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Teen queen's talent keeps her on top By Barbara Isaacs Democrat and Chronicle , In the summer of 1988, there were a lot of comparisons, most of them unwelcome. The teen concert scene was billed as the biggest rivalry since Wrestlemania II was Debbie Gibson cooler than Tiffany? Who would sell the most albums? Who was the true teen queen? "Last summer they were talking about the Brat Pack of teen singers and all that," Gibson said from a hotel room in Saratoga. "It bothered me a little." But the summer of 1989 is a different thing altogether. Gibson's new album, Electric Youth, has sold to the tune of 2.5 million copies and she's a major headlining act Tiffany, also on her second album, is floundering and is working as an opening act for New Kids On The Block. So people are talking less about Gibson's age and more about her music, which is just the way Gibson wants it. ."It still happens to some degree," the 18-year-old singer-songwriter said. "But I'm going to be 19 soon (August 31) ... I don't feel like I'm a baby. There are 15-and 16-year-olds winning Olympic medals in gymnastics. I'm far from getting up there and doing back flips." What she is doing, however, is packing arenas this summer, on a tour that will take Gibson to more than 60 cities in the United States, Canada and overseas. She'll be at the Finger Lakes Performing Arts Center in Canandaigua Thursday at 8 p.m. "It's going so well," she said. "We're selling out just about every place we've gone. And what's great is I'm doing the show I've always wanted to do." Gibson is a young woman who sounds older than 18, something that has come with the territory and two hit albums. "When it comes to the business side of things, I do feel older," she said. "I've been working in the business since I was 5. I'm very focused and everything." "But the personal side of me still feels younger. I mean, my mom still yells at me to clean up my room." The Long Island native is something of a child prodigy. At age 2 she wanted to learn guitar, but learned ukelele instead, since her hands were small. By age 4 she was learning piano and at 13 was a regular in the Metropolitan Opera Children's Chorus. TURN TO PAGE 3C Debbie Gibson

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  1. Democrat and Chronicle,
  2. 09 Aug 1989, Wed,
  4. Page 13

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