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After recording his first extended play, Dodgy Holiday EP, Mika released his first full-length studio album, Life in Cartoon Motion, on Island Records in 2007. Life in Cartoon Motion sold more than 5.6 million copies worldwide and helped Mika win a BRIT Award and receive a Grammy Award nomination. Two years later, Mika released his second extended play, Songs for Sorrow, of which limited edition copies are now sold out worldwide. In 2009, Mika released his second studio album, The Boy Who Knew Too Much. Finishing his worldwide tour, Mika started writing and recording material for his third album, stating it will be “more simplistic pop, less layered than the last one.

Mika was born in Beirut, the third of five children born to a Lebanese mother and an American father. When he was a year old his family was forced to leave war-torn Lebanon and moved to Paris. The first piano piece he learned to play was “Les Champs-Élysées”, by Joe Dassin. After listening to Nirvana’s “Heart-Shaped Box”, he wrote his first song, which he describes as an “awful” piano instrumental called “Angry”. The family moved to London when he was nine years old. There, he attended the Lycée Français Charles de Gaulle, where he experienced severe bullying. He also had problems with dyslexia. In response to these experiences, Mika was homeschooled by his mother at the age of 12, for six to eight months. He then attended St Philip’s School in Kensington where he was the head of the Schola Cantorum (the St. Philip’s Choir). Later he attended Westminster School and the Royal College of Music, which he left to record his first album at Casablanca Records. He has also slightly altered his given name, Mica, changing the “c” to a “k” because he was frustrated by how often people would mispronounce it.

Mika has begun recording his new album. He has stated in numerous interviews that the new album will be more simplistic and less layered than the previous album.[43] A title for the album has not been set yet, but is expected to be decided within the next few months. The album is expected to be released in the late months of 2011