Top 10 Facts - Mika
Fact #1

Mika (born Michael Holbrook Penniman, Jr.18 August 1983), stylized as MIKA, is a Lebanese-born British singer and songwriter.

Fact #2

After recording his ?rst extended play, Dodgy Holiday, Mika was named the number-one predicted breakthrough act of 2007 in an annual BBC poll of music critics, Sound of 2007.

Fact #3

Mika released his ?rst full-length studio album, Life in Cartoon Motion, on Island Records in 2007, which sold more than 5.6 million copies worldwide and helped Mika win a Brit Award—winning Best British Breakthrough act, and receive a Grammy Award nomination.

Fact #4

In 2006, Mika started up his company, Dodgy Holiday Tours Limited. Two years later Mika released his second extended play, Songs for Sorrow, of which limited edition copies are now sold out worldwide.

Fact #5

In 2009 Mika released his second studio album, The Boy Who Knew Too Much. Finishing his worldwide tour, Mika recorded his third album, The Origin of Love, stating it would be "more simplistic pop, less layered than the last one". The album was released internationally on 16 September 2012 and in the UK on 8 October 2012.

Fact #6

Before the release of his newest album, Mika stated in numerous interviews that the new album will be more simplistic and less layered than the previous one. Mika announced the title of the album, The Origin of Love in a French interview on 17 June.

Fact #7

Mika has stated he would include a number of French tracks on the album, and that the musical style will include elements of Daft Punk and Fleetwood Mac. He described the album as less childlike and more serious.

Fact #8

On 23 April 2013, Mika was revealed to be the new judge on the seventh season of the X Factor Italy, replacing Arisa. He was the ?rst international mentor on the Italian edition of the show.

Fact #9
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