Happy 27th Birthday, Mika!

The Lebanese-born British singer Mika turns 27 today. Known for his Freddie Mercury-esque flamboyance, Ramen Noodle tangle of hair, and multi-octave prowess, he launched onto the UK music scene in 2007 with a great deal of hype before …

The BRIT Awards Go Pop

The press and the music industry itself are reacting to yesterday’s BRIT nominations. The big story about the nominations – according to The Guardian, The Times, The Daily Telegraph, The Sun, and Billboard – is the …

Anglo For Your Ear: Preview of Anglophenia’s Top Songs of 2007

Tomorrow, I will reveal my top UK songs from 2007 that deserved U.S.

Patrick Wolf Slams Mika? Also: Amy Winehouse’s Live Show a Shambles

Patrick Wolf, who supported Mika at London’s Somerset House, calls the “Grace Kelly” singer a “twat.” Of course, in this celebrity catfight, I’m on Team Wolf all the way.

Rihanna’s “Umbrella” Has Surpassed Mika’s “Grace Kelly” as 2007’s Top Song

Mika‘s “Grace Kelly” was recently voted the eighth most-irritating song of all-time. However, the song was on track to becoming 2007’s biggest song, due to its five-week run at No. 1 back in the winter.

The British Invasion of Coachella

Pitchfork has photos from this weekend’s Coachella festival, including pics of Arctic Monkeys, The Jesus and Mary Chain (where’s ScarJo?!), Jarvis Cocker, fake Brits Interpol, eccentric Icelander Bjork, Hot Chip, and Happy …

“Doctor Who” Creator Has Designs on Curly-Haired Pop Star

It seems pop star Mika has come out of the closet…sorta. He’s quoted in The Mirror as saying, “People say, ‘You don’t talk about sexuality because you’re worried about success in the US.

Brits Got Stiffed at Last Night’s Award Ceremonies

British entertainers had better be glad that the Brit awards are happening this week. Artists like James Blunt and Corinne Bailey Rae were left empty-handed as those naughty Dixie Chicks took home award after award.

The Guardian’s Alexis Petridis Gives Mika’s Debut ONE Star

Boy, does The Guardian’s music reviewer Alexis Petridis know how to disassemble a hype machine: in a blistering review, Petridis awards Mika‘s debut album, Life in Cartoon Motion, with a piddling, embarrassing one …

Kaiser Chiefs’ Ricky Wilson Reminisces About That Hit-and-Run

Was it a pissed-off Arctic Monkeys fan who did it? That’s what Ricky Wilson of Kaiser Chiefs jokes to Pitchfork.