After recording his first extended play, Dodgy Holiday EP, Mika released his first full-length studio album, Life in Cartoon Motion, on Island Records in 2007. Life in Cartoon Motion sold more than 5.6 million copies worldwide and helped him win aBrit Award—winning Best British Breakthrough act, and receive a Grammy Award nomination. In 2006, he started up his company, Dodgy Holiday Tours Limited. Two years later he released his second extended play, Songs for Sorrow, of which limited edition copies are now sold out worldwide. In 2009 Mika released his second studio album, The Boy Who Knew Too Much. Finishing his worldwide tour, he started writing and recording material for his third album, The Origin of Love, stating it will be “more simplistic pop, less layered than the last one”.
Mika has begun recording his new album. He has stated in numerous interviews that the new album will be more simplistic and less layered than the previous album. Mika announced the title of the album, The Origin of Love in a French interview on 17 June. Mika has also said that he will include a number of French tracks on the album, and that the musical style will include elements of Daft Punk and Fleetwood Mac. He describes the album as less child-like and more serious. The first single released from the album is “Elle me dit”, Mika’s first French track. It was released online on 1 July 2011. Nick Littlemore of Empire of The Sun, Paul Steel, frYars, William Orbit, Doriand, Priscilla Renea, Billboard, Hillary Lindsey, Ellie Goulding, Pharrell Williams, Benny Benassi, Martin Solveig, Klas Åhlund, Wayne Hector, and Greg Wells are all confirmed to be involved with the production of the album. On 8 June 2012, a track titled “Make You Happy” premiered in the form of a short film. The song will not serve as a single but will feature on The Origin of Love. On 14 June 2012, Mika announced “Celebrate”, which features Pharrell Williams, as the lead single from The Origin of Love. The album will be released on 16 September 2012.