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


10 Classic Debbie Gibson Singles

One of the reasons I love doing the Mixtape Music News every morning is because you truly never know just what kind of news is going to pop up on your music radar. So, you can imagine my delight yesterday when I stumbled across the news that the one-and-only Debbie Gibson (now known as Deborah), had a new song out, a tender ballad called, “Promises.” In a quick review of Deb’s somber sonnet, it’s a piece of musicmallow fluff that is just kind of, “eh,” but in the end, Mixtape is grateful that Ms. Gibson has been making the rounds because it got all of that music mojo flowing that only her classic late ’80s/early ’90s grooves can deliver…

Now, just why are we gagging over Gibson? In a music word, before there was Mandy, Jessica, Justin, 3LW, XXXtina, Britney and Tiffany…there was simply, Debbie. The young songstress made her chart debut at just sixteen years old with her debut set, “Out of the Blue,” a fun pop album that pretty much contained hit-after-hit single. From the moment lead single “Only in My Dreams” hit Sony Walkman headphones everywhere in ’87, Debbie became an overnight sensation, selling millions and heading out on dazzling concert tours. In fact, Philly Mixtape’s first concert tour was Ms. Debbie–and it was nothing short of spectacular. 

After ‘Blue,’ Debbie released follow up set, “Electric Youth,” but besides the ballad, “Lost In Your Eyes” and the moderate success of the albums title track, her music heat began to cool soon after. But, over the years, the delightful diva has stayed on the scene, delivering a handful of later albums, starring in Les Mis on Broadway, and who can forget that epic film, ‘Mega Python vs. Gatoroid,’ in which she starred in with her music arch nemesis, Tiffany. Priceless….

These next 10 tracks are not only slices of pure pop perfection, but they also resemble a time when music seemed a lot more fun. Hey, if you could get away with wearing some of these outfits from her classic videos, it most certainly was a great time. Get lost in ALL things Debbie Gibson below…


“Only In My Dreams”

Six words…the one that started it all…

“Shake Your Love”

She certainly wasn’t a one-hit wonder with this successful “Dreams” follow up…that whistle!!

“Out of the Blue”


“Foolish Beat”

This track not only became Debbie’s first #1 single, but she also became the youngest songwriter ever to have a #1 spot on the Billboard singles charts, as she co-wrote the heartbreaking ballad….

“Staying Together”

One of Ms. Gibson’s lowest charting earlier singles…and it’s even better live…

“Electric Youth”

You can tell that Debbie was making that coin by watching this video….but it was spent in a VERY ’90s kind of way….watch and watch again!

“Lost In Your Eyes”

Another #1 co-written hit for the diva, and when it comes to this beautiful ballad, we just fell….don’t know why…

“No More Rhyme”

Another underrated Gibson groove, and with lyrics, “You can find your place/but never fit in”….it’ll get you….

 “Anything Is Possible”

When Debbie grew up a bit on her album of the same name, sadly, the fans didn’t follow as this song would become her last well known hit…but we’ll take this underrated ’91 gem any damn Debbie day of the week…

 “Red Hot”

A Philly Mixtape favorite, the last single release from her ‘Out of the Blue’ album….it’s all wrapped up in sax.