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Mika and Ariana Grande Perform 'Popular' on Jay Leno's Tonight Show [WATCH]

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Can we just take a few minutes to acknowledge and praise the fact that our beloved Mika made a major TV appearance this week in America? The singer teamed with Ariana Grande to perform their single "Popular" on Jay Leno's Tonight Show. Grande's #1 album includes a remake of "Popular" that was originally featured on Mika's The Origin Of Love album, and is now slowly but surely climbing up the charts. This performance is oh-so cute and the song is clearly a proper hit in the making.

"Popular Song" is partly based on "Popular" from the musical Wicked that Mika skillfully incorporated into his own version. In a making-of series on YouTube, Mika explains that the song's original composer Stephen Schwartz came to his studio one day and listened to his second album. "Even though we never wrote together, I sent him an email after meeting to ask if I could play with ['Popular'] a little to change up its meaning," he explains. "I respect him as a songwriter and wanted to make sure he was okay with it."

Mika teamed with co-writer Priscillia Renea to create a song based on Schwartz's original that is inspired by his own story and his experience in school. "It's the only song on ['The Origin Of Love'] that deals with my childhood," he explains. Ariana Grande cut new vocals for the single version of "Popular Song" late last year after the two first met via Skype.

October 3, 2013 | Permalink