Check out an exclusive video of MIKA talking about his fine and fearless ballad, "I See You," a new song taken from his brand-new album "The Boy Who Knew Too Much." The album drops in U.S. download stores on Tuesday. (Click here to pre-order or download the album on iTunes.)
Download Mika's new single. Now. Totally-guilt free. This hot little ditty is called "Blame It On The Girls" and it is taken from the pop crooner's forthcoming second album "The Boy Who Knew To Much" that is available on September 22. After "We Are Golden," this new single is another excellent introduction to his new LP.
Colorful, vibrant and totally fun, this song is classic Mika with its instantly melodic hook, stomping piano riff and his theatrical vocal performance singing about a boy who had it all, but ended up with nothing.
"He's got looks that books take pages to tell. He's got a face to make you fall on your knees, Mika sings. "Life could be simple but you never fail to complicate it every single time. You could have children and a wife, a perfect little life." And so the story goes.
Dutch DJ Don Diablo has remixed MIKA's much-anticipated, brand-new single, titled "We Are Golden," which is the title track of the singer's forthcoming sophomore LP. Diablo does what he does best. Rework pop tunes into blazing dance floor stompers. And this one is not any different. Download three different versions of Diablo's revamp completely guilt-free.
"We Are Golden" features the famed Andrae Crouch Gospel Choir, which is mostly known for their feature in Madonna’s "Like A Prayer." Recorded between London and Los Angeles over the last two years, "We Are Golden" also features guest appearances by the likes of The Seawind Horns ("Thriller," "Off The Wall"), Imogen Heap, Owen Pallet from Final Fantasy/Arcade Fire and Stuart Price. (Listen to the radio edit of original here.)
Mika returned to New York City last night for a stripped down acoustic gig at La Poisson Rouge, an intimate venue on Bleeker Street. The show is part of a small club tour that has taken the British pop singer to London, Paris, Brussels and Amsterdam to warm up fans for his upcoming new full-length album. The yet-untitled LP is expected in September.
Fans lined up outside the theater early in the morning in full anticipation of Mika's gig. When the singer received word via Twitter about the fans waiting, he sent out an ice cream truck to provide some cool comfort in the afternoon heat.
Set against a fantastical silvery stage and backed by a full-string section, a refreshed looking Mika not only played his big hits like "Grace Kelly," "Happy Ending" and "Love Today," but he also performed some of his newer work.
He played tracks from his recent digital EP, titled "Songs For Sorrow," including "Lady Jane," "Lonely Alcoholic," "Blue Eyes," and the very orchestral "Toy Boy." He jokingly dedicated "Lonely Alcoholic" to Village Voice columnist Michael Musto who recently interviewed him.
While patiently sushing the excited crowd once in a while ("ssshh... this is an acoustic show"), the singer also performed two songs from his upcoming new album, including the playful "Blame It On The Girls." In true festive Mika fashion, glitters and balloons were blown into the crowd when he performed "Big Girl (You're Beautiful)." For the gig's encore, Mika performed "Relax (Take It Easy)," "My Interpretation," the brand-new piano ballad "Rain" and an encore of "Love today"
Check out more images of the gig here. (Images by Followthesound - Thanks to Mika fans for contacting me, You are an amazing bunch.)
Here's an interesting little tidbit to start your weekend with.
On this new video blog, Imogen Heap reveals that she is working with Mika on a track for his forthcoming new album. "We met at the Ivor Novello Awards this year, and he suggested we might get together and write a song. So we did," says Heap on her new video blog. "He is a very nice guy, very sweet (. . .) We don't know if it will end up on the album, some things change. Apparently, his mum really likes it though."
Watch Immi's video blog for the full scoop. Don't expect new work from Mika until 2009.