Two years later Mika 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.
He was later awarded the BRIT Award for Best British Breakthrough Artist.
Mika has reportedly written songs for other musicians, saying "I write songs for other people under different names most of the time. One of them has been discovered – it's Alice." The album was originally titled We Are Golden after the first single from the album, "We Are Golden".
In November 2009 Mika performed 'Rain' and 'We Are Golden' live at the Sydney Opera House for the Australian Idol Grand Final.
He also performed on Sunrise on the Seven Network in Australia.
The Dodgy Holiday EP also became available for download.
The song "Billy Brown" was available for free download for a week from the i Tunes Store.
He then attended St Philip's School in Kensington, where he was the head of the Schola Cantorum (the St. Later he attended Westminster School and the Royal College of Music, which he left to record his first album at Casablanca Records.
In another example of dealing with more difficult subject matter, in the song "Billy Brown", Mika writes about a married man who has a homosexual affair.
On 20 February 2008, Mika opened the 2008 BRIT Awards with a live performance of "Love Today," "Grace Kelly," and a duet, "Standing in the Way of Control", with Beth Ditto.
His debut album Life in Cartoon Motion has a coming of age theme and deals with his transition from childhood to the present, though he has stated that not all of the songs are autobiographical. For instance, in "Big Girl (You Are Beautiful)" the theme of larger women suffering from discrimination is explored.
Mika has said that the fact that his mother was a big woman, and that he had seen the prejudices against her, helped him to write the song.