History Music / Mika

1st Jul '17 8:39:52 AM FromtheWordsofBR
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Michael Holbrook Penniman, Jr. (born August 18, 1983), better known as Mika, is a British singer-songwriter of American and Lebanese parentage who burst out in the music scene in 2007 with the song "Grace Kelly".

He is very sparkly.

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Michael Holbrook Penniman, Jr. (born August 18, 1983), better known as Mika, is a very sparkly British singer-songwriter of American and Lebanese parentage who burst out in the music scene in 2007 with the song "Grace Kelly".

He is very sparkly.
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* BadToTheBone: In America, his songs have been used in countless movies and advertisements, but while his albums and songs have occasionally charted on Billboard charts this hasn't translated into further success.
25th Jun '17 11:34:06 AM Storygirl000
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* {{Sampling}}: The chorus for "Popular Song" samples from "Popular" from ''Musical/{{Wicked}}''.
14th Jun '17 9:25:16 AM dlchen145
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Michael Holbrook Penniman, Jr.(born August 18, 1983), better known as Mika, is a British singer-songwriter of American and Lebanese parentage who burst out in the music scene in 2007 with the song "Grace Kelly".

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Michael Holbrook Penniman, Jr. (born August 18, 1983), better known as Mika, is a British singer-songwriter of American and Lebanese parentage who burst out in the music scene in 2007 with the song "Grace Kelly".
13th Jun '17 5:33:07 PM dlchen145
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Mika is a British singer-songwriter of American and Lebanese parentage who burst out in the music scene in 2007 with the song "Grace Kelly".

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Mika Michael Holbrook Penniman, Jr.(born August 18, 1983), better known as Mika, is a British singer-songwriter of American and Lebanese parentage who burst out in the music scene in 2007 with the song "Grace Kelly".
31st Dec '16 4:50:25 PM tenryufan
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* OneHitWonder: In the United States, Mika is a very strange example. The only song of his that most recognise over here is "Love Today" and THAT'S only because it's been used in countless ads and TV shows! Never mind the fact that he did a song for the movie ''Film/KickAss'' that was arguably better than "Love Today." American fans have to explain who he is when mentioning him.
** "Grace Kelly" is fairly well known as well.
11th Dec '15 7:20:07 AM Larkmarn
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!!Mika displays examples of:

* {{Adorkable}}: Very and often. His being both very tall and very thin gives him a "dorky giraffe" quality, and combined with his [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fffNgIaSW9g&ab_channel=jybf laugh]] and [[http://www.albummusic.net/pics/2011/07/b/15038_pevec_mika.gif slightly wonky front teeth]], he's pretty much made of adorkable.

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!!Mika displays examples of:

* {{Adorkable}}: Very and often. His being both very tall and very thin gives him a "dorky giraffe" quality, and combined with his [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fffNgIaSW9g&ab_channel=jybf laugh]] and [[http://www.albummusic.net/pics/2011/07/b/15038_pevec_mika.gif slightly wonky front teeth]], he's pretty much made of adorkable.
!!Recurring tropes in Mika's works:



* AmbiguouslyBrown: Mika's mother is Lebanese, his father American.
* BiTheWay[=/=]AmbiguouslyBi: To quote. "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..." Also "I consider myself label-less because I could fall in love with anybody - literally - any type, any body. I'm not picky.
** Though he later claimed he was gay in 2012.
* BreakTheCutie: Due to a SadistTeacher and the unfortunate nature of KidsAreCruel, a [[TheWoobie nine-year-old Mika]] was teased relentlessly once his family moved to London - so much so that he had a mental breakdown which rendered him mute and unable to read for a while. Six months of homeschooling got him back on track, as well as a different school to return to. He's probably laughing at them now, too.
** It is not without mention that the reason his family moved to the United Kingdom in the first place was due to his father being held hostage in Beirut during the Gulf War. Though the rest of the family was technically safe in Paris, their dwindling income threatened to put them on the streets. Mika really had quite a [[DarkAndTroubledPast difficult childhood]], once you think about it.
* BritishAccents: If reporters and fans are anything to go by, though, it's really more of an Americanized British with a tinge of French.
* CollectorOfTheStrange: He archives smells. [[http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/lifestyle/article-23814306-mika-takes-off.do No, really]].
* DreamTeam: His mother designs his costumes. His older sister, Yasmine ([[StageNames or DaWack]]), hand-paints Mika's sketches. Some of his younger siblings have helped with set design and background vocals. They really are a quite self-sufficient family.
* MrFanservice: Being a mix between {{Bishonen}} and TallDarkAndHandsome does have its benefits.
* IntergenerationalFriendship: Seems to have a penchant for these, considering his friendships with Christian Louboutin and Creator/IanMckellen.



* NoPronunciationGuide: While his actual name is Mica, the reason he uses Mi''k''a as his [[StageNames stage name]] stems from the large amount of people mispronouncing it as "Meescha" or "Maika".



* QuirkyHousehold: Mika often fondly calls his family home such, open to artistic expression and friendly visitors at all times.
* SecretIdentity: Mika has admitted to having several alternate identities under which he writes songs for other artists, just [[SameFaceDifferentName to do something different]] once in a while. Just how many he has, and who they may be, is unknown.
** Currently, we only know that he has one named Alice, for which he wrote a song used by Eros Ramazzotti.



* ShirtlessScene: The video for "We are Golden" has him prancing about in only his boxers. Cue [[{{Squee}} squees]] all over the internet.

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The video for "We are Golden" has him prancing about in only his boxers. Cue [[{{Squee}} squees]] all over the internet.



* SternTeacher: Mika has described his childhood Russian vocal teacher as "terrifyingly tough".
* TransparentCloset: His coming out didn't shocked a lot of people...
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* MusicalNod: The chorus in "Popular Song" is lifted directly from the song "Popular" from Broadway's {{Theatre/Wicked}}.

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* MusicalNod: The chorus in "Popular Song" is lifted directly from the song "Popular" from Broadway's {{Theatre/Wicked}}.{{Theatre/Wicked}}, albeit with some changed lyrics.
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* MusicalNod: The chorus in "Popular Song" is lifted directly from the song "Popular" from Broadway's {{Theatre/Wicked}}.
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* MyBelovedSmother: A reoccurring archetype -- one turns up in "Lollipop," "Elle Me Dit" and "All She Wants". The person addressed in "Stuck In the Middle" and "My Interpretation" ''could'' be one.

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* MyBelovedSmother: A reoccurring archetype -- one turns up in "Lollipop," "Elle Me Dit" and "All She Wants". The person addressed in "Stuck In the Middle" and "My Interpretation" ''could'' be one.one, as well as the mother in "Toy Boy."
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**Perhaps never more present than in "Toy Boy," a very sweet-sounding song that reads like a fairy tale but tells a story heavy with clear subtext about an abusive, homophobic, overprotective mother tearing apart a gay relationship and destryoing the narrating character's (her son's lover) entire sense of self.
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