Five years ago this week, Mika topped the Official Singles Chart with Grace Kelly.
The track, which was the second release from his Number 1 album Life In Cartoon Motion, became the second single to top the Official Singles Chart based on downloads alone (Gnarls Barkley’s Crazy being the first in April 2006).
"I wrote Grace Kelly as a little sticky to the music industry,” revealed Mika of the track’s lyrical inspiration. “I was working with a big music company in London that wanted to mould me into what they felt would turn me into a commercial success. They told me I needed to make a record more like what everyone expected pop records to be, and be like Craig David.
“I knew that would lead to complete disaster,” he added. “So I came back home and I wrote Grace Kelly that night. From that point on, I made a decision to write in the way I wanted to and not how someone else told me to."
Grace Kelly initially entered the Official Singles Chart at Number 3 on January 20, before knocking X Factor winner Leona Lewis’ A Moment Like This off the top spot a week later. It went on to spend an impressive five weeks at Number 1 and, to date, has sold over 578,000 copies in the UK. Check out the video below.
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MIKA - Grace Kelly on MUZU.