Mika is making headway with the follow-up album to his mega-hit debut, "Life in Cartoon Motion," Billboard.biz can reveal.
Mika caught up with Billboard.biz Thursday afternoon during the prestigious Ivor Novello Awards ceremony, where he collected a gong for songwriter of the year.
"I'm writing my second album," he said, confident that at least three tracks were already in the bag. "It's all about building those songs after the process of the first album, and they're coming along, which is comforting."
The album, explained the U.K.-based, Lebanese-born singer, doesn't yet have a date. Or a release date. "There's a lot of debate and discussion as to when it will come out though. Now I'm just focusing on writing the songs."
When asked whether it would have a similar feel to the first album, Mika gave simply gave this reporter a wry smile.
"Life in Cartoon Motion" (Casablanca/Island) has three IFPI Platinum Europe Certifications, for pan-European shipments in excess of three million units. In Britain, the set is certified four-times platinum (1.2 million copies) after 67 weeks on the Official U.K. Albums Chart, where it is currently at No. 54.
Mika has a raft of European dates booked this summer, beginning July 3 at the Rock Werchter in Leuven.