British singer-songwriter MIKA on
Wednesday released a new single from his third studio album, The
Origin Of Love.
Popular Song, which debuted on
iTunes and other digital retails through Republic Records, features
Ariana Grande, whose successful co-starring role on cabler
Nickelodeon's Victorious led to her own spin-off: Sam &
Cat. Her own debut album is expected in 2013.
Popular Song offers a fresh
twist on Popular from the Broadway hit musical Wicked.
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Popular composer Stephen
Schwartz was so moved by the new interpretation that he authorized
the use of his music for the first time ever.
The 29-year-old MIKA, born Michael
Holbrook Penniman, Jr., only recently began to discuss his sexuality.
“If you ask me am I gay, I say yeah.
Are these songs about my relationship with a man? I say yeah. And
it's only through my music that I've found the strength to come to
terms with my sexuality beyond the context of just my lyrics. This
is my real life,” MIKA said in the September issue of Instinct.