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earlymadonnaI spotted singer Keri Hilson chanelling ’80s Madonna’ at the 14th Annual Beautiful People Party recently.

The event, hosted by Paper Magazine and Guess, saw Ms Hilson wearing her underwear (bra) as outer wear, stone-washed denim and darkened roots with her golden blonde do.

And I thought it was only Lady Gaga  doing impressions of Madge these days!

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faith2George Michael may have been in the news for not the best reasons of late. BUT always ones to look on the bright side over here at I Miss The Old School, there is no denying the man has made some GREAT music in his time. And one of his finest moments was 1987′s Faith, his first solo album, after leaving Wham!

The now iconic LP, which has been reissued and remastered, will be available to purchase in multiple formats, including a Limited Edition Numbered Collectors box set, from January 31st, 2011.

I Miss The Old School have teamed up with Sony Music to give away three standard copies of the remastered version of Faith to three lucky readers! To be in with a chance of winning, please answer this simple question:

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brandybraids2011I was pleasantly surprised to see singer/actress Brandy rocking her old school signature braids this week. Considering it comes hot on the heels of both Solange Knowles and Kim Kardashain sporting the style, it makes me wonder if the long plaited look is making a comeback in the showbiz world.

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SPL64694_017These days Danni Minogue is best known as one of the judges on the ultra-popular British TV show The X Factor. She also recently had her first child, a son, with boyfriend and model Kris Smith, is the co-creator of fashion line Project D, not long released her autobiography and is one of the current faces of British superstore Marks and Spencer. She is also a judge on Australia’s Got Talent. Phew! Busy lady!

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album-the-immaculate-collectionOne of my favourite albums ever is Madonna’s Immaculate Collection, which was her first commercially released greatest hits package. Spanning from the early years of  her career, 1983 to 1990 (however, her first single Everybody, was released in 1982) , when it was released, this set, is one where you can listen to it from start to finish, with no fast forwards and it’s rare you can do that with an album, even a greatest hits one. This came out when I was in secondary school, and I remember my friend copying it on a tape for me. Years later I bought an orignal copy on CD, and that has since been put on the trusty old iPod.

The list of songs in order is:

  • Lucky Star
  • Borderline
  • Like a Virgin
  • Material Girl
  • Papa Don’t Preach
  • Open Your Heart
  • La Isla Bonita
  • Like a Prayer
  • Express Yourself
  • Cherish
  • Oh Father
  • Vogue

Like most young girls growing up in the 80s I really loved Madonna. The reason? Well aside from the shocking stuff she used to do (all you younguns, Lady Gaga is pretty tame in comparison), she just had really really great pop songs.

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Everybody has a favourite Madonna tune, and a top five. Mine? Like A Prayer, Cherish, Borderline, Papa, Don’t Preach, and Crazy For You, and four of those are on this album. This is an album I listen to often, especially when I’m trying to cheer myself up, or I’m in a great mood already.

So here’s my take on every track on this classic album, and of course the accompanying videos.

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Sprite recently unveiled their new advert featuring emcee of the moment Drake (below). I like the concept of the commercial and feel what the makers were trying to convey really worked.

A celebrity in a soft drink ad is now nothing to blink twice at, but although technology has progressed quite a bit in recent times, some of the best soft drink endorsement clips came out in the 80s and 90s.

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