Madonna

Madonna

Biography

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.



Biography by Contactmusic.com

Madonna and her son Rocco Richie seen leaving the Chiltern Firehouse after enjoying a meal together. London, United Kingdom - Friday 1st July 2016

Madonna
Madonna
Madonna
Madonna
Madonna
Madonna

Tributes Pour In For The Legendary Muhammad Ali Who Has Died Aged 74


Muhammad Ali Sean Combs Floyd Mayweather Jr. Mike Tyson Madonna Ringo Starr

Tributes are pouring in for legendary boxer Muhammad Ali who has died aged 74. The three-time heavyweight champion, who was widely regarded as the greatest of all time, died on Friday evening (June 3rd) a day after being hospitalised for respiratory problems.

Continue reading: Tributes Pour In For The Legendary Muhammad Ali Who Has Died Aged 74

Madonna's Son Rocco Spotted In New York, But Custody Battle With Guy Ritchie Is Not Over


Madonna Guy Ritchie

After the best part of six months, it seems as if Madonna’s custody dispute with Guy Ritchie may be nearing an end, as her teenage son Rocco returned to Manhattan this week.

The teenager, who turns 16 in August, was spotted getting coffee with some friends in New York on Tuesday morning (May 31st) before heading to his mother’s apartment. It’s believed to be his first time back in the United States since he quit the Rebel Heart tour in December last year, whereupon he headed to his father’s house in London and had remained there ever since.

MadonnaMadonna's custody battle with Guy Ritchie appears to be drawing to an end

Continue reading: Madonna's Son Rocco Spotted In New York, But Custody Battle With Guy Ritchie Is Not Over

Director Lee Daniels Apologises To Sean Penn Over Madonna Domestic Abuse Comments, Settles Defamation Lawsuit


Sean Penn Madonna Lee Daniels Terrence Howard

Film and TV director Lee Daniels has settled the defamation lawsuit brought by Sean Penn, with an apology for insinuating that the actor physically abused his ex-wife Madonna and with a donation to the charity Penn founded.

The 55 year old actor issued a $10 million defamation suit against Daniels, the co-creator of smash TV drama ‘Empire’, last September after the director had leapt to the defence of the series’ star Terrence Howard after he’d received intense criticism after admitting striking his ex-wife.

Sean PennSean Penn launched the lawsuit last September

Continue reading: Director Lee Daniels Apologises To Sean Penn Over Madonna Domestic Abuse Comments, Settles Defamation Lawsuit

Madonna - Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala - Manus x Machina: Fashion in the Age of Technology at the Metropolitan Museum of Art - New York City, New York, United States - Monday 2nd May 2016

Madonna
Madonna
Madonna
Madonna
Madonna

Madonna - 'Manus x Machina: Fashion In An Age Of Technology' Costume Institute Gala held at the Metropolitan Museum Of Art at Metropolitan Museum of Art - New York, New York, United States - Monday 2nd May 2016

Madonna

Madonna - Celebrities arrive to the 2016 Met Gala at Metropolitan Museum Of Art - Manhattan, New York, United States - Monday 2nd May 2016

Madonna
Madonna

Madonna - Madonna and her son Rocco Ritchie leave the Chiltern Firehouse at 1am, having spent the evening there together with a group of friends - London, United Kingdom - Monday 18th April 2016

Madonna
Madonna
Madonna
Madonna
Madonna
Madonna

Madonna Hopeful Of Custody Settlement As She Visits Son Rocco In London


Madonna Guy Ritchie

Madonna arrived in London today to be temporarily reunited with her son Rocco, as she prepares to hold resolution talks with her ex-husband Guy Ritchie over their custody.

The 57 year old star wrapped up her massive 82-date Rebel Heart world tour at the end of March, and has jetted into Heathrow on Thursday morning (April 7th) for showdown talks with Ritchie, whom she divorced in 2008.

They are embroiled in a high-profile custody battle over their 15 year old son stretching back to December last year. Rocco quit his mother’s tour entourage just before Christmas, apparently over an argument about access to his mobile phone, and went to London to live with his film director father and his new step-mother, Jacqui Ainsley, where he has been ever since.

Continue reading: Madonna Hopeful Of Custody Settlement As She Visits Son Rocco In London

Has Rocco Ritchie Just Hit Out At Madonna On Instagram?


Madonna Guy Ritchie

As Madonna’s high-profile custody battle over her 15-year-old son Rocco continues, a new Instagram account has popped up claiming to be run by the teenager. The private account, which has been set up in the past week, has sparked confusion after its description read, ‘Son of a b**ch’.

MadonnaAn Instagram account claiming to be set up by Madonna’s son has appeared online.

The account, which is named ‘Rocco Ritchie’, had a close up shot of Rocco as its profile picture, but the image has reportedly changed three times in the past week. All three pics, however are said to have been close-ups of Rocco.

Continue reading: Has Rocco Ritchie Just Hit Out At Madonna On Instagram?

Madonna Said To Be Pleased By Son's Friendship With Brooklyn Beckham


Madonna Guy Ritchie David Beckham

Despite her pain over the ongoing custody battle with her former husband Guy Ritchie over their son Rocco, Madonna is said to be happy about the 15-year-old's friendship with Brooklyn Beckham. The teenagers' fathers have been best friends for years and now their sons Brooklyn and Rocco are said to have formed a close bond in recent months.

MadonnaMadonna is said to be pleased her son is spending time with Brooklyn Beckham.

A source told The Sun: “Madonna can’t cope with the fact she doesn’t know who Rocco is hanging out with. She is hearing rumours through friends in London about what he is up to and the fact that he is spending a lot of his time with a bunch of entitled little monsters.”

Continue reading: Madonna Said To Be Pleased By Son's Friendship With Brooklyn Beckham

Madonna Invites 25 Year Old 'Toyboy' On Her Rebel Heart Tour


Madonna

Heartbroken amid her continuing custody battle with her ex-husband over their teenage son Rocco, Madonna is reportedly seeking solace in the arms of her new love interest – apparently 32 years her junior.

25 year old Aboubakar Soumahoro, an Ivorian national who used to be a shop assistant at the ultra-upmarket Harrods, is reportedly the target of Madge’s affections, spending increasing amounts of time with him as she nears the end of her massive Rebel Heart world tour.

MadonnaMadonna performing on her 'Rebel Heart' world tour at Madison Square Garden

Continue reading: Madonna Invites 25 Year Old 'Toyboy' On Her Rebel Heart Tour

Madonna And Guy Ritchie Urged By Judge To Resolve Rocco Custody Battle


Madonna Guy Ritchie

As the custody battle between Madonna and Guy Ritchie continues over their 15-year-old Rocco, a judge presiding over the English proceedings has pleaded with the high-profile couple to find a resolution to avoid taking up any more of their son’s "fast receding" childhood.

MadonnaMadonna has been fighting to get her son to live with her in US since December

Legal action has been taken on both sides of the Atlantic but Mr Justice MacDonald ruled that the English proceedings could be halted and urged the popstar and her former husband to find an "amicable resolution" to the ongoing issue.

Continue reading: Madonna And Guy Ritchie Urged By Judge To Resolve Rocco Custody Battle

Madonna Holding 'Peace Talks' With Guy Ritchie And Rocco Next Week


Madonna Guy Ritchie

Madonna is reportedly set to hold ‘peace talks’ with her estranged son Rocco and ex-husband Guy Ritchie next week. The singer has been embroiled in a custody battle with Ritchie over their 15-year-old son since December, when he left her Rebel Heart tour to stay with his father in London.

MadonnaMadonna is said to be holding peace talks with ex Guy Ritchie next week.

According to The Mirror, Madonna will wrap up her world tour in Australia on March 20th and will then fly to fly to the UK straight after. A source said: “Madonna is going to do whatever it takes to see Rocco. She wants to meet with Guy as well to sort out the situation once and for all. She is in a very desperate situation.”

Continue reading: Madonna Holding 'Peace Talks' With Guy Ritchie And Rocco Next Week

Madonna Pulls Down Fan's Shirt On Stage, Exposes Breast


Madonna

With her Rebel Heart World Tour generating increasing amounts of undesirable headlines, Madonna might face the theoretical possibility of a sexual assault charge after pulling down the top of a teenage fan she had invited on stage, briefly exposing her breast.

In the incident at Brisbane Entertainment Center on Thursday evening (March 17th), captured in a fan video which has since gone viral, the 57 year old singer yanked down 17 year old Josephine Georgiou’s shirt, revealing one of her breasts.

“She’s the kind of girl you just want to slap on the ass,” the singer said admiringly of the barista and would-be model standing next to her, but nobody in the crowd could have been prepared for what then happened.

Continue reading: Madonna Pulls Down Fan's Shirt On Stage, Exposes Breast

Madonna
Advertisement

Madonna

Date of birth

16th August, 1958

Occupation

Musician

Sex

Female

Height

1.65




Instagram



Madonna Movies

W.E. Movie Review

W.E. Movie Review

Madonna takes an ambitious approach to the 1936 abdication of Edward VIII, merging the history-making...

W.E. Trailer

W.E. Trailer

In 1998 came the news that the estate of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor...

Four Rooms Movie Review

Four Rooms Movie Review

I wish I could say I was let down by Four Rooms, but given the...

Swept Away (2002) Movie Review

Swept Away (2002) Movie Review

After beginning his career with two frenetic crime films (Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels;...

The Next Best Thing Movie Review

The Next Best Thing Movie Review

Can it really have been two long years since The Object of My Affection made...

Evita Movie Review

Evita Movie Review

Now I understand why Argentineans wanted Madonna to go home during the filming of Evita!What...

Advertisement
Die Another Day Movie Review

Die Another Day Movie Review

Until director Lee Tamahori blasts right past a perfectly good ending, only to burn a...

The Next Best Thing Movie Review

The Next Best Thing Movie Review

Homogenized, sterilized and clearly revised by test-audience scoring, "The Next Best Thing" is a disingenuous,...

Artists
Actors
    Filmmakers
      Artists
      Bands
        Musicians
          Artists
          Celebrities
             
              Artists
              Interviews
                musicians & bands in the news
                  actors & filmmakers in the news
                    celebrities in the news

                      Go Back in Time using our News archive to see what happened on a particular day in the past.