Mika – Grace Kelly (Leaping Ahead #283)

Leaping Ahead Project 2016 #283: 161009

[A song for the noughties (10)]

The first single from the 2007 album ‘Life in Cartoon Motion’, Mika released ‘Grace Kelly’ for download on 9 January 2007. Produced and mixed by Greg Wells, the song entered the UK Singles Chart at number three and the UK Official Download Chart at number one. One week later, it jumped to the top of the UK Singles Chart where it stayed for five weeks, ending 2007 as the year’s third biggest selling single.

The song is titled after Academy Award-winning American film and stage actress, and Princess of Monaco, Grace Kelly. The bit of dialogue used in the song is from the film The Country Girl. Mika claims the song was inspired after a bad experience with a record company executive, in which he was told to be more like Craig David. The lyric “So I try a little Freddie” is a reference to Queen’s Freddie Mercury, to whose singing voice Mika’s has been compared. On at least one occasion, Mika confirmed that he used the main melody from Figaro’s famous aria Largo al factotum in the opera The Barber of Seville by Gioachino Rossini.

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