Mika's sugary wonderland of gender-bending, campy pop topped with a flawless falsetto has earned him respectable comparisons to the likes of Freddie Mercury, David Bowie and the Scissor Sisters. Born in Beirut as Michael Holbrook Penniman, he moved with his family from Lebanon to Paris and eventually settled in London when he was nine years old. The move proved troubling for him, as he faced bullying at school and the onset of dyslexia. Mika's focus turned to music when he began intense training with a Russian singing teacher, which led to professional performances at the Royal Opera House and advertising gigs for British Airways and Orbit Chewing Gum. He studied classical music at the prestigious Royal College of Music, but dropped out to focus on his career. Mika's first step into the fickle pop world was the release of his single "Relax, Take It Easy," but it was "Grace Kelly," a stab at those who didn't believe in his musical potential, that shot him to No. 1 on the U.K. charts in early 2007. His debut album, Life in Cartoon Motion, soon followed the same chart-topping path.
Mika Concert Films
L'Orchestra Sinfonica e Coro Affinis Consort Sinfonia Pop
Runtime: 1 hr 34 minFilmed in the elegant surroundings of the 19th century Teatro Sociale in Como, Italy, this amazing show features MIKA performing all his best-loved songs accompanied by a full orchestra conducted by Simon Leclerc. The show is a perfect fusion of pop and orchestral and includes tracks from his most recent album, the critically acclaimed “No Place In Heaven,” alongside hits from across his hugely successful career. As ever, MIKA is a charming and amiable host and is clearly in his element interacting with the orchestra and conductor Simon Leclerc. This is a magical performance captured in beautiful surroundings and not to be missed.
Mika Top Tracks
Runtime: 1 hr 49 minOn the one hand, pop musically speaking, worldbeaters such as Kylie Minogue are few and far between. Singers and performers of her stature and popularity rarely maintain their power for as long as she was able to. Her streaks of number one singles in both Australia and the U.K. are nearly insurmountable. And yet, on the other hand, her inability to really crack open the American pop market over the course of her career is a story that is heard all too often from groups hailing from nations as pop powerful as Australia and the U.K. Eventually, with the hugely successful "Can't Get You Out of My Head," Kylie would rattle the American pop psyche, reminding the rather insular scene that the bubbly girl who had first made waves with the 1987 cover of "The Loco Motion" had developed into a stylish, experienced, and able pop performer with a clear agenda — both musically and visually — and the chops to match. To focus on Minogue's American problem would only be looking at a small fraction of the larger story.
Live at Firefly
Runtime: 1 hr 10 minThe British indie pop band Bastille knows how to throw a remarkable show as they take over the stage at the Firefly Music festival and perform some of their most notable tracks.
Live at Trabendo Session
Runtime: 58 minMatthieu Tota (born 26 September 1985) in Strasbourg, France commonly known as M. Pokora or Matt Pokora, is a French-Polish singer and songwriter.
The debut single from M. Pokora was the very successful. Called "Showbiz (The Battle)" it was a Top 10 hit in France, and also charted in Belgium and Switzerland. The second single Elle me contrôle featuring Sweety reached #6 in France and Pokora received two NRJ Music Awards for the single. Yet a third successful single was released called "Pas sans toi". The album released on Universal was certified gold.
He also started collaborating with Hakim Ghorab who became his long-time choreographer and took part in many of his music videos. He also developed a close collaboration with music video director Karim Ouaret who directed most of his successful videos.
Live from Los Angeles
Runtime: 1 hr 35 minOwl City is the creation of Adam Young, a Minnesota native who started making music at home and building up a fanbase via the internet before breaking worldwide with his global hit “Fireflies” in the summer of 2009, taken from his Top 10 album “Ocean Eyes”. The single went to No.1 in both the US and the UK and topped the charts in many other countries. “Live From Los Angeles” was filmed in high definition at Club Nokia on 21 July 2011 and is the first concert film release by the band. It includes tracks from their recent album “All Things Bright And Beautiful”, alongside songs from “Ocean Eyes” and the self-released debut album “Maybe I’m Dreaming”. Adam Young has developed from a shy musician operating out of his bedroom into a confident and dynamic live performer and this concert in front of a wildly enthusiastic young audience proves just how good he and his band can be.
Guilty: Live from Wembley
Runtime: 1 hr 20 minLate 2003 the boys embarked on another mammoth arena tour of the UK, taking in Sheffield, Cardiff, Birmingham, Newcastle, Glasgow, Manchester and London's Wembley Arena. The Guilty Tour is Blue's most spectacular live show to date featuring all of the boys biggest hits and a few surprises along the way. Filmed at Wembley Arena in front of 12,000 fans, Antony, Duncan, Simon, Lee and their live band take you through such show-stopping highlights as "One Love", "All Rise" and "Too Close". The set list also features songs from their double platinum third No 1 album, "Guilty" including the hits "Breathe Easy", "Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours" and title track "Guilty" not to mention a memorable Michael Jackson medley that has to be seen to be believed.
Runtime: 12 minInternational superstar, James Blunt, joins PausePlay to talk to us about touring with Ed Sheeran, being the creepiest singer he knows, stalking our host, and of course his great new album, the AfterLove.
Hits Don't Lie
Runtime: 59 minFollow the rise of one of the most successful Latin-American pop artists of all time. Known for her catchy lyrics and hip shaking dance moves, Shakira has swept up millions of fans around the globe. She has won numerous awards including two Grammy Awards as well as being nominated for a Golden Globe. Learn how the Colombian born star signed her first record deal at 13, how her first two albums failed and how she shot to superstardom, selling over 70 million albums worldwide making her the highest selling Colombian artist of all time.
Glam Nation Live
Runtime: 1 hr 7 minGlam Nation Live album for sale by Adam Lambert was released Mar 22, 2011 on the RCA label. Recorded in August of 2010, Glam Nation Live features performances by former American Idol contestant Adam Lambert recorded during the Indianapolis, IN stop of his 2010 Glam Nation tour.
Live At Lovebox 2011
Runtime: 50 minAmerican glam-pop group the Scissor Sisters deliver an electrifying performance for London's Lovebox. The tracks performed by the group include: 'I Don't Feel Like Dancing', 'Filthy Gorgeous', 'Invisible Light', 'Comfortably Numb', 'Laura' and 'Take Your Mama'.
Live at Albert Hall
Runtime: 1 hr 26 minLive at the Albert is Robbie Williams' tribute to the swingers. Backed with a full swing band and dancing girls, Robbie smartens up his act with a suit and a smart haircut and croons his way through a wealth of classics.
Queens of Pop
Runtime: 27 minIn January 2011, ARTE viewers voted for the ‘Queens of Pop’. 8 pop queens were chosen from 50 proposals and these are presented in a 26-minute documentary: From the 1960s: Diana Ross. From the 1970s: Donna Summer and Debbie Harry. From the 1980s: Madonna. From the 1990s: Britney Spears and Mariah Carey. From 2000-2009: Lady Gaga and Beyoncé. The title of the programme, ‘Queens of Pop’, in itself shows where the emphasis lies – none of those simplistic chart rankings, but instead a documentary series that looks at our cultural history, dealing with the women who shaped popular music over the past fifty years.