They couldn't have been more on the money, and within just a few weeks the singer-songwriter sailed to No. The eccentric star quickly drew comparisons with Freddie Mercury, and went on to pretty much dominate the rest of the year with colourful hits 'Love Today', 'Big Girl You Are Beautiful ' and 'Happy Ending'. And it wasn't just in Blighty where his career flourished. Mika was a big name across the world, selling over 8 million copies of his first album and scoring Grammy and Brit Awards nominations in the process. It achieved over 2 million sales across the globe, and was headed up with another Top 5 hit in the UK in the form of the infectious 'We Are Golden'. Mika avoided the feared second album syndrome and got to tour all over the place again. He even got the opportunity to become a boyband member, teaming up with Boyzone in for a performance of 'Gave It All Away' in tribute to the late Stephen Gately.
But the moment he steps out onto the stage at Brooklyn Steel on Sept. The crowd of nearly 2, attendees screams along to every song, as Mika dances around the stage, reveling in his return. If anything, I think they're things that you have to claim even more. But Mika had a long road to get to his new album. As he describes it, he long felt a general disdain towards the way business was done in the music industry, and that disdain eventually "contaminated" his love of making music. Specifically, Mika says that he found himself constantly feeling "gross" about the commercial side of artistry. But I don't care!
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Michael Holbrook Penniman Jr. After recording his first extended play, Dodgy Holiday , Mika was named the number-one predicted breakthrough act of in an annual BBC poll of music critics, Sound of His father was a banker   and was born in Jerusalem , where his own father — Mika's paternal grandfather William Frederick Penniman III — was a diplomat. When Mika was a year old, his family was forced to leave war-torn Lebanon and moved to Paris, France. He also had problems with dyslexia. In response to these experiences Mika was home-schooled by his mother at the age of 12, for six to eight months. Philip's Choir.