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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: Rebel Heart Tour' is the singer's latest live album and concert film.
It's been just over a year since Madonna's Rebel Heart Tour reached its conclusion in Australia, and now if you didn't get to see her live then you can catch it all on DVD this year with the official concert film release and live album.
Madonna announces the release of her 'Rebel Heart' concert film
Along with the concert film, the release includes a 22 track live double album as well as some behind the scenes footage and previously unreleased material. You can also see her final performances at the Sydney Qudos Bank Arena in March 2016. It has been directed by Danny B. Tull and Nathan Rissman with whom she has worked on previous live releases.
Continue reading: Madonna's 'Rebel Heart Tour' Is Finally Coming To DVD This Fall
The Broadway star called the popstar a 'movie killer'.
Patti LuPone has never been one to mince her words, so when she was asked by Andy Cohen what she thought about Madonna taking on her iconic role as 'Evita', she could only be bluntly honest. Though as it turns out, Madonna has never been particularly polite to Patti anyway.
Patti LuPone pictured on the red carpet in 2015
During her appearance on 'Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen', Broadway superstar Patti LePone launched a scathing verbal attack on her fellow actress who played Eva Perón in the 1996 film version of 'Evita' seventeen years after Patti won her first Tony for the stage role in 1979.
Continue reading: Patti LuPone Savages Fellow 'Evita' Star Madonna
Celebrities took to the Metropolitan Museum of Art to display their edgiest red carpet looks.
This year's Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute Benefit Gala paid tribute to unique Japanese designer Rei Kawakubo and her edgy label Comme des Garçons. Entitled 'Art of the In-Between', this year's theme allowed celebrities to let rip with some seriously visionary gowns.
Here are some of the most eye-catching pieces from the New York City event:
Rihanna wore Rei Kawakubo at the 2017 Met Gala
Madonna shares her feelings on planned Universal biopic 'Blond Ambition'.
A forthcoming unauthorised Madonna biopic entitled 'Blond Ambition' has been given the green light for production by Universal, though its subject is less than happy with the prospect. She has publicly hit out at the makers of the movie following its announcement this week.
Madonna at 2016 Billboard Women in Music Awards
A script written by Elyse Hollander, which ranked as the most loved unattached screenplay on the 2016 Black List, for 'Blond Ambition' has now been given the go ahead with the likes of Michael De Luca ('Fifty Shades of Grey') among the production team. It's Elyse's screenwriting debut, having previously worked as an uncredited assistant director for Alejandro G. Inarritu on 'Birdman'.
Continue reading: Madonna Is Not Happy About Her New Biopic 'Blond Ambition'
Madonna adopted twins Esther and Stella from Malawi earlier this month.
Madonna has given fans a glimpse into her home life with newly adopted twins Esther and Stella.
The singer was granted permission to adopt the four-year-olds from Malawi earlier this month, bringing them home with her to the US while the adoption process is finalised.
But what about Jack White and Alicia Keys?
The 68-year-old singer said that while her theme was one of the worst recorded for the film series, Madonna’s 2002 offering ‘Die Another Day’ was equally awful.
Lulu says that she and Madonna recorded the worst Bond themes
Continue reading: Lulu Thinks She And Madonna Recorded The Worst Bond Themes
Madonna took to Instagram to welcome four year old twin sisters, Esther and Stella, having completed the adoption process earlier this week.
Madonna confirmed that she has expanded her family by posting a picture of the twin sisters she adopted from Malawi on her official Instagram page, celebrating the completion of the process.
The 58 year old singer got permission for the adoptions from a court in the African nation on Tuesday this week (February 7th), having heard of the twins’ story while visiting the Malawi Home of Hope orphanage in the west of the country during a recent charity visit.
Two weeks later, she has now officially adopted four year old sisters Esther and Stella. The singer had already adopted two children from Malawi: son David Banda in 2006, and daughter Mercy James in 2009.
Continue reading: Madonna Posts First Picture Of Twins She Adopted From Malawi
The singer previously denied she was attempting to adopt any more children.
Madonna has been granted permission to adopt four-year-old twin girls named Esther and Stella from Malawi.
The singer previously adopted son David Banda from the African country in 2008 and daughter Mercy a year later. The 58-year-old is also mother to 20-year-old daughter Lourdes, from her relationship with trainer Carlos Leon, and son Rocco, 16, from her marriage to Guy Ritchie.
Madonna has been granted permission to adopt twin girls from Malawi
Continue reading: Madonna Granted Permission To Adopt Twin Girls From Malawi
Madonna joined the thousands of women and men marching against President Trump in the capital.
The singer’s speech was broadcast live on many major news outlets, including CNN, who had to cut from their live feed after she dropped a series of F-bombs.
Madonna thinks Trump was elected ‘for a reason’
The Queen of Pop was speaking during a panel at the Brooklyn Talks at the Brooklyn Museum of Art in NYC on Thursday, January 19, the day before Trump assumes office.
Appearing alongside playwright Elizabeth Alexander, artist Marilyn Minter and the museum’s director Anne Pasternak, Madonna said Trump was elected for a reason, to show Americans they’d been taking their freedom for granted.
Continue reading: Madonna Says Trump's Presidency 'Had To Happen'
Date of birth
16th August, 1958
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