American singer-songwriter, actress, author, director, entrepreneur and philanthropist Madonna Louise Ciccone was born August 16, 1958 in Bay City, Michigan. In 1977 she moved to New York City to pursue a career in modern dance and performed in the music groups Breakfast Club and Emmy. In 1982, Madonna signed with Sire Records (an affiliate of Warner Bros. Records) and her debut single, “Everybody”, was released in 1982, and the second, “Burning Up”, in March 1983. Madonna Asked boyfriend John “Jellybean” Benitez, To help Produce her eponymous debut album, Madonna. Benitez remixed most of the tracks and produced “Holiday”, which was her third single and her first international top-ten hit. The album contained upbeat synthetic disco,and was released in 1983 containing the hits “Holiday”, “Borderline” and “Lucky Star”. Madonna’s look, style of dressing, performances, and her music videos influenced young girls and women. Her style became one of the female fashion trends of the 1980s. Created by stylist and jewelry designer Maripol, the look consisted of lace tops, skirts over capri pants, fishnet stockings, jewelry bearing the crucifix, bracelets, and bleached hair.
Madonna achieved global recognition after the release of her second studio album, Like a Virgin, in 1984 Containing The title track, “Like a Virgin”. However it attracted controversy and many organizations who complained that the song and its accompanying video promoted premarital sex and undermined family values, and moralists sought to have the song and video banned. Madonna was also criticized for her performance of “Like a Virgin” at the first 1984 MTV Video Music Awards (VMA) when She appeared on stage atop a giant wedding cake, wearing a wedding dress and white gloves. The performance is noted by MTV as an iconic moment in VMA history. The next hit was “Material Girl” with a video inspired by Marilyn Monroe’s performance of the song “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend” from the 1953 film Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.Madonna started dating actor Sean Penn. They married on her birthday in 1985.
In 1985 Madonna appeared as a club singer in The romantic drama Vision Quest, the soundtrack contained two new singles, “Crazy for You” and “Gambler”. She also played the title role in the 1985 comedy film Desperately Seeking Susan, containing the song “Into the Groove”. In 1985, Madonna embarked on The Virgin concert Tour, with the Beastie Boys as her opening act. She progressed from playing CBGB and the Mudd Club to playing large sporting arenas. She also released two more songs, “Angel” and “Dress You Up”. In July, Penthouse and Playboy magazines published a number of nude photos of Madonna, taken in New York in 1978. She had posed for the photographs as she needed money at the time, and was paid as little as $25 a session. The photographs were ultimately sold for up to $100,000. She referred to these events at the 1985 outdoor Live Aid charity concert, saying that she would not take her jacket off because “the media might hold it against me ten years from now.”
In June 1986, Madonna released her third studio album, True Blue, which was inspired by and dedicated to Sean Penn.and contained the songs “Live to Tell”, “Papa Don’t Preach” and “Open Your Heart”,”True Blue” and “La Isla Bonita”. Madonna also starred in the critically panned film Shanghai Surprise, for which she received her first Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Actress. She made also her theatrical debut in a production of David Rabe’s Goose and Tom-Tom; the film and play both co-starred Penn. In 1987 Madonna was featured in the film Who’s That Girl. She contributed four songs to its soundtrack, including “who’s that Girl?” and “Causing a Commotion”. In 1987 Madonna embarked on the Who’s That Girl World Tour. In 1987 she also released a remix album of past hits, titled You Can Dance. Madonna also filed for divorce from Penn in January 1989, citing irreconcilable differences.
In 1989, Madonna signed a deal with soft-drink manufacturer, Pepsi. In one of her Pepsi commercials, she debuted her song “Like a Prayer”. The corresponding music video featured many Catholic symbols such as stigmata and cross burning, and a dream of making love to a saint, leading the Vatican to condemn the video. Religious groups sought to ban the commercial and boycott Pepsi products. Pepsi revoked the commercial and canceled her sponsorship contract. “Like a Prayer” appeared on Madonna’s fourth studio album, Like a Prayer, which was co-written and co-produced by Patrick Leonard and Stephen Bray and contained the songs “Like a Prayer”, “Express Yourself”, “Cherish”, In 1990 Madonna starred as Breathless Mahoney in the film Dick Tracy with Warren Beatty playing the title role.Her performance led to a Saturn Award nomination for Best Actress. To accompany the film, she released the soundtrack album, I’m Breathless, which included songs inspired by the film’s 1930s setting. It also featured the songs “Vogue” and “Sooner or Later”, which earned songwriter Stephen Sondheim an Academy Award for Best Original Song in 1991. In 1990, Madonna embarked on her Blond Ambition World Tour, Which caused controversy and generated strong negative reaction from religious groups for her performance of “Like a Virgin”, during which two male dancers caressed her body before she simulated masturbation. The Laserdisc release of the tour won Madonna a Grammy Award in 1992 for Best Long Form Music Video. In 1990 Madonna released the Greatest-hits compilation album,”The Immaculate Collection” Including new songs, “Justify My Love” and “Rescue Me” The album was certified diamond by RIAA and sold over 30 million copies worldwide, becoming the best-selling compilation album by a solo artist in history. Madonna again courted controversy in the video for “Justify My Love” which featured scenes of sadomasochism, bondage, same-sex kissing, and brief nudity. In 1990 Madonna Pulled out of Jennifer Lynch’s film, Boxing Helena. Madonna had an eight-month relationship with rapper Vanilla Ice; he ended their relationship because of Madonna’s Sex book. Her first documentary film Truth or Dare (known as In Bed with Madonna outside North America) was released in May 1991 and Chronicled her Blond Ambition World Tour.
In 1992, Madonna Starred in the film A League of Their Own as Mae Mordabito, a baseball player on an all-women’s team. She also recorded the film’s theme song, “This Used to Be My Playground”. She also founded her own entertainment company, Maverick in 1992, consisting of a record company (Maverick Records), a film production company (Maverick Films), and associated music publishing, television broadcasting, book publishing and merchandising divisions. The deal was a joint venture with Time Warner.The first release from the venture was Madonna’s book, titled Sex. It consisted of sexually provocative and explicit images, photographed by Steven Meisel. The book again caused controversy and received strong negative reaction from the media and the general public.she also released her fifth studio album, Erotica, containing The singles: “Deeper and Deeper”, “Bad Girl”, “Fever”, “Rain” and “Bye Bye Baby”. Madonna also featured in the 1993 erotic thriller, Body of Evidence, a film which contained scenes of sadomasochism and bondage and also starred in the film Dangerous Game, which was described as “angry and painful, and the pain feels real.” in 1993, Madonna embarked on The Girlie Show World Tour, in which she dressed as a whip-cracking dominatrix surrounded by topless dancers. In Puerto Rico she rubbed the island’s flag between her legs on stage, causing outrage among the audience. in 1994, she caused further controversy on the Late Show with David Letterman, using profanity that required censorship on television, and handing Letterman a pair of her panties and asking him to smell it. The releases of her sexually explicit films, albums and book, and the aggressive appearance on Letterman all made critics question Madonna as a sexual renegade.
She later released the ballad “I’ll Remember” in an attempt to tone down her provocative image, which was recorded for Alek Keshishian’s film With Honors. She made a subdued appearance with Letterman at an awards show and appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. In 1994 Madonna released her sixth studio album, Bedtime Stories which Had a softer image to try to improve the public perception. It featured the songs, “Secret”, “Take a Bow”, “You’ll See”, “One More Chance”, and a cover of Marvin Gaye’s “I Want You”.Madonna started dating rapper Tupac Shakur, but it ended in 1994. Next year, the rapper revealed in a letter to the singer that he ended the relationship because she was white. She later became romantically involved with fitness trainer Carlos Leon. In 1996 Madonna starred in the musical Evita, Playing the title role of Eva Perón whom Madonna had always wanted to portray, so she asked director Alan Parker. She had vocal training and learned about the history of Argentina and Perón. During shooting she became ill several times due to the intense emotional effort required. After its release, Evita garnered critical appreciation and Madonna won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in Motion Picture Musical or Comedy for the role. She released three singles from the Evita soundtrack album, including “You Must Love Me” (which won an Academy Award for Best Original Song in 1997) and “Don’t Cry for Me Argentina”. Madonna was later presented with the Artist Achievement Award by Tony Bennett at the 1996 Billboard Music Awards.
On October 14, 1996, Madonna gave birth to Lourdes Maria Ciccone Leon, her daughter with Leon. However Her relationship with Carlos Leon ended 1997. After Lourdes’s birth, Madonna became involved in Eastern mysticism and Kabbalah. She was also introduced to Jewish mysticism by actress Sandra Bernhard in 1997. Madonna’s seventh album, Ray of Light, was released in 1998 and She collaborated with electronica producer William Orbit to create a sound that could blend dance music with pop and British rock. Techno and rave was happening in the 90s and had a lot of different forms Such as very experimental, hard stuff like Aphex Twin and party stuff like Fatboy Slim. Ray of Light was honored with four Grammy Awards—including Best Pop Album and Best Dance Recording—and was nominated for both Album of the Year and Record of the Year Rolling Stone listed it among “The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time”. It featured the songs, “Frozen” and “Ray of Light”. In 1999, Madonna recorded the single “Beautiful Stranger” for the film Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, which earned her a Grammy Award for Best Song Written for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media. Madonna also starred in the 2000 film The Next Best Thing, and contributed two songs to the film’s soundtrack; “Time Stood Still” and a cover of Don McLean’s 1971 song “American Pie”.
In 2000 Madonna Collaborated with French producer Mirwais Ahmadzaï, and released her eighth studio album, Music, which featured elements from the electronica-inspired Ray of Light era. “Music”, “Don’t Tell Me”, and “What It Feels Like for a Girl” The music video of “What It Feels Like for a Girl” depicted Madonna committing acts of crime and vandalism, and was banned by MTV and VH1. In 1998 She met director Guy Ritchie, who would become her second husband, and gave birth to their son Rocco John Ritchie on August 11, 2000 in Los Angeles. Rocco however Madonna suffered complications from the birth due to her experiencing placenta praevia. He was christened at Dornoch Cathedral in Dornoch, Scotland, on December 21, 2000. Madonna married Ritchie the following day at nearby Skibo Castle. In 2001 Madonna embarked on Her fifth concert tour, titled Drowned World Tour, Visiting cities in the U.S. and Europe She also released her second greatest-hits collection, titled GHV2, to coincide with the home video release of the tour. Madonna then starred in the film Swept Away, directed by Ritchie And appeared in London in the West End play Up For Grabs at the Wyndhams Theatre (billed as ‘Madonna Ritchie’) in 2002. She also released “Die Another Day”, the title song for the James Bond film Die Another Day, in which she had a cameo role. The song was nominated for both a Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song and a Golden Raspberry for Worst Song.
Following Die Another Day, Madonna collaborated with fashion photographer Steven Klein in 2003 for an exhibition installation named X-STaTIC Pro=CeSS in New York’s Deitch Projects gallery. It included photography from a photo shoot in W magazine, and seven video segments. Madonna also released her ninth studio album, American Life in 2003, which was based on her observations of American society. However the original music video was canceled as Madonna thought that the video, featuring violence and war imagery, would be deemed unpatriotic since America was then at war with Iraq. Madonna gave another provocative performance at the 2003 MTV Video Music Awards, while singing “Hollywood” with Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, and Missy Elliott. Madonna sparked controversy for kissing Spears and Aguilera suggestively during the performance. Madonna provided guest vocals on Spears’ single “Me Against the Music”. Followed by the release of Remixed & Revisited which contained remixed versions of songs from American Life and included “Your Honesty”,
Madonna also signed a contract with Callaway Arts & Entertainment to be the author of five children’s books. Including The English Roses, which was about four English schoolgirls and their envy and jealousy of each other. In 2004 Madonna and Maverick sued Warner Music Group and Time Warner, claiming that mis management of resources and poor bookkeeping had cost the company millions of dollars In return, Warner countersued alleging that Maverick had lost tens of millions of dollars by itself. The dispute was resolved when the Maverick shares, owned by Madonna and Ronnie Dashev, were purchased by Warner. Madonna and Dashev’s company became a wholly owned subsidiary of Warner Music. In 2004 Madonna embarked on the Re-Invention World Tour in the U.S., Canada, and Europe. Which became the subject of her documentary I’m Going to Tell You a Secret. Madonna was also inducted into the UK Music Hall of Fame as one of its five founding members, along with The Beatles, Elvis Presley, Bob Marley, and U2. Rolling Stone ranked her at number 36 on its special issue of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time. In 2005, Madonna performed a cover version of the John Lennon song “Imagine” at Tsunami Aid and also performed at the Live 8 benefit concert in London in July 2005. Madonna also released Her tenth studio album, Confessions on a Dance Floor, which won a Grammy Award for Best Electronic/Dance Album and featured the song, “Hung Up”, which went on to reach number one in 40 and 41 countries respectively, earning a place in Guinness World Record. The song contained a sample of ABBA’s “Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)”, ABBA songwriter Björn Ulvaeus remarked “It is a wonderful track—100 per cent solid pop music.” The second single was “Sorry”.
In 2006 Madonna embarked on the Confessions Tour again causing controversy by using religious symbols, such as the crucifix and Crown of Thorns, in the performance of “Live to Tell”. This caused the Russian Orthodox Church and the Federation of Jewish Communities of Russia to urge all their members to boycott her concert. the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) announced officially that Madonna had sold over 200 million copies of her albums. While on tour Madonna participated in the Raising Malawi initiative by partially funding an orphanage in and traveling to that country. While there, she decided to adopt a boy named David Banda in October 2006. The adoption caused more controversy, because Malawian law requires would-be parents to reside in Malawi for one year before adopting, which Madonna did not do. Madonna also launched A clothing line titled M by Madonna, in collaboration with Swedish clothing retailer H&M, Consisting of leather trench coats, sequined shift dresses, cream-colored calf-length pants, and matching cropped jackets. H&M said the collection reflected Madonna’s “timeless, unique and always glamorous style.”
Madonna released the song “Hey You” for the Live Earth series of concerts. She also performed it at the London Live Earth concert. Madonna also produced and wrote I Am Because We Are, a documentary on the problems faced by Malawians which was directed by Nathan Rissman, who worked as Madonna’s gardener. She also directed her first film Filth and Wisdom which concerns three friends and their aspirations. In 2008, Madonna was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in her first year of eligibility. Madonna did not sing at the ceremony but asked fellow Hall of Fame inductees and Michigan natives The Stooges to perform her songs “Burning Up” and “Ray of Light”. In 2008 Madonna released her eleventh studio album, Hard Candy, Which had R&B and urban pop influences, and featured collaborations with Justin Timberlake, Timbaland, Pharrell Williams and Nate “Danja” Hills. It contained the song “4 Minutes” which became Madonna’s 37th top-ten hit and pushed Madonna past Elvis Presley as the artist with the most top-ten hits. At the 23rd Japan Gold Disc Awards, Madonna received her fifth Artist of the Year trophy from Recording Industry Association of Japan. Madonna also embarked on the Sticky & Sweet Tour; which became second highest-grossing tour of all time, behind The Rolling Stones’s A Bigger Bang Tour and remained the highest-grossing tour by a solo artist until Roger Waters’ The Wall Live in 2013. a book by Madonna’s brother Christopher “Life with My Sister Madonna,” was also published. In 2008 Madonna filed for divorce from Ritchie, citing irreconcilable differences. Madonna then decided to adopt a child from Malawi. The country’s High Court initially approved the adoption of Chifundo “Mercy” James; however, the application was rejected because Madonna was not a resident of the country. Madonna appealed, and on June 12, 2009, the Supreme Court of Malawi granted Madonna the right to adopt Mercy James.
In 2009 Madonna released her third greatest-hits album, Celebration, Containing the new songs “Celebration” and “Revolver” along with 34 hits. She also appeared at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards, to pay tribute to deceased pop star Michael Jackson. In 2010 Madonna performed at the Hope for Haiti Now: A Global Benefit for Earth quake Relief concert and released Her third live album, Sticky & Sweet Tour. It also became her 20th top-ten album on the Oricon Albums Chart, breaking The Beatles’ record for the most top-ten album by an international act in Japan. An episode of The American television show Glee also featured eight cover versions of Madonna songs. Madonna then released the 1980’s inspired Material Girl clothing line, which she designed with her daughter, Lourdes and opened a series of fitness centers around the world named Hard Candy Fitness. Madonna and MG Icon also released the second fashion brand called Truth or Dare by Madonna to include footwear, underclothing, and accessories.
In 2011 Madonna directed her second feature film, W.E., a biographical film about the affair between King Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson. Co-written with Alek Keshishian it premiered at the 68th Venice International Film Festival in September 2011. Madonna contributed the ballad “Masterpiece” for the film’s soundtrack, which won her a Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song. In 2012 Madonna performed at Super Bowl XLVI halftime show,visualized by Cirque Du Soleil and Jamie King and featured special guests LMFAO, Nicki Minaj, M.I.A. and Cee Lo Green. Madonna also released Her twelfth studio album, MDNA and collaborated with various producers including William Orbit and Martin Solveig. The song “Give Me All Your Luvin'”, also featured guest vocals from Minaj. However The subsequent MDNA Tour, featured controversial subjects such as violence, firearms, human rights, nudity and politics. Madonna won Top Touring Artist, Top Dance Artist and Top Dance Album At the 2013 Billboard Music Awards, and was named the top-earning celebrity of the year by Forbes. Madonna’s also released her fourth live album, MDNA World Tour, in 2013. Madonna’s Raising Malawi organization had also built ten schools to educate 4,000 children in Malawi
In 2013 Madonna Released a 17-minute film called secretprojectrevolution Working with photographer Steven Klein. The BitTorrent company was selected by Madonna to release the film as part of a Madonna bundle which consisted of the 17-minute film, its stills, a Vice interview, and a message from Madonna With the film she launched the Art for Freedom initiative, which helped to promote “art and free speech as a means to address persecution and injustice across the globe”. The website for the project has had over 3,000 art related submissions since its inception, with Madonna regularly monitoring and enlisting other artists like David Blaine and Katy Perry as guest curators. Madonna released thirteenth studio album, Rebel Heart, in 2015 collaborating with Avicii, Diplo and Kanye West, and also embarked on the Rebel Heart Tour throughout North America, Europe and Asia and Australia. Madonna became embroiled in a legal battle with Ritchie, over the custody of their son Rocco. The dispute started when Rocco decided to continue living in England with Ritchie when the Rebel Heart Tour had visited there, while Madonna wanted him to return with her. Madonna eventually decided to withdraw her application for custody, and appealed for a mutual discussion about Rocco, between herself and Ritchie. During 2014 Madonna visited her hometown of Detroit and contributed funds to three of the city’s organizations, to help eliminate poverty. Extending her business ventures, the singer premiered MDNA Skin in 2014, a range of skin care products in Tokyo, Japan.In 2016 Billboard named Madonna its Woman of the Year. Her “blunt and brutally honest” speech at the ceremony received widespread coverage in the media.
Her upcoming projects include co-writing and directing a film adaptation of Andrew Sean Greer’s novel, The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells. Tentatively titled Loved, the film would portray the protagonist’s relationship with her gay twin brother Felix . In November 2016, Madonna, who actively supported Hillary Clinton during the 2016 U.S. presidential election, performed an impromptu acoustic concert at Washington Square Park in support of Clinton’s campaign. Upset that Donald Trump won the election, Madonna spoke out against him at the Women’s March on Washington, a day after his inauguration. In 2017, Madonna also adopted four-year-old twin sisters from Malawi named Esther and Stella.