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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.
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.
Madonna at Met Gala 2011 (L) and 2013 (R)
Continue reading: Glamour And Guts: The Evolution Of Met Gala Madonna
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.
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.
Continue reading: Lourdes Leon's Unshaven Armpits Has Made Headlines Again
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.
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).
Continue reading: Madonna Flies Economy To Portugal And The Internet Loses Its Mind
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.
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.
Continue reading: Lady Gaga Reignites Feud With Madonna
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!’.
Continue reading: Madonna Moves To Portugal As Son Joins Soccer Team
Madonna won an undisclosed sum from Associated Newspapers after MailOnline published an article about the adoption of her twin daughters from Malawi earlier this year.
Madonna has won a payout from the publishers of MailOnline at the High Court in London, following a “serious invasion of privacy” following her adoption of twin girls from Malawi earlier this year.
The 58 year old pop megastar signed a deal on Thursday (July 27th) accepting an undisclosed sum in damages from Associated Newspapers, who publish MailOnline. The case against them concerned the four year old twin girls, Stella and Estere, whom Madonna adopted from Malawi in February this year.
The singer brought the case in January, after MailOnline published a report revealing the girls’ names, race, age, the fact they lived in an orphanage in Malawi, and Madonna's application to adopt them.
An emergency court order granted earlier this week prevented the Gotta Have It! memorabilia business from auctioning Madonna's personal items.
Madonna has blocked the auctioning of personal items, including a letter sent to her from prison by the later rapper Tupac Shakur and a pair of worn underwear, after winning an emergency court order in New York.
The eleventh-hour court order was granted on Tuesday (July 18th) by Manhattan Supreme Court Gerald Leibovitz, who ordered Gotta Have It! Collectibles to remove many items related to Madonna from theirrock and roll-themed auction and site, it has been confirmed by E! News.
“I was shocked to learn of the planned auctioning of the Shakur letter, as I had no idea that the Shakur letter was no longer in my possession,” according to the original report by Page Six.
Continue reading: Madonna Blocks Auction Of Tupac Shakur Letter With Court Order
The stars dated for a period of time in the 1990s
An emotional letter written from rapper Tupac to a young Madonna reveals the star broke up with the singer because she was “white”, it has been claimed. The pair dated in the 1990s when Tupac was just 25 and Madonna 37 – 18 months before he was gunned down.
Madonna dated Tupac in the 1990s
TMZ has obtained a handwritten letter written by the Changes hitmaker written from his prison cell which is set to go under auction later this month at Gotta Have Rock and Roll with a starting bid of $100,000.
Continue reading: Tupac Broke Up With Madonna Because She Was "Too White"
'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
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
Date of birth
16th August, 1958
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