Where Are They Now? Mika

For a short time in 2007, Mika blew up as one of the most interesting, and popular artists in the UK. Despite a sensational debut, his star burned as quickly as it did bright and we never heard from the British artist ever again.

The singer got his start when his debut track “Relax, Take It Easy” was play-listed by BBC Radio 1 and made Record of the Week by DJ Scott Mills at the end of 2006. By the new year of 2007, he topped the BBC’s Sound of 2007 poll as the new big thing.

The fans were right as within just a few weeks, the singer-songwriters breakthrough single ‘Grace Kelly’, and debut album Life In Cartoon Motion both topped the charts at number one.

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The eccentric, colourful, and upbeat star cheered everybody up during the ’07 credit crisis in the UK, and drew comparisons to legend Freddie Mercury.

For the coming year he dominated the charts with his larger than life hits ‘Love Today’, ‘Big Girl (You Are Beautiful)’ and ‘Happy Ending’. As well as the UK, the record performed exceptionally around the world including the USA selling over 8 million copies and scoring Grammy and Brit Awards nominations in the process.

Toward the end of the year, he kicked off his Dodgy Holiday Tour which saw tremendous success across the globe and spawned its own DVD / documentary.

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Almost immediately after his world tour, Mika released his second album The Boy Who Knew Too Much. While this did not garner the immense success of his debut, it was still a hit shifting over 2 million sales over the world, and cracking the top 5 in the charts.

With three singles released from the record ‘We Are Golden’ was a high charting achievement but its subsequent cuts did not perform as well. Despite this more tepid response, Mika yet again toured the world on a highly successful concert tour.

Following this album, Mika kept himself in the limelight by teaming up with Boyzone for a 2009 performance of ‘Gave It All Away’ in tribute to their late member Stephen Gately.

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Following this he took to Hollywood, penning the original track ‘Kick Ass (We Are Young)’ for the comedy/superhero blockbuster Kick Ass in 2010.

After a few years break, Mika released his third album The Origin of Love in 2012, though by this time the buzz around him as an artist had died down, and the album performed to mediocre success – selling 500,000 units and failing to chart within the top 20. He did however release a single ‘Popular Song’ with a then up-and-coming Ariana Grande.

By 2013, after another finishing his third tour Mika attempted to widen his brand by judging The X Factor Italy for three seasons, while working double duty overseas on The Voice: France.

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In 2015, following an extended break the pop star released his latest record No Place in Heaven to average success shifting 350,000 units and reaching number 19 on the UK charts. While he is no longer in such high demand in the UK he has performed steadily across the globe thanks to his multiple ventures and fluency in a range of languages.

One of the most intriguing aspects of Mika has always been the mystery surrounding his sexuality, much of this self-created. During the beginnings of his career he was often questioned on his sexuality due to his camp material.

He was initially persistent in telling journalists that he doesn’t like to define his sexual orientation: “I’ve never ever labelled myself. But having said that; I’ve never limited my life, I’ve never limited who I sleep with… Call me whatever you want. Call me bisexual, if you need a term for me…”

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In 2012 he publicly came out as a gay man to instinct magazine saying: “If you ask me, ‘Am I gay?’ I say yeah. Are these songs about my relationship with a man? I say yeah, and it’s only through my music that I’ve found the strength to come to terms with my sexuality beyond the context of just my lyrics. This is my real life.”

So to answer our question as to where Mika is now: He’s kind of doing this and that, writing songs for artists such as Madonna, continuing to judge on The Voice: France, starring in his own variety show overseas Stasera Casa Mika, participating in sporadic festivals and performances, and generally being one of the leading LGBT stars across the globe.

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