Articles Tagged 'Mika'

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 most people had even heard him sing a note. But he made good on the advance buzz […]

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 return of pop at the BRITs, with Take That, Mika, and Leona Lewis leading the nominations. The Guardian‘s Peter […]

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. success. And one of my choices will be Mika‘s “Relax, Take It Easy.” I know I’ve spouted and sputtered ad nauseum about the evils of Mika throughout the year, and I truly did despise most of his singles. (If you thought “Grace […]

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. (Pitchfork) The Mirror, The Sun, The Daily Mail air their “fresh concerns” about Amy Winehouse‘s well-being after a “wobbly” performance at Cornwall’s Eden Project. Amy reportedly […]

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 Mondays. Oh, and hip-hop artist Busdriver, who’s not British but is totally hot. Arjan Writes also has a Coachella photo gallery: our roving […]

“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.’ I say, ‘Have you heard the f****** album? There’s a song about a married man who has a homosexual affair. There’s no […]

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. And last night’s BAFTAs, which aired on BBC AMERICA, weren’t the patriotic celebration of UK film that people had hoped. […]

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 star. Petridis most takes issue with the look-at-me posing that seems to infect Mika’s songwriting: In both vocal style and the peculiar […]

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. It appears that the little traffic accident wasn’t so little–and his injuries were more serious than we had been to led to believe. Wilson says he tried to jump over the oncoming car. To quote […]

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