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Beverly Hills, 90210 Groove of the Day/Color Me Badd/”Got 2 Have You”

Oh, the days of Color Me Badd…life seemed to be so much simpler back then. 

There were quite a few episodes of Beverly Hills, 90210 during its decade long run–293, to be exact. But perhaps none are as quite fondly remembered than the one titled “Things To Do On a Rainy Day,” the classic episode that co-starred back-in-the-day R&B superstars Color Me Badd…and a Brenda-sized helping of Donna drama.  

If you’ll remember from this riveting episode, Mr. Silver and the gang try to win tickets to see the “I Wanna Sex U Up” crooners in concert, but their efforts don’t pay off quite as they all hoped. (thanks, Andrea.) Being the clever schemer that he was, David whips up a plot for them to sneak into the groups hotel, but unfortunately during their search, Donna finds more than she bargained for when she catches her (gasp!) mother cheating on her father. Sigh…

While we all felt the pain from Ms. Martin’s impending heartbreak, her and all of our frowns were turned upside down when Kelly surprised everyone by bringing the boys to the Peach Pit, where they delivered an impromptu a cappella performance of their baby makin’ smash, “I Adore Mi Amor,” and all was right with the world for a moment in Beverly Hills 90210 music time. 

Watch the oh, so classic clip  below-it will make your Tuesday. 

 

 

 

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Beverly Hills, 90210 Groove of the Day/Paula Abdul/”Bend Time Back Around”

Ready….set….fist bump.

Here at Philly Mixtape, we would never want to make anyone feel their age on a Monday, but there’s a truth that we must all face together today-Beverly Hills, 90210 is about to be a quarter-of-a-century old. 

The spectacular show about the lives of Donna Martin and friends premiered on October 4th, 1990, instantly reeling us into a world that was just full of shocks, surprises and Emily Valentine. Of course, we can’t ever forget the show’s pilot episode that dealt with the culture shock that twins Brandon (Jason Priestley) and Brenda Walsh (Shannen Doherty) were dealt with their parents, Jim (James Eckhouse) and Cindy (Carol Potter), forced them to move from chilly Minneapolis, Minnesota to bright and sunny Beverly Hills. In addition to chronicling the epic love triangle between Dylan, Kelly and Brenda, the show also addressed numerous topical issues like date rape, gay rights, alcoholism and diet pills. 

While the show suffered a poor start in the ratings (it wasn’t Andrea Zuckerman’s fault), the series gained popularity during the summer of 1991 when FOX aired a special “summer season” of the show while most other series were in reruns, which led 90210 to become one of the network’s top shows when it began its next season that fall. The viewership increased dramatically and the cast members, particularly Priestley and (sigh) Luke Perry, became teen idols while also making household names of Shannen Doherty and  Jennie Garth. Oh, and Tori Spelling, too.

To commemorate this sideburns worthy occasion, all week-long, Philly Mixtape will be serving up classic music tales from the show’s accompanying soundtrack, which you know you still listen to on the daily. So, if you’re looking for a little Shanice, Jeremy Jordan (!) and Color Me Badd  lovin’ this week, you’ve certainly come to the right music place.

Kicking it all off is opener “Bend Time Back Around” by Ms. Paula Abdul, which coincidentally is the perfect track to blast today because after the monumental weekend Philly just experienced with Pope Francis’ highly esteemed visit, we all wish we could go back and do it all over again. 

 

 

 

 

 

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Mixtape Music News/’Empire’ Edition

1.The ratings for last night’s season two premiere proved that…

…the sizzling show is showing no signs of slowing down anytime soon.

Returning for its sophomore season, last night the Lee Daniels fronted FOX sensation showed its second best ratings to date. In fact, the network dominated the opening Wednesday of the ’15/’16 season overall, benefiting from the much hyped Empire  premiere to deliver solid numbers. 

Season two opened with 16 million total viewers and a 6.5 rating (per fast nationals), dipping just 6 and 9 percent from the second hour of its record-setting freshman finale (17.6 mil/6.9). Since its premiere in January, the show had seen its overall audience grow with every episode, but that out-of-this-T.V.-world streak came to an end last night. 

But compared with last season’s premiere in January, last night’s Empire premiere was up by 71% in 18-49 (6.5 vs. 3.8) and by 62% in total viewers (16.0 million vs. 9.9 million), all making for the biggest improvement from season 1 premiere to season 2 premiere for any scripted series since FOX‘s now defunct House  in 2004 and 2005.

Empire season two sophomore slump? Never heard of it. 

2.This article featured in The Hollywood Reporter will quench your Cookie thirst….

If you’re looking quite a riveting Cookie-sized Empire read while you patiently wait for next week’s episode, than this recently published article in The Hollywood Reporter is just the one for you.

The glamorous mag takes you inside the Empire writers room, in which they say is just a world full of “bat shit crazy.” The article goes into detail describing how it all comes together, with most of the ideas coming from the brilliantly twisted mind of shows master, the esteemed Mr. Lee Daniels.

“For so long, we’ve had conversations that have ranged from challenging to unproductive with various creative partners about the value of having our shows reflect the audience that watches television,” says Fox TV Group chairman Dana Walden. “The result is that you can have a big, fat hit.”

Indeed…they do. For more on this fascinating read (if you’re a fan, you better), check your Cookie life right here

3.EW has an interesting way in reviewing Empire from here on out….

Warning….Empire spoilers a….head….

Always being one to recognize their readers, EW.com has now said that they’ll be reviewing Empire season two episodes a little differently from here on out. 

Every week, instead of a traditional recap with that trademark EW flair, they’ll now give you their latest edition of Empire: How Crazy-Awesome Was It?, in which they will rate the characters in terms of their sheer genius….or Kimberly from Melrose Place insanity.

For their first round-up, including what was up with that head-in-a-box(calling Jimmy & Justin?), sing your heart out for that Empire recording contract right here. 

4.Just who will be popping up this season??

Get ready….Mariah and friends are coming to Empire this season…

While we’re all anxiously awaiting to see just what kind of music shenanigans Luscious (Terrence Howard), Cookie (Taraji P. Henson), Jamal (Jussie Smollett) and the rest of the Lyon family will no doubt get into this season, we’re also dying to see just how all of those fabulously announced season two guest stars will hold their Empire hoops this season….

Among the long list of coveted guest spots will be Alicia Keys, Lenny Kravitz, Chris Rock, Mariah(let’s not forget Mariah and Daniels worked together in Precious)  and Vivica A. Fox, who will be stiletto-ing it up to play Cookie‘s sister, who according to rumors, is coming on board to test audiences’ interest in members of Cookie’s family, of which creator Daniels has recently suggested an interest in a spin-off. 

According to reports, Henson and Fox are besties in real life, and it was at Henson’s request to get the lovely Ms. Fox to take on the role. While we absolutely can’t wait to see how this all plays out (hint-they won’t get along), this casting news takes us back to another time Fox went diva-to diva…with Uma Thurman‘s The Bride in Kill Bill Vol. 1, all making up for one of the bloodiest, best catfights since Empire‘s comparative show, Dynasty

5.This Empire groove from Swizz Beatz will set your day off right….

Another reason that Empire just gets to werk  is because of the dazzling display of Timbaland produced bangers that are served to us every week. Last season’s grooves were no exception, with artists like Jennifer Hudson, Alicia Keys, and cast members including Yazz and Jussie Smullet who added their own funkdafied flavors to cuts from season one. 

This season is already looking musically tight, with Timbo back on board, as well as many more music artists including Swizz Beatz and Pitbulll, who have already provided some new music for season two. 

Turn up the Swizz volume below and get ready for what is sure to be an incredible sophomore season of Empire