Global pop sensation MIKA returns with a new single titled “YO YO” today via Casablanca Records/Republic Records.
“I wanted to write a song that could make you cry and dance at the same time.” MIKA comments: “A song to make the world, in all its harshness, feel better. Something that will always be there to comfort you. I wrote this for you, while you listen to it in your room, or in your a club: it doesn’t matter, it’s just about you.”
Next, he will co-host the world-renowned Eurovision Song Contest. At the Eurovision final on May 14, he will deliver what promises to be an unforgettable rendition of his hits and his first rendition of new single “YO YO.” to an international audience expected to exceed 180 million people. Be sure to stay connected!
MIKA recently wrapped up a sold-out North American tour, culminating in two seismic twists at Coachella.
MIKA, known for his vibrant, multi-octave melodies and classically trained voice, uses music to unite a community, especially to connect with those who feel like outsiders. His work is inspired by personal experiences in adulthood and childhood, when music was his only source of hope.
Last year, MIKA’s viral Grace Kelly challenge, which has nearly 40 million views on TikTok, is a perfect reflection of her magical ability to create a space for people to share their truth, using the power of music to evoke empathy. MIKA is involved in everything he does.
Born Michael Holbrook Penniman Jr. in 1983 as the third of five children, MIKA began voice lessons at the age of seven. Learning to play the piano and songwriting while exhibiting an otherworldly vocal range, MIKA quickly became a young virtuoso. MIKA’s musical success began with the release of her single “Grace Kelly”.
The single was featured on his debut album, Life In Cartoon Motion, which went straight to No. 1 in the UK and 11 other countries, selling over 8.3 million copies worldwide and racking up a number impressive 2.8 billion streams.
Since his debut, he has released 4 other full albums, which have sold millions of copies: The Boy Who Knew Too Much, The Origin of Love, No Place In Heaven. and My name is Michael Holbrook. Moreover, MIKA not only won a Brit Award for British Breakthrough Act, but he was also nominated for Grammys, MTV Europe Music Awards, Capital Radio Awards and World Music Awards.
Additionally, his RAI 2 prime time variety show “Stasera Casa Mika” won the prestigious Rose D’or Award for Best Entertainment Series in 2017. Additionally, he was a coach on The Voice in France and judge on XFactor Italia for six years and hosted his own BBC2 radio show “The Art of Song”.
Following the devastating explosion in Beirut, Lebanon, in 2020, MIKA decided to honor his Lebanese heritage by organizing an online charity concert in support of the victims of the explosion. “I Love Beirut” featured guest performances from around the world, including Kylie Minogue, Rufus Wainwright, Salma Hayek, Mashrou Leila, Laura Pausini and Dana Paola. The result was a truly breathtaking film with fans traveling from a record 106 countries around the world, and raising a staggering total of over €1 million for charity.
MIKA has also worked with world renowned composer and conductor Simon Leclerc to perform orchestral versions of his many hits in Montreal, Como and most recently 2 sold out shows in October 2021 at the Philharmonie de Paris in France.
After the weirdest 18 months in living memory, MIKA can’t wait to be back on stage in 2022. Through the attitude, energy and movement of MIKA’s studied pop performance, he elicits that feeling of magic. “It’s the kind of dangerous energy where anything is possible,” he says.
Listen to the new single here: