Tiffany plays Tupelo Music Hall on Sunday, Nov. 17

Once upon a time … around the time I was in high school … you couldn’t go to a newsstand without seeing headlines blaring about the battle between Tiffany and Debbie Gibson.

They battled for radio airplay. They battled for video airtime. They battled for magazine cover space.Debbie Gibson nudged onto the scene in late 1986. Tiffany arrived shortly thereafter. The big difference between the two was that Debbie Gibson wrote and recorded her own music whereas Tiffany’s first hit was a cover — Tommy James and the Shondells’ 1967 classic “I Think We’re Alone Now” — while another big hit was “I Saw Him Standing There,” her take on The Beatles’ “I Saw Her Standing There.”

The two of them famously patched up whatever “feud” there was years later, touring together in 2011 and again earlier this year on the Mixtape Tour with New Kids on the Block, Salt-n-Pepa and Naughty by Nature. They also worked together in the SyFy film “Mega Python vs. Gatoroid.”

Tiffany soldiers on with a fall tour, including a stop this Sunday, Nov. 17, 7 p.m., at Tupelo Music Hall in Derry, N.H. Tickets are $40 and are available at

You’ll hear the aforementioned hits, along with “Could’ve Been” and “All This Time,” plus many other hits from throughout a career that started when she was the youngest female artist to top the Billboard chart with her eponymous debut album.

She’s touring behind her 10th studio album, “Pieces of Me,” which came out in late 2018.Don’t miss this opportunity to catch up with an ’80s pop sensation.