Madonna biography 2022

Singer and actress Madonna

Madonna biography

Madonna Louise Veronica Ciccone, born August 16, 1958, moved from Michigan to New York in 1977 with dreams of becoming a ballet dancer. Madonna studied dance with a choreographer, modeled, and ended up in a few pop/dance groups before signing with Sire Records in 1982.

Madonna moved from her native Michigan to New York in 1977, dreaming of becoming a ballet dancer. Madonna studied with choreographer Alvin Ailey and modeled. 

In 1979, Madonna became part of the Patrick Hernandez Revue, a disco outfit that had the hit "Born to Be Alive." Madonna traveled to Paris with Hernandez; it was there that Madonna met Dan Gilroy, who would soon become her boyfriend. 

Upon returning to New York, the pair formed the Breakfast Club, a pop/dance group. Madonna originally played drums for the band, but Madonna soon became the lead singer. 

In 1980, Madonna left the band and formed Emmy with her former boyfriend, drummer Stephen Bray.

Soon, Bray and Madonna broke off from the group and began working on some disco-oriented tracks. A demo tape of these tracks worked its way to Mark Kamins, a New York-based producer. Kamins directed the video to Sire Records, who signed the singer in 1982; the rest is history.

Her first album, Madonna, was released in 1983, and since then, she has had several hits and been a significant influence on the music industry.

Madonna has tried her hand at performing numerous times. Although most critics question Madonna's acting abilities, she continues to land roles due to her incredible star power. She has starred in films such as Dick Tracey, Evita, The Next Best Thing, and Swept Away.

In 1998, Madonna released Ray of Light and entered the world of electronica. It was a huge hit - she hadn't sold that many CDs since 1989's Like a Prayer.

In 2000, Madonna mixed electronic-pop-funk to create the album Music. In 2003, Madonna tried her hand at rapping on American Life. Today, Madonna completely controls her music and runs her own label, Maverick Records, which has signed artists such as Alanis Morissette, Michelle Branch, and Lillix.

Looks like it's Britney Spears. Britney Spears and Madonna made headlines when they played minor tonsil hockey at the 2003 MTV Video Music Awards. More recently, Madonna features Britney Spears' song Me Against The Music.

Apart from career success, Madonna also had personal success - she married director Guy Ritchie, the father of her little boy Rocco. Maddona has a daughter, Lourdes, with Carlos Leon, her former personal trainer. Madonna's first marriage was to actor Sean Penn in 1985. Her marriage to Sean, unfortunately, ended in a big D after 4 years.

In the late 70s, Madonna played drums and sang in a band called The Breakfast Club.

Her mother died when Madonna was only five years old.

She has written two children's books, The English Roses and Mr. Peabody's Apples.

Last updated October 2022.

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