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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 seemed to hit back at the out-of-court settlement she'd signed just hours before.
The 58 year old pop icon took to her Instagram on Wednesday (September 7th), hours after the news broke that Rocco would continue to live in London with his film director father, and said that a mother sometimes “need to be a b****”, seemingly hitting out at the terms of the agreement.
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The battle, which started back in December 2015, ended with Madonna and Ritchie settling out of court this week.
A court spokesperson in New York said on Wednesday (September 7th) said that the duo had reached a settlement out of court, which was concluded just “hours before” they were both due to attend a court hearing regarding Rocco’s custody, TMZ reported.
The disagreement began back in December 2015 when Rocco, now 16 years old, quit his mother’s world tour after an argument about homework and mobile phones, and went to London to live with his filmmaker father. He then refused to return to Manhattan for Christmas with Madonna, leading to litigation being opened up before Christmas.
Continue reading: Madonna And Guy Ritchie Settle Nine-Month Custody Dispute Over Son Rocco
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While reports of the case being settled are "inaccurate", according to Ritchie's lawyer, the two are apparently nearing a custody agreement.
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.
Madonna's custody battle with Guy Ritchie appears to be drawing to an end
Daniels was defending his 'Empire' star Terrence Howard last year when he made reference to the long-standing, and false, rumours.
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.
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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 - '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
It's the first time Madonna has seen Rocco since he quit her 'Rebel Heart' tour at the end of last year.
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
A private account claiming to be Rocco Ritchie has sparked concern after a series of cryptic posts.
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’.
An 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?
Rocco Ritchie is said to be spending a lot of time with Brooklyn, since moving to London to live with his father.
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.
Madonna 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 is reportedly dating former Harrods shopworker Aboubakar Soumahoro, 25, having met him in November.
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.
Madonna performing on her 'Rebel Heart' world tour at Madison Square Garden
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The pair have been arguing over their 15-year-old son since late last year
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.
Madonna 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
Date of birth
16th August, 1958
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