Mixtape Music News/Madonna Birthday Edition

1.Is Madonna being a major ‘Rebel’ diva? 

We know by now that Ms. Madonna has been known for being a little diva-ish, and music word has it that she may be at it…again.

According to, sources close to her upcoming Rebel Heart Tour say that her diva behavior is getting a little out of control. really crossed the line!

With the 56-year-old’s latest tour set to kick off in a little less than a month, those same insiders say she is cracking under the pressure.

“Madonna is a real piece of work. On Monday night, the dancers declared mutiny on Madonna because she is working them way too hard,” the source claimed to RO.

“One dancer even went so far as to take off his credentials, throw it in her face and say, ‘F*ck you. I quit!’”

Stated the source, “She had to call security to protect her and escort her remaining dancers out!”

The same source also said that “On another occasion, one of her dancers broke her arm during rehearsals and instead of showing concern, Madonna had a nuclear meltdown.”

But the most shadiest of Material Girl shade came when the source also just had to throw in that the dancers are required to ear slimming black head-to-toe at all times because Madonnas quoted as saying there are What’s more, ‘no fat c*nts allowed in her presence.’”

A second source close to the production also spoke to production and threw even more shade towards the Queen of Pop. Grab those sunglasses and click here for more of these, um, rumors.

2.Will you be ready for the Rebel Heart tour?

Speaking of Madonna’s upcoming live opus, the show will touch down in Philly on Sept 24th, and judging by the grooves on the supposed leak track list, it’s looking to be another wild on-the-road ride from the Material Girl.

But since every concert tour presented by the Queen of Pop is creatively different, we never know what to expect as in her three decades of touring she has proven to be an unstoppable live force. Relive all of her concert glory with a Philly Mixtape look back at every tour, including the strobe-lit Confessions show, the sexed up Girlie spectacle and her most successful and, um daring show of them all, The Blonde Ambition Tour.

3.When’s the last time you heard this Madonna summer groove? 

With its bubble gum beat, cheeky vocals and Sean Penn inspired lyrics, “Cherish” is still one hell of still a great pop ride. And how can we forget about the Herb Ritts directed accompanying video? We can’t. 

4. Did you get your Philly Mixtape Madonna week on? 

All week long, Philly Mixtape has been serving everyone with a buffet of Materal beats, including some of her most ravenous sun-kissed sonnets, got lost in a sea of essential rewerks, got our “Ashanti” on to “Ray of Light’ and remembered her long lost American Life set. Needless to say, it’ been quite a week. Check out all of the delightful highlights below.Only one more year until we do it again!

Summer Grooves

“Into the Groove”

“Who’s That Girl”/”Causing a Commotion”

“Express Yourself”

“Human Nature”


15 Essential Madonna Rewerks

5 Reasons Why You Should Listen to Madonna’s ‘Ray of Light’ Right This Second

Forgot About Friday/’American Life’


5.Which one of these underrated Madonna ’80s gems are your favorite? 

Madonna certainly delivered hit-after-hit in the ’80s, so it’s easy those songs that still fly under the Boy Toy radar. Music case in point, the equally delightful, “Spotlight” and “Angel.” Which one is your favorite? Most likely both. 

6.Because it’s Sunday, too. 

Eroti….ca for life. 




10 Classic George Benson Singles

If there’s one music artist whose got the baby makin’ grooves down to locked bedroom door perfection, it’s iconic singer/songwriter/jazz guitar extraordinaire, George Benson. For almost six(!) decades, Mr. Benson has put out some of the most influential jazz, disco and love records that will ever bless our headphones. Even at the smooth age of 72, he’s still making that magic music, while at the same time making all of our #TBT dreams come true with his classic grooves that Philly Mixtape has served up for everyone today.

Often referred to as one of the greatest guitarists in jazz history, George Benson is indeed one hell of a extraordinary musician, whose unique musical skills found him crossing easily between straight-ahead jazz, smooth jazz, and contemporary R&B. Blessed with a style that can be comparable to jazz greats Charlie Christian and Wes Montgomery, Mr. Benson’s smooth, seductive sound is also completely his own. Not only does he slay it on lead guitar, but he’s also one of the best rhythm guitarists in the business. However, that’s only a small slice of music life when it comes to Mr. Benson as he also sings in a deep, soulful tenor and in fact, it’s his dynamic voice that has proven more marketable to the music world than his famed guitar playing. 

Starting out in this crazy music business as a singer, Benson began performing in nightclubs at an very early age;forming a rock band at 17 while using a guitar that his stepfather made for him. Exposure to those classic jazz records got him intrigued with the genre, and by 1962, the teenage Benson was playing in Brother Jack McDuff‘s band. After forming his own group in 1965, Benson became another one of talent scout John Hammond’s major discoveries, recording a handful of highly regarded albums of soul-jazz and hard bop for Columbia and turning up on several records by others, including Miles in the Sky, the phenomenal album from the late, great Miles Davis. After he joined Verve in the late-’60s, Benson began working with legendary producer, Creed Taylor, and that’s where Mr. Benson’s mainstream radio magic began…

At first, Benson quickly became a guitar star in the jazz world, with the mainstream music market not catching on until he began to emphasize vocals after signing and linking up with Warner Bros. Records. His first album for the label, Breezin‘, became a Top Ten hit on the strength of its only vocal track, “This Masquerade,” and this would lead to a string of hit albums in an R&B-flavored pop mode, culminating with the disco-kissed Quincy Jones-produced classic, “Give Me the Night,” as well as the iconic, “On Broadway.” 

Through the oh, so elusive decade of the ’80s, while Benson was enjoying the many fruits of his singing success, his guitar playing took a back seat in order to sell more records. It was only later in the decade that Benson switched back into his guitar game;recording a critically acclaimed album of jazz standards. He also kept making dynamic records throughout the ’90s, with most critics noting that his more pop-oriented guitar work had noticeably improved in later years. Even more recently, Mr. Benson put out a buffet of albums in the ’00s, most notably for 2006’s Givin’ It Up, which earned the music mastermind a Grammy Award nomination. 

Two years ago, Benson released Inspiration: A Tribute to Nat King Cole, an album that he masterfully recorded at the age of 70. Regarded as one of Benson’s finest music moments, (check it out right here), the album only further proved that one, they certainly don’t make them like this anymore, and two, there’s no denying that the incredibly gifted George Benson has a unique, one-of-a-kind talent will last through the ages…and then some.

Go on, Mr. Benson…