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Madonna

Madonna Louise Ciccone (/tʃɪˈkoʊni/; born August 16, 1958) is an American singer, songwriter, actress, dancer, and businesswoman. She achieved popularity by pushing the boundaries of lyrical content in mainstream popular music and imagery in her music videos, which became a fixture on MTV. Madonna is known for reinventing both her music and image, and for maintaining her autonomy within the recording industry. Music critics have acclaimed her musical productions which have also been known to induce controversy. Often referred to as the "Queen of Pop", she is cited as an influence among other artists around the world.

Born in Bay City, Michigan, Madonna attended the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance before moving to New York City to pursue a career in modern dance. After performing in the music groups Breakfast Club and Emmy, she signed with Sire Records (an affiliate of Warner Bros. Records) in 1982 and released her self-titled debut album the following year. She followed it with a series of commercially successful albums, including the Grammy Award winners Ray of Light (1998) and Confessions on a Dance Floor (2005). Throughout her career, she has written and produced most of her songs, with many of them reaching number one on the record charts, including "Like a Virgin", "Into the Groove", "Papa Don't Preach", "Like a Prayer", "Vogue", "Frozen", "Music", "Hung Up", and "4 Minutes".

Madonna's popularity was further enhanced by her film roles; she won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress for Evita (1996) while most of her other films have been panned by critics. Her other ventures include fashion design, writing children's books, and filmmaking. She has been acclaimed as a businesswoman, particularly after she founded entertainment company Maverick (including the label Maverick Records) in 1992 as a joint venture with Time Warner. In 2007, she signed an unprecedented US $120 million 360 deal with Live Nation.

Madonna has sold more than 300 million records worldwide and is recognized as the best-selling female recording artist of all time by Guinness World Records. According to the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), she is the best-selling female rock artist of the 20th century and the second best-selling female artist in the United States, with 64.5 million certified albums. Billboard ranked her at number two, behind only The Beatles, on the Billboard Hot 100 All-Time Top Artists, making her the most successful solo artist in the history of American singles chart. The magazine also declared her as the top-touring female artist of all time. She became one of the five founding members of the UK Music Hall of Fame and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in her first year of eligibility.


The man who registered the domain name madonna.com wanted to give it to a group of nuns in Lincoln, Nebraska. Madonna sued and won control of the name.
In 1979, she was the drummer for the band The Breakfast Club. It was her boyfriend's band, and he got her in.
She has been in the movies Desperately Seeking Susan, Dick Tracy, A League Of Their Own, Shanghai Surprise, Body Of Evidence, Dangerous Game, Swept Away, and Evita.
She has 4 brothers and 3 sisters. Madonna was the oldest girl, and had to change a lot of diapers growing up.
Her mother died of breast cancer when she was 5. Her father later married the housekeeper and insisted that the kids call her "Mom." Madonna refused.
After attending Catholic school, she went to The University of Michigan - Ann Arbor on a dance scholarship. She stayed only 1 semester before leaving to pursue her dream in New York City.
Madonna's full birth name is Madonna Louise Ciccone ("Veronica" was added when she was confirmed in the Catholic Church). Madonna's surname, Ciccone, is very close to the insulting Italian word for "fat man" (ciccione). Her father is Italian, her mother was French-Canadian.
When asked what she would be if she wasn't a rock star, her answer was, "A Nun."
In 2001, a company called Condomania released a Madonna condom, with photos of her as a young dancer on the package.
In 2007, she left the Warner Music Group, where she had released all of her albums over the past 25 years, and signed a comprehensive deal with Live Nation, who became responsible for marketing all of her music and music-related business over the next 10 years. This became know in the industry as a "360 deal," as it became clear that selling music was just one aspect of marketing an artist.
In 1987 Madonna stared in the movie "Who's that Girl", the movie was not loved by critics, but had an amazing sound track.

 

80's Hits

Borderline
Cherish
Crazy For You
Dress You Up
Holiday
Into the Groove
Like A Prayer
Like a Virgin
Live To Tell
Material Girl
Papa Don't Preach
Who's That Girl

90's Hits

Deeper And Deeper
I'll Remember
Justify My Love
Take a Bow
Vogue

Adult Hits

4 Minutes

Club977

Give Me All Your Luvin' (LMFAO Remix)

Holiday

Santa Baby

Today's Hits

Give Me All Your Luvin' (feat. LMFAO, Nicki Minaj and Mia)

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