ve wished for. WOOOHOOO 🍭.” After the tour she posted a photo with Mika captioned: “A dream tour. Merci, Grazie, Thank you @mikainstagram 🌈 and hello to all of my new followers!! Xx 📸: @shots.by.tom.” --- On February 13, 2020 Mika instagrammed: “The amazing @iamcharlotte gave me a thank you cake for the tour!! It’s too beautiful to not share with everyone, so now we have to figure out how to get it to Strasbourg!”

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Château Marouatte - Miles Copeland's 14th century Medieval castle in the Dordogne region of Perigord Vert in France. Each fall ASCAP hosts a songwriting retreat there which Mika attended in 2011. Mika spent time writing songs at the château with other songwriters in mid-October 2013, though this didn’t seem to be an ASCAP retreat because that was in late September/early October, and in spring 2014. 

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ABOUT ASCAP SONGWRITER RETREAT: Each fall ASCAP hosts a songwriters retreat there which is designed as a highly-focused and achievement-oriented event with the goal of writing great songs and getting cuts. Following the events of September 11, 2001 the songwriter event went on hiatus until resurrected by ASCAP in 2011. ASCAP now holds the event annually at the end of September each year. The basic format is 6 studios each operated by a producer writer who is joined each day by an artist and writer for a writing group of three (with an occasional group of 2 or 4). There is also a 7th studio dedicated to vocals for finishing touches to a demo. Each day the writing groups change so by the end of the writing week everyone would have worked with all attendees at least once during the time there. Songs are normally completed by the end of the day then played after dinner for all to hear and cheer on. There is also a make-up day scheduled to tweak or finish a song not yet completed.

ABOUT THE CHÂTEAU: The castle, complete with eight towers and a moat, dates back as early as 1290 with the "new wing" built in 1569. Each of its unique rooms are decorated in a mix of medieval, gothic revival, renaissance and Arabesque styles. Stained glass windows, antique tiling, 4 poster beds, tapestries, paintings, statuary and of course suits of armor "provide a feast for the eyes while the writers are busy creating a feast for the ears and our chef a feast for the pallet".

KNOWN MIKA VISITS: Mika attended the October 1-7, 2011 ASCAP retreat. Participating songwriters that year were Johntá Austin, Dave Bassett, James Bay, Michelle Bell, Billboard, Chris DeStefano, Ellie Goulding, Martin Johnson, Hillary Lindsey, Neff-U, Lindsey Ray, Priscilla Renea, Talay Riley, Lindy Robbins, Shea Taylor, Greg Wells, and Nina Woodford. At the end of the retreat, each songwriter returned home with six fully-realized, professionally recorded songs ready for exploitation via record labels, television, film and other media. --- Mika spent some time at the château to write songs in October 2013. On October 1, 2013 Miguel Di Genova posted on the Otros Aires Facebook page: "I am infinitely grateful to Mr. Miles Copeland for including me in the group of composers who will go to his castle in France for the ‘songwriters retreat’. We will be at the castle for a week writing new songs. These are my amazing ‘castlemates’: Cathy Dennis, Mika, Greg Wells, Brenna Whitaker, Scott Hoffman, Klas Åhlund, Meghan Kabir, Jon Bellion, Nina Woodford, Sasha Keable, Rob Wells, Stephen Wrabel, Starsmith, Billboard, Sarah Hudson, [Clarence] Coffee and Jason Evigan. I am really happy about all this experience. It is not a usual thing for an Argentinean musician. Once again, thank you Miles!" On October 8, 2013 Amin Abi Yaghi tweeted a photo captioned "At the Château Marouatte in Perigord France with the great Mika and Miles Copeland. What an experience..Fantastic". On October 11, 2013 Rob Wells ‏tweeted "I love what we wrote yesterday @mikasounds" and on October 13, 2013 Mika tweeted pic of the outside of the château, and pics of Scott Hoffman (BabyDaddy of Scissor Sisters) at the château on the 11th and 14th. --- In May 2014 Mika posted a photo of himself outside the château "taking a break from songwriting" and he appears in a photo with Priscilla Renea posted on the Castle Songwriter's Retreat Facebook page posted in July 2014.

QUOTES: ---"ASCAP still runs an annual event in September of each year, but we have also introduced a retreat in the spring, which is organised purely by Greg [Wells]." Miles Copeland explained in an article on pmc-speakers.com from June 2015, "The UK's Music Publishers Association is launching its own annual event in October, 2015 so there will soon be three separate songwriting events at the Château."

OTHER INFO: Marouatte Castle has become the legendary birthplace for host of songs and songwriter collaborations dating back to 1992. Hits for Celine Dion, Aaron Tippin, and Keith Urban to name a few plus countless "album cuts" were produced in its initial 15 songwriter retreats. Former attendees include artists like Carole King, Jon Bon Jovi, Cher, Peter Frampton, Jeff Beck, Belinda Carlisle, Mark Hudson, Imogen Heap, and Olivia Newton John as well as virtual unknowns who later became stars in their own right. -- Greg Wells organizes the current spring songwriter event, "Printemps Des Troubadours".

WEBSITE: website

PHOTOS: Mika w/ ASCAP's Marc Emert-Hutner, Hillary Lindsey, Billboard, Mika, and ASCAP's Sue Drew 2011

Mika with Miles and Amin Abi Yaghi October 2013 - 2013 songwriters group - Mika taking a break from songwriting May 2014

VIDEO: ASCAP Songwriters Retreat 2011 - from Castle Songwriters Retreat’s FB page 2014

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Chazal, Claire - French journalist, romance writer, and former director of news at French TV channel TF1. She hosted the TF1 shows 20 Heures and 13 Heures on the weekends from 1991 to 2015 and interviewed Mika in July 2007, September 2009, January 2014, and Mika and Kendji Girac in May 2014. On August 26, 2014 Mika posted a video of himself doing the ALS ‘ice bucket challenge’ and challenged her to do it too, writing: "I hereby nominate in return, French Media Legend and someone who has already raised more awareness for charitable and human rights causes than many… Claire Chazal!". She and Mika both attended a private invite dinner at L’Élysée in Paris on May 18, 2018 along with Emmanuel Macron, Brigitte Macron, Marc-Olivier Fogiel, Francois Roelants, and others. Mika posted an instagram story with her outside the L’Élysée. On France 5’s Passage Des Arts, aired October 15, 2019, she interviewed him for nearly 25 minutes. PHOTO together January 2014 - PHOTO together at L’Élysée

Chela - Filipino-Australian electronic-pop singer and songwriter (real name: Chelsea Wheatley). She was the opening act for Mika at his three February 2020 concerts in Australia.

-On her Facebook on February 16, 2020 she posted: “Wow I'm so honoured to be taking my lil song and dance routine on tour with big gay pop idol MIKA in Australia this month! Bring your guncles!"

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Chenoweth, Kristin - American actress and singer, with credits in musical theatre, film and television. She originally performed the song "Popular" as Glinda in the Broadway musical Wicked and in April 2013 performed "Popular Song" with Mika on stage at Le Poisson Rouge in New York City. He spoke of her in a 2013 interview with Border Crossings.

-In an April 2013 interview with Border Crossings Mika said: "Two nights ago in New York Kristin Chenoweth, who is a very famous American, kind of TV and musical theatre star, she started off in musical theatre but now she's so much more as well now. She came on stage and she sang with me. Because I used a sample from the musical Wicked, from the song called ‘Popular’ and she was actually, you know, she sent kind of into... she was made very famous by that song, basically. So when I used a little bit of a sample from it, I resang it myself, I thought it would be nice to bring her on stage, especially 'cause the composer of Wicked came to see the show that night but he had no idea, so Stephen Schwartz was in the audience and he didn't realize that, you know, Kristin Chenoweth was going to come on and sing it with us. And it was very... you can see it online and it's very charming, we both made an enormous amount of mistakes but that's not what it's about, because these are small shows, they're for mistakes to happen, and so... but it's really cool, she's amazing."

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Chew Chew - one of Mika's illustrated characters from the artwork for Life In Cartoon Motion and the "Lollipop" and "Relax (Take It Easy)" singles. He is a monkey who lives with Lollipop Girl in the Emerald Forest and chases her to steal her lollipop. PHOTO

Chiara - SEE: Galiazzo, Chiara

Chiaravalle, Luca - Musician, author, composer, producer who worked on season 9 of X Factor Italia. He’s also worked with Laura Pausini, Giorgia, Nek, Francesco Renga, Francesco Gabbani, Hooverphonic, Chiara Galizzo, and Eros Ramazzotti.

-In a December 2015 interview with La Provincia di Varese Luca said this about Mika: "That’s perhaps the most beautiful thing that I take away from this edition. A wonderful person, an exceptional artist, a good and sensitive man. He's without filters, he's how you see him. Yes, I can say: I found a friend."

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Chiaravalle, Valeriano - composer, conductor, and orchestra director who works for television shows, shows, and musical shows. He conducted the Orchestra dell'Opera Italiana on several songs in both seasons of Stasera Casa Mika, the performance of Mina’s "Ancora Ancora Ancora" which Mika sang on the December 12, 2016 Rai 1 special dedicated to her and Adriano Celentano; George Michael’s "Jesus To A Child" which Mika sang with L’Orchestra del Festival di Sanremo at the 67th Sanremo Song Festival on February 9, 2017; and Fabrizio De Andrè’s color=#ff8c00]"Amore Che Vieni, Amore Che Vai”[/color] which Mika sang with L’Orchestra del Festival di Sanremo at the 70th Sanremo Song Festival on February 6, 2020. -In a February 10, 2017 interview with https://faremusic.it Valeriano talked about Mika and arranging the George Michael cover: “I just waited until the right day to write it. I was already busy writing the Tenco piece sung by Tiziano Ferro in the early evening and I felt the need to dedicate, as I did with Tiziano, one day just for this piece. I put myself on the piano and played it spontaneously, thinking only of the melody. The melody is so touching that writing on it was very fast. In one day the piece was finished. I sent Mika a quick mockup to make sure he liked it... he immediately responded enthusiastically. Mika is a great artist who brings out the best in his team. He's the artist that any arranger would dream of working for... he knows the music, the technical issues of each performance and he's one of the most beautiful people I know. He's a beautiful soul.”

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Chiatti, Laura - Italian actress and singer (born July 15, 1982) who has appeared in several films including: Ho Voglia Di Te (2007) and Io Che Amo Solo Te (2015) with Riccardo Scamarcio, The Family Friend (2006), and Somewhere (2010). While in the Casa Mika kitchen with him on the third episode of Stasera Casa Mika (2017 season) she and Mika sang, in Italian, about cooking to the tune of a few songs from the 1971 musical Grease. PHOTO

Chiccarelli, Joe - American music producer, mixer and engineer who has been active since the 1980s. He recorded "Grace Kelly", "Stuck In The Middle", "Happy Ending", "Billy Brown", "Ring Ring", "Relax (Take It Easy)"; co-recorded "My Interpretation", "Love Today", "Any Other World", "Big Girl (You Are Beautiful)", "Your Sympathy", "We Are Golden", "Blame It On The Girls", and "Dr. John". He has produced albums by and/or otherwise worked with artists such as My Morning Jacket, Counting Crows, Elton John, Rufus Wainwright, U2, Beck, Jamie Cullum, and The Killers.

-In the July 2016 issue of Latino magazine Telehit Mika said: "I love Juanes' music. I like what he does so much that I've stolen his sound engineer, Joe Chiccarelli."

Child, Desmond - famous American record producer, musician, and professional songwriter who co-wrote Mika's "Erase". He's also written songs for/with Aerosmith, Bon Jovi, Ricky Martin, Katy Perry, Cher, and many others.

-In a May 2015 interview with Time Out Shanghai the interviewer said “You've said in previous interviews that another songwriter once told you that in order to be successful, you have to dare to suck – which…”, and Mika interrupted and said “Yeah, Desmond Child told me that.”

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Children In Need - BBC's UK charity, which has raised over £600 million to change the lives of disabled children and young people in the UK since 1980. One way they raise funds is an annual televised telethon held in November. "Pudsey Bear" is BBC Children in Need's mascot and Terry Wogan is a long-standing host. Mika performed "Rain" on the televised Children In Need Rocks The Royal Albert Hall event on November 12, 2009 (several days before the telethon). At the end of the show he and all the other performers, which included Lily Allen, Muse, Take That, and more, joined Paul McCartney in singing The Beatles' song "Hey Jude". The event was hosted by Chris Moyles and raised over £2 million. In Queen’s 2015 book of prints, "Magnifico - The Collector’s Book", Mika, along with a selection of musicians and broadcasters such as Dizzee Rascal, Justin Bieber, Nick Grimshaw, Bastille, James Bay, Boy George, Ellie Goulding, and many more each reenacted the cover of Queen’s "Bohemian Rhapsody" single by doing their best impersonation of Freddie (and sometimes other band members). PHOTO w/ info about Mika’s print

Chi Mai Sei Tu - Lelio Luttazzi and Mina duet song (1965) which Mika and Virginia Raffaele (as her character ‘Paola’) sang together while Mika played piano on the fourth episode of Stasera Casa Mika (2016 season).

China Boy - Mika/Pharrell Williams-penned song which became "Celebrate". Mika explained on the "Celebrate" track-by-track video that the song started off with him and Pharrell working in Miami on a sad song called "China Boy". Sometimes in live versions of "Celebrate" Mika inserts some "China Boy" lyrics beginning and/or instead of the lines Pharrell sings on the studio version. Mika used the same melody as "China Boy" in his song "L'amour Fait Ce Qu'il Veut".

China Boy lyrics:

  "In this life, we must learn, hearts like paper rip and burn, don't play with fire, it's not okay, there's a price you have to pay…......

  You pick me up, I become your China Boy, you let me go, a million pieces on the floor, don't clean me up, leave me for the world to see, but did you know, it was you that set me free?"

Chirac, Bernadette - French politician and the wife of France's former President, Jacques Chirac. She and Mika appeared in a photo before Mika’s private showcase for Coca-Cola on April 15, 2010 at 1515 Club in Paris for his Coca-Cola Happiness bottle because she is the President of the Foundation Hospitals of Paris - Hôpitaux de France, which the proceeds from sales of the bottle went to. PHOTO w/ Mika

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Chirico, Francesco - Italian guitarist and university student. Out of several hundred guitarists who submitted videos online Mika chose Francesco to accompany him at his short street performance in Livorno, Italy on October 17, 2019. Together they performed "Origin Of Love", "Stardust", "Tomorrow", and "Grace Kelly"

-On his instagram on October 17, 2019 Francesco wrote ”I had my famous quarter of an hour today, and I will carry it in my heart. Thanks to @il_ferro__ for letting me know about this event, @kamila_sula for the continuous support and for the help in recording the video that later proved to be a winner. Thanks to @barleyartsreal and above all @mikainstagram for this wonderful opportunity and for organizing this small but special exhibition!” --- 

In an October 17, 2019 article about the guitarist he said: "A few hours after uploading my performance I was contacted by the staff. They asked me for other performances that I recorded and sent immediately and then they called me back immediately to let me know that I had been chosen. An hour before coming here in Piazza Grande I met Mika to try this mini concert together. It's a great opportunity to let me know and show what I'm capable of."

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Chiuri, Maria Grazia - Italian fashion designer who was the co-creative director of Valentino from 1999 until 2016 when she left to be creative director for Dior. Mika, Maria, and Pierpaolo Piccioli attended a dinner in honor of the opening of a new Valentino men's store in Paris on January, 15 2014. She and Pierpaolo attended Mika's concert at Verboten in Brooklyn, New York City in May 2015. All three attended the McKim Medal Gala in Rome at Villa Aurelia on June 9, 2016 and appeared in some photos together.

-In a June 2015 interview with Yahoo Style Maria said, "We were so lucky when we came to New York for the Met Gala and went to a little concert for Mika in Brooklyn. That was great. And Mika is another Italian artist, and then we went around the city together to see the new Whitney Museum."

PHOTO Paris store opening - PHOTO at the McKim Gala

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Choi, Mikey - bassist in Mika’s live band from about late 2006-2008. He was also Mika’s musical director for some of that time.

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BORN: January 29, ?

NATIONALITY: Korean

FULL NAME/ALSO KNOWN AS: Michael Choi, Mike Choi, Hee Yung Choi (spelling???)

ADDITIONAL BIO: He is also a producer. His production company is called Foolish Prophet. He’s now in Vietnam with Billboard & InQ Entertainment.

MIKA CREDITS: He appears in the Live In Cartoon Motion DVD concert and in the documentary, in the Live Parc Des Princes Paris DVD/Blu-Ray concert and in the documentary, in the official music videos for "Grace Kelly", "Love Today" and both versions of "Relax (Take It Easy)", and in some of Mika’s 2008-2009 vlogs. He also played bass on several of Mika’s live songs performed on radio and TV shows while he was in the band.

FIRST SHOW WITH MIKA: late 2006

LAST SHOW WITH MIKA: 2008

ALSO WORKED WITH: Frankmusik, Annie Lennox, Aviv Geffen, Madilyn Bailey, Rihanna, Mr Hudson, Gareth Gates, Beth Ditto, Charli XCX, and more.

QUOTES: ---In an April 8, 2008 interview in Beijing for sina.com.cn Mika was asked about his bassist, and he said: "He’s Korean. His name is Mikey Choi, but his real name is Hee Yung Choi (spelling???). Actually I found him in London, but he’d been working with a lot of artists in London. He is also--on tour he’s actually my musical director so he helps with all the kind of arrangements we do in the live show and stuff. So he’s very important."

---After Mikey left the band he posted on his myspace on May 31, 2009: "Thanks to many of you Mika fans for the kind words you've sent... it's been a memorable 3 years... almost too many events to remember!! Mika is one of my favourite people and you never know... we may work again in the future! I'm sure we will....! A new challenge and ideas were needed for both of us... and for me, Frankmusik has been the perfect start of 2009! I hope we get half the success that Mika had for his 1st album! So, many great wishes to Mika on his 2nd... I'm sure it's killer!!!"

---On February 28, 2017 Mikey posted a photo of Life In Cartoon Motion on his instagram: "Im not sure how I missed it... but 10 years this feb was the release of Life In Cartoon Motion by @mikainstagram! Was truly a blessing to see this man go through our first show of 10 people... to 55,000 people in just under 3 years! A brilliant album produced by the equally excellent Greg Wells... magic time! #tbt".

OTHER RELEASES: -

OTHER INFO: In 2008 his friend David Whitmey replaced Luke Juby on keyboards in Mika’s band.

HIS IMPORTANT LINKS: twitter

PHOTOS: walking w/ Mika screenshot of LICM documentary - w/ Mika on stage 2008 - w/ Mika on the Tonight Show set 2007 - w/ Mika on stage in Paris April 2007

 

Christoff - Belgian pop singer who duetted with Mika on "Talk About You" on Pop Up Live on August 5, 2015 in Mol, Belgium. PHOTO

Churchyard, Steven - English record producer, recording engineer and mixer who began his career at Sir George Martin’s AIR Studios in London, but currently resides in the United States. He co-recorded "Toy Boy", "Lonely Alcoholic", and "Blue Eyes".

Ciccone, Craig - audio engineer formerly based out of Miami who recorded parts of "Your Sympathy". On his Facebook page he had a December 2007 photo of he and Mika in Red Door Studios captioned "rough mix of ’Ring Ring’" so he probably worked on that song at some point even if his work didn’t end up on the final record. In August 2017 Jodi Marr posted a photo of Mika with herself, Craig, and a Puerto Rican music producer/songwriter captioned "MIKA and I could never have made the first record without Craig Ciccone - here we are on Calle Ocho at El Habito w/ Tommy Torres". Craig has also worked with artists such as Alejandra Guzmán (whom Mika appeared in a 2011 photo with) and Alih Jey. PHOTO he & Mika w/ a lady - PHOTO Dec 2007 "rough mix"

Cielito Lindo - Mexican song copla, popularized in 1882 by Mexican author Quirino Mendoza y Cortés. While wearing a blue sombrero Mika sang part of the refrain at the September 2019 Mexico City concert, before he left the stage after the band bowed.

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Cinelli, Daniel - recording and mixing engineer/producer with over 20 years of experience. He recorded some of Mika's song "Origin Of Love". He also is the owner of Planet Studios in Montréal where Mika wrote and recorded some of The Origin Of Love. Daniel has also worked with artists including Prince, Arcade Fire, Lauryn Hill, Elton John, Wyclef Jean, Peter Murphy, Shy'm, and Cirque du Soleil, among many others.

Cintron, Derek - played percussion on "Love Today". According to Fernando Perdomo Derek also played drums at Mika’s 2005 showcase in Miami.

Ci Parliamo Da Grandi - the Eros Ramazzotti song (released as a single in March 2008, from his album ) which Mika co-wrote (along with Guy Chambers) the music and English lyrics for as Alice, one of his pseudonyms. The album credits Mika as doing some backing vocals on the song. On Radio 105 in Italy on July 24, 2009 Mika sang a bit of the original lyrics in English. Mika and Eros performed it together in Italian and English on the third episode of Stasera Casa Mika (2016 season).

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OFFICIAL VIDEO: Eros Ramazzotti’s video

LYRICS: Italian lyrics and translation

-On Radio 105 in July 2009 Mika sang these original lyrics in English: "Looking back at my face in the mirror, I couldn't understand. Would my face be any clearer, to a woman or a man?" 

-On Stasera Casa Mika in November 2016 Mika sang these lyrics in English during his duet with Eros: "Staring back at my face in the mirror, I couldn't understand. Would my reflection be any clearer, to a woman or a man? Make sense of me cause I know that I need ya, don't leave without a trace, just lead me to a better place, don't ever let me fall from grace".

CREDITS: Italian lyrics written by Ramazzotti and Niccolò Agliardi, music composed & original English lyrics by Mika (under the pseudonym of Alice) and Guy Chambers. Produced by Guy Chambers and Richard Flack

LENGTH: 4:34 (Eros’s version)

FIRST PLAYED LIVE: never performed live by Mika.

PERFORMED ON TV: Mika and Eros Ramazzotti performed it together in Italian and English on the third episode of Stasera Casa Mika on November 29, 2016.

MIKA'S OTHER VERSIONS: no known demos or studio versions feature Mika on lead vocals

USED IN: -

REMIXES: N/A

COVERED BY: -

QUOTES: ---In a short video about Stasera Casa Mika on www.ilsecoloxix.itl Eros said "I knew Mika for a long time as an artist, at X Factor I got to know him as a person. He can do everything. He sings, he dances, he writes, he's an actor. It's amazing how easily he learns languages. He's so human. It's important in our work, in music & life. First I will sing my own song, written by me. Second song was written by Mika a long time ago. We will sing it together."

OTHER INFO: The Italian title loosely translates to "We Talk Like Grownups".

ARTWORK: N/A

 

Cirillo, Giuseppe - credited with song drawings for Songbook Vol 1.

Cirque Bijou - one of the UK’s most experienced creators of outdoor spectacle, circus and street theatre for the commercial and public sectors since forming in 1999. They provided the circus performers for Mika’s Parc Des Princes stadium show and at Westerpark in Amsterdam. On their website they explain about how and what they did. Their creative director and co-founder Julian Bracey appears in the Live Parc Des Princes Paris documentary, and also some of their performers appear in Mika’s Westerpark vlog.

-Regarding Mika’s Parc des Princes concert in 2008, their website says: "We had previously worked with production company The Production Office on Take That's Reunion tour and Muse's Haarp concerts at Wembley Stadium, so they knew we were the right company to provide a circus troupe with a difference to add to the spectacle and high energy of the show. Cirque Bijou directors Julian [Bracey] and Billy [Alwen] were both involved in creative meetings from early on in the planning process. We put together a world-class team of multi-skilled physical performers. Billy worked with choreographer Gareth Walker to work aerial flying, stilt dance, tumbling, clowning and hand-balance into the live show. We provided costumes from our store for some characters as well as aerial consultancy to the production team. The show sold out and the Parc des Princes Stadium was packed with 55,000 fans. Mika decided to take our team on to Amsterdam with him for his next show there."

PHOTO Julian in the PDP doc

Cirque D’hiver - a historic Paris venue opened in 1852, its current capacity is 1,800. Its oval ring has been used for circuses, exhibitions of dressage, musical concerts, exhibitions of Turkish wrestling, and fashion shows. Mika performed there on June 11th and 12th in 2009, at a slightly circus-ish private gig on February 2, 2012, and at a private gig for La Poste Mobile employees on November 21, 2018. PHOTO 2009 - PHOTO venue 2018

Cirque du Soleil - Montréal-based Canadian entertainment company founded in 1984 by two former street performers which is now the largest theatrical producer in the world. Each show has its own theme and storyline, and employs live music and contemporary circus acts from around the world, such as trapeze, juggling, hand balancing, dancing, and clowns. Mika attended at least two of their touring shows, Varekai at Royal Albert Hall on January 8, 2008, and Totem at Royal Albert Hall on January 5, 2011, and was photographed after. PHOTO 2008 - PHOTO 2011

Citizens! - British indie rock band from London, formed in the summer of 2010, who opened for Mika on many of his 2015 fall European Heaven Tour dates. They also did a remix of "Make You Happy". PHOTO w/ Mika

Ci Vuole Orecchio - Enzo Jannacci song (1980) which Mika sang alone (accompanied by backing singers and horn players) on the fourth episode of Stasera Casa Mika (2017 season).

Clarke, Wez - British mix engineer who mixed "Talk About You" and ”The Sound Of An Orchestra”. He has also worked for Example, Marina And The Diamonds, Clean Bandit, and many others.

Clean Bandit - British electronic music group formed in Cambridge, England, in 2008 consisting of Grace Chatto, brothers Jack and Luke Patterson, with various lead singers. Like Mika, they are managed by Machine Management. On the second episode of Stasera Casa Mika (2017 season) they performed their song "Rather Be" (featuring Yasmin Green on vocals), then their newest song "I Miss You" with Mika and Yasmin on vocals. After that one of the band members tweeted about seeing Mika live twice in 2007. When Mika DJed on BBC Radio 2’s ‘Mika: The Art Of Song’ show on December 26, 2018 he played their version of the song "Rather Be" (featuring Jess Glynne). Luke and Jack chose "Under The Bridge" by Red Hot Chili Peppers as their pick when they talked to Mika on ‘Mika: The Art Of Song’ on New Year’s Day, January 1, 2018. 

-On the band’s twitter account on November 9, 2017 one of them posted: "it was very special to do a performance with @mikasounds duetting with @YazzieFierce on his incredible Italian TV show with the craziest set I've ever seen #casamika! There was a giant toaster!! And a giant bath tub. http://bit.ly/CBCasaMika". They followed that tweet with, "my sister took me to one of Mika's first gigs in London at Shepherd's Bush Empire about 11 years ago(!?) and then Jack and I took a bus to see him in a festival in Florence around that time too. So to come together and do this in Milan now was extra exciting for us!!"

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Clerc, Julien - French singer and songwriter, active since 1969. He became a judge on The Voice France in season 8.

-In a February 9, 2019 Plateau TV radio interview on France Bleu Mika spoke about Julien Leclerc: "I was afraid that with someone like this, who had done so many things, who is so significant for pop history and French variety songs that he might be a bit cold. But it's totally the opposite, he gets involved, he is friendly, generous, he's funny. He can act like a clown but he is mainly wise. We can say we found a new balance in a totally different way, but just as engaging." --- In a French interview with Mika for zikeo.net posted January 28, 2019, Mika said: “I am delighted by the arrival of Julien Clerc in The Voice. I grew up with his songs. He has a very impressive intelligence and musical culture. He can make us laugh until we cry but we must not underestimate him ... He brings to this program a very sophisticated side and is very generous in his argument with the talents.”

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Clericetti, Martino - Italian writer and actor, known for Sanremo Song Festival, La Strana Coppia, and Super Ciro, and for his collaborations in various programs with Luca & Paolo, Maurizio Crozza, Fabio Volo, and more. He co-wrote Stasera Casa Mika (2017 season).

Clerici, Antonella - Italian television host, journalist, and author who has hosted many Italian TV shows, many of which appeared on Rai. On the fourth episode of Stasera Casa Mika (2016 season) Mika interviewed her while they sat in a bathtub full of fake bubbles. PHOTO

Coachella - one of the largest annual music and arts festivals in the United States. It was founded in 1999 and is held at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California. In April 2007 Mika performed a 30 minute set on the main stage. After the concert, he autographed things and greeted fans at the Virgin on-site store. He was scheduled to perform on April 11, 2020 and April 18, 2020, during both weekends of the 2020 festival, but the festival has been postponed until October due to the coronavirus pandemic. PHOTO 2007

Coca-Cola Happiness bottle - limited edition aluminum Coke bottle and matching box designed by Mika and DaWack in 2010 for Coca-Cola's Club Coke. The bottle was available from early March, and sold for €1-€1.50 at nightclubs in France with the proceeds going to charity. Bottles in a matching collector's box were sold only online via the website. Mika gave private showcase for Coca-Cola, some famous people, and a few fans, on April 15 at 1515 Club in Paris. At the private showcase he played "Relax (Take It Easy)", "Blame It On The Girls", "Grace Kelly" (in French), "Rain", "Blue Eyes", "Billy Brown", "Big Girl (You Are Beautiful)", "We Are Golden", and "Love Today". Some of the famous people who attended the showcase event include: Adeline Blondieau, Bernadette Chirac, Tony Gomez, Ariane Massenet, Gregoire Boissenot, Anggun, Quentin Mosimann, Marjolaine Bui, and Shy’m.

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QUOTES: ---In a 2010 video with Yasmine about the project, Mika said (in French), "there's not too many colors. It's not just an illustration. It has this very "design" side to it. And honestly, when we draw something like this, it's a very ‘pop product’. In pop products, we have to limit ourselves to the number of things we want to use. And limiting ourselves with only a few colors really helped us. When I said yes to Coca-Cola for this project, one of the condition that I had, and I was very clear about this since the beginning, was that I wanted to have a charity side attached to it. So I said: ‘ok, I'll draw this bottle, but all the money that they would pay me will go to a charity’. So I chose Hôpitaux de France and Hôpitaux de Paris and particularly their ‘Maison des Adolescents’ project."

OTHER INFO: -

IMPORTANT LINKS: website

PHOTOS: Mika holding his bottle - Mika and Bernadette Chirac at his bottle launch

Mika and band after the Coke show

EXAMPLES: box and bottle design - back of the box - Coke Mika art - invitation to the Mika show

VIDEO: Mika and DaWack in French

 

 Cocteau, Jean - French writer, designer, playwright, artist, and filmmaker (born July 5, 1889 - died of heart attack October 11, 1963), best known for his 1929 novel Les Enfants Terribles and his films such as Le Sang d'un Poète, Les Parents Terribles, and La Belle et la Bête. Openly bisexual, he had a male muse and lover for over 25 years. Mika mentions him in the song "Good Guys"

-In the June 10, 2017 issue of Télé 7 Jours magazine Mika was explaining who he’d invited to his dream dinner & said that Jean Cocteau was "one of the most talented ‘enfants terribles’: filmmaker, novelist, activist, romantic… A punk poet." In the same issue of Télé 7 Jours Mika said that an enfant terrible is “someone who isn't snob, who loves, who hates, who changes his/her mind all the time, who is always able to marvel, who is not afraid of vulgarity nor of sex, who doesn't care about consequences and who gets involved for what he/she likes. An ‘enfant terrible’, that's the opposite of boredom. I don't know if I am one. I think it comes with the years.”

Cœur de Pirate - Canadian indie pop singer-songwriter (real name: Béatrice Martin) from Montréal. She and Mika duetted on "Boum Boum Boum" on the show L'ete Indien in August 2014. 

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BORN: September 22, 1989 in Outremont, Quebec, Canada

NATIONALITY: French-Canadian

FULL NAME/ALSO KNOWN AS: Béatrice Martin

ADDITIONAL BIO: She sings mostly in French but can sing in English too. She also can play piano (since the age of three) and melodica. Her awards include four Félix Awards, a Victoires de la Musique award for Original Song of the Year, and a Canadian Independent Music Award.

MIKA CREDITS: She and Mika duetted on "Boum Boum Boum" on the show L'ete Indien in August 2014.

ALSO WORKED WITH: Julien Doré, Lights, David Usher, December Strikes First, Michel Legrand, Bedouin Soundclash, Against Me!, and others.

OTHER RELEASES: Her full-length albums are Cœur de Pirate (2008), Blonde (2011), Trauma and Child Of Light (both are soundtracks, 2014), Roses (2015), and En Cas De Tempête, Ce Jardin Sera Fermé (2018).

QUOTES: ---On January 22, 2010 (at the NRJ Awards ceremony) she tweeted "Mika likes my music. I am one happy girl." 

---In a February 2010 interview on TV5Monde Mika said, "I really liked….. I like Cœur de Pirate’s album, I think it’s good."

---On L’ete Indien in August 2014 he said, "Actually three days ago I came up with this idea of singing ‘Boum Boum Boum’, which we are going to sing together today. I wanted to perform it in a different way and I wanted to sing it along with Béatrice. I didn't know that she was supposed to be a guest on the show, I had no clue. So I got in touch with her through the label, I talked to her, I said ‘I have this idea’, she said yes so I called you and I got surprised to learn that she was already invited as a guest."

---I don’t have the exact quote but in a 2014 French interview he said he likes Cœur de Pirate’s voice a lot, when thinking about Montreal he thinks about Garou and her, he thinks she's still young and will have a long career.

OTHER INFO: ‘Cœur de pirate’ is French for "Pirate's Heart"

HER IMPORTANT LINKS: website | twitter 

PHOTOS: sitting together at L’ete Indien - performing together at L’ete Indien

VIDEO: "Grace Kelly" and their "Boum Boum Boum" duet

 

Coffee, Clarence Jr. - American songwriter and producer, the son of a gospel singer, and one-fifth of Los Angeles-based The Monsters & The Strangerz (an American Grammy, Juno and ASCAP award winning production and songwriting team originally from Miami, Florida). In October 2013 he and Mika attended a songwriting retreat at Château Marouatte. He co-wrote "Oh Girl, You're The Devil", "No Place In Heaven", and sang background vocals on "Oh Girl, You’re The Devil". The Monsters & The Strangerz have produced and written for artists such as Rihanna, Maroon 5, Demi Lovato, Selena Gomez, Kanye West, Cher Lloyd, and many others.

-Mika explained on the track-by-track of NPIH at Deejay video in June 2015: "Oh Girl, You're The Devil' is a song I wrote with a friend of mine, with him I also wrote ‘No Place In Heaven’, a very good collaborator. He explained to me, this guy, Clarence, he explained his story, how he has changed his life. From a life a little bit difficult in Florida, with the music he has totally changed his situation and found a future, a wife, everything, thanks to the music, and he has inspired me a bit with his way of escaping from his old life, I wanted to put this story in a song".

Coke Studio - music TV show which airs in the Middle East and North Africa with each episode featuring a prominent Arab artist and a famous international artist collaborating to record a fusion song. In February 2013 Mika and Lebanese singer Karol Sakr recorded a version of his "Relax (Take It Easy)" where Arabic music and vocals mixed with his disco pop and signature chorus. The music was done by Hadii Sharara, the show’s music producer & arranger in seasons 2, 3 and 4. The track was released across the region and became a hit. It appeared on the album Coke Studio Fusion Series - Season 2. The episode first aired on May 2, 2013, and also included behind the scenes footage and Mika singing an acoustic version of his song "Stardust". PHOTO

Colabona, Sergio - Italian television/film director and author who was the director of Stasera Casa Mika (2017 season). He has previously directed other TV shows such as Grande Fratello, Made In Sud, Sarabanda, and The Voice of Italy.

Cole, Oliver - Irish singer, formerly the frontman of indie band Turn, who opened for Mika on tour in Dublin in 2010.

Columbia, Al - American cartoonist. He contributed "Toy Boy" artwork to the Songs For Sorrow EP.

Comic Relief - British charity for the poor and disadvantaged, they primarily raise money through their Red Nose Day. In February 2011, many celebrities, including Mika, were asked by Vivienne Westwood to model red-nose t-shirts she specifically designed to raise money. The campaign was shot by Bryan Adams. Mika appeared in his photo wearing a kilt, with Melachi at his side.

-On mikasounds.com he said: "I am very excited, it’s a brilliant charity that always does something different to make it fun and relevant and never ceases to surprise."

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Comment Te Dire Adieu - French Françoise Hardy song (1968) written by Serge Gainsbourg which originally appeared on her self-titled album. Emilie Simon and Mika covered the song as a duet on the TV show Taratata in October 2009.

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LYRICS: lyrics

CREDITS: Originally written by Arnold Goland and Jack Gold, French lyrics by Serge Gainsbourg

LENGTH: 2:25 (original)

ORIGINALLY APPEARED ON: Françoise’s self-titled album

PERFORMED BY MIKA: once, on TV, as a duet with French singer Émilie Simon on the French show Taratata on October 14, 2009.

QUOTES: -

OTHER INFO: English translation: How To Say Goodbye To You? - In January 2019 Mika posted an instagram story of himself whistling this song as he rode around Paris with Christian Louboutin on a scooter.

 

Comme Un Garçon - Sylvie Vartan song (1967) which Carla Bruni and Mika sang together on the fourth episode of Stasera Casa Mika (2017 season).

Congo - the ninth longest river in the world, the second largest river in the world by discharge, and the world's deepest river, located in Central Africa. The term Congo also may refer to either of two countries that border the river: the larger Democratic Republic of the Congo to the southeast, formerly known as Zaire, or the smaller Republic of the Congo to the northwest. The place is mentioned in "L'amour Fait Ce Qu’il Veut" in the line "jusqu'au Congo je m'enfuis dans le désert du Sahara", which loosely translates to "I fled to Congo in the Sahara desert".

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Conte, Paolo - Italian singer, pianist, composer, and lawyer (born January 6, 1937) notable for his grainy, resonant voice, his colourful and dreamy compositions, and his wistful, sometimes melancholic lyrics. Mika sang a bit of his "Gelato Al Limon" (1979) from his album of the same name in Mika’s Italian video diary episode 1; a bit of "Via Con Me" (1981) from his album Paris Milonga on Le Grand Journal’s "La Boîte à Questions" on Canal+ in September 2009; and the whole song as a duet with Riccardo Scamarcio on the first episode of Stasera Casa Mika (2017 season). In the X Factor September 2013 press conference Mika said he had asked Paolo to make a duet. 

-On Parla Con Me in 2010 Mika said he’s been a fan of Paolo: "since I was a little kid... Let’s say since I was 14 years old. I bought a CD of his in Bordighera. And I kept singing ‘Un Gelato Al Limon’. All his songs. Even if I didn’t do it very well….."

-In an interview with Sorrisi before a concert November 13, 2014 Paolo was asked if he follows X Factor: "No, but I knew Mika. It's been many years that he proclaims to be my biggest fan, then we made sure to meet us. He is very nice, a very brilliant person."

Cool Runnings - 1993 film, directed by Jon Turteltaub and starring John Candy, loosely based on the true story of the first Jamaican bobsled team. Mika said it was his favorite film as a kid and that he loved the soundtrack.

-In Mika’s March 2010 interview in Company magazine he said his first record was the Cool Runnings film soundtrack: "The first tape I bought was the Phantom of the Opera soundtrack (I know, I was a strange kid), but the first CD was Cool Runnings and I loved it. I even made my own bobsleigh out of cardboard boxes and put washing-up liquid over the tiled kitchen floor, then I'd pop on a little beanie hat, get in my box and push myself across the room."

Copeland, Miles - American entertainment executive, best known for founding I.R.S. Records. His brother, Stewart Copeland, was part of the pop-rock trio The Police, which Miles managed. He owns the Château Marouatte in France where the ASCAP songwriting retreat (which Mika attended) is held.

-In Mika’s September 13, 2015 episode of Vivement Dimanche, Mika said: "He has this castle where he does some meetings, he takes some young artists, some writers, and everybody write together during a week we write a song, we record it the same day and the evening while we’re eating our dinner, we listen to the songs in the dining room and some years ago I was there..."

Corbett, Larry - played cello on "Erase".

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Corine - French singer who opened for Mika at Bercy Arena in December 2019. Her first physical release came out in March 2017.

-On her instagram on December 23, 2019 she posted: “Christmas can be a period tinged with a certain melancholy ... But yesterday I received the greatest gift from @mikainstagram🎁🌲🌟 ... An infinite dose of explosive energy on his part and on your part, unforgettable magic audience. Thank you 🙏💋🙏”. Mika replied to her post: “<3<3<3<3<3 Thank you !!! You are gorgeous. X”, and she responded with three heart emojis.

Coro Manos Blancas Del Friuli - Italian choir started in 2010 from Coro Manos Blancas (a choir made of children and adolescents, people with all kinds of disabilities, sensory and cognitive deficits, founded in Venezuela in 1999). Before Mika’s July 28, 2016 show at Piazza Unità d’Italia in Trieste, Italy, a small orchestra and a choir sang two songs while a group of kids wearing white gloves interpreted the songs in International Sign Language. On the first episode of Stasera Casa Mika (2016 season) Mika, the choir, and the signing choir performed "Hurts" together, with Mika even joining in on signing.

-On the group’s Facebook page they posted several photos and in July 2016 said, "With great joy we announce that Thursday, July 28 our choir and the vocal choir and orchestra Ferruccio Maronese of San Vito al Tagliamento, will open the Mika concert in Piazza Unità in Trieste! A great event that makes us very proud and that will allow us to spread our project. Hooray!"

PHOTO Trieste - PHOTO

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Corriere della Sera - Italian daily newspaper published in Milan with an average daily circulation of 358,000 copies in December 2013. Mika wrote an article for World AIDS Day that appeared in the December 1, 2014 issue; an August 12, 2015 letter about bullying and his defaced concert poster in Florence; a March 21, 2016 article about Un Bacio and Ivan Cotroneo; and an April 1, 2016 column about Zaha Hadid after her death. He has appeared on the cover of their Io Donna insert in June 2010, cover of their magazine Sette with a 4-page interview in October 2014, on the cover of their Io Donna insert in October 2017, on the cover of their Style magazine with an interview in November 2019, and has been featured in the newspaper many other times. Mika presented '100 Giorni in Europa' for Corriere della Sera in February 2019. PHOTO Io Donna cover 2010 - PHOTO Io Donna cover 2017 - https://i.pinimg.com/564x/49/21/b4/4921b424a56e753dac2aad232de83d6e.jpg]PHOTO Aug 2015 letter by Mika[/URL] - PHOTO Sept 2019 article - VIDEO preview of Style Nov 2019

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Cortez, Andy - plays guitar on "Tomorrow".

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Costa, Isabella - Mika’s Italian teacher, from Palermo, Sicily. He tweeted a photo of them on April 7, 2014, saying: "Studying in the park today in Milan, in the sun, again with La Siciliana Isabella and also a cold from hell!" In a 2013 interview he said she was 24 years old. Before Mika’s short concert for Radio Italia Live in Palermo on June 29, 2019 he was trying to reach Isabella but couldn’t because her phone was off. He eventually got in contact with her, invited her to the gig with him, and brought her up on stage.

-In the June/July 2015 issue of Winq magazine Mika said: "I got an Italian tutor who moved in with me; and she went wherever I went. First week we were in Battersea Park, second week we were on the 59th floor of a Tokyo hotel. And she’d never left Southern Italy. She was terrified, so didn’t leave my side and just chewed my ear off in Italian. It worked, though, I learned in two months!" --- She posted this after going on stage with Mika in June 2019: “Some stories deserve to be jealously kept in the heart with all the load of emotions that they carry with them, but what happened to me last Saturday deserves to be told too, because some of those stories also speak to the heart of the listener. So I had proof that when you unconsciously you are repaid surprisingly and in the most incredible ways. I learned that behind a successful person sometimes hides a humanity out of the ordinary, a desire to enjoy ‘small’ things with spontaneity and empathy (attitude not so obvious) and also with a bit of wonderful madness. My program last Saturday included the moment when I would have picked up the dog poo of my beloved Yago🐶 as the maximum peak of emotion, but someone evidently had a totally different program in store for me; this is how one of the most crazy Saturdays of my life has just passed. Thanks Mika <3”.

PHOTO in April 2014 - PHOTO in June 2019

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Cotroneo, Ivan - Italian writer, screenwriter and director. Mika met him for Corriere della Sera interview published in an issue of "La Lettura" on newsstands July 26, 2015. A video of their meeting was also posted online. He directed the 2016 film Un Bacio which uses Mika’s song "Hurts" and directed Mika’s music video for it. He co-developed and co-wrote both seasons of Stasera Casa Mika, and directed the 2019 Italian TV show La Compagnia Del Cigno.

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BORN: February 21, 1968 in Naples, Italy

NATIONALITY: Italian

FULL NAME/ALSO KNOWN AS: -

ADDITIONAL BIO: As a young man Ivan quit his law studies and moved to Rome, where he graduated in scriptwriting from the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia in 1992. In addition to writing screenplays and directing he’s written and adapted books, worked as a writer for several television productions, did adaptations for the theater, and worked for magazines like Max and the Italian edition of Rolling Stone.

OTHER APPEARANCES WITH MIKA: He and Mika appeared together at the Giffoni Film Festival on July 22, 2016 in Giffoni Valle Piana, Italy; and they were spotted with Giulio Mazzoleni at the Rome restaurant Fiore Crudo e Vapore on May 11, 2017.

QUOTES: ---In an interview on www.cinematographe.it in January 2016 Ivan said: "It is an honor and a pleasure to work together with Mika in this that my intention is almost a musical short film on the wounds that words can provide, especially to teenagers. Mika is an artist and a person whom I admire for years, for his music and for his thoughts, and I'm happy, amused and excited about this opportunity".

OTHER INFO: Some of his many other works include Tutti Pazzi Per Amore (2011), La Kryptonite Nella Borsa (2011), Loose Cannons (2010), Sirene (2017), Come Diventare Popolari a Scuola (2015), Una Mamma Imperfetta (2013), Viaggio Sola (2013), and È Arrivata La Felicità (2015).

HIS IMPORTANT LINKS: wikipedia - instagram
PHOTOS: Corriere della Sera July 2015 - together on the ‘Hurts’ set - together on the Stasera Casa Mika set - together at Giffoni Film Festival 2016

VIDEO: short video of them discussing "Hurts"

 

The Cottage Studio - Miami Beach recording studio where part of Mika’s My Name Is Michael Holbrook was recorded.

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Cowell, Simon - English reality TV celebrity, music and television producer and talent scout known in the UK and USA for being a judge on talent competitions such as The X Factor UK, Britain's Got Talent, and American Idol. He organized the Help For Haiti charity single "Everybody Hurts" and released it on his Syco Music record label. Mika first met Simon at age 16 and played his demos for Simon but the talent scout declined, a topic which Mika has spoken of in many interviews. On May 15, 2015 the pair of them appeared together in photographs at the X Factor Italia 2015 press conference in Milan, Italy. Mika has consistently denied that he wrote "Grace Kelly" about Simon Cowell.

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BORN: October 7, 1959 in Lambeth, London, England

NATIONALITY: English

FULL NAME/ALSO KNOWN AS: Simon Phillip Cowell

ADDITIONAL BIO: Before becoming famous, he held down several brief jobs; quantity surveyor, trainee law clerk, a runner, a waiter, a mailroom job at EMI Music Publishing (at which his father was an executive), and as a canvasser at an estate agency. He created several record labels and worked as a record producer, talent scout and consultant before becoming a judge on several TV talent competitions. His scathing comments about the contestants made him especially famous during his 9 seasons as a judge on American Idol. In 2004 he formed the company Syco, which has three main divisions: Syco Music, Syco TV and Syco Film.

OTHER APPEARANCES WITH MIKA: In May 2015 they appeared together in photographs at the X Factor 2015 press conference in Milan, Italy.

QUOTES: ---Mika told Attitude magazine in 2007: "I had a meeting with Simon a few years back. He said my songs weren't very good and I wasn't a songwriter. Then I spotted a gold disc for the Teletubbies single to the left of him and thought, 'This is possibly not the man for me’."

---In a March 2007 interview with The Sun Mika said, "You really have to give him proper respect for what he’s been able to achieve. He’s a pop marketing genius. But would he have been the right person to make the record with me? Absolutely not! And I’m thankful I never had the opportunity."

---In Britain's Heat magazine in 2009 Mika said, "The first time I met him, at 16, he very professionally rejected me... He did say back then, 'You've got a good really good voice - you just need to work on your songs'. He was right, so I went away and worked on my songs."

---On Dublin FM4's Showbiz Show in 2010 Mika talked about seeing Simon at an Oscars afterparty at Madonna's house, "he goes 'did I meet you?' and I said, 'yeah, you probably don't remember'. He was just like 'yeah, you're right I don't and he was just like 'well, I love what you do and I knew that you were gonna do well from the time I heard your first record' and 'really nice to meet you again' and that was it, and then I went to the toilet."

---In Billboard magazine May 30, 2015 Mika said, "The funny thing was, the first time I sat with Simon Cowell was when I was younger and presenting my demos-- and he rejected me. It’s just kind of weird, you can never know what happens in life, you never know when someone comes back in the picture. So I’m sitting there next to him at a press conference launching the show, laughing to myself […] He forgets nothing and he’s extremely funny. He’s really bad with his sense of humor, which explains a lot, and he’s so successful as well. There’s this very wicked child within him. You know he’s clever and he’s tough, but he also has this playful quality that enables us to do all this stuff."

OTHER WORKS: His judging stints include Pop Idol (2001–2002), American Idol (2002–2010), The X Factor UK (2004–2010; 2014–), Britain's Got Talent (2007–), The X Factor USA (2011–2013), and America’s Got Talent (2016–). He produced TV shows like the Idol franchise (2001–), The X Factor franchise (2004–), Got Talent franchise (2006–), American Inventor (2006), Celebrity Duets (2006), Red or Black? (2011), The You Generation (2013–), and others. Artists he manages, has signed, and/or produced albums by include Leona Lewis, Robson & Jerome, The Teletubbies, Westlife, Il Divo, Sinitta, One Direction, Will Young, and Susan Boyle.

OTHER INFO: -

HIS IMPORTANT LINKS: twitter - wikipedia

PHOTOS: Mika’s faces when Simon was speaking to him via video 2013 - press conference in 2015 1 - press conference in 2015 2

 

Creature - Canadian pop rock band formed in 2004 who opened for Mika at the Bell Centre in Montréal in January 2008.

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Crew, Mark - songwriter, record producer and mix engineer based in London, known for his work with Bastille, Rag n Bone Man, The Wombats, and others. With Dan Priddy he co-produced "The Sound Of An Orchestra" and co-produced and co-recorded all the songs on My Name Is Michael Holbrook except "Blue". He also co-wrote "Ice Cream", "Cry", and "Stay High"; and did some keys and programming on all the songs on My Name Is Michael Holbrook except "Blue" and "Tiny Love Reprise". On May 2, 2019 Mika instagrammed a clip of them with David Sneddon, and on July 2, 2019 Mika posted a couple photos of them together in the studio.

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BORN: February 21, 1985

NATIONALITY: English

FULL NAME/ALSO KNOWN AS: -

ADDITIONAL BIO: He founded Best Laid Plans Records in 2013 with production partners Dan Priddy and Dan Smith, the lead singer of Bastille.

MIKA CREDITS: co-produced "The Sound Of An Orchestra" and co-produced and co-recorded "I Went To Hell Last Night", "Ice Cream", "Platform Ballerinas", "Tomorrow", "Cry", "Dear Jealousy", "Tiny Love", "Ready To Call This Love", "Sanremo", "Paloma", "TIny Love Reprise", and "Stay High". He also co-wrote "Ice Cream", "Cry", and "Stay High"; and did some keys and programming on "I Went To Hell Last Night", "Ice Cream", "Platform Ballerinas", "Tomorrow", "Cry", "Dear Jealousy", "Tiny Love", "Ready To Call This Love", "Sanremo", "Paloma", and "Stay High".

ALSO WORKED WITH: In addition to Mika, he has produced and written with other artists such as Bastille, Rag n Bone Man, Louis Tomlinson, Tears For Fears, Taylor Swift, James Blunt, The Wombats, and many more.

QUOTES: ---On his February 15, 2019 instagram post of the "The Sound Of An Orchestra" cover Mark said, "First track out in 2019 - a really fun one with Mika!" 

---In his interview with Rolling Stone magazine from October 1, 2019 Mika said "I was excited to have a new team, from the engineer, who is the other musician, the unofficial member of the band, to the producers, who I love: I think Mark Crew is an English tech nerd, one of the next really big British producers."

OTHER INFO: -

HIS IMPORTANT LINKS: instagram | wikipedia

PHOTOS: in the studio July 2, 2019 - in the studio July 13, 2019

VIDEO: Mika, Mark, & Dan in a London studio mikainstagram July 4, 2019

 

Cry - Song which appears on My Name Is Michael Holbrook as the 8th track. Co-written by Mika, Dan Priddy, and Mark Crew, and produced by Dan Priddy and Mark Crew.

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OFFICIAL VIDEO: N/A

LYRICS: lyrics

CREDITS: Written by Mika, Mark Crew, and Dan Priddy

Vocals - Mika

Background Vocals - Dan Priddy

Keyboards, Programming - Mark Crew, and Dan Priddy

Drums - John Blease

Guitar - Tim Van Der Kuil

Bass - Bill Banwell, and Dan Priddy

Keys - Mitchell Yoshida

Mixed by Andrew Maury

Mixing Assistance by Harry Burr

Recorded by Beatriz Artola, Mark Crew, and Dan Priddy

Produced by Mark Crew, and Dan Priddy

Mastered by Joe LaPorta at Sterling Sound

LENGTH: 3:17

PLAYED LIVE: Mika has never performed it live.

PERFORMED ON TV: -

MIKA'S OTHER NOTABLE VERSIONS: -

USED IN: N/A

REMIXES: N/A

COVERED BY: -

QUOTES: ---

OTHER INFO: -

ARTWORK: N/A 

 

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Cuba - a Spanish-speaking island nation under Communist rule, located in the Caribbean Sea. Havana is its capital and its largest city. The country is mentioned in "L'amour Fait Ce Qu’il Veut" in the line "sur la lune à Cuba", which loosely translates to "on the moon in Cuba".

Cucurrucucú Paloma - Mexican huapango-style song (1954) written by Tomás Méndez which first appeared in the Mexican comedy Escuela de Vagabundos (1955) where it was sung by the star of the film. Mika and Rossy de Palma sang it together on the third episode of Stasera Casa Mika (2016 season). On April 3, 2017 Mika and Rosalba Piccini sang this song at Rosalba’s Milan restaurant. Since its first release on record in 1956 in a version sung by Harry Belafonte, the song has been sung by many other singers, including Perry Como, Nana Mouskouri, Julio Iglesias, Joan Baez, Rosemary Clooney, Teemu Brunila, Arielle Dombasle (on Du Côté de Chez Dave when she and Mika were both guests), and the refrain was used by Franco Battiato in his own song "Cuccurucucù" (on La Voce Del Padrone).

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Cuddly Toy - Harry Nilsson song (1967) which appeared on his album Pandemonium Shadow Show and was covered by The Monkees for their 1967 album Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones Ltd.. During his Harry Nilsson episode of BBC Radio 2’s ‘Mika: The Art Of Song’ radio show which aired in April 2017 Mika played The Monkees’ version of the song, and said he recorded a cover of this song for Zoolander 2 but it was not used.

-During the April 11, 2017 ‘Mika: The Art Of Song’ episode all about Harry Nilsson Mika said: "‘Cuddly Toy’, I actually spend three days in a recording studio in Belgium in the middle of a tour about, I would say eight months ago--ah, a bit more now--because Ben Stiller was making me record it for the last Zoolander movie--this must’ve been about a year ago--but he wanted to, he was obsessed with the song, there was a sequence and so I had to do a cover of it and we had a big band in and we had like a little orchestra and it was really fun, and in the end it just wasn’t used and so the version made by the studio and paid for by the studio just never really went anywhere. So I could’ve played it for you today if it had been used but it wasn’t, so I played you The Monkees instead."

Cumming, Alan - Scottish-American actor who has appeared in many films, television shows, musicals, and plays, and is also an author, director, and producer. He and Mika did an interview together In July 2007 before the Somerset House gig and afterward they were spotted hanging out together. On his 2009 album I Bought a Blue Car Today, and his accompanying live one-man cabaret of the same name, he did a cover of "My Interpretation" as a mash-up with Dolly Parton's "Here You Come Again". At the Somerset House interview in 2007 Alan wore a sleeveless Mika t-shirt, and was photographed in the same shirt while walking his dog in New York City on April 10, 2008. At the 2015 Golden Globes Awards ceremony Alan wore the "Mika On Stage" sneakers designed by Mika’s friend Christian Louboutin.

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BORN: January 27, 1965 in Scotland

NATIONALITY: Scottish-American

FULL NAME/ALSO KNOWN AS: Alan Cumming (he has no middle name)

ADDITIONAL BIO: He studied drama at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. Active since 1980, he has won and been nominated for many theater, TV, and film awards. He played the role of the Emcee in Sam Mendes's 1993 revival of the musical Cabaret, a role which Mika also played when he was in school. 

MIKA CREDITS: On his album I Bought A Blue Car Today and accompanying live one-man cabaret he covered Mika’s "My Interpretation" as a mash-up with Dolly Parton's "Here You Come Again". 

OTHER APPEARANCES WITH MIKA: In July 2007 they were seen together after Mika’s Somerset House gig, and they also did an interview together. 

QUOTES: ---Mika tweeted September 6, 2009 "At Alan Cumming's show bumped into graham norton who bought me a drink."

---When asked about Alan in an interview at BBC Radio Scotland in June 2015 Mika said, "Yeah, he’s covered a few of my songs actually. We got to know each other a couple of years ago, and I’m a big fan. I mean I became obsessed with him when I saw him in Cabaret at the Donmar that was years ago now before it made its huge transfer. A lot of people in the UK don’t realize that, that Cabaret production went to Broadway and in Studio 54, the old Studio 54."

---During Mika’s Milenio Hey interview in Mexico City in April 2016 the interviewer asked Mika something about if he’d seen a certain live show of Alan’s in London, Mika replied: "I didn’t go to the show because I was on a TV show, but then I saw him afterwards. I think we played billiards and got drunk on beer in some restaurant in Chiswick. Which is typical of Alan Cumming, you always have nights like that with Alan."

OTHER WORKS: Some of his films include GoldenEye (1995), Emma (1996), Spice World (1997), Titus (1999), the Spy Kids trilogy (2001, 2002, 2003), The Anniversary Party (2001), X2: X-Men United (2003), Burlesque (2010), and Battle Of The Sexes (2017). He's appeared on TV shows including The Good Wife, The Runaway, The L Word, Web Therapy, Instinct, and as the host of the PBS Masterpiece Mystery! series. Some of his theater roles include the Maniac in Dario Fo's Death Of An Accidental Anarchist (1991), the Emcee in Cabaret (1993, 1998, and 2014), the title role in Hamlet (1993), and Mack the Knife in Bertolt Brecht/Kurt Weill's The Threepenny Opera (2006). He's written a nonfiction book, a novel called Tommy’s Tale, and an autobiography.

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HIS IMPORTANT LINKS: website

PHOTOS: In the car with Mika - Mika and Alan walking - article about them London Lite July 10, 2007 - Alan in a Mika shirt - Alan walking his dog

VIDEO: interviewing Mika

 

Cyprus - an island country, located in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea, south of Turkey and west of Syria and Lebanon. Because of the civil war in Lebanon where Mika’s family was living they left with the help of the US Navy when he was one year old, briefly stopping in Cyprus before landing in Paris, France.

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Dalida - Egyptian-Italian singer and actress (real name: Yolanda Cristina Gigliotti, born January 17, 1933 - died of suicide by drug overdose May 3, 1987). She performed and recorded in ten languages, including French, Italian, Greek, Spanish, German, English, Japanese, Hebrew, Dutch, and Egyptian Arabic songs mainly for her homeland. Mika is featured on Ibrahim Maalouf’s Dalida tribute album, Dalida By Ibrahim Maalouf, released in November 2017, singing her song "Salma Ya Salama". During the third episode of Stasera Casa Mika (2017 season) Mika watches a Dalida show on TV in one of the The Boy Who Comes From the Future segments.

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Dalla, Lucio - Italian singer-songwriter, musician who played clarinet and piano, and actor (born March, 4 1943 - died March 1, 2012). Mika sang his "L'Anno Che Verrà'' alone on the fourth episode of Stasera Casa Mika (2017 season), and his "Piazza Grande" as a duet with Elisa on the first episode. Mika and guitarist Lorenzo Carancini performed “Piazza Grande” at Mika’s short street gig in Ancona, Italy's Piazza Roma on October 16, 2019.

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Dallatana, Ilaria - Italian business executive and entrepreneur, director of Rai 2 from February 18, 2016 to October 12, 2017 and was succeeded at Rai 2 by Andrea Fabiano. She was instrumental in bringing Stasera Casa Mika to TV, answered questions with Mika at both the November 2016 and October 2017 press conferences for the show, and she presented the show at the press conference about RAI program schedules in Milan on June 28, 2017. She and Mika attended the Rose’ d’Or awards together and she accompanied him onstage to accept his award in the ‘Best Entertainment’ category. PHOTO

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d'Ambrosio, Francesco - Italian who co-wrote Stasera Casa Mika (2017 season).

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D’Amico, Marina - French singer who was one of Mika’s contestants on season 3 of The Voice France. She was originally going to choose Jenifer as her coach, but Mika played piano for her and convinced her to join his team instead. To help convince her he promised to write her a song; so far it seems he has not. On the April 12, 2014 episode she performed "Elle Me Dit" with Mika and fellow teammates Frero Delavega and Élodie Martelet. She made it to the 14th episode before she got eliminated April 12, 2014. PHOTO 

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Dame Edna - character created and performed by Australian comedian Barry Humphries. She and Mika appeared as a guest on Channel 4's The Paul O'Grady Show on September 21, 2009 and had a very funny, memorable interview. PHOTO

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Danser Entre Hommes - Doriand single sung by he, Mika, and Philippe Katerine. The trio recorded it at Labomatic Studios in Paris on December 21, 2018, and it was released as a single on August 30, 2019.

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OFFICIAL VIDEO: Released August 30, 2019, with images by Helena Noguerra, Doriand, and Marc Collin, and editing by Beki Mari, the music video starts with 20-year-old footage of Doriand and Philippe singing the song, then shows Mika watching the footage and talking about it. The rest of the video is mostly footage of the trio recording the vocals in studio. SCREENSHOTS - VIDEO GIF

LYRICS: lyrics

CREDITS: written by Doriand and Philippe Katerine

Vocals - Mika, Doriand, Philippe Katerine

LENGTH: 3:04

APPEARED ON: as a single released August 30, 2019, and Doriand’s album Portraits

PLAYED LIVE: Mika has never performed it live.

PERFORMED ON TV: -

MIKA'S OTHER NOTABLE VERSIONS: -

USED IN: N/A

REMIXES: Sabrina & Samantha Remix 4:35

QUOTES: ---On June 26, 2019 Mika did a Facebook live PureSession and Mika talked about it, "It won't be on my album………... (Mika talks about Doriand and Philippe Katerine a little.) So it is a trio with me, Philippe Katerine and Doriand and the name of the song is "Danser entre hommes" (mais pas sur du pasodoble)." -So we'll find out about the rest soon?- "Yeah" -Ok- "And I'm telling you the trio is totally amazing!"

---Mika instagrammed a video September 2, 2019: "So much fun! I love this new track from my great friend @doriand_officiel - ‘Dansez Entre Hommes’ with @philippekaterine 🙂"

---In September 9, 2019 interview with www.soul-kitchen.fr Doriand said: "One day, 20 years ago, Philippe Katerine rang at my door with an idea for a song: ‘Danser entre hommes’. He takes his guitar and I take my electronic organ for children and we write this song together. We wanted to release it at the time, he and I in work clothes, big pencil screwed on the ear. Our Barclay label wasn't very hot. Twenty years later, when we record my next album Portraits with all my dear singing friends, I find by chance in my boxes an old cassette of this song. And during a lunch with Philippe, I suggested that he record it together. Mika also singing on the album, Philippe proposes that we invite him to Dance with Men. A trio in short. ‘We're all the same’? Not really. But probably the same as 20 years ago."

OTHER INFO: The single was played on Europe1 and Doriand instagrammed about it.

PHOTOS: trio recording

COVER: single cover art

 

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Danvers, Rosie - British cellist, conductor, orchestrator and arranger who arranged the strings on "Paloma". Rosie’s husband, Tommy D., was the song’s strings producer. She is also director at Wired Strings. On their site in November 2011 she posted a photo of herself, Mika, producer Klas Åhland, and people from Wired Strings in the studio, saying they recorded two songs with Mika; but none of the Mika songs that Klas produced are credited as having strings on them. Other artists which her and Wired Strings have worked for include Kanye West, Paloma Faith, Beyonce, Adele, Coldplay, The Script, Cee Lo Green, and others.

-On the Wired Strings site they post a news story about Mika; in it Rosie said: "When Mika first sent me this track on first listen I thought it was an upbeat song, the melody and chords so uplifting.. when I began to listen to the lyrics I realized it was actually a song about his sister Paloma’s very tragic accident. However, she miraculously survived and the song had a euphoric and redemptive ending. In this arrangement I had to encapsulate the drama and sadness together with the feeling of hope and euphoria that she survived."

PHOTO 2011

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Daquin, Clement "ALB" - French electro-pop musician from Reims, France who is signed to Rise Recordings. He produced and performed all instruments on Mika’s cover of "Je Chante".

-On the SNCF website about Mika’s TGV advertising campaign in December 2015 Mika said: "Then SNCF TGV and the team made me meet Clément Daquin, aka Alb, a French musician who made super electro pop. An exciting, fun, explosive encounter, which allowed me to really reclaim me ‘Je Chante’. It is with Alb we had the idea to replace all the orchestral responses of the original melody by this bass very pop, and slightly change the under agreements to put it in my style, that it matches me... It was really a super rewarding cooperation, and I am very very happy with the result!"

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Dassin, Joe - American-born French singer-songwriter. Mika covered his song "Champs Elysées", which originally appeared on his album of the same name.

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Daughters, Patrick - director of music video for "Big Girl (You Are Beautiful)". He has also directed videos for Interpol, Depeche Mode, The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Feist, Muse, and many others.

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Dave Matthews Band - American rock band that was formed in Virginia, USA in 1991. Mika covered their song "Satellite", which originally appeared on their album Under The Table And Dreaming.

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Davis, Rob - English guitarist and songwriter. He co-wrote "One Foot Boy".

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DaWack - pseudonym of Mika’s eldest sister who has painted and helped design many things for Mika. SEE: Penniman, Yasmine.

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Daysy - French duo, named Daisy and Léo, who opened for Mika in Dijon, Bordeaux, Nantes, and at Bercy Arena on the Revelation Tour in December 2019. 

-Daysymusic instagrammed on December 22, 2019: “We spent an incredible week .. Dijon ---> Bordeaux ---> Nantes alongside this immense artist, deeply benevolent who is@mikainstagram💙, its extraordinary public🔥, its teams of an unfailing kindness..🙏 We were already delighted by these three superb concerts on the #Revelationtour But we have a big surprise to announce. Are you ready ???! 😁 @mikainstagram invited us to open their full concert this evening at @accorhotel_arena in the company of the talented @corine_fille_de_ta_region🌠🤩 It's crazy .. it's unreal… It's also the best Christmas present we've ever had! thank you so much@mikainstagram for this incredible adventure and for the extraordinary gift you give us! 🙏💙🔥”. The next day they posted: “Paris .. Yesterday you were close to 16,000 ... You were beautiful .. It was simply incredible! 🤩 Today, we return to our sweet Normandy with eyes full of stars 🌠and our heart filled with joy after all these intense emotions 🔥 What we feel most at this moment is the immense gratitude and deep gratitude to@mikainstagram.. Thank you for welcoming us, listened to as you did .. Thank you for this immense chance that you offered us. We will never forget this incredible Christmas 2019 💘💙🌲”.

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Dean, James - American actor (born February 8, 1931 - died in a car collision September 30, 1955) especially noted for his films Rebel Without A Cause, East Of Eden, and Giant. "Screenwriter William Bast was one of Dean's closest friends, a fact acknowledged by Dean's family. According to Dean's first biographer (1956), Bast was his roommate at UCLA and later in New York City, and knew Dean throughout the last five years of his life. Fifty years after Dean's death, he stated that their friendship had included some sexual intimacy." Mika mentioned him in the song "Good Guys".

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De Andrè, Fabrizio - Italian singer-songwriter (born February 18, 1940-died January 11, 1999) who was active for almost 40 years and released thirteen studio albums. Mika sang Fabrizio’s song "Amore Che Vieni, Amore Che Vai" on Rai1 at the February 2020 Sanremo Music Festival. 

-Fabrizio’s son, Cristiano De Andrè, is also a singer and thanked Mika in a Facebook post on February 6, 2020: "Thank you MIKA for the beautiful words you spent on my father and for your beautiful and elegant version of ‘Amore che vieni, Amore che vai’ .Chills."

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Dear Jealousy - single which appears on My Name Is Michael Holbrook as the 3rd track. Co-written by Mika, Amy Wadge, and George Moore and produced by Mark Crew, Dan Priddy, and George Moore. It was released on September 13, 2019 with a performance video released October 15, 2019 and directed by Charles Todd.

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OFFICIAL VIDEO: A performance video of this song was released October 15, 2019. It was filmed in the venue before Mika’s concert at Brooklyn Steel on September 12, 2019. On the production company Scheme Engine’s instagram on October 15, 2019 they posted: "Dear jealousy, why you smiling creepily?" ️ @chas_todd chas_todd directed ‘Dear Jealousy’ for the exuberant, irreverent and darkly glam @mikainstagram ️ @republicrecords Team Jealousy: @jamesrothman @brianmc_elroy @leroy_farrell @mm_se #jealousy #mika #mynameismichaelholbrook @brooklynsteel".

SCREENSHOTS - VIDEO GIF 

LYRICS: lyrics

CREDITS: Written by Mika, Amy Wadge, and George Moore

Vocals - Mika

Background Vocals - Max Taylor, and Brendan Reilly

Keyboards, Programming - Dan Priddy, George Moore, and Mark Crew

Drums - John Blease

Guitar - Tim Van Der Kuil

Bass - Peter Randall, and Bill Banwell

Keyboards - Mitchell Yoshida

Choir - Bobbie Gordon, Wendi Harriet, Sharlene Hector, Izzy Chase, Senab Adekunle, James Philip, Jai Amore, Anthony Etheridge, Beth Tyson, Catheline Maurin, Hannah Pigott, Honor Griffiths, India Watts, Jenny Dariya, Mark Kendrick, Oliver Kotla, Paulo Ramos, Sonny Cash, and Tiago Mendonca

Choir Leader on Recording Session - Curtis Stansfield

Vocals Arranged by Laura Howe, and Curtis Stansfield

Mixed by Dan Grech-Marguerat

Mixing Assistance by Joel Davies and Charles Haydon-Hicks

Recorded by Beatriz Artola, Mark Crew, and Dan Priddy

Produced by Mark Crew, Dan Priddy, and George Moore

Mastered by Joe LaPorta at Sterling Sound

LENGTH: 3:47

PLAYED LIVE: The first time was at Brooklyn Steel in New York City on September 12, 2019.

PERFORMED ON TV: with The 100 Voices Of Gospel choir on French TV shows The Voice Kids on October 25, 2019, Danse Avec Les Stars on November 23, 2019, 300 Chœurs 2019 in December 2019, and Les 25ans de RTL2 on December 19, 2019; accompanied by Max Taylor and David Whitmey on 20H30 Le Dimanche October 27, 2019 as a medley with "Lollipop" and "Underwater"; French TV show Le Letre on November 16, 2019; and with The 100 Voices Choir at the Sanremo Music Festival broadcast by Rai1 February 6, 2020.

MIKA'S OTHER NOTABLE VERSIONS: -

USED IN: N/A

REMIXES: N/A

COVERED BY: -

QUOTES: ---Before Mika sang "Dear Jealousy" live for the first time, in New York on September 12, 2019, he said: "So this is the first show in quite a few years, and sitting in front of my piano, or wherever the hell I was, I knew that it was time to get back on the stage cuz I started to get jealous, jealous of the guy that was sitting on stage in front of you and so i thought tonight, as I’m a superstitious motherf**ker, that right away I had to sing a song that you might--actually I don’t think you’ve ever heard cuz that would bring good luck. This is my open letter to the jealous bastard that I am."

---In his introduction before the song on 300 Chœurs 2019, filmed in October 2019 but aired in December 2019, he said: "’Dear Jealousy’ is a song that talks about jealousy, it is an open letter to jealousy. I've reached a certain moment after 5 years, because it is 5 years since my last album, when all of a sudden I started, 2 or 3 years ago, to feel jealous of a person I was. The person that was on stage, the person that was making records, the person that was telling stories through his piano and through his songs. And there I knew that this desire has come deeply. And I was ready to get started with a new album and a new tour. So, how to confront jealousy? You have to speak to it like it was a person. And say 'okay, you are here, but now you go away because I have things to do'."

OTHER INFO: Mika posted a quick clip of a tiny bit of the song in one of his instagram stories from the recording studio on April 28, 2019.

ARTWORK: no cover artwork for the single? - art Mika posted on instagram 

 

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de Burgh, Chris - British-Irish singer-songwriter and instrumentalist most famous for his 1986 love song "The Lady In Red". When Mika was on Paul de Leeuw's show in December 2012 they duetted on his song "Songbird" which originally appeared on his album The Road To Freedom.

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Defer, Nicolas - drummer of Mika’s live band at some short performances in the summer of 2019. He posted some instagram videos and photos of Mika live in June and July 2019.

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de Leeuw, Paul - Dutch comedian, TV host, actor, and singer who has had many hit singles in The Netherlands. He hosted many TV shows in the region, several of which Mika was on, including Lieve Paul in 2009, Langs De Leeuw and Manneke Paul in October 2012, and Kun Je Het Al Zien in September 2015. Mika was a special guest on the Paul de Leeuw Christmas Special show in December 2012. On the shows throughout the years Mika and Paul duetted on Paul's hit "’K Heb Je Lief", a medley of songs from the musical The Sound Of Music, the Chris de Burgh song "Songbird", and Mika’s song "Stardust". Paul tweeted about attending Mika's concert at Verboten in New York City on May 3, 2015. Paul and Mika duetted on "Stardust" at Mika’s gig in Amsterdam, Netherlands on September 22, 2015.

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BORN: March 26, 1962 in IJsselmonde (near Rotterdam), Netherlands

NATIONALITY: Dutch

FULL NAME/ALSO KNOWN AS: Paul Henri de Leeuw

ADDITIONAL BIO: He gained national fame in the late eighties and early nineties with television shows for Dutch public broadcasting association VARA and on radio. He’s also hosted the Dutch results of the Eurovision Song Contest many times. He and his partner Stephan have adopted two sons: Kas in October 2001 and Tobey in December 2002. He was awarded Knight in the Order of the Dutch Lion in 2007, and has also won some awards for his TV and music work including a Vlaamse Televisie Sterren in 2012 in the category best entertainment program for his program Manneke Paul.

OTHER APPEARANCES WITH MIKA: -- On Lieve Paul in 2009 Mika performed "Rain" and was interviewed by Paul, who brought out his own dog. -- On Manneke Paul on October 1, 2012 Mika performed "Celebrate", was interviewed by Paul, and gave out copies of The Origin Of Love to the audience; in a part of the show aired a few days later Paul and Mika celebrated Animal Day. Paul and Mika said they'd spent the weekend hanging out doing things like shopping, eating at McDonalds and a Japanese restaurant, and going to a see South Korean Dance group and a movie. -- On Langs De Leeuw on October 27, 2012 they duetted on Paul's hit "Ik Heb Je Lief" (which originally appeared on his album Lief), Mika was interviewed by Paul and they did a little skit where they pretended to be boyfriends walking in Eastern Europe, and Mika and his band performed "Love You When I’m Drunk" and "Origin Of Love". -- Mika was a special guest on the Langs de Leeuw Christmas Special show in December 2012 when he and Paul duetted on a medley of songs from The Sound Of Music, Mika and a Dutch opera singer each sang "Jingle Bells" as fast as they could, Mika and Paul had a little food fight, Mika performed "Love You When I’m Drunk" and "Underwater", they duetted on the Chris de Burgh song "Songbird", and did other things. -- Paul interviewed Mika on Paul's show Kun Je Het Al Zien on September 13, 2015, they played a game that involved throwing beer in each others faces, and Mika performed "Stardust" as a duet with Paul with some lines in Dutch, "Grace Kelly", and "Staring At The Sun". -- Paul appeared on stage at Mika’s gig at the Heineken Music Hall in Amsterdam, Netherlands on September 22, 2015 and they again duetted on "Stardust".

QUOTES: ---On his Facebook in September 2012 Paul posted a photo of himself with The Origin Of Love and said, "Took me 10 min to take the plastic off of Mika's new cd. Why? But what a good cd. It would almost make me gay". 

---On May 3, 2015 Paul tweeted "Seen #MIKAtour tonight in New york @VerbotenNewYork.amazing love you and see you in Holland! Be my guest on tv", and on September 13, 2013 he tweeted a photo of them captioned "The blood brothers are back! @mikasounds"

---Right before their duet at the 2015 Amsterdam concert Mika told the audience: "He might be very, very clever, and he might be very, very rude, and he might throw beer on me everytime I go on his show, and I might throw mayonnaise on his face when i go on his TV show, and he might always say the wrong things, and he might always be a little bit late, and he might be a big f**king pain in the ass, but he’s also a genius and he’s also my friend and his name is Paul de Leeuw and like all good things in life revenge does exist. [to Paul] You thought you were just here to watch a show, but no motherf**ker, you are going to SING!"

OTHER WORKS: His albums are Voor U Majesteit (1991), Van U Wil Ik Zingen (1992), Plugged (1993), ParaCDmol (1994), Filmpje (1995), In Heel Europa Was Er Niemand Zoals Zij (1995), Encore (1996), Lief (1997), Stille Liedjes (1999), Kerstkransje (2001), Zingen Terwijl U Wacht (2001), Metropaul (2004), Duizel Mij (2005), Mooi! Weer Een Cd (2006), Het Wordt Winter (2008), Honderd Uit Één (2009), and Paul (2012). Films he’s acted in include: Jan Rap En Z'n Maat (1989), Filmpje! (1995), Heerlijk Duurt Het Langst (1998), De Pijnbank (1998), Max Lupa (1999), Yes Nurse! No Nurse! (2002), K3 En Het Magische Medaillon (2004), Alles Is Liefde (2007), Spion Van Oranje (2009), and Alle Tijd (2011).

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HIS IMPORTANT LINKS: website | facebook

PHOTOS: at Lieve Paul in 2009 - still from Langs de Leeuw in October 2012 - still from Langs de Leeuw Christmas Special December 2012 - Paul and TOOL - Paul and Mika at Verboten 2015 - Paul and Mika onstage in Amsterdam 2015

VIDEO: their Sound Of Music duet

 

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Delila, Sophie - London-based French singer, recording artist, songwriter, musician and producer who opened for Mika on tour in France on eight dates on the The Origin Tour in the autumn of 2012.

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De Niese, Danielle - Australian-American lyric soprano who has appeared in many operas and released several albums. She and Mika duetted for the song "Rain" on the British TV show Popstar to Operastar on February 5, 2010. She briefly speaks of Mika in this 2010 red carpet interview video. She played the role of Aldonza in the English National Opera Coliseum’s production of Man Of La Mancha, which Mika went to a performance of on May 4, 2019. She posted an instagram video of them backstage, as did Mika. PHOTO

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Dennis, Cathy - British singer, songwriter, record producer and actress. She presented Mika with his Ivor Novello Award in 2008, and she and Mika were at the 2013 songwriting retreat held in Château Marouatte. As a a singer she had some modest success, but as a songwriter she’s had eight UK number ones, won five Ivor Novello Awards, and written songs recorded by Katy Perry, Diana Vickers, Britney Spears, S Club 7, Diane Birch, Jonas Brothers, Kylie Minogue, Sugababes, Delta Goodrem, Celine Dion, and many more.

-Buzz Feed Mexico posted a video December 12, 2019 in which Mika was guessing songs from just 4 second clips; he said: "my friend wrote this song, it's uh, it's Cathy Dennis who wrote this song and it's ‘Toxic’ by Britney Spears".

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Depeche Mode - English electronic band formed in 1980 in Basildon, Essex, who are still touring and releasing albums. Mika covered their song "Just Can’t Get Enough", which originally appeared on their album Speak & Spell.

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Der Hölle Rache Kocht In Meinem Herzen - one of The Queen Of The Night's arias from The Magic Flute by Mozart, in Act 2 Scene 3. Ida Falk-Winland sometimes sang it before "Good Gone Girl" on Mika's Imaginarium Tour.

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Dermanis, Andreas - self-shooting filmmaker based in London and Athens who was Mika’s cameraman for years, and his boyfriend since 2007. Although Mika is barely mentioned in the credits section of Andy’s website, he’s done a lot of work for Mika throughout the years; including directing Mika’s music video for "Staring At The Sun" and the 'nightmare sequence' video that played before "Rain" on Mika's 2010 Imaginarium Tour, and filming some of the Live Parc Des Princes Paris documentary, the behind-the-scenes video of the "We Are Golden" video, many of Mika's 2009 vlogs, the 2012 track-by-tracks, the electronic press kit video for The Origin Of Love, the Mika4Swatch documentary footage, the Mika in Paris montage footage shown at Mika’s Wonderland gig, and other various things. He also filmed fans and concert footage (especially in 2007-2008), interviewed fans for an unreleased project, and sang backing vocals on the album version of "Good Gone Girl". On May 22, 2019 Mika instagrammed a photo of them together at home, captioned "Moi, Andy et Paris ❤ My partner Andy and I. Every morning starts with coffee and a brainstorm." On En Direct De L'Univers on January 18, 2020 Andy appeared via video chat and told Mika: “Hey Mika! I thought I'd surprise you and learn a little bit of French especially for the occasion. So in the words of the great poet: ‘Vas-y, secoue toi et danse’!”, a line from "Elle Me Dit"

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BORN: May 31, ? (he is younger than Mika)

NATIONALITY: British/Greek

FULL NAME/ALSO KNOWN AS: Fluffy, Richard, Andy

ADDITIONAL BIO: He is experienced in directing, editing and delivering content and specializes in documentaries, electronic press kits, and live performances. His work has more recently become human story focused. To protect Andy’s privacy at his request Mika did not speak his name or many details about his boyfriend for a long time, not even really acknowledging that he had a long-time boyfriend until 2012 or so. Fans had been speculating and sleuthing about Mika’s love interest for years and many had deduced it was Andreas Dermanis long before then. The pair kind of broke up for a while in about 2011 or so, but got back together. 

MIKA CREDITS: backing vocals on the album version of "Good Gone Girl"

OTHER APPEARANCES WITH MIKA: briefly in the Il Viaggio di Mika documentary aired on Italian TV on December 20, 2015, the "Portrait: Le Monde de Mika" Envoyé Spécial documentary which aired January 28, 2016, and can sometimes be glimpsed in some of Mika’s more recent instagram videos. He’s attended many of Mika’s gigs (both as a cameraman and as a spectator) and has appeared in some photos with Mika taken by fans. He’s also been spotted with Mika on various non-work related occasions, including at the French Open men’s tennis final at Stade Roland-Garros on June 2017 and in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in late June 2018.

QUOTES: ---On June 8, 2012 Andy tweeted about the “Make You Happy” video using his now-defunct @andydermanis account: "We made a short film for the song too which comes out next week. It's not a music video", and " ...but we wanted to address the lyrics and sentiment of the song through a film." On July 7, 2012 Andy also tweeted: “Just editing the @mikasounds track by track. Working on Lola. Such a great song. You guys are going to love this content!”, and “Lola, Origin of Love, Overrated and Underwater are the current favourites for me although every song has it's merits. Such a good album.”

---Before Mika sang "Origin Of Love" at his concert on July 26, 2012 at Heaven in London he said: "I wrote this song on a high after a long time of not writing anything. It talks about my life, it talks about the church, it talks about falling in love and it talks about being happy and proud about falling in love with whoever you fall in love with, even if it’s a man. So in a way this is my freedom statement and my thank you to the man I love."

---Mika said this about his boyfriend on Accès Illimité part 1, aired February 2015, "It's not hidden, it's just that he has no interest. He doesn't want this for himself. If my life is public, the lives of people around me are still private even more actually, because they feel very, like 'no'."

---In his Vanity Fair Italy interview in May 2015 Mika said, "I took a flight to Montreal. During the first night I spent there I wrote ‘Underwater’, the day after I wrote ‘Origin of Love’. I didn't know what I would do after. I told my boyfriend I would never come back. It's been the only time we've broken up, to win his love back I had to fight hard. When he saw me coming back me he did not say 'You're welcome'." He also said: "We’ve been together for 8 years but if in the beginning you had asked me: Do you think it can last long? I would’ve burst out laughing, 'impossible'. We’re still together, I don’t know the reason why, it’s just the right thing for both of us. The relationship between my mother and him is turbulent at times. You can imagine: a Lebanese and a Greek together. Let’s say they’re both very territorial. Every time we’ve got a little free time, we meet somewhere: at the end we spend a lot of time together. It’s weird how distance sometimes gets people closer."

---In the Il Viaggio di Mika documentary aired on Italian TV in December 2015 Mika was talking about the music video for "Staring At The Sun" and said, "It's the first time I've done a video without a principal director, I've worked with my friend Andy, I made it with the team, they have produced for me many videos before."

---In the June 10, 2017 issue of Télé 7 Jours magazine Mika was explaining who he’d invited to his dream dinner and said "France is never boring. I think one likes Paris when one likes Lyon, Bordeaux, Marseille, Lille, Nantes… where I spent a good time. I love this pride of French culture. I walk everywhere in Paris. If you want to see me with my dogs, come to Montmartre. I sometimes have a drink there with Andy, my companion. People come and say hi, I like this respect."

---In Wired Italia’s Autumn 2019 issue Mika said: "I met Andy in a pub. And I also disliked him. … When I saw him I thought indeed: ‘Who is that idiot?’ Anyway, I wrote ‘Dear Jealousy’ because even my partner and I spent a difficult year and the cause was the jealousy: he makes documentaries, a job that often leads him to get into other people‘s life very deeply. And that, sometimes, can bring some consequences in the couple. Anyway, we got over it."

---In an interview published in the September 26, 2019 issue of Paris Match Mika said: "Andy has a very strong relationship with my mother. It was with him that I revealed my homosexuality to my family. We were sitting in the kitchen. My mother said to me: ‘In the end, what difference does it make? I always knew it. If you did not know it, that's your problem’. [Laughs] There was a moment when Andy and I separated briefly. And she fought for two months to bring him back."

---In a pridesource.com article published October 7, 2019 Mika was asked about duetting with a man at the beginning of his career; part of his reply was: "And you know what, besides, I would’ve given songs to my partner to sing, but the truth is that Andy sings like a donkey so it would’ve sounded like sh*t. The only thing he knows how to sing are Morrissey songs because there’s only one or two notes in them!" (Mika wickedly, playfully laughs.) [...] "And on that note, he’s gonna kill me."

---In Mika’s interview with Têtu magazine, published November 27, 2019, he said: "With Andy, we trust each other. Our relationship was born in atypical circumstances. Just before I met him, I was in a very short but very intense relationship with a guy from Northern Ireland. A character from Trainspotting. Very handsome. We were breaking up all the time. I was crazy about him, but he was not at all crazy about me. (Laughs) It is very cruel to live with a guy who has very high highs and very low lows, who takes drugs and so on...It was very hard on me. One night he went totally mad and he threw me out at 4 AM. I was in my boxers in the area of Shepherd Bush in London and he threw my belongings through the window. I was in such a state of shock that I vomited. I had imagined such a movie about the two of us in my head. The next day, I order a beer in a little pub and Andy was there. We start talking. We get on well. He lived outside of London so I offered to get him to Victoria Station in a taxi. When we were about to say goodbye, he says to me: -’I want to stay with you.’ - ‘Do you mean tonight?’ - ‘No for life.’ I wasn't interested at all. As for him, he was totally convinced. Andy believed in our story for the two of us."

ALSO WORKED WITH: He has also done film work for the musicians Bastille, The Kooks, Pet Shop Boys, Kelis, Panic At The Disco, One Direction, Carly Rae Jepsen, Courtney Barnett, FrYars, A$AP Rocky, the TV stations MTV, Sky, BBC, and also The Guardian, the Royal Academy Of Arts, Converse, and much more. His feature documentaries are Andi (2017), and Lost Youth (not yet completed).

OTHER INFO: In the The Origin Of Love album liner notes Mika thanks Andy (listed right after his family). -- Sometimes Andy used to post photos of their dogs, Melachi and Amira, on his instagram account but the account has been deleted.

HIS IMPORTANT LINKS: website

PHOTOS: Andy alone - together in about 2008 or 2009? - shooting the SATS video - Andy w/ their dogs, posted by Mika - Andy and Mika instagramed May 22, 2019 - Mika and Andy w/ their dogs Paris Match Sept 2019

 

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De Shanghaï á Bangkok - a portion of this song as performed by Barbara was played during the 'nightmare sequence' before "Rain" on the Imaginarium Tour in 2010. Her version of this Georges Moustaki-penned song originally appeared on her album Dis, Quand Reviendras-Tu?.

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DevilRobots - Japanese design company established in 1997 and based in Tokyo consisting of five designers who are known for their To-Fu Oyako, Hellcatz, Evirob, other toys, and more. They designed the jacket of the Asian Tour Edition of The Boy Who Knew Too Much and five Mika To-Fu dolls. Mika visited their studios in June 2010, signed CDs, took photographs, was presented with a painting of his To-Fu counterpart, and doodled on a TOFU-Kubrick. PHOTO Mika w/ a DevilRobot designer & the painting

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Devlin, Es - multi-award-winning international stage designer whose work crosses a range of genres: opera, dance, film, theatre, TV and concerts. She was the set designer of Mika's July 2008 Parc Des Princes show, his acoustic Songs For Sorrow Tour in 2009, and his Imaginarium Tour in 2010. She is in the Live Parc Des Princes Paris documentary many times. She contributed "Toy Boy" artwork to the Songs For Sorrow EP. She did the styling of Mika’s cover and spread in the June 2009 issue of Observer Music Monthly magazine.

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BORN: September 24, 1971 in Kingston upon Thames, London, England

NATIONALITY: British

FULL NAME/ALSO KNOWN AS: Esmeralda Devlin

ADDITIONAL BIO: She studied music at the Royal Academy of Music from age 12 as a Junior Exhibitioner, received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English Literature at Bristol University, did a fine art foundation course at Central St Martins College of Art and Design, and studied set design on the Motley Theatre Design Course in London. Es’s work has been recognised with many awards such as three Laurence Olivier Awards, the Wall Street Journal Award for Innovation in Design, and the London Design Medal 2017. She is a fellow of the University of the Arts London and was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the Queen’s 2015 New Year Honours for services to stage and set design.

MIKA CREDITS: She was the set designer of Mika's Parc Des Princes gig, his acoustic tour in mid-2009, and his 2010 Imaginarium Tour. She contributed 1-page "Toy Boy" artwork to Songs For Sorrow EP. She did the styling of Mika’s cover and spread in the June 2009 issue of Observer Music Monthly magazine.

OTHER APPEARANCES WITH MIKA: She can be seen in the Live Parc Des Princes Paris documentary, in the 2009 "The Strange World Of Mika" video interview featuring footage of the paint styling for Observer Music Monthly magazine cover and article, and in a selfie with Mika at architect Zaha Hadid's party at an aquatic center in June 2014.

QUOTES: ---In the 2008 Live Parc Des Princes Paris documentary Mika said, "I found out about Es by watching a South Bank Show documentary where she had done some opera at the Royal Opera House called Salome and I was just like 'who is this woman?' and I was trying to find her for a few weeks but I couldn't really get a hold of her. When I was in New York I went to see Kanye West's Glow In The Dark tour and I was completely stunned by the visuals and by the set design and I managed to sneak a copy of someone who works with him of his tour book and I saw at the top 'set design by Es Devlin' and I just sit there and I went 'oh what a bastard! How did he get a hold of her? How did he find out about her? That's it, I'm furious now, I've got to get hold of this woman', and so I called up my manager and 'Um will you please find Es Devlin and ask her if she'll do the Paris show?’, and I got a call back two days later saying that they had called your [Es's] agent and that they had turned down the job because you [Es] were too busy and so I managed to get your [Es's] personal mobile number finally and I called her up and I just said 'I know you've turned down this gig but I need 2 minutes and I'm gonna explain to you my concept and you're gonna understand why you're the only person for this job'." In the same documentary he also said, "I love the way she works and we just clicked and it was very lucky because it could've gone very wrong".

---A June 29, 2012 article about Es on theguardian.com mentions the South Bank Show documentary about Salome director David McVicar and how her work on the show was spotted by Mika. She said: "I suspect it was actually his mother who saw the programme, although he insists it was him".

OTHER WORKS: She designed the London 2012 Olympics closing ceremony and was part of the design team of the Rio 2016 Olympics opening ceremony. She has worked as creative director for a number of pop, rock, and rap artists, and has designed sets for Kanye West, Goldfrapp, Lady Gaga, Muse, Take That, Pet Shop Boys, Adele, U2, Imogen Heap, and many others. She’s also designed for productions by Royal Shakespeare Company, Royal Court Theatre, Old Vic, Young Vic, Hampstead Theatre, Soho Theatre, Haymarket Theatre, Theatre de Complicite, and many others, plus productions in New York, Madrid, Dublin and Tokyo. Devlin's first major opera commission was Ernst Bloch's Macbeth in 2003 at Theater an der Wien in Vienna. She now designs for many of the major European opera houses including La Scala Milan, El Liceu Barcelona, Netherlands Opera, Copenhagen Opera House, Greek National Opera, Finnish National Opera, Dresden Semperoper, Leipzig Opera, Scottish Opera Go Round, English Touring Opera, Royal Opera House, English National Opera and many others. Devlin also designs for dance; including pieces for Russell Maliphant, Rambert Dance Company, Northern Ballet Theatre, Sadler’s Wells, and many others. She has also done some work for TV and film.

OTHER INFO: -

HER IMPORTANT LINKS: website

PHOTOS: Es alone - still of them talking in the PDP doc - still of them working on PDP - with Mika in June 2014

 

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Diamonds On The Soles Of Her Shoes - Paul Simon song (1986) that Mika first covered in December 2012 on Dermot O'Leary's BBC Radio 2 show. He performed it on BBC Radio 2’s ‘Mika: The Art Of Song’ radio show which aired Easter Monday, March 28, 2016. Mika’s 2012 cover appears on the double album BBC Radio 2: Sounds Of The 80's - Vol 2, released May 6, 2016, as the 12th track on disc 2.

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LYRICS: lyrics

CREDITS: originally written by Paul Simon; introduction by Joseph Shabalala

LENGTH: 5:45 (original)

ORIGINALLY APPEARED ON: Paul’s album Graceland

PERFORMED BY MIKA: twice, on radio on Dermot O'Leary's BBC Radio 2 show in December 2012; and on radio accompanied by himself and Curtis Stansfield on piano, with backing by Max Taylor, on Mika’s 2nd ‘Mika: The Art Of Song’ BBC Radio 2 show aired on Easter Monday, March 28, 2016 (a video of which was also posted on BBC Radio 2’s site).

QUOTES: ---When asked in Le Figaro magazine in September 2012 which song he wished he’d written, Mika replied "Diamonds On The Soles Of Her Shoes". 

---In his BBC Radio 2 interview with Jo Whiley in May 2015 Mika was given a chance to play songs he likes and said, "I'm gonna play a classic amazing song by Paul Simon, I think this is just... this is perfection in terms of like, you know, the culture clash between a Paul Simon and this weird record that he made, this is ‘Diamonds On The Soles Of Her Shoes’."

---On BBC Radio 2’s ‘Mika: The Art Of Song’ radio show aired on Easter in March 2016 Mika said, "And I’m gonna play a song of one of my heroes. This is a Paul Simon song. And he went and he started making music in South Africa. Well I’m now here at the Elton John piano. And I’m here with my buddies, Cutis and Max, so you’re gonna hear ‘Diamonds On The Soles Of Her Shoes’, at the Elton John piano, which lives in the corridors here. And today we’re paying it homage, giving it all the attention this piano deserves, instead of using it to rest tea, but don’t tell Elton because every time he sees that, he blows a gasket. [Mika laughs] Three hands, ah no! four hands, three voices, a very difficult piano part. This is Mika on Radio2. This is the Art of Song. I’m with my buddies now and I’m gonna play for you ‘Diamonds On The Soles Of Her Shoes’.

OTHER INFO: It originally features Ladysmith Black Mambazo singing in Zulu.

 

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Diary Of An Accidental Optimist - the title of the book Mika is writing. He said it is "a kind of poetic diary, made of chapters which won’t follow a chronological order". It was set to maybe be released in late 2016/early 2017, but as of Winter 2019 it was still not out. He also spoke of it many times, including in Vanity Fair Italia May 2015.

-In Vanity Fair Italia May 2015 he said: "I’m finishing writing it, it’ll be released in autumn for Rizzoli. It’s named Diary of an Accidental Optimist. At the beginning it should have been a corpus made of articles I had already written. But as I went over them, I thought they sucked. So I revised them. At that point I noticed that I started to hate them, they sounded untrue. I threw them away and I started writing some stories talking about everything, from my ancestors in Syria, to my grandmother in California who ends up sitting next to Grace Kelly and bursts into tears, as she can’t understand English."

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Die Forelle - classical song composed by Franz Schubert in 1812, with words from a poem by Christian Friedrich Daniel Schubart. During his 2015 Le Divan interview Mika said it was the first classical German song Alla Ardakov taught him to sing, and he sang four lines of the song in his July 21, 2009 Radio Hamburg interview.

-On Le Divan in June 2015 Mika said: "So she [Alla Ardakov] looked at me and she told me 'sing this' and suddenly, unknowingly I thought I was just doing small exercises to learn how to play the piano, but this wasn’t the truth, I was learning my first Lied, my first German song, that was Schubert, ‘Die Forelle’, and immediately she told me ‘Ok, you aren’t going to play this song at the piano anymore, you'll only sing it’."

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Die Frau Ohne Schatten - German opera in three acts, written between 1911 and 1915 or 1917 by Richard Strauss with a libretto by his long-time collaborator, the poet Hugo von Hofmannsthal. Mika sang in the choir at about age 10 when it was performed with the Royal Opera House in London, conducted by Georg Solti, and with a set by David Hockney.

-In the "Portrait: Le Monde de Mika" documentary on France2’s Envoyé Spécial which aired January 28, 2016 Mika said: "I remember the day we walked on stage, I was in the choir of the Die Frau Ohne Schatten, the opera by Strauss, the moment when I looked from the stage to the audience, it was *SPOOM!*, it was like that, wow, it was like a shock, it was as if I knew what I was going to do, I knew what I was going to do in my life but I didn't know how."

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Diluvio - Italian rapper (real name: Marco Boserup) who was one of Mika’s contestants on X Factor Italia 8 and was eliminated in week 1. PHOTO

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Dion, Celine - French-Canadian singer, songwriter, entrepreneur and occasional actress. She and Mika appeared on the cover of magazine Télé 7 Jours on July 28, 2014 and met for the interview in Montréal during the shooting of the show L'été Indien. In a December 2012 interview with Dermot O'Leary Mika spoke of how he watched a documentary on an airplane about Céline in which she can be seen wearing a breathing machine. He said the machine has a mask that she wears at meetings and stuff, that it blows hot steam in her mouth, and that he thought it must be how she can do so many shows. Mika said that after he got ill and lost his voice in 2012 his doctor had a machine like Céline's. During the opening number of En Direct De L'Univers in January 2020 parts of Mika's favorite songs were sung for him by different singers, including Celine’s "Prière Païenne”, sang by Annie Villaneuve, because Mika chose it as a song by Céline Dion that is on his favourite album of hers.

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BORN: March 30, 1968 in Charlemagne, Quebec

NATIONALITY: French-Canadian

FULL NAME/ALSO KNOWN AS: Céline Marie Claudette Dion

ADDITIONAL BIO: She first gained international recognition by winning both the 1982 Yamaha World Popular Song Festival and the 1988 Eurovision Song Contest where she represented Switzerland. She went on to become the best-selling Canadian artist in history and her albums have sold more than 220 million copies worldwide. Her numerous award wins including multiple Grammy, Félix, Juno, World Music, Billboard, NRJ, Victoires de la Musique, and American Music Awards.

OTHER APPEARANCES WITH MIKA: She and Mika appeared on the cover of magazine Télé 7 Jours on July 28, 2014 and did an interview together.

QUOTES: ---In his November 2009 MySpace Q&A Mika mentioned her, saying "I mean, you can say whatever you want about her, she’s one of the biggest pop artists ever and then... and... you know, a lot of people don't like her, a lot of people adore her, but she was born out of Eurovision. I don't think that would happen again today, or at least it hasn’t in a long time but then again X Factor or whatever it is, American Idol."

---They did not know each other previously and met for the Télé 7 Jours interview in Montreal during the shooting of the TV show L'été Indien in 2014. About him she said "Yes, and I'm very impressed. Mika is very tall, very slim, very sporty. I'm not amazed that he has so much energy on stage and in his videos. What an artist! For me he has something of Freddie Mercury. And I've always been a Freddie Mercury fan. He was a showman both vocally and physically, so seeing Mika who has some of that charisma, is a pleasure." About her, Mika said, "It's an honor for me to meet Céline. I didn't know her. We never happened to meet, that's crazy. Céline is a legend. I grew up with her music, her records, and it's hard not to be impressed when you meet such a woman. All that she did, how hard she worked, the way she makes her shows... many try to do the same. But it's impossible."

OTHER WORKS: Some of her French-language studio albums include La Voix Du Bon Dieu (1981), Céline Dion Chante Noël (1981), Les Chemins De Ma Maison (1983), C'est Pour Toi (1985), Incognito (1987), D'eux (1995), S'il Suffisait d'Aimer (1998), 1 Fille & 4 Types (2003), D'elles (2007), Sans Attendre (2012). Some of her English-language studio albums include Unison (1990), The Colour of My Love (1993), Falling Into You (1996), These Are Special Times (1998), A New Day Has Come (2002), Miracle (2004), Taking Chances (2007), and Loved Me Back To Life (2013).

OTHER INFO: -

HER IMPORTANT LINKS: website | twitter

PHOTOS: with Mika 2014 magazine cover - with Mika 2014 magazine picture

 

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Disney - The Walt Disney Company, commonly known as Disney, is an American diversified multinational mass media and entertainment conglomerate, headquartered in California. Disney was founded on October 16, 1923 by brothers Walt Disney and Roy O. Disney and established itself as a leader in the American animation industry before diversifying into live-action film production, television, and theme parks. Mika sang "When I See An Elephant Fly", a song from the Disney film Dumbo, in March 2010 for the TV show Ultimate Movie Toons. He performed a medley of the Disney songs "When You Wish Upon A Star" from the film Pinocchio, "Everybody Wants To Be A Cat" from the film The Aristocats, "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" from the film Mary Poppins, and "You Got A Friend In Me" from the film Toy Story with the orchestra ‘conducted’ by Topolino (the Italian name for Mickey Mouse) on the second episode of Stasera Casa Mika (2017 season). On the first episode of the 2017 season Dita Von Teese sang some of "Bare Necessities" from the film The Jungle Book while trying to remove Mika’s clothes, and on The Voice France in 2014 he sang a bit of the song and compared himself and the other coaches to characters from the film. Mika appeared in and on the cover of an Italian Disney comic book magazine called Topolino in November 2017. In early 2014 Popular Song featuring Ariana Grande was nominated for a Radio Disney Music Award for ‘best musical collaboration’. PHOTO magazine - PHOTO Casa Mika

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Distler, Aaron - American sculptor based in London who helped design and create the sculptures and masks for Mika's 2013 Swatch launch in Venice, Italy. PHOTO

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Ditto, Beth - American singer-songwriter, notable for her work with the indie rock band Gossip who originally performed "Standing In The Way Of Control" (which Mika covered). She came on stage during Mika's 2007 T In The Park festival set and performed "Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)" with him, and she duetted with Mika at the Brit Awards in 2008.

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BORN: February 19, 1981 in Searcy, Arkansas, USA

NATIONALITY: American

FULL NAME/ALSO KNOWN AS: Mary Beth Patterson

ADDITIONAL BIO: She fronted Gossip from its formation in 1999 until its dissolution in 2016. She has also launched her own clothing and makeup collections, wrote a memoir, and began a solo music career. Her voice has been compared to Etta James, Janis Joplin and Tina Turner.

MIKA CREDITS: during Mika's set at 2007’s T In The Park festival in Scotland they performed a cover of The Eurythmics’ "Sweet Dreams" together, and duetted with Mika at the Brit awards in 2008 on "Standing In The Way Of Control". They also appeared in some photos together.

ALSO WORKED WITH: -

OTHER RELEASES: In 2011, she released her own 4-track Beth Ditto EP. Her albums with Gossip are That's Not What I Heard (2001), Movement (2003), Standing In The Way Of Control (2006), Music For Men (2009), A Joyful Noise (2012).

QUOTES: ---On November 20, 2009 in The Times (UK) Mika said this about their T In The Park duet: "It’s a tough crowd. We were on after Beth Ditto and The Gossip — and I’m standing at the side of the stage watching her get bottles of piss thrown at her. And I’m like, ‘If she’s getting this, then what the f**k am I doing here?’ When she came off, she said, ‘You’re about to sing to a bunch of f**king assholes.’ So I said, ‘Well don’t leave it there. Come out and sing with me’. And she came out and we sang a song together. Finally it stopped. You just have to face people down."

---When asked in a February 2010 interview with www.musictalk4u.com, "And what about Beth Ditto?" Mika replied, "She’s hysterical! And very similar to Gaga, she’s very much her own person, her own creation, and lives life totally on her own terms. Those are the women I love in music. They’re strong and they protect themselves."

OTHER INFO: -

HER IMPORTANT LINKS: facebook

PHOTOS: w/ Mika in 2007 - live w/ Mika 2007 - performing together on The Brits 2008

VIDEO: Mika and Beth on The Brit Awards

 

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Dixson, Paul - SEE: Fyfe

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Doctor John - Mika's illustrated character who is the old man with a big white beard and is covered in colorful feathers; from the artwork for The Boy Who Knew Too Much.

-In an interview in The Guardian in June 2009 Mika explained: "When you've had too much to drink and you're reminded of things you'd rather forget ... I always wished there was this mystical figure I could talk to. I started to call him Dr John. He's this triangular-shaped, perfect older man with just the right ingredients of madness and humility ... he's got a big white beard and he's covered in feathers that he steals from his pet peacock."

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Dr. John - song which appears on the album The Boy Who Knew Too Much as the 4th track. During the 2010 Imaginarium Tour Mika performed the song wearing a very long coat covered in colorful feathers and lined with green fuzzy fabric.

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OFFICIAL VIDEO: N/A

LYRICS: lyrics

CREDITS: Written by Mika

Vocals - Mika

Backing Vocals - Dan Rothchild, and Mika

Bass - Dan Rothchild

Drums, Percussion - Matt Chamberlain

Guitar - Martin Waugh

Horns - Bill Reichenbach, Dan Higgins, Gary Grant, and Jerry Hey

Keyboards - Greg Wells

Recorded by Chris Nicolaides, Joe Chiccarelli, and Luke Tozour

Produced by Greg Wells, and Mika

Mixed by Greg Wells

LENGTH: 3:44

PLAYED LIVE: The first time was at the iTunes Festival in London on July 31, 2009 (or before???). He hasn’t played it live much (or at all?) since his 2011 tour.

PERFORMED ON TV: Through The Looking Glass in 2009

MIKA'S OTHER NOTABLE VERSIONS: -

USED IN: -

REMIXES: N/A

COVERED BY: -

QUOTES: ---When asked in a February 2010 interview with www.musictalk4u.com, Mika said "So who is 'Dr John'," Mika replied "Dr John is many different things. You could say he’s a shrink, you could say he’s a form of alcohol or drug. He’s a million different things. The song talks about the desperation of a very dark time in my adolescence. It sounds like some kind of theme from a children’s show."

OTHER INFO: -

ARTWORK: N/A

 

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Doctor Who - a British science-fiction television show produced by the BBC from 1963-1989 and a TV film, then rebooted in 2005-to the present day. The show depicts the adventures of The Doctor--a humanoid alien who can regenerate into a new body after he dies--and his companions who explore the universe in a space & time-travelling spaceship with an exterior that looks like a blue British police box. Mika’s song "Happy Ending" was used in a trailer for the last episode of season eight. Also, the Doctor Who spinoff called Sarah Jane Chronicles used "Grace Kelly" at least once. The 2007 Doctor Who book The Pirate Loop by Simon Guerrier mentions the Tenth Doctor and his companion, Martha Jones, had seen Mika live at a concert in Denmark, and that another character, Leo Jones, hated "Grace Kelly". Reboot-creator Russell T. Davies wrote in his book The Writer’s Tale of how much he loved Mika and how he wrote the early drafts of the fourth series episode "Partners in Crime" while he was listening to Life In Cartoon Motion, and singled out "Any Other World" as a "Doctor Who companion song" with lyrics that matched Penny, the planned--but ultimately scrapped--companion for the fourth series.

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Dodgy Holiday EP - Mika’s first EP, released digitally on November 20, 2006, for a limited time only. A physical version could be bought through Mikasounds.com and contained an exclusive 24-page booklet containing unseen photos and lyrics. The EP was also made available via Target stores in the USA. The EP’s name derives from the lyrics of "Billy Brown".

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RELEASE DATE: November 20, 2006

DATES RECORDED: 2005-2006

RECORDED AT: ?

TOTAL LENGTH: 12:46

LABEL: Island (UK) - Universal (AUS)

PRODUCED BY: ?

SINGLES: -

BASIC TRACKLIST:

1. "Billy Brown" - 3:15

2. "Love Today" (Acoustic) - 2:56

3. "Relax (Take It Easy)" (Maida Vale, Blue Room Session Radio 1) - 3:45

4. "My Interpretation" (Acoustic) - 2:50

OTHER VERSIONS: -

CHART POSITIONS: -

ESTIMATED SALES: ?

AWARDS & NOMINATIONS: This EP was not nominated for any awards.

LAUNCH/LISTENING PARTIES: -

TOURS: -

TITLE INFO: The EP took its name from the line "he met his lover almost every single day, making excuses for his dodgy holiday" in the song "Billy Brown".

QUOTES: -

OTHER INFO: For additional information about the individual tracks, please see their individual encyclopedia entries.

ARTWORK: by Mika and DaWack (Yasmine Penniman)

COVER: EP cover art

 

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Dodgy Holiday Tour - Mika's first official headlining tour, in October 2007 through February 2008, named after the Dodgy Holiday EP. Some of the set design elements included an inflate Lollipop Girl, white oversized M-I-K-A letters, and fake flowers. The band was usually Luke Juby, Cherisse Ofusu-Osei, Mikey Choi, Saranayde, and Martin Waugh and some concerts ended with them and Mika in animal costumes. On many European dates of the tour the opening act was either Yelle or Alphabeat, on the UK dates it was Palladium, and on the US dates it was The Midway State. Mika started the company Dodgy Holiday Tours Limited in 2006. PHOTO dates - PHOTO band - PHOTO set

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Doisneau, Robert - French photographer. He is renowned for his 1950 image Le Baiser de l'Hôtel de Ville (Kiss by the Town Hall), a photograph of a couple kissing in the busy streets of Paris. He is mentioned in "Les Baisers Perdus" in the line "Y'a des baisers qui s'prennent en photo, des baisers de Doisneau, moi j'reste le bec dans l'eau, dans le caniveau" which translates to "there are kisses which become a photo, kisses by Doisneau. I'm left empty-handed in the gutter".

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The Dolls - New York City DJ power duo of Mia Moretti and Margot (AKA Caitlin Moe) who opened for Mika on his five United States dates of The Origin Tour in October 2012.

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Domani - Italian version of the song "Tomorrow". It was first played on Radio Italia on October 7, 2019 and was released as a single and made available across all Italian music streaming platforms on October 18, 2019. It was written with lyrics completely in Italian by Mika and Davide Petrella.

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OFFICIAL VIDEO: N/A

LYRICS: Italian lyrics with English translation

CREDITS: Written in Italian by Mika and Davide Petrella

Vocals - Mika

LENGTH: 3:49

PLAYED LIVE: Mika first sang it at his Revelation Tour date in Torino, Italy on November 24, 2019.

PERFORMED ON TV: on Rai1 TV show Domenica In on October 13, 2019, and on Rai1’s 20 Anni Che Siamo Italiani on November 29, 2019.

MIKA'S OTHER NOTABLE VERSIONS: -

USED IN: N/A

REMIXES: N/A

COVERED BY: -

QUOTES: ---Mika instagrammed about this version on October 18, 2019: "Presenting to you ‘Domani’, the Italian version of ‘Tomorrow’ from my album My Name is Michael Holbrook, recorded @isolastudios in Milan. Available to download and stream from today! I had always wanted to record my own song in Italian and with the help of @tropico_petrella we reinterpreted the lyrics and ‘Domani’ was born! Thank you to everyone who made this happen."

OTHER INFO: To announce the song’s release Mika instagrammed a video on October 18, 2019 with footage of him singing this song, including a shot of the handwritten lyrics with notes. Sky TG24 posted a longer video with more footage and an interview. - See the "Tomorrow" entry for extended information about the English version.

ARTWORK: no cover for the single?

 

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Domani è Un Altro Giorno - Ornella Vanoni (a female Italian pop singer) song (1972) which Mika and Emma Marrone performed together on the second episode of Stasera Casa Mika (2016 season).

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Dombasle, Arielle - American-born French singer, actress, director, and model (real name: Arielle Laure Maxime Sonnery, born April 27, 1958) who released eight singles and seven albums between 1978 and 2011 and was in many films and TV shows since her acting start in 1978. She and Mika duetted on a cover of "L'Anamour" on Du Côté de Chez Dave in April 2015 (aired on TV in June 2015). They were photographed together at the Jean Paul Gaultier exhibition at the Grand Palais in Paris on March 30, 2015, and at Christian Louboutin’s Loubicircus Party in Paris on June 19, 2019. At the Jean-Paul Gaultier Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2020 show as part of Paris Fashion Week at Theatre Du Chatelet on January 22, 2020 she, Nikos Aliagas and Mika took a selfie together. PHOTO at Gaultier exhibit 2015 - PHOTO at LoubiCircus - PHOTO at Gaultier show 2020

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Donaldson, Matthew - credited with photography on The Origin Of Love.

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Donna - Mia Martini (a female Italian singer) song (1989) which Mika and Massimo Ranieri sang together on the second episode of Stasera Casa Mika (2017 season).

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Don't Stop Believin' - Journey song (1981) that Mika covered in January 2010 on Dermot O'Leary’s BBC Radio 2 show.

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LYRICS: lyrics

CREDITS: written by Jonathan Cain, Steve Perry and Neal Schon

LENGTH: 4:11 (original) / 3:06 (Mika’s version)

ORIGINALLY APPEARED ON: Journey’s album Escape

PERFORMED BY MIKA: once, on radio, in January 2010 on Dermot O’Leary’s BBC Radio 2 show; with a couple lines sung by Dermot.

QUOTES: ---Before the performance of the song on the Dermot O’Leary show Mika told him, "cuz I actually tried to think of a song--cuz this song has had a bit of a resurgence of the past--cuz of the TV show we won’t name--and um, I thought if you had to do a karaoke song Dermot, this is kind of where I see you doing."

OTHER INFO: The original song has been featured in movies like Bedtime Stories and in television series like Cold Case and The Sopranos.

 

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Doré, Julien - French singer-songwriter and actor, winner of the TV show Nouvelle Star in 2007. He was one of Mika’s guest coaches during the battles round on The Voice France in season 4. PHOTO

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Doriand - French singer, songwriter, performer, director, and friend of Mika. In 2008, he did the French adaptation of "Grace Kelly" that Mika sang at Parc Des Princes and other concerts. He appears in Mika’s 2008 Francofiles vlog, and at La Rochelle Francofolies Mika invited him to sing live on his cover of "Champs Elysees". He's sang onstage with Mika on several occasions since, including at Casino de Paris on November 13, 2012 and at Festival Printemps De Bourges on April 25, 2013. He and Mika co-wrote, co-composed and/or co-produced "Elle Me Dit", "Un Soleil Mal Luné", "Karen (82 Rue des Martyrs)", "L'amour Dans le Mauvais Temps" ("Blame It On The Weather"), "Emily", "Boum Boum Boum", "Ma Jeunesse", "L'amour Fait Ce Qu'il Veut", "J’ai Pas Envie", "Les Baisers Perdus", and "Tant Que J’ai Le Soleil" together. The pair of them did the French lyrics adaptation of "C’est Quoi Ce Bonheur". He was A&R consultant on Mika’s cover of "Je Chante" and wrote the Debout L’Amour flyer lyrics used in the artwork for the Mika Love Paris - Live à Bercy DVD/Blu-ray release. Doriand performed "Elle Me Dit" without Mika at at least one of his own concerts in 2011. Mika posted instagram photos and video of them in a Paris studio on December 21, 2018 while they were recording a song with Philippe Katerine called "Danser Entre Hommes". It was released as a Doriand single featuring Mika and Katerine on August 30, 2019, along with a music video of all three of them. "Danser Entre Hommes" appears on Doriand’s album Portraits (2020), along with a Doriand’s song sung by Mika called "Au Diable le Paradis", and Doriand’s studio version of "Elle Me Dit". He is in many photographs taken with Mika throughout the years, and appeared during Mika’s April 2015 interview on Le Divan (via video), was a guest on Mika’s September 13, 2015 episode of Vivement Dimanche, on the France2 documentary 'Portrait: Les Mondes de Mika' at Envoyé Spécial that aired in 2016.

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BORN: May 4, 1972 in Libourne, Gironde, France

NATIONALITY: French

FULL NAME/ALSO KNOWN AS: Lawrence Lescarret

ADDITIONAL BIO: He studied in Bordeaux at the Lycée Montesquieu, then at the English faculty of Talence, and the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Bordeaux. 

OTHER APPEARANCES WITH MIKA: Doriand and Mika were spotted out and about together in Paris in September 2009, at the NRJ Awards in 2012, at a Gay Marriage rally in Paris in September 2013, at the Paris 2024 Olympics bid dinner at Petit Palais in May 2017, and many other times. Doriand also attended Mika’s concerts with L’Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal in February 2015 and in Madrid on November 13, 2019. In July 2015 Mika posted that he and Doriand were in the studio in Belgium; they were working on "Tant Que J’ai Le Soleil". Mika instagrammed this photo of Doriand (along with one photo of Christian Louboutin and one selfie) hanging out in Paris on December 13, 2015, and a story on May 20, 2019 of them at Opera Garnier in Paris together. They’ve appeared in photos together on many other occasions and instagram about each other for various reasons. 

MIKA CREDITS: In July 2011 he and Mika co-wrote and co-composed "Elle Me Dit" and co-wrote and co-produced "Un Soleil Mal Luné". They also wrote "Karen (82 Rue des Martyrs)", "L'amour Dans le Mauvais Temps" ("Blame It On The Weather"), "Emily", "Boum Boum Boum", "Ma Jeunesse", "L'amour Fait Ce Qu'il Veut", "J’ai Pas Envie", "Les Baisers Perdus", and "Tant Que J’ai Le Soleil" together, and did the French lyrics adaptation of "C’est Quoi Ce Bonheur". Mika is a featured vocalist on Doriand’s 2019 song "Danser Entre Hommes".

ALSO WORKED WITH: He has co-written, produced, and/or played on songs by Helena Noguerra, Julien Doré, Lio, Emmanuelle Seigner, Sylvie Vartan, Alain Bashung, Colbie Caillat, Keren Ann, and more.

QUOTES: ---In a blog Mika posted in December 2011 he wrote: "Having wanted to write in French for a long time, I called my friend the writer Doriand and asked him if he felt like spending a week with me in the studio. In February, unprepared, we set up camp at La Fabrique in Provence. In the day we wrote and in the evening I would sleep in the bed in the studio. Within three days we had written '82 Rue Des Martyrs,' 'Blame It On The Weather' and 'Elle Me Dit.' For some reason, after 12 months of nothing, the songs were coming, and they were good."

---In Mika’s April 2015 interview on the show Le Divan Doriand said "In a way he fights his melancholy a bit with positive urges. I think he's always a bit in a fight with his own melancholy. Not so long ago in Los Angeles he was coming back from the studio being quite anxious, quite stressed, and as I myself would maybe lay down on a sofa thinking too much, he on the contrary would stand up and make chili con carne in 10 minutes and it would be very good. He's into action. I have the impression that being active allows him to fight back this worried state."

---During Mika’s September 13, 2015 episode of Vivement Dimanche Doriand said he and Mika met 8 years ago and that "it was for the adaptation of ‘Grace Kelly’ in French, I think you did… through the record company and our editor… there were several authors working for them and I think you had kept my lyrics and that’s why we met. It’s often like that, that collaborations with other artists start but with him it’s very unusual because it went on, it became bigger, it became a friendship and it’s a real privilege to work with him."

---In the June 10, 2017 issue of Télé 7 Jours magazine Mika was explaining who he’d invited to his dream dinner and said Doriand is "a very good friend with whom I collaborate. He tells the truth, even when it's hard to hear it. But he also knows how to laugh and how to dream."

---On June 26, 2019 Mika did a Facebook live PureSession and Mika talked about Doriand, Philippe Katerine, and their song "Danser entre hommes’ (mais pas sur du pasodoble)": "But if you want to know, it's a trio with Doriand, with whom I write; everyone thought that he was my lover, but he never was my lover. Doriand is the one with whom I write my songs in French, he isn't my lover, we never kissed, not even once. That being said, this side is part of him, you know, he is a dandy in the way he is and that's why everyone always thought he was my lover, but he is not my lover."

OTHER RELEASES: His albums are Contact (1996), Sommets Trompeurs (1999), Le Grand Bain (2004), Lieu-dit (2011), and Portraits (2020).

OTHER INFO: In the The Origin Of Love album liner notes Mika thanks him. -- Doriand was on the set of the video shoot for Mika’s téléthon for L'Association Française Contre les Myopathies appearance in November 2017 and instagrammed a pic.

HIS IMPORTANT LINKS: facebook

PHOTOS: 

onstage w/ Mika 2008 - out and about together 2009 - onstage w/ Mika in Paris 2012

kissy at the 2012 NRJ Music Awards - together at the 2012 NRJ Music Awards - backstage at The Voice France w/ Mika 2015 - Soirée de gala au Petit Palais 2017 - Doriand instagram "Beautiful shoot with @mikainstagram #lesbaisersperdus #telethon" - w/ Doriand & Philippe in the studio, posted by Mika December 2018 - together at Opera Garnier, posted by Doriand May 2019

VIDEO: "Champs Elysees" vlog

 

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Down The Tiny Steps - an electro-folk pop trio from Glasgow, Scotland who broke up in 2009. They opened for Mika on tour in England on at least one date in November 2006.

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Dragusin, Leonardo Marius - Italian singer who was one of Mika’s contestants on X Factor Italia season 9. He was eliminated in week 5. Mika gave he and Luca Valenti each an Italian copy of the book The Little Prince in which he wrote them personal messages. On November 28, 2016 he posted a short video on instagram captioned (originally in Italian) with "the person who has made me grow is a great man .. I'll miss Mika". PHOTO

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Drinky - the orange, alcoholic mubbin. GIF

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Drouginska, Tanya - model, singer, interior decorator, actress who is the older, gray-haired woman in the music video for "Elle Me Dit". PHOTO

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Drucker, Michel - popular French journalist and TV host for nearly 50 years, including the shows Vivement Dimanche in 2009, 2012, and 2015 and L'Été Indien in 2014 when Mika was on them. PHOTO 2014 - PHOTO 2015

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Dublin Gospel Choir - Irish gospel choir that have been performing in Ireland since 1995. A small ensemble group (part of the full 40-piece choir) backed Mika on Arthur’s Day, September 27, 2012 when he performed a surprise gig at a pub near Dublin, called The Graduate, then later at the Market Bar in Dublin. The choir has also have shared the stage with Rod Stewart, John Legend, Kodaline, Outkast, Chris de Burgh, and more. Mika’s video diary with rehearsal and concert footage with the choir was posted online. PHOTO

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Dubuque, John - Mika's tour manager from about April 2007 until August 2010. He appears in the Live Parc Des Princes Paris documentary and some of Mika's vlogs. PHOTO

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Dylan's Candy Bar - a chain of boutique candy shops and candy supplier currently with locations in Manhattan, New York City; East Hampton, New York; Los Angeles; Chicago, Illinois; Miami Beach, Florida; and more; as well as in wholesale venues around the globe. It was created in 2001 and owned by Dylan Lauren, daughter of fashion designer, Ralph Lauren. In September 2009 a New York City radio station held a competition in which three lucky fans (and a few of their friends) won the chance to hang out with Mika at the flagship Dylan's location on Third Ave in Manhattan. They’ve been known to play Mika songs in the store (including "Lollipop" and his cover of "Sweet Dreams"), and at the Manhattan location they have a display of favorite candies chosen by celebrities who visit, including a container of jelly beans autographed by Mika. PHOTO at NYC store collage 2009 - PHOTO Mika’s jelly beans

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dyslexia - a learning difficulty characterized by trouble reading despite a normal intelligence. Problems may include sounding out, spelling and/or writing words, reading quickly, pronouncing words when reading aloud, and understanding what was read. Those with the disorder are affected to differing degrees; Mika has a mild case. Sometimes he used to wear glasses with yellow lenses, perhaps because tinted reading glasses can help mitigate the difficulties. Mika has spoken out about dyslexia many times, including answering a question from a juror at Giffoni International Film Festival, in a video message at the conference ‘Come Pesci Sugli Alberi’ in Alba on November 21, 2015, and in many interviews. A conference on dyslexia held in Turin, Italy, in October 2017 had a seminar titled "Dyslexia in music: from Mozart to Mika". 

-When asked on BBC Radio4 Front Row in September 2009 about how his dyslexia was dealt with Mika said: "it was all graphic actually, mind-mapping, drawing, cutting out pictures and--you know, the funny thing about dyslexia is that there's this kind of stigma about it in some traditional schools and the Royal College of Music had this idea that you had to be able to pass your theory tests as if that was what really could make you a good musician. So when I was there there was a really nice woman who was head of the undergraduate programs and she just kind of spent time with me and she started to understand. It was a bit of a witch-hunt that happened, you know, it was her and she wanted to find out who was failing and for what reasons and it was really good that traditional institutions are understanding that. Who cares if you don't know how to transcribe something by ear? Does it matter?" --- In Mika’s video message at the conference "Come Pesci Sugli Alberi" in Alba on November 21, 2015 he said: "’Like a fish out of water’, fishes in trees, this is so beautiful because indeed I used to think I was rather stupid, for many years, when I was younger. And I didn't realize I wasn't stupid but I was like a fish in a tree. There were many things that changed my opinion about myself. I used to think it was completely my fault, but actually I have to say the fault was of the environment I was in. This idea of normality that is a total illusion. Normality doesn't exist. There's only individuality that's a very very special thing we have to protect when we see it in others but we also have to develop and protect it within ourselves. At school I had many problems when I was about 7 years old and they kicked me out of school, I completely forgot how to read, how to speak, even how to read music, still now I can't read music and I could do it perfectly before. For many years I haven't written, I used to do everything using my ears, but thanks to music and thanks to the strength of a special person that is my mother I could develop my mind and develop a different kind of intelligence in order to find the key to live a normal life and then to fix all the other aspects of my life. At a certain point I couldn't even imagine writing a letter, now I'm writing a book. There were lots of people who helped me, many teachers who completely changed my life. This means talents, research, people who have the chance to work with these young guys are very important, actually they're crucial and I'm a witness that all these things work therefore I give all my support and also I wanna give a message of courage to the many having this issue of being dyslexic like me, and also to all the other helping families, because this is teamwork. It may look like something that can't be fixed at times and also sometimes it may seem genetic, but that's not true. This is an illusion too. There's always a solution."

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ECHO Awards - accolades, first given out in 1992 and given out for the last time in 2018, by the Deutsche Phono-Akademie (an association of German recording companies) to recognize outstanding achievement in the music industry. Each year's winner is determined by the previous year's sales, with winners in the pop category announced in March. In 2008 Mika won Revelation Artist and was nominated but didn’t win for International Male Artist. He did not attended the ceremony, and if he sent a video message it wasn’t shown on TV.

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Einziger, Michael - American Grammy-nominated musician known as the co-writer and guitarist of the alternative rock band Incubus; he's also a composer and has written songs for others. On March 26, 2014 Mika tweeted that he was in German composer/music producer Hans Zimmer's studio working with Michael on something as-yet unspecified.

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E La Vita, La Vita - Cochi e Renato (an Italian musical and comedy duo) song (1974) written in collaboration with Dario Fo and Enzo Jannacci which Mika and Fiorella Mannoia duetted on in the second episode of Stasera Casa Mika (2017 season).

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Elbaz, Alber - Israeli fashion designer who worked for the Paris fashion house Lanvin as artistic director of all creative activities from 2001 to October 2015. He contributed "Lady Jane" artwork to the Songs For Sorrow EP. He and Mika seem friendly with each other and were seen together at several fashion-related events throughout the years, most recently in October 2016.

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BORN: June 12, 1961 in Casablanca, Morocco

NATIONALITY: Israeli

FULL NAME/ALSO KNOWN AS: -

ADDITIONAL BIO: Alber immigrated to Israel with his family at the age of 10. He studied at the Shenkar College of Engineering and Design in Ramat Gan, Israel. Before Lanvin he worked at Yves Saint Laurent. Some of the awards and recognitions he’s received include the International Award from the Council of Fashion Designers of America in 2005, the Chevalier of the Légion d'Honneur in 2007, he was named one of Time magazine's 100 Most Influential People in the World in 2007, and got an Honorary doctorate awarded by the Royal College of Art in 2014. In October 2015 he announced that he had been fired from Lanvin because he disagreed with the company's major shareholder.

OTHER APPEARANCES WITH MIKA: He and Mika were photographed/filmed together at the launch of the Lanvin store on September 17, 2008 in London, England, at the Songs For Sorrow EP launch party at the Lanvin men's boutique store on Savile Row in November 2009, at the Lanvin Ready-To-Wear Fall/Winter 2012 show in Paris in March 2012, at Valentino's fashion show 'Mirabilia Romae' at the Piazza Mignanelli in Rome on July 9, 2015; and at Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Spring/Summer 2017 on October 2, 2016.

QUOTES: In an article on vogue.co.uk about the 2008 Lanvin store opening it said that "For his part, Elbaz was thrilled to meet colourful singer Mika - of whom, we hear, he's a huge fan."

OTHER WORKS: He released a limited edition, collectible book documenting the journey of one collection from start to finish called Alber Elbaz: Lanvin in 2012, and a 260-page coffee table book of his window displays for Lanvin boutiques called Lanvin: I Love You in 2014.

OTHER INFO: -

HIS IMPORTANT LINKS: wikipedia

PHOTOS: with Mika and Lucas Ossendrijver 2008 - with Mika 2009 - with Mika and Pharrell Williams 2012 - with Mika at the Valentino fashion show July 2015 - with Mika at the Valentino fashion show October 2016

 

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El Hormiguero - Spanish comedy/variety television program running since September 2006. It’s hosted by Pablo Motos, filmed in front of a live audience, and features regular guests including two puppet ants. Special guests like musicians and actors are sometimes involved throughout the episode, including taking part in the various stunts and science experiments. Mika was on the program October 6, 2009 (when he performed "Rain", and they sang "Grace Kelly" on helium); April 12, 2010 (when he donned a brown wig and sang some of "Fernando", watched a card trick, and performed "Blame It On The Girls"; October 2, 2012 (when he watched a lipdub of "Celebrate" with over 470 people, played a people keyboard, performed "Celebrate" and "Relax (Take It Easy)”); and July 4, 2013 (when he performed "Live Your Life"). He also appeared briefly in a promo short film for the show in 2013. Many other famous people have been guests on the show including Salma Hayek, Selena Gomez, Ben Stiller, Craig David, Hugh Jackman, Eros Ramazzotti, Kylie Minogue, Paulina Rubio, and countless others. PHOTO Apr 2010 - PHOTO w/ Pablo 2012

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Elio - Italian singer and musician of the rock band Elio e le Storie Tese and was one of the other judges on X Factor Italia 7 and 9. Mika chose him to come help decide his team during the home visit episode of X Factor Italia 8. He was a guest of Mika’s on the third episode of Stasera Casa Mika (2016 season) and duetted with him on "Endless Love" while Elio was in drag. At the end of the episode they got ready for bed and laid down beside each other in Mika’s big bed.

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BORN: July 30, 1961 in Milan

NATIONALITY: Italian

FULL NAME/ALSO KNOWN AS: Stefano Belisari

ADDITIONAL BIO: Elio plays the transverse flute (which he degreed in at the Conservatorio Giuseppe Verdi in Milan), and sometimes the electric guitar and bass. He was the lead vocalist and founder of the Italian comedy rock band Elio e le Storie Tese. The band was active from 1980 until they broke up in October 2017. In 2 out of the 5 seasons when he served as a judge on X Factor Italia the acts he was mentoring won the competition. He has also acted in some Italian films and TV shows, and done some voice dubbing of English films into Italian.

OTHER APPEARANCES WITH MIKA: He appeared as a judge on X Factor Italia in 2 out of the 3 seasons when Mika was a judge and when Mika was a performer and guest judge in 2012, returned as Mika’s home visit on X Factor on season 8, guest of Stasera Casa Mika (2016 season) and duetted "Endless Love".

QUOTES: ---In Italian magazine GIOIA November 23, 2013, Mika said, "Elio, which is an example of the perfect intelligent Italian irony, I'm learning a lot from all the others."

---On July 28, 2015 Mika posted a short instagram video of Elio singing with the caption "Don't worry if you don't understand. I never do. He is strange but he's my friend ;)"

OTHER WORKS: His studio albums with Elio e le Storie Tese are Elio Samaga Hhukapan Kariyana Turu (1989), Italyan, Rum Casusu Çikti (1992), Esco Dal Mio Corpo e Ho Molta Paura: Gli Inediti 1979–1986 (1993), Eat the Phikis (1996), Peerla (1998), Craccracriccrecr (1999), Cicciput (2003), Studentessi (2008), L'album Biango (2013), and Figgatta de Blanc (2016).

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HER IMPORTANT LINKS: website | wikipedia

PHOTOS: when Mika was a guest on x-factor in 2012 - on x-factor in November 2013 - Mika hugging Elio 2015 - w/ Elio judging - Endless Love on Stasera Casa Mika

VIDEO: Mikainstagram of Elio singing

 

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 Elisa - Italian singer-songwriter (real name: Elisa Toffoli, born December 19, 1977) who draws inspiration from genres such as pop, alternative rock, electronica, and trip hop. On the first episode of Stasera Casa Mika (2017 season) she and Mika sang Lucio Dalla’s "Piazza Grande", she sang her own song "Ogni Istante" and talked with Mika, then she sang "Anninnia, Anninnia" with Eufonia di Gavoi (and Mika a little bit), which she had spent a week learning how to sing just for the show. On October 6, 2019 Mika was doing a live chat on instagram and she was watching for a while. When Mika noticed her he seemed very happy. Someone else watching suggested they do a duet together and Mika said that would be very beautiful, and that he is a fan of her. PHOTO

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Elisir d'Amore - comic opera in two acts by the Italian composer Gaetano Donizetti, with libretto translated to Italian by Felice Romani. The opera premiered in May 1832 in Milan, Italy. On the second episode of Stasera Casa Mika (2017 season) Mika presented the story and talked about the opera while Accademia del Maggio Fiorentino actors Manuel Amati (as Nemorino), Eleonora Bellocci (as Adina), Tommaso Barea (as Belcore), and Stefano Marchisio (as Dulcamara) performed a portion of it, directed by Damiano Michieletto. PHOTO

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Elle Me Dit - French language track released in July 2011, co-written by Doriand, which appears on The Origin Of Love French Edition as the 14th track, on the deluxe edition bonus disc as the 11th track, on the Italian Deluxe edition bonus disc as the 8th track, on the Japanese edition bonus disc as the 15th track, and on the Korean Magazine edition bonus disc as the 4th track. An official live version appears on Mika Love Paris - Live à Bercy video release, an orchestral version with the audience clapping and singing along appears on the Mika Et L'Orchestre Symphonique De Montréal disc sold as a stand-alone and as disc two of the No Place In Heaven reissue, and as a regular orchestral version on Mika’s Sinfonia Pop video/CD release. The song was released as the album's lead single in France. It was first rumored when a twelve-second preview was published online on July 1, 2011. Ten days later, the French iTunes Store made the whole song available as a digital download. It’s official release was on September 26, 2011. The single was very successful, peaking at #1 on the French Singles Chart and staying in that chart for 97 weeks. The music video features a number of French actors (including Fanny Ardant), but not Mika, and was directed by Kinga Burza. All editions of The Origin Of Love featured a reworked version of the song, with new English lyrics and a new title, "Emily".

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OFFICIAL VIDEO: The music video was directed by Kinga Burza and released on August 16, 2011. The video shows a family dancing and singing along to the song individually, as well as clips of the family members arguing and behaving mischievously, but not Mika at all. The video features a number of well-known French actors: film actress Fanny Ardant is the lady in the red dress, comedic actor Patrice Pujol in the white-haired older gentleman, Séverin Bavarel is the wavy-haired man with a beard and moustache, Fabrice Robert is the younger man with dark hair and the plants, Axel Huet is the young man in the plaid shirt, Marie-Clotilde Ramos-Ibanez is the red-haired young woman, Daisy Broom is the blonde girl, Tanya Drouginska is the gray-haired woman, and the name of the woman with long gray-brown hair is unknown. No behind the scenes making-of video was released. SCREENSHOTS - VIDEO GIF

LYRICS: French lyrics - English translation

CREDITS: Written by Doriand and Mika

Vocals - Mika

Programming - Klas Åhlund

Additional Programming - Greg Wells

Mixed by Greg Wells

Produced by Greg Wells, and Klas Åhlund

LENGTH: 3:39

PLAYED LIVE: The first time was at B’estfest in Romania on July 2, 2011. He has played it live many times since, including at his orchestra concerts.

PERFORMED ON TV: on 'Les Victoires de La Musique 2012' at Palais des Congres on March 3, 2012 in Paris; on ‘NRJ Music Awards’ ceremony on January 28, 2012 in Cannes; on French TV show Taratata in September 2012; on Star Academie in Quebec in March 2012; on The Voice France season 3 with his contestants Marina D’Amico, Frero Delavega and Elodie Martelet on April 12, 2014; on Le Grand Journal on June 17, 2015 (not broadcast on the show); as part of a pre-recorded medley on the Téléthon for L'Association Française Contre les Myopathies on France 2 in December 2017.

MIKA'S OTHER NOTABLE VERSIONS: Mika performed a version with mostly English lyrics (a more literal translation than "Emily") at Die Schaffhausen in 2011 -- symphony versions live with the OSM in February 2015 & with Affinis Consort in Como, Italy in October 2015 -- during a non-televised scene change in the Les Enfoires show in 2013 Mika and Shy'm sang "Elle Me Dit" together.

USED IN: TV show So You Think You Can Dance in The Netherlands, and the 2017 film Pitch Perfect 3.

REMIXES: Elle Me Dit (BeatauCue Remix) - BeatauCue 5:02 - appears on some deluxe editions of The Origin Of Love 

COVERED BY: On the 2012 CD Le Bal Des Enfoirés by the French all-star band Les Enfoirés featuring Alizée, Chimène Badi, Maxime Le Forestier, Renan Luce, Kad Merad, M Pokora, Helene Segara, Shy'm, MC Solaar, and Zazie performed "Elle Me Dit". -- A La Voix Québec contestant named Soran Dussaigne sang "Elle Me Dit" in the quarterfinals on March 27, 2016. Mika tweeted about it, saying in French: "I am completely amazed!!!! The version of ‘Elle Me Dit’ by Soran is fantastic!!!!!!!!!!!! A star. # LaVoixTVA" -- Mika’s final four contestants on The Voice France 8, Whitney Marin, Gjon’s Tears, Albi, and London Loko, performed the song for an exclusive video by TFI on May 16, 2019. -- Doriand recorded a version of it for his 2020 album Portraits; he has also performed it live more than once.

AWARDS & NOMINATIONS: The song was nominated for a Victoires De La Musique Award for Best Original Song Of The Year, and the song's music video was nominated for an NRJ Music Award for Video Of The Year and Francophone Song of the Year.

QUOTES: ---At his B’estfest gig in Romania in July 2011 he told the crowd, "I wanna try something tonight that we've never performed live. It's kinda f**ked up 'cause bits of it are in English but lots of it's in French, and it's about all the horrific things a mother can say to a son to get him the f**k out of her house. This is called ‘Elle Me Dit’."

---Mika told www.sfexaminer.com in March 24, 2013: "It’s a song about a mom who doesn’t want to grow old, a mom who wants to stay sexy, but she’s looking at her son growing older and she hates him - she wants to destroy him." 

---In Mika’s April 2015 interview on the French TV show Le Divan his co-writer Doriand said, "I have a clear memory of when we wrote ‘Elle Me Dit’, at the time we were writing very sad, very melancholic songs. And we were starting to become sad ourselves, we were in a restaurant and we wouldn't talk to each other anymore. We were a bit worn out, and we went back to the studio, I can remember very clearly, and Mika threw himself on the piano with the first line of ‘Elle Me Dit’, and I went on with the second one and the song happened like that, like a reaction to his melancholy."

OTHER INFO: English translation: She Tells Me. -- No track-by-track video.

ARTWORK: single cover art

 

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Ellis-Bextor, Sophie - English singer, songwriter, model and occasional DJ. She once appeared onstage as a lollipop girl for Mika in August 2007 at V Festival in England. She also attended his album launch party in September 2009. PHOTO 2007 - PHOTO 2009

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Elstree Film Studios - London film studio which is home British television shows Strictly Come Dancing (which Mika performed a song on in 2012), Big Brother for Channel 5, The Voice UK, and many more. Known as the birthplace of Star Wars, some of the other films that have been produced there include The Shining, Labyrinth, The King's Speech, World War Z, and Paddington Bear. Mika filmed the "We Are Golden" music video there. On August 18, 2015 @ElstreeStudios tweeted, "Happy birthday @mikasounds! Mika came here for a tour rehearsal in 2010". 

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Emerald Forest - imaginary forest that Mika drew where he said Chew Chew and Lollipop Girl (illustrated characters from Life In Cartoon Motion) live.

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Emerson, Ralph Waldo - American essayist, lecturer, and poet (May 25, 1803 - April 27, 1882), especially remembered for his many essays on transcendentalism. "During his early years at Harvard, he found himself attracted to a young freshman named Martin Gay about whom he wrote sexually charged poetry." Mika mentions him in the song "Good Guys".

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Emily - reworked version of "Elle Me Dit" with quite different lyrics in English, appears on the album The Origin Of Love as the 11th track. Written by Mika and Doriand; produced by Klas Åhlund and Greg Wells.

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OFFICIAL VIDEO: N/A

LYRICS: lyrics

CREDITS: Written by Doriand and Mika, Adapted From French by Jodi Marr and Mika

Vocals - Mika

Programming - Klas Åhlund

Additional Programming - Greg Wells

Recorded by Ian Macgregor

Mixed by Greg Wells

Producer by Greg Wells, and Klas Åhlund

LENGTH: 3:34

PLAYED LIVE: Mika tried to sing "Emily" live on one occasion in 2015 but messed up the lyrics and instead sang "Elle Me Dit". He has otherwise never performed it live.

PERFORMED ON TV: -

MIKA'S OTHER NOTABLE VERSIONS: -

USED IN: -

REMIXES: N/A

COVERED BY: -

QUOTES: ---Before Mika performed "Elle Me Dit" at his gig at Webster Hall in New York City on May 4, 2015 he said, "I did write an English version of it ["Elle Me Dit"] which was a little bit sh*t and the only reason why I wrote an English version of it was because I walk home one day and __(unclear)__ I was so excited and I had the demo of this song 'Elle Me Dit' and of course I was presented with a Malaysian-Scottish person at my house, a Greek English boy, and another English girl and I played them this song and I was like 'Isn't it great?' and they were like 'What does Emily mean?' and so I wrote an English version called 'Emily' and Emily's here tonight," he looked up at a certain person in the VIP balcony, "but I'm sorry Emily, I don't remember it so you're f**ked, you're just gonna get the French version." He then improvised the lyrics, "she tells me to dance, no no Emily i don’t want to dance, cuz you're actually a very funny dancer, but i'm worse" before launching into "Elle Me Dit" in French.

OTHER INFO: no track-by-track video.

ARTWORK: N/A

 

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En Direct De L'Univers - Quebec musical television program hosted by France Beaudoin, filmed in Montreal, and broadcast live on Saturdays on ICI Radio-Canada Télé. The premise of the show is that the guest fills out a pre-show, multi-page questionnaire about music and singers surprise them with interpretations of the songs they chose. Several times people from the production team tried to convince Mika to come sing for one of the show's main guests, including Garou, but the requests had always been refused due to scheduling conflicts. However, after watching a few episodes sent by the production, Mika asked, via his agent, if he could be the main guest instead of a musical guest. They had about a month to prepare the episode for Mika, which aired on January 18, 2020. The musical guests included Ariane Moffat, Madeleine Peyroux, Isabelle Boulay, Ida Falk-Winland (via video), Max Taylor, Simon Leclerc, David Thibault, Gabriella Laberge, Garou (via video), Thierry-Maxime Loriot, Alex Nevsky, Olivia Levy, Annie Villanueve, Brigette Boisjoli, Jonas Tomalty, Tristan Azar, Antoine Gratton, Andreas Dermanis (via video), Beauregard, Paloma Penniman, Yasmine Penniman, Audrey Moukataff, Austin Moukataff, Joseph Moukataff, and others. PHOTO - GIF

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Endless Love - Diana Ross and Lionel Richie (two American singer, songwriter, record producers) song (1981) which Mika and Elio (in drag) performed together on the third episode of Stasera Casa Mika (2016 season).

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Endrigo, Sergio - Italian singer-songwriter (born June 15, 1933 in what’s now modern-day Croatia - died September 7, 2005) who sang the songs "Io Che Amo Solo Te", which Mika and Fiorella Mannoia sang as a duet on her TV show 1,2,3 Fiorella on September 23, 2017, and "La Casa", which Lino Guanciale and Mika sang together on the third episode of Stasera Casa Mika (2017 season).

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Epstein, Ben - bassist in Mika’s live band in 2011 and on the French awards show Victoires De La Musique Awards and NRJ Awards ceremony in 2012.

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BORN: ?

NATIONALITY: ?

FULL NAME/ALSO KNOWN AS: Benjamin Epstein

ADDITIONAL BIO: Ben started playing bass at age 12.

MIKA CREDITS: -

FIRST SHOW WITH MIKA: 2011

LAST SHOW WITH MIKA: 2012

ALSO WORKED WITH: He’s played live with and/or recorded for artists such as Duffy, Gary Barlow, Marina And The Diamonds, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Cheryl Cole, Pixie Lott, Will Young, Stormzy, Toni Braxton, Geri Halliwell and Ronnie Wood. He was also in the house band on the show The Voice UK for a few years.

QUOTES: -

OTHER RELEASES: -

OTHER INFO: -

HIS IMPORTANT LINKS: website

PHOTOS: live with Mika on his knees 2011 - live with Mika on his knees 2011 in Schaffhausen - live with Mika 2011 in Ibiza

 

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Era de Maggio - classic Neapolitan song based on the lines of a 1885 poem by Salvatore Di Giacomo and set to music by Pasquale Mario Costa which Mika performed with Sanitansamble on the first episode of Stasera Casa Mika (2016 season). Others who’ve covered this song include Franco Battiato. On September 24, 2016 Mika posted an Instagram video of himself listening to Italian singer Tony Iniziato sing this song.

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Erase - bonus song which appears on the US and Japanese versions of Life In Cartoon Motion as the 11th track. Written by Mika, Desmond Child, and Jodi Marr.

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OFFICIAL VIDEO: N/A

LYRICS: lyrics

CREDITS: Written by Desmond Child, Jodi Marr, and Mika

Vocals, Backing Vocals, Keyboards - Mika

Cello - Larry Corbett

Drums, Bass, Keyboards, Guitar - Greg Wells

Mixed by Greg Wells

Produced by Greg Wells, and Mika

Recorded by Joe Zook

LENGTH: 3:38

PLAYED LIVE: Mika has never played this live and swears he never will.

PERFORMED ON TV: -

MIKA'S OTHER NOTABLE VERSIONS: -

USED IN: -

REMIXES: N/A

COVERED BY: Italian singer Valerio Scanu released a version with Italian lyrics called “Cancellalo Amore”, which appeared on his 2009 album Valerio Scanu.

QUOTES: ---In an October 2009 Spanish article in the EP3 magazine supplement of El País newspaper Mika was asked "Sometimes, sticky melodies are too direct & innocuous, addictive, but at the fifth hearing they’re unbearable. Have you felt bored of songs you wrote?" and he replied, "Yes, there are some I never published. There's one, 'Erase', only released in the United States. I didn't allow any other publishing anywhere. I hate it. It's awful. Sticky, but with nothing behind."

---During Mika’s 2nd live Q&A with fans in February 2016 in Korea he was asked something to which he replied "‘Ring Ring’ I will never sing that song live, along with ‘Erase’, by the way, well ‘Ring Ring’ maybe, but ‘Erase’ I will never sing that song again. I hate that song. Even though it's one of my songs. And now I hate that song, yeah, funny things happen in life."

OTHER INFO: -

ARTWORK: N/A

 

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Esamipau - DJ who opened for Mika in Mexico City on his 2019 Tiny Love Tiny Tour.

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Eufonia di Gavoi - Sardinian female choir formed in 1998 and directed by Maestro Mauro Lisei who performed "Anninnia, Anninnia" with Elisa (and Mika a little bit) on the first episode of Stasera Casa Mika (2017 season). PHOTO

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Eurythmics - British new wave music duo of Annie Lennox and David A Stewart. Mika covered their songs "Missionary Man", which originally appeared on their album Revenge, and "Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)", which originally appeared on their album of the same name.

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Eva - Italian singer/guitarist (real name: Giacomo Runco) who was one of Mika’s contestants on X Factor Italia season 9. He was eliminated in week 2. PHOTO

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Everybody Hurts - song (1992) by R.E.M. (an American alternative rock band led by Michael Stipe). To raise money for victims of the January 12, 2010 earthquake in Haiti, Simon Cowell arranged a charity single version of the song. British Prime Minister Gordon Brown agreed to waive Value-added tax on the single and R.E.M. agreed to waive all royalties. Mika and twenty other celebrities took part in the single, including Robbie Williams, Mariah Carey, Jon Bon Jovi, Kylie Minogue, Miley Cyrus, Rod Stewart, and more. Mika said his contributions to the cover song include his main line, backing vocals, piano, and some "screaming out vocals". Mika also appears in the music video, which was directed by Joseph Kahn. Proceeds from the single were split between The Sun‍‍ '‍s Helping Haiti fund and the Disasters Emergency Committee. The song was premiered on radio stations nationally on February 2, 2010. The single was released both physically and digitally on February 7, 2010, with the physical release being brought forward by one day due to demand. It has been reported as having sold approximately 205,000 copies in its first two days in the United Kingdom, and 453,000 in its first week, making it the fastest-selling charity record of the 21st century in Britain.

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LYRICS: lyrics - Mika’s line is “now it's time to sing along”.

VIDEO: A five-minute promotional short documentary was broadcast on ITV at 20.30 on February 7. The documentary opens with a statement of what had happened on January 12 and moves on with footage showing the devastation in the country and the suffering of the Haitians and with footage of the performers recording their vocals (except for Carey, Cyrus, Bon Jovi and Minogue). SCREENSHOTS

A black and white official music video was directed by Joseph Kahn and premiered on March 6, 2010. Jon Bon Jovi is the only artist not to appear in this video. SCREENSHOTS (director’s cut)

CREDITS: originally written by Bill Berry, Peter Buck, Mike Mills, and Michael Stipe

HELPING HAITI VERSION:

Vocals - Alexandra Burke, Cheryl Cole, JLS, James Blunt, James Morrison, Joe McElderry, Jon Bon Jovi, Kylie Minogue, Leona Lewis, Mariah Carey, Michael Bublé, Mika, Miley Cyrus, Robbie Williams, Rod Stewart, Susan Boyle, Take That’s Gary Barlow, Jason Orange, and Mark Owen, and Westlife’s Mark Feehily, Shane Filan, Kian Egan, and Nicky Byrne

Bass - John Garrison

Drums - Karl Brazil

Guitars - John Shanks, and Luke Potashnick

Keyboards - Paul Beard

Percussion - Karlos Edwards

Saxophone - Andrew Ross

Trombone - Nichol Thomson

Trumpet - Dominic Glover

Tuba - Owen Slade

Orchestra Leader - Perry Montague Mason

Strings Arranged by Will Malone

Mastered by Vlado Meller (at Universal Mastering Studios, NYC)

Mastering Assistance by Mark Santangelo

Mixed by Jeremy Wheatley (at Twenty-One Studios)

Engineered by Jeff Rothschild, and Richard Flack

Produced by John Shanks, and Steve Robson

Sleeve Design by Tom Hingston Studio

Photography by Matthew McDermott

LENGTH: 5:23 (Helping Haiti version)

ORIGINALLY APPEARED ON: R.E.M.’s album Automatic For The People

PLAYED LIVE: Mika has never performed any part of it live.

PERFORMED ON TV: -

MIKA'S OTHER NOTABLE VERSIONS: -

USED IN: -

REMIXES: n/a

QUOTES: ---A January 26, 2010 article on the BBC news site it said Mika told Radio 1's Natalie Jamieson, "I found out which bit I was going to be doing as I walked into the studio. I'm really happy that I have a good line that doesn't go too high because I hate singing too high."

---In a short video filmed in 2010 of Mika outside the recording studio he said, "I think it's completely, uh-- I mean just that kind of scale of devastation in one country is horrifying, to think that that many people's lives had been ruined. I mean it's gonna take as much money as they can raise in any way. Um, I think, when I actually found out I was in Sri Lanka and I had just been looking at all the devastation that you can still see around the coastline of Sri Lanka from the tsunami, and to find out about something else like that, especially having grown up with a lot of Haitian friends. Um, it’s--it was really, it's really hard, especially some of the images and the thought that people were just unrescued and dying underneath the rubble now that the search had been called off is actually quite painful thing too much imagine."

 ---Mika posted on his official website in a February 2010: "I have friends from France whose families who have been directly affected in Haiti. They lost relatives and their homes. I wanted to help and am honoured to be part of this single."

---A January BBC report said Mika had arrived late and exceeded his allotted recording time, so in a February 22, 2010 dailyrecord.co.uk article Mika said: "It was a very swift, 45 minutes. I love how the BBC told everybody that I was late and that I overran. They are so rude. I had to do too much. They wanted me to play the piano, do backing vocals, some screaming out vocals and I had to do my line. That's a lot of work." He also said: "It's egos aside when you do something like that. All the credit goes to Simon Cowell and Simon Fuller. They have organised this with so many singers and it is all about making money and sending as much as possible there. It's important to make noise that can make money once in a while. Not only does it raise money but it raises awareness. The fact it is being reported continues the awareness and with the speed news coverage goes it is important to prolong the awareness."

---"My part's rubbish! I sound silly on it," Mika told Paul Harper on Real Radio in February 2010. "I'm so glad it made so much money and so proud to be part of it. Do I think I sound fantastic on it? No!" [...] "I sound odd. Everyone has beautiful voices and I sound like a freak!"

OTHER INFO: -

PHOTOS:Mika recording piano

COVER: single cover art

 

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Everybody's Talkin' - Fred Neil song (1966) made popular by Harry Nilsson (first released in 1968 on his album Aerial Ballet) after being used as the theme music of the 1969 film Midnight Cowboy starring Jon Voight and Dustin Hoffman. Mika covered the song on several different occasions throughout the years, including live at Ronnie Scott’s in 2006, on French TV show Taratata in 2012, on BBC Radio 2’s ‘Mika: The Art Of Song’ radio show on January 1, 2016, and as a duet with Chiara Galiazzo on Stasera Casa Mika (2016 season).

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LYRICS: lyrics

CREDITS: originally written by Fred Neil

LENGTH: 2:43 (Nilsson’s version)

ORIGINALLY APPEARED ON: Fred’s album Fred Neil

PERFORMED BY MIKA: many times, including live at Ronnie Scott’s in 2006 (which appears on the Live In Cartoon Motion DVD as a bonus feature), on the Napster Live Session EP released December 18, 2006, at his acoustic gig in Salt Lake City in February 2008, on French TV show Taratata in 2012 (with a cello player), on BBC Radio 2’s ‘Mika: The Art Of Song’ program on January 1, 2016 (a video of which was also posted on BBC Radio 2’s site), as a duet with Chiara on the fourth episode of Stasera Casa Mika (2016 season) which aired December 6, 2016. On the German show VIVA live on March 24, 2010 and on X Factor Italia in 2015 Mika played a bit of "Everybody’s Talkin’" on acoustic guitar. During the interview portion of Mika’s 2010 live@home unplugged session he sang some of the song. He sang it (messing up the lyrics a bit) at Farta Brutos restaurant in Lisbon, Portugal in May 2016 for the Portuguese fado singer Mariza and a small group of people, which the restaurant posted a video of on their Facebook page.

QUOTES: ---On BBC Radio 2’s ‘Mika: The Art Of Song’ radio show on New Year's Day 2016 Mika said, "One of the most famous songs that Harry Nilsson, who’s a hero of mine, ever had was… well, apart from ‘Without You’, was also this next song, which I’m actually gonna play at the Elton John piano which is living here at Radio 2 and this was from a film called Midnight Cowboy and it’s called ‘Everybody’s Talkin’ and it was actually written and recorded originally by Fred Neil but became a massive hit and the version that we all know is Harry Nilsson’s."

OTHER INFO: -

 

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Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic - The Police song (1981) which Mika sang (referring to Dita Von Teese) about a minute of on the first episode of Stasera Casa Mika (2017 season).

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Everywhere - Fleetwood Mac song (1987) that Mika covered in 2012 on a Real Radio NorthWest show, no known recordings of this cover exist. He was going to cover it in February 2007 on the French TV show Taratata but didn’t have enough time to prepare it. On R2’s Tracks Of My Years 2007 Mika picked their version of the song, he played it when he DJed on BBC Radio 2 on New Years Eve 2009, and during Mika's radio interview on AllAccessWeekend in Quebec in August 2012 he chose the original to be played on the air. 

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LYRICS: lyrics

CREDITS: originally written by Christine McVie, produced by Lindsey Buckingham & Richard Dashut

LENGTH: 3:43 (original)

ORIGINALLY APPEARED ON: Fleetwood Mac’s album Tango In The Night.

PERFORMED BY MIKA: once, on radio, in September 2012 on a Real Radio NorthWest show. No known recordings of this cover exist.

QUOTES: ---On BBC Radio 2’s ‘Mika: The Art Of Song’ radio show on New Year's Day 2016 Mika said, "Songs are so powerful. I mean, just like that one it just makes you remember everything. Songs can make you remember your first crush, the 1st time your heart got broken, it’s like perfume, they are exactly as powerful as that. They transport you really fast, I mean that song just reminds me of difficult days when my mother, who is obsessed with Fleetwood Mac, would pack us all, me and my brother and sisters into our car, a big old white van, and we would drive around and it would be raining in London and I could see that she was crying, but she would be hiding it and she would be playing this song and ‘Everywhere’ would be playing really loud as we would be driving through the streets of London. She was just trying to forget things. Or even on our way to school and she would be bopping away. So, in a way, it made her feel better and now when I play it, I play it every single time thinking of her. If my mom did that with that song, I am sure there's millions and millions of people all around the world who did something very similar in their own way with that song as well, and that is how collectively something becomes part of music history."

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Example - English rapper and singer. Mika covered he and Calvin Harris’s song "We’ll Be Coming Back", which originally appeared on his album The Evolution Of Man and Calvin's 18 Months.

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Fabbri, Lucio - Italian violinist, conductor, arranger, producer and instrumentalist who also plays guitar, bass, mandolin, viola, cello, piano and keyboards. He arranged additional strings on "Good Guys". He is the musical director of the TV show X Factor Italia. He was a member of Premiata Forneria Marconi (PFM) during the 1980s, and since the 1990s he’s worked with numerous artists, including Antonella Ruggiero, Captain Sensible, Nathalie, Giorgio Conte, Elio e le Storie Tese, Massimo Ranieri, Kid Creole and the Coconuts, Al Jarreau, Marco Mengoni, Roberto Vecchioni, and many others.

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Faith - George Michael song (1987) which Mika once covered live in Blackpool, England in September 2009. When Mika DJed on BBC Radio 2’s ‘Mika: The Art Of Song’ radio show on Easter Monday 2016 he played George Michael’s version of this song.

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LYRICS: lyrics

CREDITS: originally written by George Michael

LENGTH: 3:16 (original)

ORIGINALLY APPEARED ON: George’s album Faith

PERFORMED BY MIKA: once, live, on September 5, 2009 at the BBC Radio 2 organised live performance in the Empress Ballroom in Blackpool, England.

QUOTES: ---On BBC Radio 2’s ‘Mika: The Art Of Song’ radio show aired on Easter in March 2016 Mika said, "This is another man who got hands on his own record after years of being Wham and decided to really control something. To control every detail of his album, to make something that he thought was a good representation of pop music at that time, but also of his personality and his talent and it was an obsessive process. And this is the fruit of that process, over a year in a studio the same engineer. And this is the title track of George Michael’s, Faith." After the song ended he said, "There’s certain records that you can talk over at the end and interrupt, or even at the beginning and then there’s others that you just have to keep your mouth shut until it’s over. Stay out of the way, and then come back in. That was George Michael, on Radio2. This is the Art of Song where what we do is, we just play great songs. That’s a perfect example of it. It’s quite amazing how that record was made. He just really took control of everything. He produced and he wrote every single song on the Faith album. Except for one that he co-wrote. But all the arrangements was his as well. And what’s amazing is that also was one of the first records to be completely recorded--the first albums to be completely recorded digitally, so without tape, and whereas Wham he would show up the studio and the song would have been mostly written. According to Chris Porter, his engineer, he worked on Faith, George showed up at the studio would put down a certain vibe in this kind of case, the beat and the clapping and the guitars, and then he would write the lyrics of the song as he was singing it. And every single vocal that you hear on that record was recorded approximately 2 syllables at a time. So you have this incredible vocal on a classic pop record but every single thing was recorded in micro-pieces in the most fastidious detail. George was obsessed with getting this album right. When I got signed to Casablanca, which is obviously the home of Donna Summer, and lots of different things, but I was originally signed to Casablanca Records by Tommy Mottola. And the day that I had my deal, and I signed, the next day, I received in the post a little [coyla???] mail envelope, and in it was a CD of the album Faith with a note of Tommy Mottola saying, ‘This is a perfect pop record. Study it’."

OTHER INFO: The original song has been featured in things like the television series Cold Case, and in the video game Kinect Sports: Season Two.

 

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Falk-Winland, Ida - professional soprano opera singer and long-time friend of Mika whom he met at the Royal College of Music. She sings backing vocals on the album versions of "Happy Ending", "Blue Eyes", and "Blame It On The Girls", has performed "Happy Ending" as a duet with Mika at several concerts throughout the years, toured with him as a backing vocalist in 2009-2011, performed with Mika at his L'Orchestre Symphonique De Montréal concerts in February 2015, the Valentino dinner in July 2015, and his Opera di Firenze orchestra concerts in Florence, Italy in December 2016. She sometimes sang Der Hölle Rache Kocht In Meinem Herzen (one of The Queen Of The Night's arias from Mozart’s The Magic Flute) before "Good Gone Girl" on Mika's 2010 Imaginarium Tour, then the pair would do a dance. In the summer of 2011 at Mika's concerts at Palais Imperial in Compiègne, Paleo in Nyon, Les Ardentes in Liege, and in September 2011 at Olympic Hall in Seoul she and Mika duetted on the unreleased song "Blame It On The Weather". She and Max Taylor sang backing vocals on "Happy Ending" and "Tiny Love" when Mika was a guest at Andrea Bocelli’s charity concert at Teatro Del Silenzio on July 25, 2019. On En Direct De L'Univers on January 18, 2020 Ida (via video) and Max Taylor (in person) sang "Happy Ending" with a children’s choir, accompanied by Simon Leclerc on piano, for Mika.

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BORN: May 23, 1982 in Sweden

NATIONALITY: Swedish

FULL NAME/ALSO KNOWN AS: -

ADDITIONAL BIO: Ida began studying cello and piano at age 10, and her formal singing lessons began at 16. She studied at the Royal College of Music, graduating with a Bachelor of Music degree (2002-2006), at the Benjamin Britten International Opera School (2006-2008), and at the National Opera Studio where she was awarded the Tagore Gold Medal.

MIKA CREDITS: She sang backing vocals on the album versions of "Blue Eyes", "Happy Ending", and "Blame It On The Girls". She briefly appeared in the Live Parc Des Princes Paris DVD/Blu-Ray documentary (but not in the concert), and in some of Mika’s 2008-2009 vlogs. She sings backing vocals on Mika’s 2015 live album, Mika Et L'Orchestre Symphonique De Montréal.

SHOWS WITH MIKA: Off and on throughout Mika’s career, notably on the Songs For Sorrow Tour in 2009; on his Imaginarium Tour in 2010, at the 2011 summer festivals in Europe and in Korea; at Salamanca, Spain on June 8, 2013; at the L’Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal concerts on February 10th, 11th, and 12th, 2015; at Mika’s private concert after Valentino's fashion show 'Mirabilia Romae' in Rome on July 9, 2015, and Mika’s Opera di Firenze orchestra concerts in Florence, Italy on December 30th & 31st, 2016.

ALSO WORKED WITH: Her operatic roles include Pamina in The Magic Flute at the Royal Swedish Opera in Stockholm; as the First Niece in Peter Grimes with Robin Ticciati at Teatro alla Scala in Milan; Laoula in L’Étoile at Den Nye Opera in Bergen; and Romilda in Xerxes at the Royal Swedish Opera; as The Dew Fairy in Hansel and Gretel at the Glyndebourne Festival. She will be with the Göteborg Opera for a five-year period starting with the 2013-2014 season. At the Göteborg Opera, she has previously played Morgana in Alcina under Laurence Cumming's direction and made her first appearance in the role of Cleopatra in Giulio Cesare. In the 2012/2013 season, she played Rosina in The Barber of Seville. Other roles include Cecily in The Importance of Being Earnest at the Royal Opera in London, Donna Anna in Don Giovanni at the Helsinki Festival, Cunégonde in Candide at Opera National de Lorraine, as well as touring and recording Bach's Mass in B Minor with Arcangelo, the chamber music ensemble.

QUOTES: ---This is not an exact quote, but at one of their performances with L’Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal in February 2015 Mika explained that the first time he met Ida was at the beginning of the school year. She was late to their singing class of 5-6 people. She came in wearing tight leather pants and chewing gum. The teacher, annoyed by her lateness, asked her to sing. Ida took out her gum, sang some piece from Mozart, leaving everyone in awe... When she finished, she picked up her gum and sat down. Mika said he thought she was cool and they‘ve been friends ever since.

OTHER RELEASES: On CD she can be heard on Christmas Songs by Orphei Drängar (2009), Bach’s Mass in B Minor under the baton of Jonathan Cohen (2014), Haydn’s The Creation conducted by Philipp von Steinaecker (2014), Handel’s Agrippina (recorded at the Göttingen Handel Festival in 2015), and on her self-titled first solo CD with songs by Copland, Nystroem, and Strauss (released 2010).

OTHER INFO: She’s appeared with Mika in some selfies posted on social media and in paparazzi photos. -- In the The Origin Of Love album liner notes Mika thanks her.

HER IMPORTANT LINKS: facebook

PHOTOS: screenshot of them from PDP - out walking with Mika in London 2010 - onstage with Mika 2010 in her Good Gone Girl dress - onstage with Mika Compiègne 2011 - in Montreal February 2015 - in Rome July 2015 - together with Max backstage at the July 2019 Andrea Bocelli concert - GIF singing for Mika 2020

VIDEO: singing opera w/ "Good Gone Girl" 2010 singing "Blame It On The Weather" with Mika - cooking & warming up with Mika July 2019 instagram stories

 

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Family One Gospel Choir - choir of disadvantaged young people from the foundation of Apprentis d'Auteuil which backed Mika at his Peugeot Design Lab concert on December 3, 2012 at the Salle Pleyel in Paris. A 66 Minutes news story with footage of choir rehearsals with Mika and some of the concert was posted online. Founded in 2006 and directed by Charles Dumas, the choir already has three studio albums and performed in venues such as the Bercy Arena in Paris, the Lyon Opera, and more. They mainly have a gospel repertoire but also turn to other sounds such as soul, jazz, pop, etc. PHOTO

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Fa-raon - the name of the famous cream-point Birman cat who lives at The Bristol Hotel in Paris. His name is French for "pharaoh", he was adopted in 2010, and he had a lady cat companion named Kléopatre. Mika tweeted a photo of himself with the cat on November 8, 2013, captioned with "can't sleep. Went down to the lobby and am hanging out with the cat of The Bristol." On December 19, 2013 he tweeted another photo of them, with: "Waiting in lobby of Paris hotel to be picked up to go film battles of The Voice France. Look who I found under the tree!" PHOTO in November - PHOTO in December

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Farina, Dario - Italian composer, singer and record producer credited with co-writing "Talk About You" because the melody references "Sarà Perché Ti Amo", a 1981 song he co-wrote for Italian disco group Ricchi e Poveri.

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Farland, Joe - drummer on "The Only Lonely One" demo.

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Favino, Pierfrancesco - Italian actor who has starred in over forty films and TV shows including The Keys To The House, Romanzo Criminale, Night At The Museum, The Chronicles Of Narnia: Prince Caspian, Angels & Demons, Piazza Fontana, World War Z, and Marco Polo. On the fourth episode of Stasera Casa Mika (2016 season) he and Mika sang the song "Pure Imagination" then Mika interviewed him. PHOTO

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Fazio, Fabio - Italian television presenter of many TV programs, including Quelli Che... Il Calcio, Vieni Via Con Me, and Quello Che (Non) Ho. Since 2003 he has presented the weekly talk show Che Tempo Che Fa, interviewing Mika on the show on at least five occasions: on December 14, 2013, June 7, 2015, October 23, 2016, October 15, 2017, and October 6, 2019. He and Mika performed a Laurel & Hardy-esque routine on the third episode of Stasera Casa Mika (2016 season). PHOTO 2013 - PHOTO CasaMika

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Fedez - Italian rapper and singer who was one of the other judges on X Factor Italia 8 and 9. He and Mika collaborated on the 2015 single "Beautiful Disaster" and appeared in it’s music video together. Fedez was a guest on the fourth episode of Stasera Casa Mika (2017 season); he and Mika performed "Celebrate" and "Beautiful Disaster" together and Mika interviewed him while they sat in bathtub full of fake bubbles. They also performed "Beautiful Disaster" as a duet on the X Factor Italy 9 season finale in December 2015, and on June 16, 2018 at Mika’s short set at Radio Italia Live in Milan (at which Fedez had also performed earlier that day). Mika and Fedez appear together in many X Factor Italia videos, press articles, and photos. Mika was filmed celebrating with Fedez at his 28th birthday party in Milan on October 15, 2017.

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BORN: October 15, 1989 near Milan, Italy

NATIONALITY: Italian

FULL NAME/ALSO KNOWN AS: Federico Leonardo Lucia

ADDITIONAL BIO: Fedez attended art school, but abandoned his studies at the fourth year to focus on music. His first album after he signed with Sony Records topped Italy's FIMI chart and was awarded three-times platinum status. His second Sony album also topped the Italian charts, and achieved double-platinum certification. He has won several awards, including an Italian MTV Award, a Lunezia Award, MTV Hip Hop Awards, and Wind Music Awards. In 2015 Mika jokingly said he and Fedez were secretly going to get married at a pub in London, but Fedez married his fiance in 2017 and they have one son. Mika was invited to their September 2018 wedding and posted an instagram of the pop-up invite, but could not attend the ceremony. 

MIKA CREDITS: their single "Beautiful Disaster" was released by Fedez on his album Pop-Hoolista (Cosodipinto Edition) (2015) and by Mika on his November 2015 reissue of No Place In Heaven. It features lyrics in English sung by Mika and in Italian by Fedez. They filmed a music video for the song together.

ALSO WORKED WITH: Malika Ayane, Francesca Michielin, 883, Noemi, Elisa and J-Ax. In 2015 Ariana Grande released a remixed version of her song "One Last Time" featuring Fedez.

QUOTES: ---In an article on funweek.it in June 2015 it says that Mika defines Fedez as "a person who works as much with a great desire to do many things, which must handle the fire inside when he talks about music and politics."

---In Donna Moderna magazine in August 2015, Mika said, "His life is now involved and complicated, perhaps a bit too much, and this results in difficult situations to handle. He wants to do so many things: when he talks about music, politics or food, however, always combines passion and ambition "

---Mika spoke of Fedez in a November 27, 2015 sorrisi.com interview: "Now that I've known him better, I have to say he works with impressive effectiveness and professionalism. He is a great professional. I made a lot of videos but they were the most effective shots I've ever done. We finished early! It had never happened to me in my life. I need this method of his, because I'm a troublemaker."

---On September 1, 2018 Mika tweeted and instagrammed in Italian, telling Fedez he could not attend his wedding: "My friend @fedez , I'm very sorry not to come tonight to the fairytale wedding that you and @chiaraferragni have prepared (thanks for telling me all the surprises you have in store for tonight ;) ) How I would be there! And I will be there, with my thoughts, and I will be near you <3".

OTHER RELEASES: Penisola Che Non C'è and Il Mio Primo Disco Da Venduto (2011), Sig. Brainwash - L'arte di Accontentare (2013), Pop-Hoolista (2014); and Comunisti Col Rolex (with J-Ax, 2017).

OTHER INFO:

HIS IMPORTANT LINKS: twitter

PHOTOS: Mika and Fedez - w/ Mika judging 2014 - dinner with Mika May 2015 - w/ Mika for Milano Pride June 2015 - on set of “Beautiful Disaster” - Radio Italia Live rehearsal 2018

VIDEO: Mika and Fedez announcing their collaboration

 

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The Feeling - BRIT award-nominated English rock band from West Sussex and London (formed in 1995, but released their first single in 2005). Mika opened for them in 2006 at the Motorola Red gig in support of World AIDS Day in front of 600 fans in East London. At the Fiat launch in January 2008 The Feeling played before Mika. Their lead vocalist and frontman, Dan Gillespie-Sells, presented the Music Award to Mika at the Attitude Awards on October 9, 2019. 

-In a Bizarre podcast interview from The Sun in January 2007 Mika said: "The Feeling have been really supportive. They keep popping along to my gigs and I, I opened for one of their shows."

PHOTO w/ Dan

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Feels Like Love - new Mika song on the November 2015 French and Italian reissues of No Place In Heaven as the 19th track. Written by Mika, Jodi Marr, and Jef Martens.

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OFFICIAL VIDEO: n/a

LYRICS: lyrics

CREDITS: Written by Mika, Jodi Marr, and Jef Martens

Vocals - Mika

Bass, Programming, Background Vocals - Max Taylor

Produced by Mika

Additional Production by James Reynolds

Mixed by James Reynolds

Mastered by Emily Lazar

Mastering Assistance by Chris Allgood

LENGTH: 3:05

PLAYED LIVE: He has never played it live.

PERFORMED ON TV: -

MIKA'S OTHER NOTABLE VERSIONS: -

USED IN: -

REMIXES: n/a

COVERED BY: -

QUOTES: -

OTHER INFO: -

ARTWORK: n/a

 

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Felberbaum, Sarah - British-born Italian actress, model, TV host. Playing the role of roommate, she was Mika’s co-host on Stasera Casa Mika (2016 season). She performed some monologues, talked to guests, and otherwise interacted with Mika. Near the end of the fourth episode she and Mika slow danced with each other while he sang The Drifters’ "Save The Last Dance For Me". She returned as a guest on the second episode of Stasera Casa Mika (2017 season) and met Mika’s new roommate, Gregory. PHOTO

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Fergie - American singer, songwriter, fashion designer, television host, and actress (real name: Stacy Ann Ferguson, born March 27, 1975). She is the female vocalist for the hip hop group The Black Eyed Peas. At TW Classic Festival at Werchter Park in Belgium on July 12, 2010 Mika and his band danced onstage with The Black Eyed Peas during their song "I Gotta Feeling". On February 21, 2013 she and her (now former) husband, actor Josh Duhamel, ate dinner with Mika at C London restaurant in the Mayfair neighborhood of London and the three were photographed leaving together. They both performed at Rock In Rio festival in Lisbon, Portugal on May 20, 2016 and a few days after she instagrammed a selfie of her and Mika together. PHOTO - PHOTO Lisbon

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Fernando - ABBA song (1976) which Mika sang a bit of with the show’s host while wearing a wig during the TV show El Hormiguero which aired in April 2010. He said it's his go-to karaoke song.

-In Heat magazine January 2010 they asked, "what’s your favourite karaoke song?" and Mika replied: "Abba’s ‘Fernando’, in the style of [classical-crossover singer] Katherine Jenkins, after a couple of Guinnesses. I can empty a room in minutes!"

PHOTO singing it on El Hormiguero

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Fernando, Jorge - Portuguese fado musician and producer who played viola de fado for Mika on "Over My Shoulder" during Mika’s concert in Lisbon at the Rock In Rio festival on May 20, 2016. He and Mika also performed the song together the night before during Mariza’s private performance at Casa de Linhares restaurant. The day after the gig Farta Brutos restaurant posted a video of Mika singing "Everybody’s Talkin’" for Mariza and others, with Jorge on guitar. PHOTO at the Casa de Linhares - PHOTO at Farta Brutos

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Fernando, Tamara - French classical, jazz and contemporary dancer, actress, model who was a dancer for Mika starting about May 2019. She appears in the video for "Ice Cream" (wearing the red swimsuit when they’re dancing by the ice cream truck) and on several live and TV performances of the song. On June 10, 2019 Mika instagrammed a photo of himself with she and Yousra Mohsen, calling them “amazing women”. PHOTO on the end

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Ferri, Karine - French television presenter and model, active since 2004, who is the co-host on seasons 2-7 of the The Voice France and has talked with Mika on the show. She interviewed Mika for RFM radio in December 2015. Also, she presents other programs like Toute la Musique Qu'on Aime, Tout Pour la Musique, and Le Grand Bêtisier de l'Été. PHOTO interview - PHOTO center

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Fiat - brand of Italian automobiles since 1899. At the launch party of the Fiat 500 on January 21, 2008 in London Mika performed a 6-song set accompanied by musicians Mikey Choi and Martin Waugh. The company gave him a white Fiat 500 car, which he spoke of in at least two interviews.

-On Radio Key103 in August 2009 Mika said he got given a car by the company: "so here's the thing: I didn't tell them I don't know how to drive, so they're organizing all the things about the car and then they come and they deliver it and they're like 'you need to drive it in your drive now' and I'm like 'uh' [...] and the woman is like laughing with me, she's like, yaknow 'we've never had someone so fussy.' And I was like, 'yeah' and she was like 'it's taken us three months to get exactly your specs .' [...] 'Cause they were like 'what kind of car do you want?' and I was like, 'I want that detail with that, with the leather with that, with that, with that. I was like a kid in a candy shop, but I didn't tell them I don't know how to drive so the car was stuck and we had to call somebody to come and get it 'cause it was getting towed 'cause I didn't know how to drive it into my drive and the woman almost had a breakdown."

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Filipetti, Frank - six-time Grammy-winning music producer, engineer and mixer who was born in Bristol, Connecticut. He mixed Mika’s Mika Et L'Orchestre Symphonique De Montréal album and Sinfonia Pop. Frank recorded the concert at Brooklyn Steel on September 13, 2019 for the album color=#ff8c00]MIKA, Live from Brooklyn Steel[/color]. He has also recorded, produced and/or mixed albums for Foreigner, Madonna, Kiss, Carly Simon, Elton John, Barbra Streisand, George Michael, 10,000 Maniacs, the Wicked Broadway cast recording, and more.

-Before Mika sang "Tomorrow" on September 13, 2019 he said: "So, in the back of the room over there is a man called Frank. Frank is one of the best live recording engineers in America. Mister Filipetti emailed me a couple weeks ago and he was like ‘you know what, you haven’t been on the road, you haven’t done a show in four years, I think you need to record it’… so that’s what we’re doing. And I haven’t recorded a live album apart from symphonic stuff, well… well, ever. So you tonight, my dear friends, are recording an album."

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Fire And Rain - James Taylor song (1970) that Mika performed the song on the fourth part of his BBC Radio 2’s ‘Mika: The Art Of Song’ radio show aired November 15, 2016.

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LYRICS: lyrics

CREDITS: originally written by James Taylor

LENGTH: 3:23 (original)

ORIGINALLY APPEARED ON: James’s album Sweet Baby James

PERFORMED BY MIKA: once, on radio accompanied by himself on piano, with backing by Curtis Stansfield and Max Taylor, on Mika’s 4th ‘Mika: The Art Of Song’ BBC Radio 2 show aired November 15, 2016 (a video of which was also posted on BBC Radio 2’s site).

QUOTES: ---On BBC Radio 2’s ‘Mika: The Art Of Song’ radio show aired on November 16, 2016 Mika said, "the song that I’m going to be playing now at the Elton John piano here at Radio 2 is ‘Fire And Rain’ by James Taylor. And just keep in the back of your mind that actually Carole King then wrote ‘You’ve Got A Friend’ in response to the lyric that James Taylor sings in this song.

OTHER INFO:

 

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The Fires - rock & roll band founded in 2006 in Switzerland by a young teen and his brother. They opened for Mika in April 2010 in Basel, Germany. They also have played as supporting act to Bon Jovi, Jerry Lee Lewis, Brian Setzer, and several top Swiss musicians.

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Fleetwood Mac - Grammy and Brit Award-winning British-American pop-rock band formed in July 1967. Mika often cited them as an influence. He once covered their song "Everywhere", which originally appeared on their album Tango In The Night.

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Florence - city (AKA Firenze) in the Tuscany region of Italy (approximate metropolitan area population: 1,520,000) where Mika has played several concerts including the Opera di Firenze orchestra concerts on December 30th and 31st, 2016. In August 2015 someone spraypainted a homophobic insult across a pair of posters advertising Mika’s September 2015 concert at Mandela Forum. Mika was going to ignore it but the photo of the posters went viral so he tweeted about it and it turned it into a campaign against homophobia in Italy with the hashtag #Rompiamoilsilenzio. Fans, bloggers, the press, government officials and more joined the campaign and the Mayor of Florence, Dario Nardella, had the defaced posters taken down and even apologized to Mika on twitter. For a segment on the third episode of Stasera Casa Mika (2017 season) Mika drove a taxi around Florence picking up passengers and talking to them. On January 10, 2018 Mika received the keys of the city of Florence from the mayor. Mika spoke at the Wired Next Fest at the Palazzo Vecchio on September 30, 2018 and performed one song.

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MIKA CONCERTS: He played live shows there on July 19, 2007 at Italia Love Wave festival; on September 30, 2015 at Mandela Forum; and on December 30th and 31st, 2016 at Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino with Opera di Firenze.

MIKA STUDIOS: He wrote some of My Name Is Michael Holbrook at a home studio in the Tuscan countryside near Florence.

QUOTES: ---In September 2015 Mika instagrammed several photos from Santa Maria Novella, captioning one: "Before my concert tonight I had to visit one of my favourite, and one of the most beautiful places on earth. Santa Maria Novella Florence".

---At the ceremony to present Mika with the keys to the city he said: "I'm proud. Florence is a fun city. And I really enjoy it when I come here. I know the history of Florence, I have always studied it. And the first time I visited the city was like I had met an old friend I had known for a long time."

---During the ceremony to present Mika with the keys to the city Florence’s mayor, Dario Nardella, said: "Mika is the unique and charismatic artist who has been able to involve a vast transversal and intergenerational public and bring it closer to music and entertainment culture. Through his constant commitment to get involved, in knowing how to tell a man of culture and stage under different garments and profiles, has aroused in the new generations great curiosity and anxiety of knowledge, embodying - always and in any case - the positive figure of the multifaceted artist and of the culture divulger. For this reason, for having chosen our country as a land of adoption and, above all, for having shown in recent years closeness and great affection for the City of Florence, thanks to the successful collaboration with the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, I confer the Keys of the City."

OTHER INFO: Some of its most famous landmarks include Uffizi Gallery (which Mika visited in 2018), Basilica di Santa Maria Novella, Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore (Il Duomo), and the city’s town hall, Palazzo Vecchio. 

PHOTOS: MIKA INSTAGRAM Sept 2015 at Santa Maria Novella - Mika’s tweets about the poster - Mika receiving the keys ceremony - Mika with the mayor January 2018 - Mika & the mayor - Mika at Uffizi Gallery w/ the director

VIDEO: news coverage of Mika receiving the keys to Florence

MAP: map

 

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Fo, Dario - Italian playwright, comedian, singer, theatre director, stage designer, songwriter, political campaigner, and actor-mime. He and Mika appeared on the Italian TV show Le Invasioni Barbariche on January 17, 2014 and performed Fo's song "Ho Visto Un Re" together. They also appeared on Francesco. Lo Santo Jullare on June 22, 2014. He died in October 2016; in November 2016 Mika paid tribute to him on the second episode of Stasera Casa Mika (2016 season). 

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BORN/DIED: March 24, 1926 in Leggiuno Sangiano, Varese, Italy / October 13, 2016 in Milan, Italy

NATIONALITY: Italian

FULL NAME/ALSO KNOWN AS: -

ADDITIONAL BIO: Dario moved to Milan to study at the Academy Brera Academy. His often blasphemous and satirical works were an improvisational style rooted in the tradition of commedia dell’arte and he often faced government censure. His plays have been translated into 30 languages and were performed across the world. Some of his awards and honors include the Sonning Prize from Copenhagen University in 1981, Obie Award in New York (with his wife, Franca Rame) in 1986, Agro Dolce Prize in 1987, and the 1997 Nobel Prize in Literature.

OTHER APPEARANCES WITH MIKA: He and Mika were interviewed together on the Italian TV show Le Invasioni Barbariche on January 17, 2014 and performed a little bit of "Origin Of Love" and Fo's song "Ho Visto Un Re". The pair also appeared on Francesco. Lo Santo Jullare on June 22, 2014. They've been photographed together, including a few times when Mika visited his office.

QUOTES: ---While being interviewed with Dario on TV show Le Invasioni Barbariche in January 2014 Mika said this: "Yes, for 13 years, I've been studying his work for 13 years, in English though." On the same program Dario said, "When I listened to Mika for the first time I was watching television and I jumped! I heard a force of nature, a rhythm. And I especially heard the mathematics of the music. Afterwards I discovered that Mika can't read music. And this can only mean that he has the music inside! In his skull, inside his stomach, inside his heart. Everywhere." Mika said they talked a little bit before the show started and that "I asked Mr. Fo if he knew some of my songs. And I was expecting maybe ‘Grace Kelly’. But no, he knew ‘Origin of Love’! That's unbelievable! I think that Dario Fo is one of the most important symbols of freedom, not only in the culture or in his work, but also in his life. He is a symbol of freedom, tolerance, good mood, the most important things for a culture, and for love in general." When asked if he’d like to be a judge on a show like X Factor Dario said, "Well, it depends. I have to know people before judging them. Mika, I know you. And when I see you I think of elaboration, sincerity, intelligence. Oh yes, intelligence!"

---In French newspaper Metronews April 2014, Mika said, "I like the idea of being an 'enfant terrible'. Actually I love the absurd, I see it everywhere, in my daily life. In this respect I'm obsessed with the writer Dario Fo. For me, he is a hero. I'm seeing him next week to work on something. I can't say anything yet... This man is the archetype of the enfant terrible. Committed, but very funny at the same time."

---On May 20, 2014 Mika tweeted "spending time with a genius puts many things back in perspective. Back at hotel after two days working with Dario in Napoli."

---In October 2014 Mika instagrammed a photo of Dario and said, "How to start your day well, sit with Dario Fo for a couple hours."

---On the second episode of Stasera Casa Mika, aired November 15, 2016, Mika said, "I was lucky enough to meet Dario Fo, the maestro, the joker, the writer, the intellectual, the Nobel prize, the dreamer with the biggest and most beautiful soul I've ever met in my whole life. The first time we met I was quite speechless, hence I didn't speak. I sang, instead. Dario was one of the first friends I made in Italy, the first friend I actually invited to this house for the show. If there's a bed in this house, if I wear my pajama every time at the end of each episode it's because on this bed I was supposed to have a chat and sleep with him. After our first meeting, we've often kept in touch, we've met once a week throughout several months. We met in Naples to have a chat about his ‘Giullare Francesco’, it was supposed to last 5 minutes, it ended up lasting 50, instead. I used to listen to him talk about anything he knew, which was so very much, I used to laugh with him and felt privileged to even be in front of him, listening. It was like a gift to me. We wanted to do a show together about the end of the world. In that show, the world had come to an end and he and I were survivors. We were in a warehouse at night, it was packed with stuff, and we recalled what the world was like before. It was raining outside, there was a very heavy storm, he and I were in bed with our pajamas on and we talked and talked and talked a whole lot, in a bed just like this. Now I've been left alone, the world hasn't really come to an end but it became smaller without you. Goodbye, Dario. Goodnight. Sleep tight, my friend." In some November 2016 press prior to the show Mika said "How I wished that Dario Fo had been part of my program! Do you think that in the last months we had seen often to speak of his presence on the show, then it happened what you know. In any case, what I consider one of the greatest actors of all time will be present in this project, especially in the second episode praise him properly."

OTHER WORKS: Fo wrote more than 80 plays, co-authoring some of them with his wife. Some of his notable works include Non Tutti i Ladri Vengono a Nuocere (The Virtuous Burglar, 1958), Gli arcangeli Non Giocano al Flipper (Archangels Don't Play Pinball, 1959), Mistero Buffo (1969), Morte Accidentale di un Anarchico (Accidental Death of an Anarchist, 1970), Non Si Paga, Non Si Paga! (Can’t Pay? Won’t Pay!, 1974), Clacson, Trombette, e Pernacchi (Trumpets and Raspberries 1981), Quasi Per Caso Una Donna: Elisabetta (Elizabeth: Almost by Chance a Woman, 1984), Il Papa e la Strega (The Pope and the Witch, 1989), L’anomalo Bicefalo (The Two-Headed Anomaly, 2003), and many others.

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HIS IMPORTANT LINKS: website

PHOTOS: w/ Mika on Invasioni Barbariche - w/ Mika in Dario’s office October 2014 - backstage photo by Anna Camerlingo - selfie w/ Mika - Mika & Dario on Francesco Lo Santo Jullare

VIDEO: on Le Invasioni Barbariche

 

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Fogiel, Marc-Olivier - French journalist, TV and radio host, TV and radio producer, and director-general of news channel BFMTV. He is the host of Le Divan, which Mika appeared on in June 2015, and Mika was Marc-Olivier’s guest on the radio show "RTL Soir", aired September 17, 2015. They both attended a private invite dinner at L’Élysée with President of France Emmanuel Macron, François Roelants, Brigitte Macron, Claire Chazal, and others in Paris on May 18, 2018. On May 26, 2018 they attended a ballet at Opera de Paris together and Marc-Olivier posted videos with Mika in them. When asked about the year Marc-Olivier said that Stasera Casa Mika was the best show of 2016. Marc-Olivier attended Mika's Wonderland gig at AccorHotels Arena in May 2016, his short concert after the Rugby Top 14 final at Stade de France on June 2, 2018, his private concert at Cirque D’Hiver on November 21, 2018 (which Marc-Olivier instagrammed a couple photos), and his November 15, 2019 concert in Pau, France (which he instagrammed a video and photo of). He interviewed Mika for the September 26, 2019 issue of Paris Match magazine, with photographs of Mika and his family taken by Marc-Olivier’s husband. 

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BORN: July 5, 1969 in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France

NATIONALITY: French

FULL NAME/ALSO KNOWN AS: -

ADDITIONAL BIO: Marc-Olivier graduated from Panthéon-Assas University in 1988, where he earned an associate degree in economics. He started working for French radio network RTL when he was just 16 years old. He and his partner, François Roelants, have two daughters.

OTHER APPEARANCES WITH MIKA: On May 26, 2018 they attended a ballet at Opera de Paris together and Marc-Olivier posted videos with Mika in them. They also appeared together in some photos taken at L’Élysée in May 2018. They’ve instagrammed about each other several times, like when Mika posted about Marc-Olivier’s new book in September 2018, and when

Marc-Olivier posted about Mika’s new single in May 2019 and Marc-Olivier posted about Mika on Le 20 Heures in September 2019.

QUOTES: ---When asked in December 2016 about the best TV show of 2016 Marc-Olivier answered, "Stasera Casa Mika on Rai 2. Mika proved that television variety shows were not dead; that it is the opposite. With his inventiveness and his talent, he is amazing."

---In the January 14th-20th, 2017 issue of Télé 7 Jours magazine Marc-Olivier spoke of several people who left their mark on him and said Mika is one of them: "Here's somebody who transformed my life. We first became friends, then after he made a trip to Lebanon with the United Nations to meet Syrian people escaping their country, we decided to work on something concrete around refugees. Christine Lagarde (president of the FMI) is involved in this project which may be done out of television."

---On October 3, 2018 Mika tweeted: “I am very proud and happy for my friend @FogielMarcO #MarcOlivierFogiel”. Marc-Olivier replied: ‘Thank you, my friend! You're a rare person! I say it publicly... I don't know many of you like you! Your advice on my manuscript was illuminating!’ 

---In October 23, 2019 Marc-Olivier was asked by L’Opinion about going to a rival network for Mika’s promo on Le 20 Heures when he’s the new director-general of BFMTV; he said: "I replied that this interview with Mika was a parenthesis. He is my best friend, I consider his family to be my own and I also asked for permission before accepting Paris Match's offer. I would have understood if someone had said no to me."

OTHER WORKS: His current and former TV shows include Le Divan, Télés Dimanche, TV+, Un An De +, On Ne Peut Pas Plaire à Tout Le Monde, and T'empêches Tout Le Monde De Dormir. His current and former radio shows include Europe 1 Matin, RTL Soir and On Refait Le Monde.

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HIS IMPORTANT LINKS: twitter | instagram

PHOTOS: posted in September 2015 - on Le Divan - arriving at Wonderland gig w/ his husband - together at L’Elysée

VIDEO: one of Marc-Olivier’s videos of Mika backstage at the ballet thing - Marc-Olivier’s video of Mika’s show at Stade de France

 

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Follia d'Amore - Raphael Gualazzi song (2011) which he and Mika sang together on the second episode of Stasera Casa Mika (2016 season).

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Footman, Erika - SEE: iMMa

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Ford, Tennessee Ernie - American actor and pop, country, and gospel singer most active in the 1950s through the 1970s. In a 2010 radio interview with Jools Holland Mika said Ford's 1955 hit song "Sixteen Tons" was the first song he got obsessed with after hearing it in a Donald Duck cartoon short at about age 5 or 6.

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Fortissimo - Rita Pavone single (1966) with music composed by Bruno Canfora and lyrics by Lina Wertmüller. On the first episode of Stasera Casa Mika (2017 season) Mika sang a bit of the first part while among the audience before Rita took over.

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Foster, Ben - British composer, orchestrator and conductor who was conductor on "Karen (82 Rue des Martyrs)", "Stardust" (album version), and "Make You Happy (Miami Edit)". He’s also worked on records by Nick Cave & Warren Ellis, Gary Barlow, Peter Gabriel, S Club 7, and more.

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Francesco, Paolo de - graphic designer, photographer, art director, co-runner of MoltiMedia.it. He did the design and layout of Songbook Vol 1, did some of the artwork and design of the "Talk About You" single and No Place In Heaven, and did art design on Sinfonia Pop. On his Facebook page in June 2016 he posted photos of Mika’s Wonderland gig including his backstage pass and some of Mika backstage and is credited with photography and front cover art on Mika Love Paris - Live à Bercy. PHOTO

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Franklin & Marshall - liberal arts college located in Pennsylvania, USA. It's also a clothing company based in Verona, Italy. In 1999, after seeing an official Franklin & Marshall college sweatshirt, they began producing items of clothing in a vintage 1950s collegiate-style with the words "Franklin and Marshall" on them. The college investigated and discovered that the clothing company was using its name without permission, but in 2003 the college licensed the name to the company. On September 21, 2012 Mika had a F&M clothing sponsored launch party for The Origin Of Love in Milan where he performed some new songs from the new album. They also posted a video of various people on the street singing along to "Celebrate". Mika wore a F&M jacket and sweater in the "Underwater" video and has worn other clothing by them on other occasions. PHOTO

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Freed, Lance - son of famous radio DJ Alan Freed, and former president of Rondor Music Publishing Group. He signed Mika to an exclusive, worldwide publishing agreement, which was announced on March 28, 2007. At Mika’s 2012 concert at The Vic in Chicago he dedicated "Origin Of Love" to Lance, and he is mentioned in the "thank you" credits of the album The Origin Of Love.

-When it was announced on March 28, 2007 that Rondor and Mika signed an exclusive publishing deal Lance Freed commented that: "Mika writes, produces and performs all of his own music, and is a true artist who values the creative process above all else. We share his enthusiasm and are looking forward to helping him further develop his unique style and songwriting talent as he grows as an artist."

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Freedom! ‘90 - George Michael song (1990) which Mika performed with The 100 Voices Of Gospel choir on W9’s Les 25ans de RTL2 on December 19, 2019.

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LYRICS: lyrics

CREDITS: originally written, produced, and performed by George Michael

LENGTH: 6:30 (original)

ORIGINALLY APPEARED ON: George Michael’s album Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1

PERFORMED BY MIKA: once, on TV accompanied by a gospel choir, on French TV channel W9’s Les 25ans de RTL2 on December 19, 2019.

QUOTES: ---

OTHER INFO: Wham! released a song called "Freedom" in 1984 but it is a completely different song with all different lyrics so George added the "'90" to prevent confusion.

 

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Frero Delavega - French musical duo made up of Jérémy Frérot and Florian Delavega who took part in season 3 of The Voice France. During their audition Mika was the only coach to turn his chair, so by default they were part of Team Mika. On the April 12, 2014 episode Mika performed "Elle Me Dit" with them and his other contestants Marina D’Amico and Élodie Martelet. They made it to the quarter-finals on April 26, 2014 before they got eliminated. They have since went on to achieve success in France with a number one debut album.

-In a radio interview with Karine Ferri on RFM in September 2015 Florien said: "We have had no contact with Mika but I think that is normal in fact, us, it does not surprise us. We also know why we participated in The Voice. Very well that we knew there was a reality and that is the reality it is fine as it is." They also said, "it's professional, we know. There's no problem, we are clear on that."

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Friedman, Joe - guitarist who played guitar on "Popular Song" (featuring Ariana Grande). He’s also played on records by Katy Perry, Kelly Clarkson, Leona Lewis, and others.

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Fruit Of The Loom - American company founded in 1851 that manufactures clothing, particularly underwear. The term is mentioned in "Boum Boum Boum" in the line "pour tomber nos Fruit Of The Loom" which roughly translates to "to drop our Fruit Of The Loom".

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Frutos, Javier de - Venezuelan choreographer, dancer, and director (born 1963) known for his work in the 2007 West End revival of Cabaret. He's credited with "movement direction" for the "We Are Golden" music video and appears in the making-of video helping Mika practice his dance moves. GIF

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FrYars - SEE: Garrett, Benjamin

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Fujikura, Dai - Japanese contemporary classical music composer born in 1977. In 1998 Mika (as Mica Penniman) was the soloist on "Children (1998-1999)" for soprano and orchestra, Fujikura's first place winning number, at the KAZIMIERZ SEROCKI 8th International Composers’ Competition in Warsaw, Poland. It was performed by the Polish Radio Orchestra and broadcast in fifteen European countries. In August 2010 Mika tweeted from Poland about it several times, and Dai replied, "so nice to hear from you, Mika! It was so nice memory working together in Warsaw! Hello to your mom and your brother!". An MFCer tweeted Dai about the performance and he said, "I gave to Mica a cassette tape of the competition, hope he keeps it." Mika probably meant this performance when he said in the program for his February 2015 concerts with L'Orchestre Symphonique De Montréal, "my final symphonic show I did before my voice broke was in Warsaw with two orchestras on the same stage each one tuned at different frequencies of A. That was terrifying!"

-In August 2010 Mika tweeted from Poland: "Just landed in Warsaw. Second time here. Did a contemporary music radio broadcast when I was here last. I think I was around 15 yrs old", "It must have changed a lot since then. It was June and swelteringly hot", "I was staying at the warsawa hotel. got into a terrible argument with a call girl who was working in the room next door", "Nearly got myself thrown out of the hotel" and "But I loved my trip. Esp the music by Dai Fujikura. Walked around every corner of Warsaw".

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The Futuristics - Los Angeles-based American songwriting and music production duo consisting of Alex Schwartz and Joe Khajadourian. Their sound focuses around a hip-hop/pop/R&B sound. The duo formed when the two met while interning at Atlantic Records during the summer of 2005. The pair co-wrote Mika’s "Porcelain" and have worked with many other artists, songwriters, and producers such as 50 Cent, Ne-Yo, Bruno Mars, Lady Gaga, Justin Timberlake, and others.

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Futuroscope - a futuristic theme park (Parc du Futuroscope) with 3D and 4D theaters, rides, games, multimedia attractions and shows, some of which are the only examples in the world. It is located in France about 10 kilometers north of Poitiers. On February 3, 2012 Mika met with Dominique Hummel, CEO of Futuroscope, at the park. It was reported that Mika would conduct the artistic direction of a new night show for the 2013 season based on The Origin Of Love. In about July 2012 they announced Mika’s involvement was canceled due to timetable issues, but Mika gave his ideas to Skertzò, the effects designer.

-Dominique Hummel said, "What we already know is that this upbeat showman will drive the whole soundtrack, that it will be the image and that the show will be inspired by his next album Origin Of Love. We will find his fantastic and popular universe, he has the sense of the show, I saw it in 2008 at the Francofolies, it was very impressive."

PHOTO w/ Dominique

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Fyfe - English singer-songwriter (real name: Paul Dixson) who has released his own music, and written and produced for others. He co-wrote, sang backing vocals, and plays string arp on "Tomorrow". On September 20, 2019 he tweeted "NMF in 13 countries 😁 Super fun to write this with the inimitable @mikasounds".

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Gabardini, Carlo G. - Italian actor, comedian, writer and radio host. He co-wrote Stasera Casa Mika (2017 season).

Gabbani, Francesco - Italian singer and songwriter. He rose to fame after winning the newcomers' section of the Sanremo Music Festival 2016. On the second episode of Stasera Casa Mika (2017 season) he performed his own song "Pachidermi e Pappagalli", he and Mika sang Adriano Celentano's "Svalutation" together, then Mika talked with him. PHOTO

Gaiman, Neil - English author of books such as Stardust, The Sandman, Coraline, and American Gods of whom Mika is a fan. Mika posted a blog on February 10, 2009 about the Coraline movie. In June 2009, Mika tweeted a thanks to Neil for giving him a book. When asked "Who would you invite to your dream dinner party?" Mika replied "Kurt Weill, Tim Burton, Neil Gaiman and Angela Carter." Neil saw the quote and tweeted him a thanks in September 2009. At the NRJ Awards ceremony in 2010 Neil tweeted to Amanda Palmer (his wife): "if you can, say hi to @Mikasounds for me. (And Cherisse [Ofusu-Osei], his drummer, who is lovely.)" He also tweeted Mika a happy birthday wish in 2011.

-On Mika’s February 2009 blog post he wrote: "CORALINE !! INCREDIBLE CORALINE !! On Saturday night I did something I had never done before: I bought movie tickets two days in advance and arrived IN TIME for the movie! I did that good job since I wasn't alone. On Saturday morning, most of the tickets for Coraline's 3D evening performances sold out throughout LA. I honestly blew my head and in my opinion you can't miss it. Coraline was written by Neil Gaiman (below) and animated by Henry Selick, who is famous for directing The Nightmare Before Christmas."

Gainsbourg, Serge - French singer, songwriter, pianist, film composer, poet, painter, screenwriter, writer, actor and director (born Lucien Ginsburg) who released 17 studio albums, numerous singles, and wrote over 550 songs, including three Mika covered at least part of: "L'Anamour", Françoise Hardy's "Comment Te Dire Adieu", and France Gall's "Laisse Tomber Les Filles". On The Voice France season 3 Mika and the other three coaches performed Gainsbourg and Eddy Mitchell’s "Vieille Canaille" (1986). He is mentioned in "J’ai Pas Envie" in the line "T'as voulu du Gainsbourg, Je t'ai mis Booba" which roughly translates to "You wanted Gainsbourg, I put on Booba". Serge also wrote for Jane Birkin, Vanessa Paradis, Petula Clark, and others.

-In a short October 13, 2015 interview on www.ouest-france.fr they asked which song he would sing to someone he wanted to seduce and Mika replied: "But for that, I'd have to be totally drunk, because it's not like me at all (laughs). For me, the most beautiful love song is ‘La Javanaise‘ by Gainsbourg. I always say that it is a ‘love lullaby’, a lullaby to a woman. In Gainsbourg's songs there's a mix of beauty, violence and séduction that provokes in me a lot of emotion."

Galiazzo, Chiara - Italian pop singer, better known by only her first name. In 2012, she won the sixth season of X Factor Italia. During the season 6 final episode she and Mika performed his song "Stardust". In July 2013, Chiara posted a picture on her Facebook account showing her in a recording studio in London with Mika, hinting she was working with him on a collaborative song. It was later revealed to be a duet version of Mika's "Stardust". This was released in November 2013 as a single which became a number one hit in Italy. They performed this new "Stardust" on X Factor Italia 7 in November 2013, and with a couple kids on Italian talent show Ti Lascio Una Canzone (on which she is also a judge) in October 2015. At the Nutella gig on May 18, 2014 she appeared on stage for duets with Mika on "Stardust", "Lollipop" and "Origin Of Love" with some lines in Italian. In September 2015 at his gigs at the Mediolanum Forum in Milan and at the Palalottomatica in Rome she appeared on stage to duet on "Stardust" and "Lollipop", on June 16, 2018 they sang "Stardust" together at Mika’s short set at Radio Italia Live in Milan (at which she was not otherwise performing), and in December 2019 at his gig at the Mediolanum Forum in Milan they sang "Stardust" and "Lollipop" together. The pair was interviewed together on radio in Italy on Radio 105 in November 2013. She duetted with Mika on the fourth episode of Stasera Casa Mika (2016 season) on "Stardust" and "Everybody’s Talkin’", and he interviewed her.

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BORN: August 12, 1986 in Padua, Italy

NATIONALITY: Italian

FULL NAME/ALSO KNOWN AS: Chiara

ADDITIONAL BIO: She studied economics at the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore. In 2011, Galiazzo also auditioned for the fifth season of X Factor Italia, but she was eliminated before she had the chance to perform in front of the judges. In 2012 she re-auditioned and made it through, ending up on Morgan’s team of contestants over the age of 25 and advancing to the final of the competition without ever being in the bottom two. Her first studio album debuted at number 2 on the Italian Albums Chart. She performed at the Sanremo Music Festival in 2013, 2015, and 2017.

MIKA CREDITS: She sang co-vocals on the single version of "Stardust".

ALSO WORKED WITH: Fiorella Mannoia, Giuliano Palma, Rocco Hunt, and Cristina D'Avena. 

QUOTES: ---He spoke of her in a telephone interview with ANSA in April 2013 and said: "I adore her, she has an immense talent. I remember that as soon as I got off the plane I rushed into the studio, I got on the piano and started to sing with her: I immediately thought 'oh my God, she is a real singer'. She's not perfect, but she has a real voice. I would love to work with her again. "

---In a Italian video interview with SkyUno in November 2013 Mika said "I was afraid of recording this song ["Stardust"] simply because when we had played the song together in X Factor on TV we had a good time, and I was afraid the same feeling could not repeat. But we did it, since the record version is quite different. I love this collaboration and I love Chiara's voice."

OTHER RELEASES: Her studio albums are Un Posto Nel Mondo (2013), Un Giorno Di Sole (2014), and Nessun Posto È Casa Mia (2017).

OTHER INFO: -

HER IMPORTANT LINKS: website

PHOTOS: w/ Mika on X Factor 2012 - w/ Mika on Radio 105 in 2013 - selfie w/ Mika Nov 2013 - selfie w/ Mika May 18 2014 - w/ Mika live in Naples May 2014 - together on Stasera Casa Mika Nov 2016 - Radio Italia Live 2018

VIDEO: Mika and Chiara "Stardust" 2013

 

Galizia, Gaia - Italian singer born in Busto Arsizio, Italy in 1992. She was one of Mika’s contestants on X Factor Italia 7 and was eliminated in week 6. PHOTO

Gall, France - French yé-yé singer active from 1963-1997. Mika covered part of France's 1964 song "Laisse Tomber Les Filles" during the French TV show Sacrée Soirée in December 2009. He paid tribute to her on an episode of C'est Votre Vie! dedicated to her. It was filmed and first aired in September 2015, and re-aired after her death in January 2018.

-On C'est Votre Vie! Mika said "Dear France, I'm one of your most loyal fans. How lucky you were to work with Serge Gainsbourg! He wrote several songs for you and I love them all to bits." She commented "He is so handsome!"

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Gambaccini, Paul - American-British radio and television presenter and author in the United Kingdom who has presented the annual Ivor Novello Awards since 1990. He interviewed Mika for his Class Of 2007 list of breakthrough artists of the year, broadcast in December 2007; and chose "Grace Kelly" as one of his "tracks of my years" on a BBC Radio 2 show in October 2013. He and Mika appeared in 2008 photo together at the Ivors, at Mika’s launch party for The Boy Who Knew Too Much, and he was at Mika's Sadler's Wells concert in June 2009. PHOTO at the launch party - PHOTO at the Ivors

Gang Bang - the title of the song (5:26) that Mika and Priscilla Renea’s demo "Bang Bang" became when Madonna recorded it for her March 2012 album MDNA. It was written by Madonna, William Orbit, Priscilla Renea, Keith Harris, Jean-Baptiste, Mika, Don Juan Demacio Casanova, and Stephen Kozmeniuk; and was produced by Madonna, William Orbit, and The Demolition Crew. Madonna’s version uses some of the same lyrics, is more theatrical, dramatic, violent, and electronic than the demo, and features her mostly speaking gently over the track instead of singing.

Garou - Quebecois singer (real name: Pierre Garand). He was one of the other coaches on The Voice France season 3 and season 5. He co-owns a restaurant in Montréal called L'Auberge Saint-Gabriel. Mika ate there at least once; footage of him there was shown in a February 2015 50 Minutes Inside TV segment about his time in Montréal. Garou appeared with his singing trio, Forever Gentlemen, during Mika’s September 13, 2015 episode of Vivement Dimanche. During En Direct De L'Univers in January 2020 Garou sang Serge Lama’s "Je Suis Malade" via video for Mika because Mika chose it as a song that makes him laugh because too many contestants assassinated it during The Voice France

-In Journal de France magazine, published March 2016, Mika said: "It is really intelligent of him to take a free year. He came back [to The Voice] with an awesome energy: fun, sincere, and mostly warm. I think that he became even softer than he was before and I can tell you that talents are sensible to it." --- During Mika’s September 13, 2015 episode of Vivement Dimanche Garou said: "I first met Mika during Les Enfoirés, the first time I will always remember, we were hurrying to the dressing rooms to change clothes and we ended up face to face, he said: ‘I'm such a big fan of yours’ and I said: ‘I'm such a big fan of yours’, l, we both sounded like such idiots and err we ended up getting to know each other fast, because it always goes fast in Les Enfoirés after that we ended up on that TV show, errr, and spending a year together and spending weeks together, he's such an adorable guy!"

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Garrett, Ben - English singer, songwriter, producer and art pop and electro-pop musician from London, also known as frYars. On the album The Origin Of Love he co-wrote, co-produced, programmed, and/or sang backing vocals on "Lola", "Make You Happy (Miami Edit)", "Make You Happy (LA Edit)", "Celebrate", "Kids", and "Love You When I’m Drunk". Mika has mentioned him in many 2012 interviews and tweeted a photo of him. 

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BORN: ?, 1989 in London, England

NATIONALITY: English

FULL NAME/ALSO KNOWN AS: frYars, Benjamin Garrett, Benny

ADDITIONAL BIO: Ben started off as drummer in a school band. By the age of 14 he had begun to create his own songs in his bedroom in a DIY studio, complete with intricate recording techniques.

MIKA CREDITS: On the album The Origin Of Love he co-produced, co-programmed, and co-wrote "Lola" and "Make You Happy (Miami Edit)"; sang backing vocals, co-produced, programmed, and co-wrote "Make You Happy (LA Edit)" and "Celebrate"; programmed additional strings on "Kids" and "Love You When I’m Drunk". On Mika’s repertoire.sacem.fr/ listing it says Ben co-wrote the song “Shadows” with Mika, but nothing more is known about this song. 

ALSO WORKED WITH: As a songwriter and producer for other artists, he has contributed to albums including Lily Allen's Sheezus (2014), Rae Morris's Unguarded, and Marina and the Diamonds' Froot (both 2015).

QUOTES: ---When asked "You’ve been compared to Mika. How do you feel about that?" on diymag.com in October 2007 Ben said "I would like to have a similar moneypot. And his hair is a bit like mine. I don’t hate him as much as I should. I don’t like it, but at least it’s a bit musical, unlike The View (for example). He’s got the Pop Knack. Where was this?"

---Mika tweeted in September 2009, "@fryars hey mate, come down for drinks tonight at the ground floor bar in notting hill. would be cool to have you there M"

---In Mika’s Interview at NRJ Radio on June 15, 2012 he said, "Here's a strange story about this song ["Celebrate"] as it's a collaboration between me and Pharrell Williams and also a young artist that I found on the Internet who's not famous at all. His name is Ben Garrett, his artist name is FrYars, I heard his music on the internet, we contacted him by email, I went to his parents' house, he was 22." [...] "And I went to his bedroom, I sat on his bed, because he had a studio in his bedroom; and his mother gave us tea and biscuits, we sat and I listened to music, and my ears started to burn, and I told myself 'this guy is 22, he's in his bedroom, he's making discs that we'll hear for years!' So I said, come with me, he said ok, and the following week we were in Miami with Pharrell Williams".

OTHER RELEASES: His full-length albums as FrYars are Dark Young Hearts (2009) and Power (2014) and his EPs are The Ides (2007), The Perfidy (2008), In My Arms and Radio PWR (both 2013)

OTHER INFO: In the The Origin Of Love album liner notes Mika thanks him, calling him "Benny Garrett".

HIS IMPORTANT LINKS: twitter | facebook | website

PHOTOS: in the studio Feb 2012, posted by Mika - FrYars alone - To my knowledge, he and Mika have not appeared in any photos together. 

 

Garrison, John - English musician, singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, producer, session bass player in the studio and on the road, co-founder of the British alternative rock band Budapest. He played bass on "Live Your Life", and has also done work on records by James Blunt, Leona Lewis, Christina Aguilera, the Help For Haiti "Everybody Hurts" single, and many others.

Garrucciu, Mario Gavino - Italian singer, songwriter, Mika's final contestant on X Factor Italia 8. He came in fourth place. In December 2014 Mika tweeted a photo of them together at X Factor Italia (with Edoardo Bennato). PHOTO

Gary Go - English singer-songwriter, record producer, composer and multimedia artist who opened for Mika in North America in October 2009. He’s written and produced songs released by artists including Rihanna, Robbie Williams, Kylie Minogue, Simply Red, Juliette Lewis, and more.

Gatfield, Nick - A&R man formerly with EMI, Island Records, and Sony who signed Mika to Island UK. He spoke of Mika in a 2007 interview with Hitquarters. He was a member of the legendary '80s band Dexy's Midnight Runners and has also signed, broke or worked with several of Island Records' artists, like U2, Amy Winehouse, and Keane.

-In an October 2007 interview with HitQuarters Nick responded to the question "How did you first learn about Mika?" with: "Mika was a gift. He was initially signed by Tommy Mottola to Casablanca US. Mika was based in the UK. And it probably made sense that the UK company that we have would have participated in the deal because that’s where he was going to break out of. It actually came in via Lucian Grainge. He introduced me to Mika. We decided that he was a great fit for Island."

Gaughan, Noel - driving tutor who taught Mika how to drive (in about 2010) at his driving school Intensive Courses Driving School in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire. His other famous clients include Adele, One Direction's Niall Horan, Edward Dwane of Mumford And Sons, actor James McAvoy, and many more. 

-On the celebrities Driving Testimonials of the Intensive Courses website, Mika says: "Fantastic instructor, lovely nutter, couldn't have done it without Noel. Thank you." --- In an article in www.dailymail.co.uk, published in October 2013, Noel said: "Mika was hilarious, and he eats like a horse for someone so small. He always had a sandwich".

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Gaultier, Jean-Paul - French haute couture and prêt-á-porter fashion designer who worked for a number of other French design houses until 1976 when he launched his first collection under his own name. In the Live In Cartoon Motion DVD documentary Mika mentioned Jean-Paul was at Mika’s 2007 Paris concert, drinking, dancing and hanging out backstage. On August 26, 2014 Mika tweeted "Went to the amazing Jean Paul Gaultier exhibit @ the Barbican on packing up day with friend and curator Thiery Loriot", then "One of my favourite things from the exhibit JPG's teddy bear…" with a photo of it. On March 30, 2015 he attended the Jean Paul Gaultier exhibition at the Grand Palais in Paris, along with Thierry-Maxime Loriot and Christian Louboutin. Mika and Louboutin attended the Jean-Paul Gaultier Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2020 show (Jean-Paul’s farewell show) as part of Paris Fashion Week on January 22, 2020. Mika instagrammed a selfie with Jean-Paul and Christian LaCroix and several instagram stories. PHOTO 2014 - PHOTO 2020

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Gave It All Away - song written by Mika and Greg Wells; produced by Greg Wells. His original demo version featuring his vocals never appeared on any release except on the Life In Cartoon Motion demo promo edition that was issued to media journalists and critics. It was recorded by Boyzone, and was originally intended as the group's comeback single in September 2008, but Mika decided against its release at least partly due to royalty problems (see OTHER INFO in the spoiler below). After the death of Boyzone member Stephen Gately, Mika allowed them to release it as the lead single of their album Brother on March 1, 2010. To date, their version has sold over 150,000 copies worldwide.

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OFFICIAL VIDEO: Boyzone’s video

LYRICS: lyrics

CREDITS: The Boyzone version was written by Mika (and Greg Wells?), produced and mixed by Greg Wells, and bass, drums, guitar, and piano were played by Greg Wells.

LENGTH: demo: 4:22 - Boyzone version: 4:30

PLAYED LIVE: Mika has never performed it live.

PERFORMED ON TV: Mika sang the song with Boyzone on Boyzone: A Tribute To Stephen Gately on March 21, 2010.

MIKA'S OTHER NOTABLE VERSIONS: -

USED IN: -

REMIXES: N/A

COVERED BY: -

QUOTES: ---In a November 16, 2009 with The Sun Ronan said, "About two years ago we were given this song which was written by Mika. We loved it so we recorded it for our greatest hits. At the last minute Mika pulled the song and took it back. But Stephen had loved it so much we asked whether we could get permission to use it. We were in Los Angeles at the time - and then the weirdest thing happened. The hotel lift doors opened and there was Mika! I'm thinking, 'This is really messed up. It must be fate'. Mika said, 'I know what you are going to say - the song is yours'."

---In a Sky News Online article on January 18, 2010 Keith Duffy said "Stephen was always singing and this was one of his favourite songs. After he died we went to LA and bumped into Mika. Ronan had coffee with him and the next day we had a call to say that the song was ours. It was like Stephen was smiling down on us."

---In the February 21, 2010 issue of The Sunday World Mika said "Stephen really liked it because he understood why I wrote it. Then when Ronan sings the song it turns into this lovable, straight man's lullaby to his ex-girlfriend or something." In the same issue he also said, "Before Stephen died, I didn't want Boyzone to release the song for reasons that are too complicated to explain. Afterwards, there were things that I had to go in and fix to make it OK for them to release it. I was in the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in LA on the phone trying to get the song approved. Then, I'm going through the lobby and this guy in sunglasses with grocery bags walks into the elevator. He says: 'Mika, how 'ya doin'. I'm Ronan.' I was completely freaked out. He had run away from Ireland because things had been too stressful. He was staying in 401 and I was staying in 410 ...on the same floor in the same hotel. I figured it was a sign, so I turbo-charged the approval and by the next morning it was all sorted."

OTHER INFO: According to some sources, including the Universal Music Publishing Group listing for this song, Maria Luisa McKee, Jay Rifkin, and Eric Rackin share writing credits with Mika, likely because "Gave It All Way" sounds like the other three's song "Show Me Heaven" from the Days Of Thunder movie soundtrack.

ARTWORK: N/A

 

Gayet, Julie - French film actress, film producer, and intimate companion of former French president Francois Hollande. She and Mika attended the special screening of extracts from Le Prophète at the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes on May 17, 2014 and were photographed together on the red carpet. PHOTO

Gelato Al Limon - Paolo Conte song (1979) from his album of the same name. Mika sang some of it in his Italian video diary 2009 episode 1.

Geldof, Peaches - English journalist, TV presenter, and model (born March 13, 1989 - died of opioid overdose April 6 or 7, 2014). She was at Mika's Moscow Motion Party show in April 21, 2007 and at his Somerset House show in July 2007. In September 2009 they were seen partying together after Bistrotheque’s Annual Drag Ball. PHOTO post-ball

Gertrude - in an interview on the Dutch TV show Life4You in January 2010 Mika said this is the name of his dog. He did not have a real dog at that time. Neither of his current dogs is actually named this.

Get Down - Groove Armada song (2007) that Saranayde sang some of before Mika's cover of "Missionary Man" during the Dodgy Holiday Tour in 2008.

Gheghi, Francesco - Italian actor born in Marino in approximately 2002. He plays the 1960s boy Gigi Cardone in the fiction The Boy Who Comes From the Future on all episodes of Stasera Casa Mika (2017 season). He’s also starred in the film Io Sono Tempesta. PHOTO

Ghenea, Serben - Romanian-born record mixer who has worked on several Grammy and Latin Grammy Award-winning albums since he became active in the industry in the mid-1990s. On The Origin Of Love he mixed "Underwater", "Overrated", "Love You When I'm Drunk", "Celebrate", and "Make You Happy" (LA Edit). He’s done mixing for hundreds of other artists, such as Michael Jackson, Beyoncé, Justin Timberlake, Björk, Shakira, Dave Matthews Band, The All-American Rejects, and OneRepublic.

Ghinazzi, Enzo - Italian singer, songwriter and television presenter (stage name Pupo) credited with co-writing "Talk About You" because the melody references "Sarà Perché Ti Amo", a 1981 song he co-wrote for Italian disco group Ricchi e Poveri. He and Mika performed a mashup of "Talk About You" and "Sarà Perché Ti Amo" on the fourth episode of Stasera Casa Mika (2016 season). PHOTO

Giallini, Marco - Italian actor who has appeared in more than twenty films. Mika interviewed him on the first episode of Stasera Casa Mika (2016 season). PHOTO

Gibson, Dave - Grammy-winning Scottish singer and writer who co-wrote "Ready To Call This Love". He’s written for others such as Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, Liam Payne, Marco Mengoni, James Arthur, Pixie Lott, Kodaline, Tony Braxton, and many others.

-On October 5, 2019 Dave instagrammed a photo of Mika’s Times Square billboard in NYC, saying "Co-wrote ‘Ready To Call This Love’ ft Jack Savoretti on this gloriously colourful, passionate and honest record. Big love to @mikasounds and davidsneddonmusic".

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Giffoni International Film Festival - children's film festival, started in 1971, which takes place in the small town of Giffoni Valle Piana in Campania, Italy. It’s one of the most well known children’s film festivals in the world and is attended by some Hollywood celebrities and by thousands of youths from around the world. Mika won the award for GFF Best Talent Award (given to people working outside cinema, such as writers and musicians), attended the festival on July 22, 2016, and did a Q&A with jurors. Mika attended the 2017 film festival on July 15, 2017 and did another Q&A with jurors. PHOTO 2016 - PHOTO 2017

Gigi e Ross - Italian comedy duo, AKA Luigi Esposito and Rosario Morra. They parodied Mika a couple of times in 2014 on their show Made in Sud, then in July 2015 they met Mika in real life on the show Gli Italiani Hanno Sempre Ragione (on which Mika also performed). PHOTO

Gigli, Gabriele - Italian recording and mixing sound engineer, remixer, producer. He engineered Mika's "Good Wife" and has also worked on releases by Eros Ramazzotti, Morgan, Laura Pausini, Hooverphonic, Nek, Mina, and others.

Gil, Gilberto - Brazilian singer, guitarist, and songwriter, active since 1962, whose musical style incorporates influences including rock, samba, reggae, and African music. From 2003 to 2008, he served as Brazil's Minister of Culture. On the fourth episode of Stasera Casa Mika (2017 season) he performed "Toda Menina Baiana", then he and Mika talked and sang "No Woman, No Cry" originally by Bob Marley & The Wailers. PHOTO

Giordanetti, Carlo - Italian creative director of Swatch since 2012. He appeared in photos with Mika at the Swatch Faces event in 2013, at the Swatch store opening in Milan in 2014, and Mika mentioned him in the video Mika did about Mumu-Cucurrucucu. PHOTO

Giorgia - Italian pop/neo-soul singer, songwriter, musician, record producer and radio host (real name: Giorgia Todrani) who has sold over 7 million albums worldwide. She and Mika performed the Carole King song "You’ve Got A Friend" on the third episode of Stasera Casa Mika (2016 season), then he interviewed her and she performed her song "Oro Nero". On the third episode of Stasera Casa Mika (2017 season) she and Mika performed the Queen song "I Want To Break Free", she performed her song "Scelgo Ancora Te", and he talked with her after each song. PHOTO 2016

Girac, Kendji - French singer and acoustic guitarist who performs Spanish/French music, acoustic, and gypsy pop. He auditioned for The Voice France, in the episode aired January 11, 2014. Mika was the only coach to turn his chair, so Kendji was on Team Mika by default. On the April 5, 2014 episode Mika performed Depeche Mode‘s "Just Can’t Get Enough" with his contestants Kendji, Spleen, and Caroline Savoie. In May 2014 he ended up winning the entire competition with 51% of the public vote. Kendji and Mika sang a cover of Barbara's "L'aigle Noir" together on that final episode. He has since gone on to achieve much commercial success with his music in France. On the show La Chanson de L'Année in June 2014 the pair duetted for a cover of -M- and Vanessa Paradis's song "La Seine". Mika appeared in Kendji’s TF1 50'INSIDE L'Actu special aired in June 2016. On the third episode of Stasera Casa Mika (2016 season) Kendji performed his song "Les Yeux De La Mama" and Mika interviewed him.

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BORN: July 3, 1996 in Bergerac, France

NATIONALITY: French, of Spanish Romani descent

FULL NAME/ALSO KNOWN AS: Kendji Maillé

ADDITIONAL BIO: Kendji left school at 16 to follow the family business as an arborist. His first language is Catalan. His audition song was "Bella" by Maître Gims, a song he first became known for after he posted a video of himself singing a gypsy version of it. He’s gone on to win NRJ Music Awards for Francophone Breakthrough of the Year and Francophone Song of the Year. His debut album was France's second highest selling album of 2014 and he is the biggest selling The Voice alumnus worldwide. 

MIKA CREDITS: -

ALSO WORKED WITH: French rapper Soprano and Marine Basset. In 2015 he appeared on the French version of Ariana Grande's "One Last Time", renamed "One Last Time (Attends-moi)" which was released in France and Belgium. 

QUOTES: ---In a March 4, 2015 interview for Europe 1 Mika said this about turning his chair for Kendji: "Yes, but for me it was obvious. Simply because, well, I heard, I heard a new energy, I could hear that that voice was also quite young. There was a charm, it was cheerful and from time to time one only looks for a good mood. And he had that, he had a good energy that could be heard. Later when I saw him I was like ‘Look there, he's got everything, it's a package, he has that smile, also, he had an innocence’... And I think it's good to see someone who doesn't really realize how .. how talented he is and it's so charming".

---Mika posted an instagram, captioned in French, of himself, Florent Pagny, and Kendji backstage at Kendji’s concert at the Palais Des Sports in Paris, France on April 23, 2016: "yesterday kendji and Florent backstage after the concert. Kendji has not changed 1mg. I love it. See you tonight 8:55 p.m." 

---In a May 17, 2016 French interview on Melty Mika was asked about doing a duet with Kendji; he replied: “I already did a duet with him for the final of The Voice, and basta! One day perhaps, but I do not try something like that. But I went to his concert, and I love what he is doing, because it is full of charm. He has a lot of road to do, he will evolve, but the most important thing is that it retains its charm! And that's amazing. He has a very strong and unique personality, and so I think it is only at the beginning of his adventure. Especially it is very good company!”

OTHER RELEASES: His first official single was the bilingual French/Spanish "Color Gitano", released in June 2014 from his self-titled EP. Released in September 2014, his album Kendji sold 600,000 copies by January 2015, certifying Diamond and becoming France's second highest selling album of 2014. Kendji first performed his fourth single "Conmigo" on his tour, and it was officially released as a digital single on March 16, 2015 on iTunes. His second album Ensemble came out October 2015.

OTHER INFO: In December 2014, he won two NRJ Music Awards for Francophone Breakthrough of the Year and "Color Gitano" won Francophone Song of the Year.

HIS IMPORTANT LINKS: twitter | website

PHOTOS: w/ Mika on The Voice 2013 - w/ Mika on The Voice finale - interviewed together on TF1 - w/ Mika and Florent on April 23, 2016 - together on Stasera Casa Mika 2016

VIDEO: La Chanson de L'Année duet of "La Seine"

 

Gjon’s Tears - Swiss-Albanian singer (real name: Gjon Muharremaj, born June 29, 1998) who was one of Mika’s contestants on season 8 of The Voice France. He made it to the 17th episode on June 1, 2019 before he was eliminated. On that episode he and Whitney Marin sang Mika’s "Relax (Take It Easy) with Mika. Gjon, Whitney, Albi, and London Loko sang “Elle Me Dit” in an exclusive video posted on the TF1 site on May 16, 2019. PHOTO

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Golan, Ross - multi-platinum selling songwriter from the north suburbs of Chicago who co-wrote "Talk About You". He has worked with many other artists including Maroon 5, Nicki Minaj, Justin Bieber, Meghan Trainor, 5 Seconds of Summer, Snoop Dogg, Ariana Grande, and James Blunt.

Gomes, Micael - Portuguese fado musician who played guitarra portuguesa on "Over My Shoulder" during Mika’s concert in Lisbon at the Rock In Rio festival on May 20, 2016. PHOTO Micael on the left

Gomm, Luke - songwriter, producer & engineer who was one of the engineers on "It’s My House".

Gondry, Michel - French film director, screenwriter, and producer whose films include Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, The Science of Sleep, and Be Kind Rewind. He directed music videos for artists such as Björk, Radiohead, and Beck, and also created numerous television commercials, including the Levi's ad "Mermaids" (featuring Smoke City's song "Underwater Love") that inspired the music video for Mika's "Underwater".

Goodbye Stranger - Supertramp song (1979) which Mika sang as a duet with Casanova on the finale of The Voice France season 7.

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LYRICS: lyrics 

CREDITS: originally written by Rick Davies and Roger Hodgson

LENGTH: 5:50 (original)

ORIGINALLY APPEARED ON: their album Breakfast in America

PERFORMED BY MIKA: once, as a duet on TV, on The Voice France season 7, May 12, 2018 

QUOTES: -

OTHER INFO: -

 

Good Gone Girl - song which appears on the album The Boy Who Knew Too Much as the 7th track. Written by Mika and Jodi Marr. Though it was not a single it was played on radio at least a few times, and it charted within the Romanian Top 100 on airplay only.

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OFFICIAL VIDEO: N/A

LYRICS: lyrics

CREDITS: Written by Jodi Marr and Mika

Vocals, Backing Vocals, Keyboards - Mika

Backing Vocals - Andy Dermanis, Paloma Penniman

Drums, Bass, Guitar, Percussion - Greg Wells

Recorded by Luke Tozour

Produced by Greg Wells, and Mika

Mixed by Greg Wells

LENGTH: 3:02

PLAYED LIVE: The first time was at the Roxy surprise show in Los Angeles in April 2009. During his 2010 Imaginarium Tour Ida Falk-Winland sometimes sang Der Hölle Rache Kocht In Meinem Herzen (one of The Queen Of The Night's arias from Mozart’s The Magic Flute) before this song. He hasn’t played the song live much (or at all?) since his 2010 tour.

PERFORMED ON TV: -

MIKA'S OTHER NOTABLE VERSIONS: -

USED IN: -

REMIXES: N/A

COVERED BY: -

QUOTES: ---In 2009 Mika was asked by BBC radio presenter Fearne Cotton if this song was about Lady Gaga, he refused to say who it was about, just that "it's not about Gaga though, that's for sure."

OTHER INFO: -

ARTWORK: N/A

 

Good Guys - song which appears on the album No Place In Heaven as the 4th track on the standard, standard deluxe, and limited edition signed deluxe editions, as the 2nd track on the French, French deluxe, and French reissue, and as the 3rd track on the Italian and Korean deluxe and Italian reissue editions, and the vinyl (side 1). It was released as a single in Italy in May 2015 and as an early download for those who preordered the album. The ‘Night Time Mix’ of the song appears as a bonus track on some deluxe and reissue editions of the album. Written by Mika and Skyler Stonestreet; produced by Mika and Tim Van Der Kuil. The music video was directed by fashion photographer KT Auleta. An official live version appears on Mika’s Mika Love Paris - Live à Bercy video release, an orchestral version appears on the Mika Et L'Orchestre Symphonique De Montréal disc sold as a stand-alone and as disc two of the No Place In Heaven reissue, and on Mika’s Sinfonia Pop video/CD release. The song’s lyrics thank gay (or at least bisexual) icons, specifically the writers/poets Arthur Rimbaud, Jean Cocteau, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Wilfred Owen, W.H Auden, and Walt Whitman; the singers David Bowie, and Rufus Wainwright; the composer Cole Porter; the artist Andy Warhol; the biologist/professor Alfred Kinsey; and the actor James Dean. A medley with "Happy Ending" was released in Italy as a single for charity in December 2014, and also as the 8th track on 2nd disc of the No Place In Heaven Korean magazine edition. He sang this medley live on the December 2014 season finale of X Factor Italia 8. 

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OFFICIAL VIDEO: directed by KT Auleta, filmed in London. In the video Mika's ten dancers carry him, make him dance, form seats, dress him, and more. The scenery is an empty room and props are minimal. In the BBC 2 radio interview with Jo Whiley in May 2015 Mika explained, "Well, the idea was that it will be the simplest video I've ever made, which, of course, turn into the most complicated thing I've ever done in my life. It's me and about 12 dancers and we're in a big old warehouse east London and we illustrating the song and I'm like a marionette in their hands and they change me, they dress me, they undress me, they turn me into different people: a prisoner, a king and they literally make me fly as an astronaut and, and throw me around." In a short video about the video in Italian he said, "Hello I'm Mika and finally this is my new video for ‘Good Guys’. Hope you'll like it. It's a concept that I created with the director, called KT Auleta, a New Yorker half Italian and it's something very pure. I wanted to do something poetic and also with a simplicity and also to illustrate all these emotions that are in the song without colors, without production simply me in an empty space and with these 10 dancers." SCREENSHOTS - VIDEO GIF

LYRICS: lyrics

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ORIGINAL MIX (appears on all editions of No Place In Heaven)

CREDITS: Written by Mika and Skyler Stonestreet

Vocals - Mika

Background Vocals - Skyler Stonestreet, and Max Taylor

Bass - Max Taylor

Piano - Curtis Stansfield

Drums, Percussion - Lewis Wright

Guitar - Tim Van Der Kuil

Violins - Olivier Thouin, Marianne Dugal, Yukari Cousineau, Marie Lacasse, Geneviève Beaudry, Annie Guénette, Christian Prévost, Madeleine Messier, Solange Bouchard, Caroline Chéhadé, and Nancy Ricard

Violas - Brian Bacon, Elvira Misbakhova, Bojana Milinov, and Suzanne Careau

Violoncellos - Sylvain Murray, Sheila Hannigan, and Marieve Bock

Double Bass - Marc Dennis, and Richard Capolla

Additional Violin 1 - Tim Pigott

Additional Violin 2 - Emma Smith

Additional Viola - Rachel Robson

Additional Cello - Ian Burdge

Strings Arrangement Conductor - Simon Leclerc

Strings Contractor - François Pilon

String Arrangement Assistant - Patrice Pruneau

String Arrangement Engineer - Charles Emile Beaudin

Mastered by Emily Lazar

Mixed by Jeremy Wheatley

Engineered by Sam Wheat, and Ian MacGregor

Additional Engineering by Jesse String

Produced by Mika, and Tim Van Der Kuil

Additional String Arrangement by Lucio Fabbri

Additional Strings Recorded by Sam Wheat

LENGTH: 3:23

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NIGHT TIME MIX (appears on some deluxe and reissue editions of No Place In Heaven as a bonus track)

CREDITS: Written by Mika and Skyler Stonestreet

Piano, Vocals - Mika

Backing Vocals - Skyler Stonestreet

Bass, Drums, Percussion, Programming - Max Taylor

Guitar - Greg Wells

Engineered by Ian MacGregor, and Jesse String

Mixed by Greg Wells

Mastered by Emily Lazar

Produced by Greg Wells, and Mika

LENGTH: 3:38

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PLAYED LIVE: The first time it was played in full was with the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal on February 10, 2015. He’s sung it at many of his concerts since until it was cut from the set list in 2019.

PERFORMED ON TV: partly played as a medley with "Happy Ending" on X Factor Italy 8 season finale in December 2014; in full on The Voice France finale April 25, 2015; on Che Tempo Che Fa in Italy in June 2015; on the third episode of Stasera Casa Mika November 29, 2016; on the 67th Sanremo Song Festival on February 9, 2017 in Sanremo, Italy as a medley with "Boum Boum Boum" and "Grace Kelly".

MIKA'S OTHER NOTABLE VERSIONS: symphony versions live with the OSM in February 2015 & with Affinis Consort in Como, Italy in October 2015.

USED IN: -

REMIXES: n/a

COVERED BY: -

AWARDS & NOMINATIONS: The song won a 2015 Gay Music Chart Award for Best British Music Video.

QUOTES: ---In June/July 2015 Winq magazine Mika explained each song and said this song is "designed to jolt. We adapt the intro to say gay, an homage to those who inspired me when I was marginalised as an adolescent." 

---In a June 10, 2015 Italian interview with Sky Uno Mika said, "They are my heroes, from Andy Warhol to David Bowie. They are people who have changed the direction of the wind and that were able to maintain an aura of mystery that makes them even more fascinating. And then there's James Dean. Because he's James Dean."

---On the track-by-track of NPIH at Deejay video in June 2015 Mika explained: "'Good Guys' is an important song for this album, because it talks about all my heroes when I was 15, 14 years old. It was one of the first songs I wrote for the album, it's kind of a question I asked myself: where are all these heroes, where are these geniuses, all these people who inspired you so much when you were younger? Where are they now? Do you have the guts, Mika, to be like them? Do you have the guts to put the same energy in your work nowadays? This was the question I asked myself at the beginning and that put me in the right direction, with a good intention at the beginning of this album." 

---In NEXT magazine June 12, 2015 Mika said: "I think of the heroes that l had when I was younger-the song really poses a question to myself: 'Why can't you be like those people? Why can't you write and live in a way where you aren't thinking about consequences, nor are you doing anything for attention.' The link between who I am as a writer and who I am as a public person - get rid of that gap. And that takes a lot more guts than you think. And when you think about who inspires you to do that - someone like Rufus Wainwright, when l was 14, 15 years old, was pivotal. Just the lyrics that he wrote. He was an anti-Morrissey. Morrissey was deflection, was posing and attitude. Rufus was general and straight for the throat. All of the things that I was thinking as a boy he would confront as a man with this amazing musicality. But I think that media-wise it's a lot harder to shed mainstream media attention on some of the good guys."

OTHER INFO: The lyric "if we are all in the gutter it doesn't change who we are, 'cause some of us in the gutter are looking up at the stars" is based on the line "we are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars", from the 1892 Oscar Wilde play Lady Windermere’s Fan. -- Mika said the song makes reference to Paula Cole's 1997 hit song "Where Have All The Cowboys Gone". At Jools Holland’s Annual Hootenanny in 2007 (at which Mika also performed) Lulu and the Jools Holland Rhythm & Blues Orchestra performed a song called "Where Have All The Good Guys Gone", but Mika hasn’t said if this was an influence on his song.

ARTWORK: no artwork for this single?

 

Good Morning America (GMA) - American morning television news show that’s broadcast on the ABC network. It's filmed live daily in New York City. Mika performed live on the show two times in 2007: in March, and again in August when the performance to be held outside in Bryant Park was moved into the studio due to rain. He did a show for the rained-out crowd of fans later that day at the Highline Ballroom. He also performed live on GMA on September 25, 2009 and on July 3, 2015. PHOTO March 2007 - PHOTO July 2015

Good Wife - song which appears on the album No Place In Heaven as the 9th track on the standard, standard deluxe, Italian reissue, Italian and Korean and limited edition signed deluxe editions, as the 11th track on the French, French deluxe, and French reissue editions, and as the 3rd track on the vinyl (side 2). An official live version appears as a bonus on Mika’s Mika Love Paris - Live à Bercy video release. Written by Mika, James Bauer-Mein and David Sneddon; produced by The Nexus and Mika. On the second episode of Stasera Casa Mika (2016 season) Luca Zingaretti was being interviewed by Mika and he surprised Mika by reading the lyrics of "Good Wife" in Italian.

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OFFICIAL VIDEO: N/A

LYRICS: lyrics

CREDITS: Written by Mika, James Bauer-Mein, and David Sneddon

Vocals - Mika

Background Vocals - Mika, David Sneddon, Max Taylor, Tim Van Der Kuil, and Curtis Stansfield

Bass - Max Taylor

Programming - James Bauer-Mein

Guitar - Tim Van Der Kuil

Piano - Curtis Stansfield

Mastered by Emily Lazar

Mixed by Greg Wells

Engineered by Beatriz Artola and Gabriele Gigli

Additional Engineering by Jesse String

Produced by The Nexus (James Bauer-Mein and David Sneddon)

Additional Production by Greg Wells

LENGTH: 3:18

PLAYED LIVE: The first time was at Webster Hall in New York City on May 4, 2015. It first appeared on the setlist for the May 3rd gig in Brooklyn, NYC but he didn't play it.

PERFORMED ON TV: -

MIKA'S OTHER NOTABLE VERSIONS: -

USED IN: -

REMIXES: N/A

COVERED BY: -

QUOTES: ---In June/July 2015 Winq magazine Mika explained each song and said this song is "pretty sad, but pretty damn funny."

---On the track-by-track of NPIH at Deejay video in June 2015 Mika said: "'Good Wife', I have a habit of writing songs about my friends and then I have to ask for forgiveness, but I learned very quickly that when we write it is much easier not to ask permission but only ask for forgiveness. I have done that with 'Billy Brown' and now with 'Good Wife', it's about a friend of mine, it's a pretty funny situation, it is something that has happened after he lost his fiancée. It's funny, it's very complicated to explain everything in this little introduction now, but there are the words on the internet."

OTHER INFO: The lyrics mention Acapulco, a city, municipality and major seaport in Mexico.

ARTWORK: N/A

 

Gormsen, Dyre - Danish recording and mix engineer who engineered "All She Wants" and "Staring At The Sun". He has also worked with Brett Anderson, Jamie Cullum, Westlife, and others.

Gossip - American three-piece indie rock band formed in 1999, fronted by Beth Ditto. Mika covered their song "Standing In The Way Of Control", which originally appeared on their album of the same name.

Goupil, Jean Baptiste - French reporter from Alençon, France. He was the behind-the-scenes interviewer on the suite episodes of The Voice France for seasons 4, 5, 6, and 7. He can be seen in many clips from the show talking to Mika. On May 27, 2016 he attended Mika’s Wonderland gig in Paris, tweeting a picture of himself with a Mika flag, then a video of them with "the concert @ mikasounds (in his image: generous, colorful, magical and a little crazy) made me want to do as Bercy". Goupil has also interviewed people on other TV shows in France. PHOTO

Goya, Chantal - French singer and actress, mostly known as a singer for children. Mika was a fan of hers when he was a child. On NRJ radio in France in early September 2009 she tried to sing some of "Relax (Take It Easy)". In an interview on NRJ in mid-September 2009 he said, "When I was little I was obsessed with Chantal Goya [...] I saw her show 4 times [...] I would love to meet her." Then a few days later when he was on the French TV show Le Grand Journal she asked him a question via video and he received her autobiography. She said in a February 2011 interview with Ciné-Télé-Revue, "Moreover, the singer Mika came several times to see me play. He loves. He even came to France in a show to sing me ‘Bécassine’. Me, I went to London to sing 'Relax', one of his hits. I found it very funny." During Mika’s April 2015 interview on Le Divan he and the host discussed her a little and he showed Mika a video of her. During the opening number of En Direct De L'Univers in January 2020 parts of Mika's favorite songs were sung for him by different singers, including her song “Bécassine C'est Ma Cousine”, sang by a children’s choir, because Mika chose it as a childhood song from the first show he ever attended. PHOTO - GIF Mika’s reaction on Le Divan

Grace Kelly - single released in January 2007, which appears on the album Life In Cartoon Motion and on the vinyl (side 1) as the 1st track and Songbook Vol 1 as the 2nd track. Official live versions appear on Mika’s Live In Cartoon Motion, Live Parc Des Princes Paris, and Mika Love Paris - Live à Bercy video releases, and as an orchestral version on the Mika Et L'Orchestre Symphonique De Montréal disc sold as a stand-alone and as disc two of the No Place In Heaven reissue, and on Mika’s Sinfonia Pop video/CD release. The single went to #1 in the UK on downloads alone, and stayed at #1 in the UK charts for 5 weeks. Written by Mika, Jodi Marr, John Merchant, and Dan Warner. The music video was directed by Sophie Muller. The song is titled after American actress, and Princess of Monaco, Grace Kelly. The lyric "So I try a little Freddie" is a reference to rock singer Freddie Mercury, to whose singing voice Mika's has been compared. Some of the spoken lines that sound like a woman are actually Mika with the pitch changed, and none are quotes from an actual film, although some are based on a bit of Grace Kelly's dialogue in The Country Girl. Mika confirmed that he used the main melody from Figaro's famous aria "Largo Al Factotum" in the opera The Barber Of Seville by Gioachino Rossini.

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OFFICIAL VIDEO: directed by Sophie Muller, produced by Zeno Campbell, and starring Mika, Sophie’s daughter Holly Muller, much of his family, his live band, and some of his friends. The video was filmed in early November 2006 and has been nominated for numerous worldwide awards. The instrumental introduction in the extended video is an extract of the acoustic version of the song found on certain releases of the album. No behind the scenes making-of video was released, but he talked about the video in a podcast from 2006. SCREENSHOTS - VIDEO GIF

LYRICS: English version lyrics - French version lyrics

CREDITS: Written by Mika, Jodi Marr, John Merchant, and Dan Warner

Vocals, Backing Vocals, Keyboards - Mika

Drums - Greg Wells

Guitar - Greg Wells, and Lyle Workman

Mixed by Greg Wells

Produced by Greg Wells

Recorded by Joe Chiccarelli

LENGTH: 3:07

PLAYED LIVE: The first time was in 2006 (or before?). He has performed it at nearly every concert since, often as one of the last few songs, and occasionally all or partly in French.

PERFORMED ON TV: The first TV performance was "Grace Kelly" on Later… with Jools Holland in Nov. 2006. He also performed it on series 4 episode 3 of The Friday Night Project on January 19, 2007; on French TV show Taratata in 2007; on Australian TV show Rove in June 2007; on the 2007 MTV Europe Music Awards at the Olympiahalle on November 1, 2007 in Munich, Germany; on the Brit Awards ceremony in February 2008; as part of a medley on Star Academie in Quebec in March 2012; as part of a medley on Che Tempo Che Fa in December 2013; on Du Côté De Chez Dave on June 21, 2015; and as part of a medley on Good Morning America in July 2015; on L'ete Indien in August 2014; with some kids on Italian talent show Ti Lascio Una Canzone in October 2015; as a medley with "Stardust" (duet with Chiara) and "Relax (Take It Easy)"; on the Téléthon for L'Association Française Contre les Myopathies in France on December 5, 2015; Mika and contestants from Quebec TV show La Voix performed this song in a medley along with "Boum Boum Boum", "J’ai Pas Envie", and "Relax" on the show on March 27, 2016; on the first episode of iStasera Casa Mika November 15, 2016 and on the fourth episode December 6, 2016; on the 67th Sanremo Song Festival on February 9, 2017, in Sanremo, Italy as a medley with "Boum Boum Boum" and "Good Guys"; on the fourth episode of Stasera Casa Mika on November 21, 2017; on Rai1’s 20 Anni Che Siamo Italiani on November 29, 2019.

MIKA’S OTHER NOTABLE VERSIONS: acoustic version (3:07) -- version on the 2007 compilation album, The Saturday Sessions: The Dermot O'Leary Show -- French version first played at Mika’s Parc Des Princes gig in Paris in July 2008 and other times since -- symphony versions live with the OSM in February 2015, Affinis Consort in Como, Italy in October 2015, and with Opera di Firenze at Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino in December 2016 -- acoustic version (3:09) as an iTunes store bonus track -- demo version on the demo LICM label sampler -- live@home acoustic gig April 2010 in Paris -- with the King’s Singers at Mencap Little Noise sessions on November 18, 2009

USED IN: appears in TV shows The Hills, Ugly Betty, EastEnders, a Turkish Coca-Cola advertisement, an Israeli advertisement of "Misdar Zihoi", a trailer for Disney Cinemagic, a trailer for the film I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry, a trailer for the film The Ugly Truth, an advertisement for Neighbours, the film What Happens in Vegas, Dead Set, an episode of Doctor Who spin-off The Sarah Jane Adventures ‘The Mark of the Berserker’, an episode of Celebrity Big Brother UK, an episode of America’s Got Talent, an episode of Dancing With The Stars (US) in 2015, an advertisement of Confessions of a Shopaholic, Fall 2007 episodes of Corazón de Otoño, the European DS version of Band Hero, a German first season trailer for Weeds, and FC Barcelona's official video for Thierry Henry in Barca Legends series. In March 2017 the song was used in a car commercial for Peugeot which starred Mika and aired in some European countries.

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Grace Kelly (Linus Loves Remix Radio Edit) - Linus Loves (remix additional producer - John Clark, Linus Loves) 3:20 - appears on some versions of the single 

Grace Kelly (Linus Mix) - Linus Loves (remix additional producer - John Clark, Linus Loves) 3:25 - appears on some versions of the single

Grace Kelly (Les Grandes Gueules Version) 3:07

Grace Kelly (Tom Neville Dub Remix) - Tom Neville 7:08 - appears on some of the single’s remix editions

Grace Kelly (Tom Neville Full Vocal Mix) - Tom Neville (remix additional producer - Tom Neville) 6:48 - appears on the remix disc of some editions of The Boy Who Knew Too Much

Grace Kelly (Tom Neville Mix) - Tom Neville (remix additional producer - Tom Neville) 4:32 - appears on some versions of the single

Grace Kelly (Bimbo Jones Mix) (Radio Edit) - Bimbo Jones (remix additional producer, keyboards - Marc JB & Lee Dagger) 3:00 - appears on some versions of the single

Grace Kelly (Bimbo Jones Mix) - Bimbo Jones 6:26 - appears on some of the single’s remix editions

Grace Kelly (Pull Tiger Tail Remix) 4:26 - appears on some of the single’s remix editions

COVERED BY: In 2008 Josiah Leming, a top 50 contestant of American Idol, performed a rendition of the song in Hollywood for the judges, which received great praise. Afrikaanse Idols season 1 winner Dewald Louw covered it on his August 2010 album Ek En Jy. A cappella group The Whiffenpoofs performed the song on The Sing-Off on December 6, 2010. Rory Bremner recorded a parody version to illustrate the problems of UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. UK Radio DJ Scott Mills impersonated Mika and sang lyrics of the song in a prank call to a real estate agency. It appears in the adult-oriented Wii game We Dare as a cover version. X Factor Italy contestant Marco Gori sang it as his audition song in season 9, getting 3 yeses, and Claude Schuhe performed it as his audition song on The Voice France in 2013 and got two coaches to turn. Steven Alexander performed the song in the knockouts round of The Voice UK in 2014.

AWARDS & NOMINATIONS: The song was nominated for an Ivor Novello award for Best Selling British Song, a Premios 40 Principales Award for Best International Non-Spanish Song, an MTV Europe Music Award for Most Addictive Track, a Brit Award for British Single, and the song's video was nominated for a MTV Video Music Award Japan for Best New Artist Video and a Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Award for MTV Hits Best Music Video.

QUOTES: ---In an October 13, 2006 digitalspy.com interview Mika said: "It's quite funny, it's the most arrogant pop song you could ever imagine writing, but at the same time it's the most approachable and endearing thing. It came out of a time where I was working with people who really didn't understand where I was going or what I wanted to be. I was really angry, they wanted to turn me into something I wasn't. I came home, wrote this song - I had had to try and write a whole bunch of Craig David songs that made me want to top myself. I wrote it, and it gave me an insight into where I wanted to go with the records I was dreaming up in my head. I typed up the lyrics, which were sort of almost evil towards these people, and I sent them to them, and I sent them the CD, and they never called me back, and about a year and a half later that was the song that helped me get signed. So it was a bit of a statement, you know."

---In a February 2007 interview with 4Music Mika said, "I wrote it a couple of years ago as a little ‘screw you’ song to the people that I was working with - this music company in London. They wanted me to write songs just like everybody else, so I was furious. I went home and I wrote ‘Grace Kelly’, as you know, as a rant against them, but about 2 years later to have it do so well and to have it released as my first single, we all know who’s laughing now."

---In a February 2007 interview for The Sun where Mika explained each song on the album he said, "I wrote this song as a little stick you to the music industry a couple of years back. I was working with a big music company in London that wanted to mould me into what they felt would turn me into a commercial success, which was Craig David at the time. They told me I needed to make a record more like what everyone expected pop records to be — and be like Craig David. I knew that would lead to complete disaster. So I came back home and I wrote Grace Kelly that night. From that point on, I made a decision to write in the way I wanted to and not how someone else told me to."

OTHER INFO: Mika's cover of "Satellite" is the B-Side on some versions of the single. -- Mika said the "clonk clonk" sounds in the song are a reference to the horses in the film Mary Poppins.

ARTWORK: single cover art

 

Grainge, Lucian - chairman/CEO of Universal Music Group International. In November 2008, he was honored with the Music Industry Trusts’ Award (awarded to the world’s most influential and successful executives in music). Members of U2 presented him with the award, and other acts he was associated with, like Mika and Take That, performed. Over the course of his career, he has been instrumental in the careers of Mika and many other artists such as Amy Winehouse, Jamie Cullum, ABBA, Eurythmics, Sting, and Andrea Bocelli

-A June 2009 Mika interview with The Guardian included this quote by Lucian: "Once every 15 years, pop brings along someone who's involved in the totality of what they do. Prince or Freddie Mercury or George Michael: they were great writers and singers and performers, and they were interested in the visual aspect, too. Mika is a classic example of that kind of artist. Of course, they can be slightly odd people. But their genius is that they communicate that oddness on a mass level." --- In an October 27, 2017 interview with musicbusinessworldwide.com Mika said: "The last time I saw him [Lucian] I was in the States with my family – he called me in and told me the only thing he wanted from me was demos, and that the only demos he wanted were piano and vocal. That was the one rule. The guy who’s sitting there having lunch with Warren Buffet and arguing with Apple or Alibaba is also the guy sitting with me for an hour-and-a-half explaining what direction my demos should take and why." He added: "Lucian has screamed at me in the past when I’ve f**ked up or I’m not pulling my weight. But when someone has that kind of attitude, all you do is respect and admire them for it, and you listen to them. Because when someone doesn’t give a sh*t, they just smile and tell you everything’s great. There’s no executive like Lucian in the world – I’ve never met someone like him. He’s clever. But he’s not fancy; his life is fancy, his work is fancy, but there’s still that guy in him that catalogues tapes in a publishing house."

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Grammy - annual accolades awarded by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences of the United States to recognize outstanding achievement in the music industry. The first awards ceremony was held on May 4, 1959. In 2008 Mika was nominated for Best Dance Recording for "Love Today", but did not win. He attended the awards ceremony in Los Angeles on February 10, 2008 at the Staples Center, and was briefly interviewed for E! News. On February 8, 2009 Mika attended House of Hype and Antonio "L.A." Reid's post Grammy party in Beverly Hills, California.

-In a January 2008 interview with The Winnipeg Sun Mika said: "I don't know if I will actually [be there] because I'm in the middle of my tour. Of course, I'm getting a lot of pressure from my management to show up because that's their job -- but I don't know, I may, I may not. When you're not performing you just feel like you're a little bit victim to the madness of it all." --- When asked in the January 2008 issue of Out magazine if he was going to attend the Grammy Awards, Mika said: "I’m more concerned with my own show the day after in Los Angeles. The nomination is quite an honor -- yet award ceremonies are always a little bit of a meat market, aren’t they? I like the nomination more than anything. I think if I was performing it’d be different because I’d have a purpose."

PHOTO 2008 red carpet - PHOTO 2009 party 

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Grande, Ariana - American pop singer, songwriter and actress. In December 2012, she duetted with Mika for a version of his song "Popular Song" which was released as a single with a music video. It also appeared on his Songbook Vol 1 and her debut album, Yours Truly. In 2013 they performed the song together on American TV shows Dancing With The Stars and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno in October 2013.

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BORN: June 26, 1993 in Boca Raton, Florida, USA

NATIONALITY: American

FULL NAME/ALSO KNOWN AS: Ariana Grande-Butera

ADDITIONAL BIO: After a role in the Broadway musical 13 she starred in the Nickelodeon TV show Victorious in 2009 and it’s spin-off Sam & Cat for the one season it was on. She first appeared on the track "Give It Up" for the soundtrack Victorious: Music from the Hit TV Show in August 2011. Two further soundtracks were released in 2012; Victorious 2.0 and Victorious 3.0, of which Grande appeared on both. After signing with Republic Records (the label Mika is also on), she released her debut single, "Put Your Hearts Up", on December 12, 2011. Her award wins include three American Music Awards, three MTV Europe Music Awards, and an MTV Video Music Award. All three of her albums have been certified platinum in the USA.

MIKA CREDITS: In December 2012, she duetted with Mika for the single version of "Popular Song", which also appeared on her debut album, Yours Truly and on some editions of Mika’s album The Origin Of Love and his Songbook Vol 1. The pair starred in the music video for the song directed by Chris Marrs Piliero and the behind the scenes making-of video.

ALSO WORKED WITH: She featured on songs by numerous other artists and had others feature on hers including, "The Way" featuring Mac Miller, "Baby I" and "Right There" featuring Big Sean, "Break Your Heart Right Back" featuring Childish Gambino, "Problem" featuring rapper Iggy Azalea, "Break Free" featuring Russian-German DJ Zedd, "Bang Bang" with Jessie J and rapper Nicki Minaj, "Adore" by Cashmere Cat, "Love Me Harder" featuring The Weeknd, "All My Love" by Major Lazer, "Get On Your Knees" by Nicki Minaj, "Research" by Big Sean, and songs by others. Other songwriters and producers that Grande worked with on her albums include Ryan Tedder and Benny Blanco, David Guetta and Giorgio Tuinfort, Babyface, Nathan Sykes of British boyband The Wanted, Harry Styles of British boyband One Direction, and others.

QUOTES: ---After their October 2013 performance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Ariana tweeted, "Had so much fun performing on the #tonightshow today, thank you so much @jayleno for having me and @mikasounds."

---On October 18, 2013 Ariana tweeted‏ "#YoursTruly fact.. #PopularSong when U hear me laugh at 1:43 it was because the producer said ‘big floppy penis’ in my headphones… Idk why".

---When asked in NEXT magazine’s June 12, 2015 issue about working with her Mika said, "We did it on Skype! This was before any of the explosion happened in her career. Within about 15 minutes, I completely freaked out and was sending emails to Monte Lipman, the head of the label that we’re on, saying ‘Do you realize what you’ve got in your hands?’ Simply because she has this incredible natural talent. She is old-school showbiz in the oldest sense of the word. She’s a crazy worker and she has this nothing-is-sacred kind of attitude. The most amazing thing about people who are truly in entertainment and not just in media hype is that there’s a full anti-snobbism. They get their hands in, they work, they grind. They work up the ladder, they take opportunity where they can get it and they excel and never go backwards. She’s a perfect example of that. I hope that she continues in the path that she’s started, because she could do very, very, very, well."

---In Mika’s February 2016 Q&A in Busan with fans online he said "I like Ariana Grande, too, she's cool, she's small and she sings huge and she's got an amazing discipline, an amazing musicality and she's quite remarkable."

OTHER RELEASES: She has released four studio albums, several EPs, and more than 15 singles. Her full length albums are Yours Truly (2013), My Everything (2014), Dangerous Woman (2016), Sweetener (2018), and Thank U, Next (2019).

OTHER INFO: She has also appeared in films and TV shows such as Victorious (2010-2013), Sam & Cat (2013-2014), Scream Queens (2015), and Zoolander 2 (2016).

HER IMPORTANT LINKS: twitter | website

PHOTOS: behind the scenes of Popular Song video - screenshot of Popular Song video - with Mika & Chris the video’s director - w/ Mika at The Tonight Show - w/ Mika, Jim Norton, Jay Leno, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Jay Mohr at The Tonight Show - w/ Mika on Dancing With The Stars

VIDEO: "Popular Song" duet on Dancing With The Stars - "Popular Song" behind the scenes video 

 

Grant, Gary - trumpeter who has worked with Quincy Jones, Frank Sinatra, Michael Jackson, Celine Dion, Paul McCartney, and many more. He played horns on Mika's "Dr. John", and is uncredited on the album notes but probably played horns on "Billy Brown" and "Lover Boy" too.

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Gratton, Antoine - Canadian singer-songwriter who sang some of Little Richard’s "Tutti Frutti" (because Mika chose it as one of his favourite childhood songs) and Prince‘s "Kiss" for Mika on En Direct De L'Univers on January 18, 2020. They said Mika was just finding out about him during the performance and that Mika asked for his name after the show. GIF

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Gray Skelly - the name given (by fans?) to the giant Day Of The Dead skeleton puppet used at some of Mika's concerts from 2007-2010. It was made in a week by Promotional Props and Costumes LTD, stood approximately 8-9 feet tall, and was operated by a person standing behind it. PHOTO

The Greatest Showman - Hugh Jackman musical film about circus showman P.T. Barnum which Mika was rumored to do some of the music for. Mika spoke of the offer in some interviews in 2009, but in 2013 someone else was hired to write the soundtrack, so Mika may have turned the offer down or Fox Studios may have rescinded it. The film was finally released in December 2017, with Greg Wells producing and mixing the Grammy-winning soundtrack. 

-In NY Mag in September 2009 Mika said: "I've been approached by Fox, and I'm still considering it. I would treat it just like writing an album."

Grech-Marguerat, Dan - English recording engineer, record producer and mixer working at Solar Management Ltd who mixed "It’s My House", "Tiny Love", "Ice Cream", "Dear Jealousy", "Sanremo", "Tomorrow", and "Tiny Love Reprise", with mix assistants Charles Haydon Hicks and Joel Davies. He’s also done technical work for many artists such as Sam Sparro, Radiohead, Idlewild, Beck, Scissor Sisters, Rae Morris, and The Kooks.

Green, Leo - British musician who plays saxophone and clarinet, broadcaster, producer, actor, musical arranger, and concert promoter. He arranged and played sax on Mika’s 2018 performance of "Music Of The Night" on ‘Jo Whiley Presents Andrew Lloyd Webber - Variations’. Mika instagrammed a video on December 5, 2017 of himself singing "Lullaby Of Birdland" with some musicians including Leo which was captioned: "Singing! At BBC. Maida Vale studios preparing something special with Leo Green. Here we are messing around in between takes. @bbcradio2".

Gregory - Mika’s oversized, mute, animatronic(?), body puppet "monster" roommate on all four episodes of Stasera Casa Mika (2017 season) whom Mika said represents the part of himself that he usually hides. On the first episode Mika introduced him, on the second episode Sarah Felberbaum returned to meet Mika’s new roommate and the two left together during Mika’s performance of "Pick Up Off The Floor" but returned later, on the third episode Mister Gregory helped Mika teach kids Italian grammar and was a robot during Mika and Caparezza‘s cover of "The Robots" then before bedtime Mika talked to him about fear, and on the fourth episode Gregory listened to music on headphones and later found his heart. On a March 2018 episode of The Voice France Mika wore a shirt with a drawing of Gregory on it.

-On November 5, 2017 Mika instagrammed: "Last week on my show in Italy #CasaMika I presented for the first time my friend Gregory. Almost 3 m tall, terrifying and adorable. Gregory represents the part of me that I normally hide. The part that hurts, the part that feels sadness, the part that hates itself in shame. There is a Gregory of some kind, in each and everyone of us. I wanted to present him to you after I saw some amazing hashtags on Instagram from users describing #whenIwasGregory".

PHOTO 1st ep - PHOTO 3rd ep

Grevin Museum - SEE: Musée Grévin

Greyhound - an inter-city bus common carrier founded in 1914 that operates over 120 routes to more than 3,800 destinations in North America. It's mentioned in "Oh Girl, You're The Devil" in the line "bought a one-way ticket on a Greyhound out of town".

Griffiths, Isobel - British classically trained artist, who is mostly involved as a musicians contractor, which means she is responsible for the addition of extra musicians to an existing orchestra/ensemble or even for the formation of an entirely new one. She was string contractor on "Karen (82 Rue des Martyrs)", "Stardust" (album version), and "Make You Happy (Miami Edit)".

Grimshaw, Nick - English television and radio presenter. He hosted various shows for BBC Radio, and presented on Channel 4, E4, BBC One, BBC Two, and Channel 4 youth strand T4. He interviewed Mika several times: on the daily breakfast TV show Freshly Squeezed on November 24, 2009; for the The Origin Of Love electronic press kit on July 2, 2012 at the Doodle Bar in London; on Through The Looking Glass on August 28, 2009 (on which Mika also performed several songs); on the radio program Switch with Annie and Nick in August 2009; and on The Album Chart Show February 2010. PHOTO

Groove Armada - English electronic music duo from London, composed of Andy Cato and Tom Findlay. Before Mika's cover of "Missionary Man" during the Dodgy Holiday Tour in 2008 Saranayde sang some of their song "Get Down", which originally appeared on their album Soundboy Rock.

Groundhog Day - traditional holiday celebrated on February 2 in Canada and the United States. According to folklore, if it is cloudy when a groundhog emerges from its burrow on this day, then spring will come early; otherwise the groundhog will supposedly see its shadow and winter weather will persist for six more weeks. It is also the title of a 1993 film directed by Harold Ramis, starring Bill Murray, about a Pittsburgh TV weatherman who, during an assignment covering the annual Groundhog Day event in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, finds himself in a time loop, repeating the same day again and again. It is presumably the movie that Mika is referring to in "Rio" in the line "I wake up every morning to this Groundhog Day".

Gualazzi, Raphael - Italian jazz and blues singer and pianist active since 2005. He was interviewed by Mika, and they duetted on his song "Follia d'Amore", then he sang backing vocals and played piano while Mika sang "Blame It On The Girls" on the second episode of Stasera Casa Mika (2016 season). PHOTO

Guanciale, Lino - Italian stage and screen actor (born May 21, 1979 in Avezzano). He and Mika sang Sergio Endrigo’s "La Casa" third episode of Stasera Casa Mika (2017 season), then Mika interviewed him. PHOTO

Guillaume - Belgian singer who was one of Mika’s final four contestants on The Voice France in season 7. He was eliminated in the quarter-finals. He and the other three finalists on Mika’s team performed a cover of "Happy Ending" which was uploaded as an extra on the TF1 site but not aired on TV. PHOTO

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