Madonna

  • 09 June 2004

Date of birth

16th August, 1958

Occupation

Musician

Sex

1st January, 1970

Height

1.65

Madonna (Madonna Louise Ciccone Ritchie, born 16.8.1958) Madonna is an American award winning songwriter and pop singer. She is also an award-winning actress.

Net Worth: According to a Forbes article in 2013, Madonna has a net worth of 500 million USD.

Childhood: Madonna's father, Silvio Ciccone was an Italian-American. He worked as a design engineer for Chrysler/General Motors. Her mother, Madonna Louise, was of French-Canadian heritage. The third of six children, Madonna was raised as a Catholic, in the Detroit suburbs of Pontiac and Avon Township. When Madonna was five, her mother died of breast cancer and father went on to marry their housekeeper, with whom he fathered another two children. At high school, Madonna was a straight-A student as well as a member of the school cheerleading squad. She took dance classes from a young age and eventually earned a dance scholarship for the University of Michigan.

Career: Madonna moved to New York to pursue a dancing career in 1977. She formed her first band, The Breakfast Club, with then-boyfriend Dan Gilroy. She sang and played guitar and drums in the band. Her second band, Emmy, with another boyfriend, Stephen Bray, brought her attention in New York's dance clubs. One local DJ was so impressed with her dance recording demo tapes that he passed them on to Seymour Stein, the infamous founder of Sire Records. Stein signed Madonna to a singles deal.

Her first release, in 1982, was 'Everybody'. The track reached number three in the Billboard Hot Dance/Club chart, as did its follow-up 'Burning Up', the next year. The success of the singles convinced Stein to finance a full-length album. Madonna, released in 1983, was also a success, peaking at number eight on the US album chart. The follow-up album, Like A Virgin, became Madonna's first US number one album. Her popularity drew a massive wave of look-alikes, with girls bleaching their hair and wearing fishnet tights, to copy Madonna's style. The title track from the album was also a number one success, this time on the mainstream Billboard Hot 100 chart.

Madonna performed the song 'Like A Virgin' at the first ever MTV Video Awards. She performed the song on top of a giant wedding cake. Madonna's second number one single and first Grammy Award nomination came with 1985's 'Crazy For You'. The song was from the Vision Quest soundtrack. The film featured Madonna in a small role, playing a club singer. Later that year, she starred in Desperately Seeking Susan. 'Into The Groove', from the film's soundtrack, became Madonna's first UK number one. Later that year, Madonna undertook her first US concert tour, with rap group The Beastie Boys. In 1986, Madonna released True Blue. The album spawned five hit singles, including 'Live To Tell', 'Papa Don't Preach' and 'Open Your Heart', which all reached number one in the US. The next year. Madonna contributed four songs to the soundtrack to Who's That Girl?, another film featuring the singer in a lead role. At the time, Madonna's 'Who's That Girl?' World Tour was the highest-grossing tour in music history.

Pope John Paul II encouraged fans to boycott her Italian performances. Like a Prayer, Madonna's fourth studio album, was released in 1989 and featured Prince playing guitar on two songs. The album reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100. The next year, Madonna starred in Dick Tracy and again, was featured on the soundtrack, which reflected the 1930's setting of the film.

The album, I'm Breathless, sold over seven million copies worldwide. Later on in 1990, Madonna embarked on the 'Blond Ambition World Tour', which found her critcised for her dance routine during 'Like A Virgin', in which she simulated masturbation. In November of the same year, her first greatest hits collection was released: The Immaculate Collection. 'Rescue Me', one of two new songs on the compilation, became the highest-debuting single by a female artist on the Billboard Hot 100. The video for the other new track, 'Justify My Love', was banned from MTV for its explicitly sexual overtones. The single became her ninth number one.

Continuing her chart domination, Madonna's next single, in 1992, was her tenth number one. 'This Used To Be My Playground' was taken from the soundtrack to her latest venture, A League Of Their Own. That same year, Madonna set up Maverick Records and released the book SEX, a publication of explicit photographs of Madonna by Steven Meisel. The accompanying album was entitled Erotica. The single of the same name became the highest-debuting single in US history.

Madonna's next two films were not brilliantly received, either publicly or by critics. Body of Evidence contained a number of S&M scenes and Dangerous Game was denied a theatrical release. Her overtly sexual image continued and Orthodox Jews protested against her first Israel concert. Her critics were not appeased when she removed her underwear on the Late Show with David Letterman in 1994.

Madonna's sixth studio album was entitled Bedtime Stories, produced by Dallas Austin and nominated for a Grammy award for Best Pop Vocal Album. The title track was co-written by Icelandic pop star Björk and 'Take A Bow' stayed at number one for seven weeks. In 1996, Madonna returned to acting and starred in Evita, playing the role of Eva Perón. The soundtrack became her 12th platinum album. 'You Must Love Me', from the film, won both and Academy Award and a Golden Globe for Best Original Song from a Motion Picture. She also won a Best Actress Golden Globe for her performance.

The next year, Madonna's album Ray of Light was released. Produced by William Orbit, the album won three Grammy Awards. She also released 'Beautiful Stranger', again with Orbit at the helm, for the soundtrack to Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me. In 2000, Madonna covered Don McLean's 'American Pie' for the soundtrack to her film The Next Best Thing. The follow up to Ray of Light saw Madonna continuing the electronic sound she had developed with William Orbit. Music went to number one in both the UK and US album charts. Her international success began to falter in 2002 when she starred in Swept Away, directed by her ex-husband Guy Ritchie. The film was a failure and failed to obtain a theatre release in Europe.

Her song 'Die Another Day', for the 20th James Bond theme earned her both a 'Best Original Song' nomination at the Grammys and a 'Worst Song' Golden Raspberry nomination. American Life was the title of Madonna's ninth studio album, released in 2003. It was the lowest-selling album of her career, despite selling over four million copies. At that year's MTV Video Music Awards, Madonna courted more controversy by sharing a kiss with both Christina Aguilera and Britney Spears during their onstage performance.

Her 'Re-Invention World Tour was the largest-grossing tour of 2004, and earned $125 million. Confessions on a Dancefloor, released in 2005, sold over 8 million copies. Madonna opened the 2006 Grammy awards with a performance of 'Hung Up.' It's follow-up, 'Sorry', made her the female artist with the highest number of number one singles in the UK.

The 'Confessions' tour was the highest-grossing tour ever for a female artist. 2007 saw Madonna leaving Warner Bros. and signing a new 10-year contract with Live Nation. The contract is reported to be worth $120 million and covers merchandise, albums and promotion. Her Warner Bros. obligations were completed with the 2008 release of Hard Candy, which features contributions from Timbaland, Pharrell Williams and Justin Timberlake.

In December 2007, Timberlake inducted Madonna to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In 2012, Madonna released her 12th studio album, MDNA. With this album, Madonna broke the record for most number one albums released by a solo artist in the UK and Australia.

Personal Life: Madonna has had a number of high-profile relationships with men in the entertainment industry. Most notably, she has dated artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, musician Jellybean Benitez, actor Warren Beatty, rapper Vanilla Ice and basketball player Dennis Rodman.

In 1985, Madonna married Sean Penn, whom she had met on the set for the 'Material Girl' video. The couple was officially divorced in 1989. Madonna met Carlos Leon whilst walking in Central Park. They began dating and Madonna gave birth to their daughter Lourdes Maria Ciccone Leon on 14.10.1996. The relationship ended in 1997.

Two years later, she met Guy Ritchie and gave birth to their son, Rocco John Ritchie. The pair married in Scotland in 2000. In 2006, Madonna adopted a Malawian child, David Banda. The adoption caused outrage in some quarters as the adoption was not deemed to be legal and it was thought that Madonna had received special treatment due to her international profile.

On 15 December 2008 a spokeperson for Madonna announced that Guy Ritchie and Madonna were to divorce and had agreed a divorce settlement. In 2009, Madonna adopted a child from Malawi again called Mercy James.

Madonna Defends Her VMAs Tribute To Aretha Franklin After Backlash

By Ed Biggs in Music / Festivals on 22 August 2018

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The Queen of Pop's tribute to the Queen of Soul didn't go down very well at the 2018 VMAs.

Madonna has addressed the backlash that followed her speech at the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards at the weekend, after she was criticised for being disrespectful in her tribute to the late Aretha Franklin.

The pop icon, who celebrated her 60th birthday last week, was accused of being tone-deaf in her five-minute monologue about her own career. Some were annoyed that a white artist had been selected to pay tribute to Franklin (who passed away on Thursday), while others expressed disbelief that Madge spent virtually the entire time talking about herself and her own journey to becoming a star.

However, she took to Instagram days later to defend herself, explaining that the organisers of the VMAs had asked her to share “any anecdotes” about the late Queen of Soul while presenting the Album of the Year award on Sunday night at Radio City Music Hall in New York.

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Full 2018 MTV VMA Winners! (And Why Everyone Was Disappointed In Madonna)

By Holly Mosley in Music / Festivals on 21 August 2018

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Camila Cabello wins big, and Madonna makes a dodgy tribute.

The 2018 MTV VMAs were finally handed out last night but rather than the event being a cause for celebration, many people are unhappy with how everything went down. From the winners to the speeches, there was little that inspired Video Music Awards viewers this year. Ratings are not expecting to be at an all time high.

Camila Cabello at 2018 MTV VMAs

For a start, plenty of people have taken to Twitter to complain about Camila Cabello winning Video of the Year with 'Havana' rather than Childish Gambino's 'This Is America' taking the prize. For a video that managed to win Video With a Message, Best Direction and Best Choreography, you would have thought Video of the Year was a given for Donald Glover.

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Madonna At 60 - Her 10 Best Singles

By Daniel Falconer in Movies / TV / Theatre on 18 August 2018

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Which of Madonna's many hits do you think is the best?

Madonna turned 60 this week, and so to celebrate the Queen of Pop and her many decades of entertaining the world, we've decided to take a look back at her incredible catalogue of hits, and pick out her 10 best singles...

10. 'Beautiful Stranger'

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Album Of The Week: We're Mad For 'Madonna'

By Holly Mosley in Music / Festivals on 27 July 2018

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'Madonna' was released on this day (July 27th) in 1983.

Can you believe it's been 35 years to the day since Madonna dropped her self-titled debut album? And still it remains as relevant to the world of pop as it ever was. She's a stalwart in the development of modern music and will always be true musical royalty.

Image caption Madonna - 'Madonna'

Madonna was just 24 when she embarked on her musical career in 1982, signing to Sire Records following the success of her debut single 'Everybody', and less than a year later releasing her first album 'Madonna' which reached the top 10 in both the UK and the US.

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Could Madonna Be Headlining Glastonbury Next Year?

By Charlotte Court in Music / Festivals on 26 June 2018

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Rumour has it the Queen of Pop has become the first headliner to be booked for the next outing of the famous festival

Despite it being a whole other year away, the rumours around who will be performing at Glastonbury 2019 have already started to swirl - and this time it seems Madonna, the Queen of Pop herself, has her name in the frame.

Image caption Madonna could be tipped to play the Pyramid Festival at next year's Glastonbury

The Like A Virgin artist has been attached to a number of Worthy Farm suggestions and, as the days to June 2019 continue to countdown, it seems a source has all but confirmed her as a headliner.

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Glamour And Guts: The Evolution Of Met Gala Madonna

By Holly Mosley in Fashion / Beauty on 09 May 2018

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She also manages to steal the show.

One star who always manages to make a splash on the red carpet at every Met Gala she attends is Madonna. She blends art with glamour seamlessly, creating iconic looks that find their place in fashion history every single time. After her astounding religion-inspired look at this year's Costume Institute Gala, we look back at five other seminal looks.

2011 - Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty
To pay tribute to this legendary British designer who died the previous year, this event featured a plethora of astounding looks. But Madonna's floor-length, star-spangled silk number in blue, designed by Stella McCartney, was the epitome of elegant Hollywood glamour - complete with her red lipstick and humble blonde curls.

Image caption Madonna at Met Gala 2011 (L) and 2013 (R)

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Lourdes Leon's Unshaven Armpits Has Made Headlines Again

By Holly Williams in Fashion / Beauty on 05 January 2018

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It's time to accept the natural form of a female body.

It's sad that we have to live in a society where a perfectly natural part of the human body makes headline news. But, unfortunately, that's exactly what's happened with Madonna's daughter Lourdes Leon, who happened to be sporting unshaved armpits in a recent photograph with her mother.

Image caption Lourdes Leon enjoys a beach vacation

The 21-year-old gave a huge red-lipped grin as she reached backwards to hug her famous mother who was cradling her face in a gorgeous New Year shot that Madonna posted on Instagram this week. It was a beautiful candid moment, but few people cared about that.

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Madonna Flies Economy To Portugal And The Internet Loses Its Mind

By Holly Williams in Lifestyle / Showbiz on 02 November 2017

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She has been flying between the US, UK and Portugal a lot lately.

Being a record-breaking, Grammy winning superstar is no excuse to throw money away, as Madonna proved when she decided to fly economy class from London to Lisbon earlier this week. Fans were shocked by the picture evidence, with many questioning why she didn't just use a private jet.

Image caption Madonna at the Billboard Women in Music Awards

For the 59-year-old 'Vogue' singer, jetting all over the world is as normal as catching a bus - and indeed she caught the air equivalent of a bus when she decided on an economy seat for her flight to Portugal on Tuesday (October 31st 2017).

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Lady Gaga Reignites Feud With Madonna

By Charlotte Court in Music / Festivals on 22 September 2017

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The Queen of Pop called the Poker Face hitmaker's music "reductive"

Madonna sparked up an interesting feud when she called fellow innovator Lady GaGa’s music "reductive" in 2012. With a relationship previously seeming positive if pictures in the media were anything to go by, it was an insult out-of-the-blue from the Queen of Pop.

Image caption Lady Gaga has spoken out about about Madonna in her new Netflix documentary

Now Lady GaGa has addressed the fallout in her new Netflix documentary, Five Foot Two, saying she wished the singer would tell her she’s a ‘piece of shit’ to her face instead of just on TV.

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Madonna Moves To Portugal As Son Joins Soccer Team

By Stephanie Chase in Lifestyle / Showbiz on 03 September 2017

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The Queen of Pop is also working on new music.

Madonna has moved to Lisbon, Portugal after buying a house reported to be worth £7 million.

The move is said to have come after her son David Banda joined the Benfica football team youth academy.

The singer announced the news on Instagram by posting a photo of a kitchen with baskets hanging from the ceiling and writing: ‘I used to be a basket case but now I Live in Lisbon!’.

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Madonna seen on the red carpet at the 2017 Met Gala - New York, United States - Monday 1st May 2017

Madonna and Jeremy Scott pose on the red carpet at The Met Gala 2017 - New York, United States - Monday 1st May 2017

Madonna seen on the red carpet at the 2016 Billboard Women In Music event held at Pier 36, New York, United States - Saturday 10th December 2016

Madonna seen on the red carpet at the 2016 Billboard Women In Music event held at Pier 36, New York, United States - Friday 9th December 2016

Various celebrities including Madonna attend a VIP party celebrating the works of Mert & Marcus held at Mark's Club - London, United Kingdom - Friday 28th October 2016