Madonna – Most successful female pop singer of all time

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Madonna
Birth name Madonna Louise Ciccone
(16 August, 1958, Bay City, Michigan, USA)
Nationality: United States of America
Category: Celebrities
Occupation: Singers, Actress, Songwriter
Specification: Pop-music, rock, dance
Unique distinction: The most successful female pop singer of all time, World’s top-selling female recording artist of all time. She often referred to as “The Queen of Pop”.
Height: 5’ 4” (1.63 m); Weight: 114 lbs (53 kg); Measurements: 36(c)-24-34 in (91-61-86 cm). Eye Color: Blue/Green
Gender: Female

Quotes: 1. I’m not a feminist, I’m a humanist. 2. I am my own experiment. I am my own work of art. 3. No matter who you are, no matter what you did, no matter where you’ve come from, you can always change, become a better version of yourself. 4. Without the heart, there can be no understanding between the hand and the mind. 5. I must have been Japanese in a previous life. I’m pretty sure I was a warrioress. I can’t explain it, I just know. I’m good at fighting – fighting with a big sword. 6. I’ve never really lived a conventional life, so I think it’s quite foolish for me or anyone else to start thinking that I am going to start making conventional choices. 7. I have the same goal I’ve had ever since I was a girl. I want to rule the world. 8. Never forget to dream.
Website: Madonna

Achievements:


Social and professional position:  American singer, songwriter, actress, dancer, entrepreneur and writer.
The main contribution to (what is known): Madonna is known for reinventing both her music and image, and for maintaining her autonomy within the recording industry.
Contributions: Madonna is a one of the most influential women in music. She has her own recording company and  is considered as a master marketer and self-promoter. She was the first female pop star who began to influence and manipulate the media and the public with her continually reinventing music, image, show and  lifestyle.
She’s one of the most diverse music stars. Thus she continuous experimented  with music ideas and changed both her music and image for each of her albums. She has an IQ of 140.
According to Rolling Stone, “remains one of the greatest pop acts of all time”.
She has sold more than 300 million records worldwide. Her Net worth is U.S. $800 million (December 2014). According to Forbes, Madonna is the wealthiest woman in the music business.  RIAA listed her as the best-selling female rock artist of the 20th century and the second highest-certified female artist in the United States, with 64.5 million album units.
Madonna is the highest-grossing solo touring artist of all time, earning US $1.31 billion from her concerts since 1990.
The soundtrack of her film, Evita, became a platinum seller and she won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy for Evita.
Her children’s book – The English Roses (2003).
Honors and Awards: Madonna won 273 awards, including Brits, Grammys and a Golden Globe.  She is one of the five founding members of the UK Music Hall of Fame. In 2008 she was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In October 2016, Billboard named Madonna its Woman of the Year.
Major works: Her albums: debut album -Madonna (1983); Like a Virgin (1984), True Blue (1986), Like a Prayer (1989), Erotica (1992), Bedtime Stories (1994), Ray of Light (1998), Music (2000), American Life (2003), Confessions on a Dance Floor (2005), Hard Candy (2008), MDNA (2012), Rebel Heart (2015).
Her films: Desperately Seeking Susan (1985), Dick Tracy (1990), In Bed with Madonna (1991), A League of Their Own (1992), Shadows and Fog (1992), Body of Evidence (1993), Evita (1996), The Next Best Thing (2000). Her children’s book – The English Roses (2003).

Life:


Origin:  Madonna was born in Bay City, Michigan. She was the third child of six in a strict Roman Catholic family. His father, Silvio Anthony “Tony” Ciccone (b. 1931), was a first-generation Italian American and mother, Madonna Louise Fortin (1933 – 1963), was of French-Canadian descent.
Education: She attended St. Frederick’s and St. Andrew’s Catholic Elementary Schools, West Middle School, Rochester Adams High School and University of Michigan School of Music.
Career highlights:  She moved to New York City in 1977, for a career in modern dance.  After performing in the music groups Breakfast Club and Emmy, she signed with Sire Records (Warner Bros. Records).
She released her first album, Madonna, in 1983. Her next famous albums, Like a Virgin (1984), True Blue  (has sold 25 million copies),  Like a Prayer  were a great success. Madonna’s thirteenth studio album, Rebel Heart, was released in March 2015.
Her tours during the 80’s (“Who’s That Girl Tour”, “Blond Ambition Tour”, etc.) were very successfu tool. Her last tours
Sticky & Sweet Tour (2008-2009) – grossed $408 million MDNA Tour (2012),  the tour grossed $302 million, Rebel Heart Tour (2015).
Personal life:  She was raised in the Detroit suburbs of Pontiac and Avon Township. In 1963 her mother died of breast cancer.
Madonna married to actor Sean Penn on her birthday in 1985. She divorced Penn in January 1989.
Her second spous was Guy Ritchie – filmmaker (2000- 2008).
Now Madonna has six children:
Daughter: Lourdes Maria Ciccone Leon (b. 14 October 1996 fathered by her personal trainer, Carlos Leon).
Son: Rocco Ritchie (b. 11-Aug-2000), with Guy Richie.
Son: David Banda (“interim adopted” (13-month-old child) in Malawi 12-Oct-2006)
Daughter: Chifundo “Mercy” James, from Malawi  (adopted in 2009).
Daughter: Esther (b.2013).
Daughter: Stella (b.2013). 
In February 2017, Madonna adopted four-year-old twin sisters Esther and Stella from Malawi.
Partner(s) Carlos Leon (1995–97)
Madonna’s favorites: Hobbies: Yoga, reading; Painter: Frida Kahlo; Movies: A Place In The Sun; Idols: Greta Garbo, Bette Davis, Marilyn Monroe,  Marlene Dietrich; Books: The Passion, The Alchemist,  The Little Prince; Poets: Pablo Neruda, Rumi; Writers: Alice Walker, Kurt Vonnegut Jr., Fancoise Sagen,  James Joyce,  Honore de Balzac. She is a fan of Carole Lombard, Betty Grable and Katharine Hepburn and is good friends with Björk.
She owns a house in Miami and resides in Marylebone, London and a country estate in Tollard Royal, Wiltshire.
In late summer 2017, Madonna moved to Lisbon, Portugal, where her son  David Banda  live and study.
Zest:  Her Nicknames: The Material Girl, Nonnie, Maddy, Mo, M, Madge, Esther (Kabalah name), The Queen of Pop, Dita. Her birthday is also the anniversary of Elvis Presley’s death. She studied dance with the legendary Martha Graham.