1. Brit Pop Singer Mika on Freddie Mercury, Simon Cowell's Rejection & Having the Last Laugh

    May 26, 2015 4:00 PM EDT For his fourth album  No Place in Heaven  (due June 16 via Casablanca/Republic), British power-pop singer Mika , 31, is embracing his many theatrical quirks. "I think it's important to be an unusual artist," Mika says on the phone from Italy, where he's just announced a…

  2. Mika Conquered The World, America Is Next

    August 14, 2009 6:09 PM EDT At first impression, the man no one knows as Michael Penniman seems uncharacteristically quiet. As he takes a well-earned break from rehearsing for a tour to promote one of the year's most eagerly anticipated global releases, he seems tired and anxious, a far cry from his usual upbeat…

  3. Mika Unveils New Songs In London

    June 09, 2009 8:53 AM EDT U.K. pop artist Mika unveiled new material at an intimate, acoustic gig at London's Sadler's Wells theater last night (June 8). The singer, whose "Life in Cartoon Motion" (Island) debut album is BPI-certified quadruple platinum (1.2 million shipments) in the United Kingdom…

  4. Monkeys, Foos, Take That Reign At Brit Awards

    February 20, 2008 12:00 AM EST It was all set up as the night pop would rule again. But rockers the Arctic Monkeys and Foo Fighters tweaked the script for the Brit Awards 2008, grabbing two awards each tonight (Feb. 20) alongside T It was all set up as the night pop would rule again. But rockers the Arctic Monkeys and Foo…

  5. Chart Beat Chat

    January 25, 2008 12:00 AM EST Fred and his readers discuss Anne Murray, the success of UK artists in America, the "Billboard's Hottest Hot 100 Hits" book and more! ANNE OF THE 13,000 DAYS Hi Fred: I noticed that veteran Canadian female vocalist Anne Murray's new CD "Duets: Friends and Legends"…

  6. Pop Acts Score Big At BRIT Nominations

    January 14, 2008 12:00 AM EST Pop acts dominate this year's BRIT Awards nominations, with Leona Lewis, Mika and Take That each up for four awards. Arctic Monkeys, Kaiser Chiefs, Mark Ronson and Kate Nash each scored three nominati Pop acts dominate this year's BRIT Awards nominations, with Leona Lewis, Mika and…

  7. Stereophonics, Sugababes Perched Atop U.K. Charts

    October 22, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Welsh rock trio Stereophonics achieved its fifth consecutive U.K. No. 1 album yesterday (Oct. 21) with "Pull the Pin" (V2), while Sugababes' "About You Now" (Universal Island) started a fourth week at kWelsh rock trio Stereophonics achieved its fifth consecutive U.K.…

  8. Eric Hutchinson: Perez Hilton Hears a Hit

    September 07, 2007 12:00 AM EDT When Eric Hutchinson woke up on the morning of September 5th and checked his email, his overflowing inbox initially confused him. "It was like my birthday, times ten," he says. "I started reading the When Eric Hutchinson woke up on the morning of September 5th and checked his…

  9. Snoop Dogg In The House For MTV EMAs

    August 30, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Snoop Dogg will take the mic as host of the MTV Europe Music Awards, to be held Nov. 1 at Munich's OlympiaHalle. Snoop Dogg will take the mic as host of the MTV Europe Music Awards, to be held Nov. 1 at Munich's OlympiaHalle. Organizers are keeping quiet on the lineup, apart from…

  10. ABC Goes Video Crazy For New, Returning Shows

    August 15, 2007 12:00 AM EDT ABC is producing music videos for several of its new and returning shows, including "Ugly Betty," "Desperate Housewives," "Grey's Anatomy," "Dancing With the Stars" and "Brothers and Sisters." ABC is producing music videos for several of…

  11. Morello, Townshend Kick Out The Jams At SXSW

    March 16, 2007 12:00 AM EDT With hundreds of performances every day, its identity as a festival is pretty easily established. But two particularly special performances on Thursday (March 15th) marked South by Southwest's second With hundreds of performances every day, its identity as a festival is pretty easily…

  12. Mika Tops U.K. Singles, Album Chart Again

    February 19, 2007 12:00 AM EST Casablanca/Universal Island's breakthrough artist Mika again scored "double top" as the new U.K. sales charts were published yesterday (Feb. 18). "Grace Kelly" started a fifth week atop the singles su Casablanca/Universal Island's breakthrough artist Mika again…