(Stage name of Louise Veronica Ciccone; Bay City, Michigan, 1958) American actress and singer. Considered the most important "pop phenomenon" of the decades of the 1980s and 1990s, Madonna has been able to break any record in his career, as the only soloist who has occupied the top two positions of the lists of simple British.
Madonna in concert
Used to be home of magazines, both specialized and general information, their musical successes and his appearances on the big screen they have run even scandals in which has been involved, although its musical production won solvency since its inception as a product for dancefloors, with albums that has surrounded by excellent sound and production professionals.
He joined the University in 1975, with a scholarship to further his studies of dance, which had begun in 1972 to meet Christopher Flynn, his teacher. In 1978 he moved to New York, against the advice of his father, and began its unstoppable career. He began acting with the Pear Lang choreographer modern dance companies. Interested by dance-specific environments, in 1979 moved to Paris to join the Corps de ballet of the then popular singer Patrick Hernández.
Back to New York, he trained with Dan Gilray Group The Breakfast Club, which came to be battery in the absence of someone who could do it better. In 1982 he signed to Sire Records and his song Everybody, the first of his career, was released to go virtually unnoticed. The same happened with the following two until the last, Holiday, was produced by the well-known DJ John "Jellybean" Benítez: entered the top 20 North American in September 1983. That same month, with critical acclaim, released his first album, entitled Madonna. The First Album.
His big moment came in 1984: in November took out to the street the album Like A Virgin. The eponymous single, produced by Nile Rogers (who was leader of Chic), soon became his first number one, launching him as a star that his sex-symbol image had much significance. The international tour, which began in April 1985, had crossed 27 cities and had a total of almost three hundred and fifty thousand attendees. In addition, it participated also in festival Live Aid alongside the most important stars of the moment.
The next album of Madonna, True Blue, was best seller in twenty-five countries, with themes of success as Pope Don´t Preach or La Isla Bonita (which became the number one of the English lists on four occasions, unprecedented circumstances that has not repeated), with his fame in ascension.
In this year also debuted in film as an actress in desperately seeking Susan, along with Rosanna Arquette, while Shanghai Surprise, produced by George Harrison, released the following year and in which Madonna plays the main role of the film along with its still husband in those moments: Sean Penn. In 1987, opened Who´s That Girl: Although the film did not receive good reviews, the main theme of the soundtrack of the film got to be best seller in the United States, Japan and Europe. That same year he embarked on a big world tour took the same name that began in Japan and finished in Italy.
Madonna in concert
In 1989 he returned fully to the music with the album Like A Prayer, promoted with a video-clip, qualified the less irreverent conservative environments and cause scandal again, aspect this expertly exploited by the company responsible for keeping alive the image of Madonna. Deliberate mixing of religious symbolism and Eroticism of velvet raised a considerable stir, worsened its already poor relations with the Catholic Church, and was the prohibition of video in Italy.
In the 1990s, after starring in the film Dick Tracy with Warren Beatty and publish the compilation of his hits and some new topic (The Immaculate Collection), scandals, occurred with censorship in some countries of the video-clip of promotional of Justify My Love song (by explicitly sexual content of his images), as well as interviews on television, or the edition of a book Sex (1992), full of erotic pictures with Madonna's protagonist and texts in which recounts his sexual fantasies, which provoked the indignation of American conservatives. These returned to make public their indignation to the documentary film Truth Or Dare (in bed with Madonna), filmed during his world tour The Blonde Ambition Tour.
In 1991 had renewed his contract with Warner for the not inconsiderable figure of 60 million dollars to edit the album Erotica (1992) and embark on a new international tour, under the name of "The girlie show". His albums Bedtime Stories (1994) and Something To Remember (compilation of ballads, edited in November 1995) show a somewhat calmer appearance, at least in his facet as a pop performer.
Something To Remember came to sell more than six million copies before recording their next album, which would be the original soundtrack of the movie Evita. This album became number two on the American charts and sold more than two million copies, but not calo far enough into his followers, in departing clearly from his style.
Madonna, mother of a daughter, changed their way of life and offered a more refined image in his appearances. The year 1998 was one of the best for the life of this singer, since he was born Ray Of Light, perhaps the most important disc of Madonna's extensive career. Without being a radical turn to his musical style, it got rave reviews from all media. Frozen was the first single, remixed by the British Stereo MC´s, which began a long list of successes. Then came the album, which debuted at number one in the United Kingdom and two in the United States; This was followed by the second single, Ray Of Light, which won awards for his video clip and climbed to the top of the lists.
On December 22, 2000 he married at the Scottish castle of Skibo the British filmmaker Guy Ritchie, Rocco's father, the second son of the singer. The 41st Edition of the Grammy Award, the singer and actress, who opened the ceremony with the interpretation of its subject Nothing Matters, won three awards, including best pop album for Ray of Light.
After presenting Music, his new work, the Queen of pop began in Barcelona on 9 July 2001 its new world tour, The Drowes World Tour; the fifth in his career. After the dream of Sweet away (2002), a new incursion in the film under the direction of her husband, their tenth Studio album, American life, went on sale worldwide in April 2003. That same year, Madonna returned to today with the launch of a series of books aimed at children and youth. The first volume, English roses, is put on sale in 100 countries and 30 languages.
In 2004, he embarked on a new world tour that, with the name of re-invention, started in may in Los Angeles. The show involved 100 people, with twelve dancers and five musicians onstage. The tour ended in Lisbon, the night of September 14, 2004, city in which the singer had to repeat concert before the demand for tickets. The show coincided with the recognition of its accession to the Kabbalah, the mystical Jewish par excellence, and his desire to change its name to the Esther.
In 2005 Madonna presented Confessions on a dance floor, a work in which returned to its roots, with music designed specifically for dance. Their first single, Hung up, which contained a "tribute" to ABBA and their Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (a man after midnight), it was a resounding success, and the LP received excellent reviews around the world. Madonna, also abandoned the "serenity" of the latest albums and again of an acid social criticism (even policy against Presidents of the United States and Great Britain) and a clearly provocative, palpable attitude especially in the mounts of the "Confessions" tour, which began in May 2006, which included, among other harsh scenes, a crucifixion of the own singer.