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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.
Pia Mia has revealed it's her dream come true to work with her idol Madonna on the pop icon's clothing brand.
The queen of pop launched Material Girl for MACy's in 2010 with her daughter Lourdes, taking the name from her 1984 hit single. And Pia, who boasts musical collaborations with Chris Brown and will.i.am, was named the face of the company, as well as its first-ever fashion director, back in April (16).
“Her creativity, confidence and unique sense of style make her a perfect addition to the brand,” Madonna said at the time of the 19-year-old singer.
"I died (when I got the call)!" Pia told Us Weekly in an interview published on Friday (24Jun16). "I’m in music, so I’ve been watching all of Madonna’s music videos my whole life. And I’ve seen her documentary Truth or Dare a million times.
Continue reading: Pia Mia: 'Working With Madonna Is Perfect'
Britney Spears could have become a country music legend, according to her little sister Jamie Lynn Spears.
The 25-year-old admits the Spears family were shocked when young Britney announced she wanted to be the next Madonna - because she had roots in country music.
And Jamie Lynn, who is a bona fide country star now, admits her big sister could have been the next Dolly Parton or Loretta Lynn.
"We were from this little town in the middle of nowhere," Jamie Lynn told Entertainment Tonight. "She (Britney) says, 'Hey, I want to go do what Madonna does. I want to go do this...'
Continue reading: Jamie Lynn Spears: 'Britney Could Have Been The Next Dolly Parton'
Guy Ritchie has been reunited with his children for Father's Day weekend, amid a custody battle over son Rocco with ex-wife Madonna.
The Like a Prayer singer and her ex-husband were due to appear before a judge in New York on Tuesday (14Jun16) to decide on the terms of the custody of their son Rocco, 15. But the hearing was adjourned hours before it was due to take place "on consent of all parties".
Madonna and her film director ex have been involved in a transatlantic custody row since last December (15) when son Rocco refused to return home to New York after staying with his British father in London.
After his mother visited him in the U.K. he has since returned to New York, and appears to be dividing his time between the U.S. city and London.
Continue reading: Guy Ritchie Reunited With Kids For Father's Day Weekend
Madonna and Guy Ritchie's custody hearing has been delayed as the couple are reportedly close to agreeing a deal.
The Like A Prayer singer and her ex-husband were due to appear before a judge in New York on Tuesday (14Jun16) to decide on the terms of the custody of their son Rocco, 15. But the hearing was adjourned hours before it was due to take place "on consent of all parties".
Madonna and her film director ex have been involved in a transatlantic custody row since last December (15) when son Rocco refused to return home to New York after staying with his dad.
After his mother visited him in London, he has since returned to New York, and appears to be dividing his time between the U.S. city and London.
Continue reading: Madonna And Guy Ritchie Court Showdown Delayed
Madonna's brother Christopher Ciccone is a married man after exchanging vows with his fiance just a day after announcing their engagement.
The interior decorator, 55, took to Facebook.com on Thursday (09Jun16) to share his joy at his engagement to British hairdresser Ray Thacker, and revealed they were "getting married tomorrow..."
As promised, Ciccone returned to the social networking site on Friday (10Jun16) to update his relationship status to 'married' and share a photo of the newlyweds after tying the knot in Beverly Hills, California.
Ciccone's famous sister has yet to publicly comment on the nuptials, which comes four years after the once-estranged siblings patched up their differences. They had previously fallen out with each other in 2008 following the publication of Ciccone's memoir, Life With My Sister Madonna, in which he accused the pop superstar of cheating on her then-husband Guy Ritchie with baseball ace Alex Rodriguez.
Continue reading: Madonna's Brother Weds
Sports stars and celebrities, including Mike Tyson, Madonna and Justin Bieber, have paid tribute to Muhammad Ali following his death on Friday (03Jun16).
The 74-year-old boxing hero was admitted to a medical centre in Phoenix, Arizona, for respiratory complications earlier this week (beg30May16), and reports suggest he spent his final few hours on life support.
Family spokesman Bob Gunnell confirmed the sad news of Ali's passing in a statement released late on Friday.
"After a 32-year battle with Parkinson's disease, Muhammad Ali has passed away at the age of 74," he wrote. "The Ali family would like to thank everyone for their thoughts, prayers, and support and asks for privacy at this time."
Continue reading: Sports Stars And Celebrities Pay Tribute To Muhammad Ali
Ali sadly passed away late on Friday evening at a hospital in Phoenix, Arizona, his family confirmed.
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 has emerged victorious in a copyright lawsuit over her track Vogue.
Executives at VMG Salsoul filed a lawsuit against the pop superstar and producer Robert 'Shep' Pettibone in 2013, alleging they illegally sampled a composition called Chicago Bus for the 1990 single.
In the legal papers, VMG Salsoul bosses claimed new technology had uncovered the alleged sample in Madonna's song.
However, U.S. District Court Judge Beverly O'Connell ruled in the pop star's favour, stating, "Having listened to the sound recordings... the court finds that no reasonable audience would find the sampled portions qualitatively or quantitatively significant in relation to the infringing work, nor would they recognise the appropriation."
Continue reading: Madonna Scores Legal Victory In Vogue Copyright Lawsuit
Madonna's next hearing in her New York custody battle has been postponed as she nears a settlement with her ex-husband Guy Ritchie.
The former couple became engaged in a bitter fight over son Rocco Ritchie in December (15), after the teen refused to return to his mother's home in the Big Apple following Christmas holiday celebrations with his London-based father.
Madonna launched legal action in the U.S. and U.K., but judges on both sides of the Atlantic urged the pair to work out a private agreement for the sake of their boy.
They appeared to have patched up relations following Madonna's visit to London in early April (16), during which she was reunited with Rocco, and he returned to New York on Saturday (28May16) to stay with his mum for the first time since the custody dispute.
Continue reading: Madonna And Guy Ritchie 'Close' To Reaching Custody Deal
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
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
Date of birth
16th August, 1958
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