Madonna Louise Ciccone, born August 16, 1958 is an American singer, songwriter, actress and entrepreneur. She has sold more than 300 million records worldwide and is recognized as the world's top-selling female recording artist of all time. Considered to be one of the "25 Most Powerful Women of the Past Century" by Time.
The remarkable, hyper-ambitious Material Girl who never stops re-inventing herself, Madonna has sold over 300 million records and CDs to adoring fans worldwide. Her film career, however, is another story. Her performances have consistently drawn scathing or laughable reviews from film critics, and the films have usually had tepid, if any, success at the box office.
Madonna, looking to soften her image? Chalk it up to motherhood, marriage—and mysticism. "I am in a very good place; it's all good," says the singer, dressed casually in a sleeveless blouse and khaki capris and sipping an iced blended chai tea in her cozy music room. Which isn't to say that she's about to join the minivan-driving Mommy and Me masses any time soon.
In 2006, Madonna co-founded the charity Raising Malawi, which is dedicated to poverty relief for the nation's nearly one million orphans. The singer was so taken with the country and its hardships that she adopted a son, David Banda, in 2008 with her then-husband Guy Ritchie.
For nearly 30 years it has been a fact of popular culture that Madonna perseveres, calculates, reconfigures, strives and endures. Her gift for writing catchy tunes that suit her unvirtuosic voice, matched to lyrics that often straddle the clichéd and the universal, has been strong enough to carry her through hits and flops, artistic moments and easy gimmicks.
"And you know, it was really hard living, and so then I decided to start going to, like, offBroadway auditions and Broadway auditions, mostly as a dancer. And I started singing I had to sing for the auditions, and then, you know, people would hear me sing. And theyd say, Hey, your voice isnt bad. And Id say, Oh, really
I mean, I never had any training. I never wanted to be a singer. Thats not howI started out."
It’s impossible to tie Madonna’s controversies to commercial success in any quantifiable way, and you can’t deny she usually has some reasoning backing up her provocations — pushing gay culture towards the mainstream, attacking religious or political hypocrisy, fighting for peace, exposing poverty and AIDS among African children.
By 1992 Madonna's popularity stretched across the world, and she had established herself as a sharp, confident businesswoman. She signed a sixty million dollar contract with Time-Warner, which included her own record company (under the Maverick label) and called for her to make videos, films, books, merchandise, and more than six albums.
The album Madonna was released in July 1983. Repeat club performances and radio airplay of several cuts from the album eventually earned her three huge hits with "Holiday," "Lucky Star," and "Borderline." A series of hit songs, videos, concert tours, and films followed.
The Nielsen Co. said that 114 million people watched Madonna's halftime show, even more than the average of 111.3 million who watched the game. It was the most-watched halftime entertainment show ever.
Madonna's latest album topped the UK charts yesterday, setting a new record for the most number one albums by a solo artist.
The 53-year-old celebrated her 12th chart-topping album with MDNA, beating Elvis Presley's record of 11.
The singer has sold an estimated 200million albums in her 29-year career, amassing a $500millon (£316 million) fortune.estimated
Madonna's MDNA went straight in at number one today, the singer's 12th album to top the UK charts.
The feat means the singer has beaten Elvis Presley's record of 11 chart-topping albums, making her the most successful solo artist ever in UK album charts, the Official Charts Company said.
“I’m gonna be O.K./I don’t care what people say,” Madonna sings on her new album, “MDNA.” That may be the least necessary assurance in pop-music history.