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: 59 minBerlin Live presents some of the world’s most talented musicians, as they perform in front of an intimate audience at an exotic club in Berlin. Featuring concerts from contemporary to classic, each show offers a diverse mix of music to audiences all over the world. Featuring : Rick Astley.
Jason Mraz's Beautiful Mess - Live on Earth
Runtime: 1 hr 39 minFresh off breaking the record for longest running single on the Billboard Hot 100 (75 weeks and counting), Jason Mraz follows up his platinum selling 2008 release WE SING. WE DANCE. WE STEAL THINGS. with a brand new release, JASON MRAZ'S BEAUTIFUL MESS - LIVE ON EARTH. This full-length concert was filmed at Jason's Gratitude Café Tour date at the Charter One Pavilion - Chicago (August 13, 2009). Directed by Darren Doane, JASON MRAZ'S BEAUTIFUL MESS - LIVE ON EARTH includes 3 brand new songs as well as the hits - The Remedy, I'm Yours, and Lucky (with a special guest appearance from Colbie Caillat).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 V Festival 2014
Runtime: 42 minSam Smith’s performance at the Live at V Festival 2014 is one of those performances that captures the audience in a heartbeat. Among the performed songs are the hits “I'm Not the Only One”, “Lay Me Down”, “La La La,” and of course the ultimate chartbreaker ”Stay with Me”.
It comes as no surprize that in December 2014, Smith was nominated for six Grammy Awards, and at the 57th Annual Grammy Awards in February 2015 he won four: Best New Artist, "Stay with Me" for Record of the Year and Song of the Year, and In the Lonely Hour for Best Pop Vocal Album.
Runtime: 2 hr 17 minThis film features a Behind the Scenes feature called Around The World In 397 Days, a documentary called Barefoot - a 20-minute documentary focusing on Shakira's nonprofit organization shot in Columbia, and 16 great Shakira tracks from her recent tour.
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.