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Pop/Dance Music 12/2/10

By Patric Baird

Michael Holbrook Penniman Jr was never going to look good on a billboard, so it was as the more modestly-named Mika (pictured) that the Beirut-born singer crashed into the top of the charts in 2007 with his number one single, Grace Kelly.



With his quirky falsetto voice, a flamboyant stage show and songs which bear more than a passing resemblance to those from the more ‘glam' end of the 1970s pop music spectrum, Mika earned immediate comparisons to the likes of Freddie Mercury, Elton John and Leo Sayer.

His first album, Life In Cartoon Motion, released shortly after Grace Kelly's success, sold a massive six million copies worldwide with subsequent single releases, including Love Today and Big Girl, also becoming Top 10 hits.

A second studio album, entitled The Boy Who Knew Too Much, was released last year, generating another hit single, We Are Golden.

His Belfast show at the Waterfront Hall tomorrow night is rumoured to be something of a full-on, stage spectacular, with the man himself promising that it will be a show and a half.

In his own words: “I have always tried to make my shows theatrical. I don't know how to do anything by half.”

patric.baird@ntlworld.com

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