Must Listen Monday

The final Must Listen Monday of the Philly Mixtape summer is upon us…..

But not to worry, because the latest singles and rewerks provided by Justin Bieber, Nick Jonas, Diplo, Sleepy Tom, Barry Harris, Little Mix, Tinashe, DJ Gryffin, and many more are guaranteed to turn that end-of-summer frown upside down. 

Get those headphones ready….and go. 


Justin Bieber/”What Do You Mean”

All that hair…

Nick Jonas/”Levels” 


Macklemore/Ryan Lewis/”Downtown”

Welcome back, boys. 

Diplo/Sleepy Tom/”Be Right There” 

This banger sampled the classic ’90s track, “Don’t Walk Away” by Jade. Enough said. 

Little Mix/”Hair” 

You’ll want to musically brush this one out..

Tinashe/”Up We Go”

Up goes the volume levels in your headphones with this latest silky banger from Ms. Tinashe..

Adina Howard/”Bad 4 Me” 

After a 20 year hiatus, Ms. “Freak Like Me” has returned with this delightful, jazzy groove. 

Rudimental/”For The Love”/Sonny Fodera Rewire 

Deep house music bliss awaits you…

Years & Years/”Desire”/Gryffin Rewerk 

Another slice of deep house heaven...

Rachel Platten/”Fight Song”/(Disco Suckz Remix)

Ms. Platten may not be around a year from now, so bag this remix up while it’s still hot…

Azealia Banks/”Ice Princess”/Barry Harris Retelling 

Go on with this ice-cold remix, Mr. Harris..

Nicole Moudaber/Skin/”Someone Like You” 

End of summer sex music at its very sexiest….

Carly Rae Jepsen/”I Didn’t Just Come Here To Dance”

Because she tried really, really hard this summer…

Random Soul/Chloe West/”Catch Me” 

Catch this delightful groove…right now. 

JoJo/”When Love Hurts”

Because you just can’t say goodbye to summer without a little JoJo in your music life. 



Mixtape Music News

1.Justin Bieber found time to dry his tears and release the video for “What Do You Mean”….

Justin Bieber cried after he performed at the VMAs last night. But that’s not to say that they could have been tears of excitement as he dropped the new music video to his tropical house-laced comeback single, “What Do You Mean,” after the big show.

After much teasing of the track’s official release with a star-studded social media campaign and countdown, Mr. Bieber dropped the song’s lyric video this past Friday and performed it for the first time live at last night’s “ugh” VMAs. Watch the full music video below and revel in all that new Bieber hair that is being served up for us. Love it or loathe it, his new coif is something that we may not be able to escape anytime soon.

2.Happy 45th birthday, Ms. Debbie Gibson! 

Born on Aug. 31, 1970, Ms. Debbie served up her first Billboard Hot 100 hit, “Only in My Dreams,” before turning 17 and has a tidy bundle of five Hot 100 top 10s, including the No. 1s “Foolish Beat” and “Lost in Your Eyes.” 

Following her biggest hits, Gibson has gone on to be a fierce Broadway diva, hit the road with fellow ’80s chart queen Tiffany and, most recently, she starred in the UP TV movie The Music in Me.

To celebrate such a historic pop occasion, there’s truly only one song we need to play today at full blast-“Electric Youth,” the energetic synth-ed up title track from Ms. Gibson’s second studio album of the same name. Because it’s just so electrifying, of course. 


3.Zac Efron should definitely not quit his day job and become a full-time DJ…

The movie box office doldrums of August saw box-office champ Straight Outta Compton remain No. 1 for the third straight weekend, while crushing heartthrob Zac Efron‘s electronic dance music drama, We Are Your Friends, along the way. The DJ flick debuted to a dismal $1.8 million from 2,333 locations, the worst opening of all time for a new major studio movie opening in 2,000 or more theaters, not accounting for inflation.

If there’s any silver lining here, it’s that that Warner Bros. paid a modest $2 million to distribute the film in North America, so it’s not a complete disaster for the studio. 

Hey, at least Mr. Efron has next year’s Neighbors 2 on the horizon…

4.Miley surprised fans-and her label-by dropping a new album at the end of last night’s VMAs….

If you happened to catch the end of last night’s VMAs, host Miley Cyrus caught everyone by surprise when she dropped a new, free album at the end of the broadcast. But as much as it was a surprise for her fans, her label, RCA Records, knew nothing about it. 

Cyrus used the social media platform of last night’s VMAs to announce Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz-a “homemade” side project that serves up a new creative energy and was crafted up without financial support from her label.

Spilling music tea with the New York Times a week prior to last night’s spectacle (of which it most certainly was), Ms. Miley said her new studio set cost about $50,000 to make, also confirming that RCA didn’t contribute to the budget for Dead Petz and it won’t count toward fulfilling her multi-album contract with the label. “They had never heard the record until it was done,” Cyrus spilled. 

The Times shared a statement from the label which reads, “Miley Cyrus continues to be a groundbreaking artist. She has a strong point of view regarding her art and expressed her desire to share this body of work with her fans directly. RCA Records is pleased to support Miley’s unique musical vision.”

Maybe her new set will wash away the memories of all those outfits she wore at last night’s annual MTV gala. Check it out right here

5.Jay Z just had a one day love affair with Instagram….

Surprise! You can now follow Jay Z on Instagram! Oh, wait, false alarm…

According to New York Daily News, Mr. Hova joined the social media trap, err, app, this weekend, posting a photo tribute to Michael Jackson, and then strangely deleted the app 14 hours later — after garnering 100,000 followers behind the lone Gram.

Jay’s account was never verified, but he did receive a shout out of music love from executive Michael Kyser, who posted a photo of Jay on his phone. Maybe Mr. Z is intimidated by his wife, Beyonce, who is the #2 most followed person on Instagram, following (literally) behind Kim Kardashian


Summer Groove of the Day/Fifth Harmony/Kid Ink/”Worth It”


It’s time to face the music truth….summer is coming to an end.

But not to worry because as we know, the fall always has the potential to bring the music heat, especially since Ms. Adele and Ms. Janet are poised to make their grand return to diva form in the upcoming months. But before we jump into all that pumpkin spice, the time has come to dive headphones first into the summer 2015 music vault and sort through all of our favorite ditties…

All week long, I will personally be serving up my personal favorites for everyone, and let me tell you, putting this list together might’ve been one of the most difficult music tasks I’ve given myself all summer. But I did manage to narrow it down to 5 sun-kissed sonnets, and if you’ve been following Philly Mixtape these past few months, you should have no problem picking out which summer ’15 scorcher will be in my #1 spot..

Kicking off the list is the bouncy, bubbly “Worth It,” by Fifth Harmony and Kid Ink. With it’s grimy groove, seductive sax sample and funky fierceness provided by the gals of 5H, “Worth It” is not only one of the most tantalizing tunes of the summer, but indeed also the year.

And remember–always own your life like you’re worth it. Because, guess what? You are.