Madonna Louise Ciccone is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. Referred to as the "Queen of Pop", she is regarded as one of the most influential figures in popular culture. Madonna is noted for her continual reinvention and versatility in music production, songwriting, and visual presentation.
Early Life & Career
Madonna Louise Ciccone was born in Bay City, Michigan, on August 16, 1958. She eventually moved with her family to Rochester Hills, Michigan, where she took up the study of dance, even earning a dance scholarship to the University of Michigan. She dropped out of college in 1978 and moved to New York City to pursue her dance career. Eventually, after forming and playing with various bands such as "the Breakfast Club" and "Emmy," Madonna began promoting herself as a solo act and signed a deal with Sire Records.
Her first two singles with Sire, "Everybody" (1982) and "Burning Up" (1983) became club hits in the US. Her fame continued to grow with the release of her eponymous debut album in July 1983, as it peaked six months later at number eight on the Billboard 200 chart. Her second album "Like a Virgin" (November 1984) was her first number one album, and the first album by a female to sell over five million copies in the US. She has gone on to release over ten studio albums, including "Like a Prayer" (1989), "Bedtime Stories" (1994), "American Life" (2003), "Hard Candy" (2008), "Rebel Heart" (2015) and "Madame X" (2019), to name a few. Having sold more than 300 million records worldwide, Madonna was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2008, in her first year of eligibility.
In October 1996, Madonna gave birth to her daughter with fitness trainer Carlos Leon, although their relationship ended in May 1997. She met director Guy Ritchie in 1998, and gave birth to their son in August 2000. In 2006 Madonna had also adopted her son David from Malawi in 2006. Madonna and Ritchie married in December 2000, eventually divorcing in 2008. Their divorce settlement granted Ritchie between £50-60 million ($66.67-80 million), which included the couple's London pub and residence, and Wiltshire estate in England. In February 2017, Madonna adopted twin sisters from Malawi.
Madonna is an American best-selling recording musical artist and entertainer who has a net worth of $850 million. Often cited as an influence by other artists, Madonna is best known for pushing the boundaries with her music, songwriting, visuals and style.