Mika Thanks Fans For ‘Incredible’ Birthday Gift

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After turning 24 on Saturday (August 18), Mika posted the following message to fans on his blog at MySpace (@mikamyspace) on Tuesday (August 21):

Mika birthday messages…thank you

I want to say thank you for the totally incredible gift that so many of you made for me and to those who put it all together. I was completely surprised to find your massive box in my dressing room at V this weekend. The amount of work put in and the standard of all you drawings, cuttings and designs amazed me. I am really touched by what all of you at MFC have done and want you to know that in no way is it unnoticed or unappreciated. Thank you so much again. Definitely the best birthday gift I’ve ever received. Am writing up a newsletter to let you all know what’s been going on and some of our plans for the next few weeks. So keep posted.

Thank you again and all my love

Mika

Mika Performs On ‘GMA’

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Mika dropped by ‘Good Morning America’ on Friday (August 10) in New York City as part of the show’s Summer Concert Series. Because of the rain, Mika had to perform in the ABC studios instead of Bryant Park. Check out pictures at abc.go.com.

On TV: Katharine McPhee, Lindsay Lohan, Mika

Mika thrusts

Pop acts on television this week include ‘American Idol’ season five runner-up Katharine McPhee, who visits ‘The Sauce’ on Monday and ‘Total Request Live’ on Wednesday, and performs on ‘Live with Regis and Kelly’ on Wednesday and ‘The Tonight Show with Jay Leno’ on Friday; Lindsay Lohan, who visits ‘The Tonight Show’ on Tuesday; Emily Haines, who performs on ‘Last Call with Carson Daly’ on Tuesday; Zac Efron, who visits ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ on Wednesday; Jennifer Lopez, who visits ‘Live with Regis and Kelly’ on Thursday; Mika, who performs on ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ on Thursday; Hanson, who perform on ‘The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson’ on Thursday; Avril Lavigne, who performs on ‘Last Call’ on Thursday; and Marc Anthony, who performs on ‘Today’ on Friday.

Patrick Wolf Feuding With Mika?

Patrick Wolf, who opened for Mika at a Somerset House gig in London on Tuesday (July 17), posted the following bulletin to fans on his Myspace:

Patrick Wolf Feuding With Mika?

Check out his follow-up “translation” below the fold.
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Mika Visits Hot30 Countdown

Mika on a bicycle

Mika visited Austereo’s Hot30 Countdown on Monday (June 4) to talk of humble beginnings singing opera and bubblegum jingles and offered his best cartoon impersonations.

Video at 2dayfm.com.au has since been removed.

Mika Keeps Sexuality A Mystery

singer Mika

Mika is commenting on his sexuality in the new issue of Out magazine. “Anyone can label me, but I’m not willing to label myself,” the ‘Grace Kelly’ singer explained. “Why pigeonhole myself like that? Will it change? Possibly.”

Bizarre Podcast Featuring Mika

Mika in stripes

Mika is on the latest addition of The Sun’s Bizarre Podcast, where he tells all about being knocked back by Simon Cowell, his penguin at London Zoo and why he left a Prince gig early.

The story at thesun.co.uk has since been removed.

Mika On Childhood Struggles, Record Deal Barriers

Mika talks about his upbringing that began evacuating Beirut, moving to Paris and then to LondonYahoo! Music’s ‘Who’s Next?’ features Mika, where the British singer songwriter sat down for an interview to discuss his birth in Lebanon and evacuation to Paris before settling in London, as well as his early introduction in work in the recording industry and how he faced struggles to get signed to a label.

“I was born in Beirut in 1983, and then we were evacuated a year later because of the civil war that was there and I ended up in Paris with a whole kind of transplanted Lebanese community,” Mika said of his upbringing. “Then at the age of nine, we moved over suddenly to London. It was a really weird shift. I had a kind of charmed existence when I was living in Paris and moving over to London was kind of rough. So I had a hard time from the kids, and I was pulled out of school by a very strong willed mother who realized school was probably the worst place for me to be at that time. During that time I started to learn singing with my Russian singing teacher and she whipped me into shape really fast.”

Mika talks in an interview about his eclectic style made it difficult to land a record deal at firstOn his early days being employed in music, Mika said, “I got my first job at the age of eleven. It was in the chorus of a Strauss opera. Then I got lots of jobs after that. Everything from really serious contemporary music all around Europe, to singing on jingles on inflight music. There’s nothing more depressing than sitting in the back of a British Airways flight at the age of fifteen when you’re dreaming of being a star and sitting there in the front of a plane on day, and you hear your music, your voice piping through those awful speakers they have on planes. Muzak is bad, when your voice is on it, believe me it’s a lot worse.”

On difficulties landing a record deal with his eclectic sound, Mika said, “Not coming from any scene was very much a barrier. I suppose it was really a barrier when I was apologetic about it, and when I tried to hide the fact that I was not like everybody else. Musically and also my personality and my dress sense and other things. Only until I made that decision to be 100 times myself and to create this space for myself in the industry did it start to come together, and then everyone wanted to sign me.”

Watch the interview (a performance of ‘Grace Kelly’ has since been removed) below.

Mika Talks With DC’s Hot 99.5

Mika

Mika was on the phone with Toby Knapp of Hot 99.5 in Washington, DC on Tuesday (April 17) to talk about appearing on ‘The Tonight Show with Jay Leno’ later that day, sounding like Queen, his thoughts on his native Lebanon, Israel and George Bush, the story behind ‘Grace Kelly’, provided his Mariah Carey impersonation, having custom made boxers, and more. Later, Jay Leno himself came on the line for a moment.

The interview audio at akamai.net has since been removed.

On TV: Hilary Duff, Mika, Elliott Yamin

Mika

Pop acts on television this week include Hilary Duff, who co-hosts ‘Total Request Live’ Monday thru Thursday; Mika, who performs on ‘The Tonight Show with Jay Leno’ on Monday and ‘Good Morning America’ and ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ on Thursday; ‘American Idol’ castoff Stephanie Edwards, who visits ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show’ on Monday; Jennifer Lopez, who visits ‘TRL’ on Tuesday; and ‘Idol’ season five finalist Elliott Yamin, who visits ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show’ on Tuesday.

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