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Mika

Mika

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Famous as :

Pop/rock singer

Birth Name :

Michael Holbrook Penniman Jr.

Birth Date :

August 18, 1983

Birth Place :

Beirut, Lebanon

Claim to fame :

Single "Grace Kelly" (2007)

Biography


Easily noticeable for his soaring falsetto and flamboyant appearance, Mika was born one of the five children of an American banker and a Lebanese woman on August 18, 1983 in Beirut, Lebanon under the name Michael Holbrook Penniman. As a child, he spent his early years in Paris, France before eventually settled in London, England where he attended Lycee Francais Charles de Gaulle in South Kensington then the exclusive Westminster School. This period sadly was not a pleasant one to go through as the kid incessantly received verbal bullying which later led him to experience what he referred as "little breakdown" at the age of eleven. "I was called the typical fag and all those other homophobic, horrible little comments that kids throw at each other," he recalled.

Forced to pull out of school with no friends caring for him, Mica - so he is usually called during the time - consequently looked for another way to find solace and later discovered that music was the most reliable medium he could lean on. With the help from a Russian singing teacher whom his mother hired while she educated him at home, he was able to hone his incredible, five-octave singing range that delightfully allowed him to perform in the chorus line of a Strauss opera at the Royal Opera House. What's more, he even could make his way to enter the Royal College of Music where he drew enough knowledge to next work as a songwriter for jingles during his mid-teens.

Latest News


Video: Ariana Grande and Mika Perform 'Popular Song' on 'DWTS'

October 22, 2013 09:24:12 GMT

Young pop star and British singer-songwriter dropped by ABC's dancing competition show "" on October 21 not to do any dancing moves but to do what they do best - singing. The pair performed their hit duet "Popular Song" to which the show's pro dancers moved to, creating a special light number in the otherwise tension-filled show.
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Mika Debuts Cinematic Video for 'Origin of Love'

September 12, 2012 07:39:36 GMT

has released a music video in support of his song "Origin of Love". The British artist doesn't make appearance in the clip, which depicts a love story of a boy and a girl, who are apparently separated when she is committed to a mental ward.
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Mika Stuck on Writing in 'Celebrate' Music Video

August 11, 2012 02:24:05 GMT

has released a music video in support of "Celebrate", the lead single off his upcoming album "". It opens with the British singer-songwriter sitting in front of a piano, seemingly trying to compose new music, but having trouble in writing the lyrics. After a pile of torn papers, he forgets his frustration and dances among other people in a club.
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Mika Is Fan of Online Dating

February 16, 2011 04:35:42 GMT

British pop star is a big fan of online dating - because the internet allows him to approach suitors he would never have the courage to ask out in person. The "Grace Kelly" hitmaker admits the first virtual date he organized via MySpace.com five years ago was a disaster - but it hasn't kept him from logging on to look for love.
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Mika Stayed on Sister's Bedside Over Christmas

January 07, 2011 09:22:43 GMT

Pop star spent the Christmas holidays in hospital keeping a bedside vigil for his sister, who is still recovering following a freak accident in October. The "Grace Kelly" hitmaker's sibling, Paloma Penniman, fell 50 feet (15 meters) from a window at her home in Kensington, West London and landed on a metal rail.
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Mika Thankful for Emergency Services in Saving His Sister

October 19, 2010 07:50:28 GMT

Pop star has thanked London's emergency services for rushing to his sister's aid after she was impaled on a metal rail following a freak fall from a window earlier this month. The "Grace Kelly" hitmaker's sibling, Paloma Penniman, fell 50 feet from a window at her home in Kensington, West London and landed on a metal rail last week.
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Mika Keeps Bedside Vigil as His Sister Is in Critical Condition

October 11, 2010 08:18:29 GMT

Pop star is keeping a bedside vigil for his sister after she was admitted to hospital following a freak fall out of a window. The "Grace Kelly" hitmaker was with his sibling, Paloma Penniman, in the early hours of Sunday morning, October 10 when she fell 50 feet from a window at her home and landed on a metal rail.
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Mika Approached to Compose Song for Eurovision Song Contest

July 15, 2010 10:12:57 GMT

Flamboyant pop star has been approached to compose a song for the U.K. to be performed in 2011 Eurovision Song Contest. U.K. competitor Josh Dubovie was left red-faced after placing last in the annual contest in May this year with a song written by record producer Pete Waterman.
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Mika Chartered Cars to Get Out of Paris

April 20, 2010 06:25:53 GMT

Pop star refused to let the volcanic ash storm which has brought much of Europe to a standstill wreck his concert plans in Spain on Sunday, April 18 - he hired a fleet of cars to get him and his band from Paris, France to Barcelona.
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Video Premiere: Mika's 'Kick Ass'

March 16, 2010 02:03:00 GMT

has debuted a music video in support of his single "Kick Ass" which serves as a soundtrack for an upcoming movie of the same title. Starting with a scene where the British singer was left with bloody face after being mugged in an alleyway, it moves to footage of the film, showing some lead actors such as , , and .
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Mika Lost His French Knighthood Medal

March 05, 2010 10:01:47 GMT

Singer was knighted for his services to music in Paris, France at a secret ceremony in February - but misplaced his medal on the same day. The "Grace Kelly" hitmaker was handed the Knight in the Order of Arts honor at the prestigious ceremony - but admits he hasn't taken care of the revered prize.
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Video Premiere: Simon Cowell's 'Everybody Hurts' Feat. Miley Cyrus

February 08, 2010 04:08:44 GMT

A video filmed to serve as a promotional effort for Simon Cowell's charity single "Everybody Hurts" has been released. It features scenes of Haitian people crying for help post the earthquake which are mashed up with footage of the stars, including and , recording the song in the studio.
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'Boston Legal' Star Justin Mentell Died in Car Crash

February 03, 2010 02:26:34 GMT

Justin Mentell who brought the character Garrett Wells to life on "" has died at the age of 27. His car reportedly careened off the rural Wisconsin highway and went down the slope before crashing into two trees. It was suspected that Mentell was not wearing the seatbelt at the time of incident, leading him being thrown off the Jeep.
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Simon Cowell's 'Everybody Hurts' Feat. Mariah Carey and Miley Cyrus Comes Out

February 03, 2010 02:24:57 GMT

An all-star charity single titled "Everybody Hurts" which lines up and on the hook has hit the web. A remix of 's song of the same name, it's opened with verses from and followed by .
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Mika Used to Steal From Shops for 'Charity'

January 20, 2010 08:05:47 GMT

was a secret Robin Hood in his youth - the singer used to steal from shops and give the items "away to charity." The "Grace Kelly" hitmaker admits he used to take items from stores, but never kept anything for himself.
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