Madonna (“Queen of Pop”)

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WMG parent (1982-2009) as Sire (1982–1995), Maverick (1992–2004), Warner Bros. (2004–2010), Live Nation Artists (2009-)

Born in Bay City, Michigan, USA, as Madonna Louise Ciccone, Madonna had the extra middle name Veronica added in childhood as confirmation of her family's Catholicism.
Her music career took off in the early 1980's under the performance name Madonna.

It is believed her legal name has changed due to marriage to first Sean Penn, and then Guy Ritchie.

Annotation last modified on 2015-08-14 08:04 UTC.

Legal name: Madonna Louise Ciccone


Madonna Louise Ciccone (; Italian: [tʃikˈkoːne]; born August 16, 1958) is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. Referred to as the "Queen of Pop", Madonna is noted for her continual reinvention and versatility in music production, songwriting, and visual presentation. She has pushed the boundaries of artistic expression in mainstream music, while maintaining control over every aspect of her career. Her works, which incorporate social, political, sexual, and religious themes, have generated both controversy and critical acclaim. A prominent cultural figure in the 20th and 21st centuries, Madonna remains one of the most "well-documented figures of the modern age", with a broad amount of scholarly reviews and literature works on her, as well as an academic mini subdiscipline devoted to her named Madonna studies.

Madonna moved to New York City in 1978 to pursue a career in modern dance. After performing as a drummer, guitarist, and vocalist in the rock bands Breakfast Club and Emmy, she rose to solo stardom with her debut studio album, Madonna (1983). She followed it with a series of successful albums, including all-time bestsellers Like a Virgin (1984), True Blue (1986) and The Immaculate Collection (1990) as well as Grammy Award winners Ray of Light (1998) and Confessions on a Dance Floor (2005). Madonna has amassed many chart-topping singles throughout her career, including "Like a Virgin", "La Isla Bonita", "Like a Prayer", "Vogue", "Take a Bow", "Frozen", "Music", "Hung Up", and "4 Minutes".

Madonna's popularity was enhanced by roles in films such as Desperately Seeking Susan (1985), Dick Tracy (1990), A League of Their Own (1992), and Evita (1996). While the lattermost won her a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress, many of her other films received poor reviews. As a businesswoman, Madonna founded the company Maverick in 1992. It included Maverick Records, one of the most successful artist-run labels in history. Her other ventures include fashion brands, written works, health clubs, and filmmaking. She contributes to various charities, having founded the Ray of Light Foundation in 1998 and Raising Malawi in 2006.

With sales of over 300 million records worldwide, Madonna is the best-selling female recording artist of all time. She is the most successful solo artist in the history of the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart and has achieved the most number-one singles by a woman in Australia, Canada, Italy, Spain, and the United Kingdom. With a revenue of over U.S. $1.5 billion from her concert tickets, she remains the highest-grossing female touring artist worldwide. Forbes has named Madonna the annual top-earning female musician a record 11 times across four decades (1980s–2010s). She was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2008, her first year of eligibility. Madonna was ranked as the greatest woman in music by VH1, and as the greatest music video artist ever by MTV and Billboard. Rolling Stone also listed her among its greatest artists and greatest songwriters of all time.

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1984Like a VirginMadonna4.2531
1986True BlueMadonna4.424
1989Like a PrayerMadonna4.318
1994Bedtime StoriesMadonna4.510
1998Ray of LightMadonna4.420
2003American LifeMadonna4.359
2005Confessions on a Dance FloorMadonna4.2512
2008Hard CandyMadonna3.27
2015Rebel HeartMadonna4.415
2019Madame XMadonna4.212

Album + Compilation

1989The Early YearsMadonna & Otto von Wernherr25
1990The Immaculate CollectionMadonna4.413
1991Give It to Me: The Early YearsMadonna2.53
1992Cosmic ClimbMadonna51
1993The Best & the Rest of Madonna, Volume 2Madonna and Otto von Wernherr51
199412" Singles Collection (Gold Box Set)Madonna51
1995Something to RememberMadonna3.2513
1995Les Génies du Rock, Volume 113: Give It To MeMadonna & Otto von Wernherr51
1995Wild DancingMadonna & Otto von Wernherr51
1999The Video Collection: 93:99Madonna51
2001GHV2: Greatest Hits, Volume 2Madonna45
2008Greatest HitsMadonna51
2009Celebration: The Video CollectionMadonna51
2012Original Album SeriesMadonna41
2012The Complete Studio Albums (1983-2008)Madonna51
2016The Very Best Of - Radio Waves 1984–1995, Vol. 1Madonna51
2016The Very Best Of - Radio Waves 1984-1995, Vol. 2Madonna1

Album + Compilation + Remix

2022Finally Enough LoveMadonna6

Album + Soundtrack

1987Who’s That Girl: Original Motion Picture SoundtrackMadonna39
1990I’m BreathlessMadonna311

Album + Interview

The InterviewMadonna1

Album + Live

1985The Virgin Tour LiveMadonna1
1988Ciao Italia: Live From ItalyMadonna1
1993The Girlie Show: Live Down UnderMadonna5
2001Drowned World Tour 2001Madonna1
2006I'm Going to Tell You a SecretMadonna3
2007The Confessions TourMadonna56
2010Sticky & Sweet TourMadonna6
2013MDNA World TourMadonna2
2016Bits n’ BobsMadonna1
2017Live on Stage FM Broadcasts - Reunion Arena 7th May 1990Madonna1
2017Rebel Heart TourMadonna5
2019The Girlie Show LiveMadonna1
2021Madame X: Music From the Theater XperienceMadonna1

Album + Remix

1987You Can DanceMadonna410
1999Nothing Really Matters (Remixes)Madonna1
2005House: The Music of ClubMadonna1
2006Confessions RemixedMadonna2
Justify My Love (Remixes)Madonna1
Music (Remixes)Madonna1

Album + DJ-mix

2007My Paradise Lounge AlbumsMadonna42


1983Burning UpMadonna2
1984Lucky StarMadonna2
1984Like a VirginMadonna57
1985Material GirlMadonna54
1985Crazy for YouMadonna52
1985Into the GrooveMadonna9
1985Material Girl, Angel and Into the GrooveMadonna1
1985Dress you upMadonna5
1986Live to TellMadonna3
1986Papa Don't PreachMadonna55
1986True BlueMadonna3
1986Open Your HeartMadonna3
1986Cosmic ClimbMadonna & Otto von Wernherr3
1987La Isla BonitaMadonna55
1987Who’s That GirlMadonna54
1987The Look of LoveMadonna3
1987Causing a CommotionMadonna3
1987Wild DancingMadonna & Otto von Wernherr2
1988New York 1982Madonna & Otto von Wernherr1
1989Like a PrayerMadonna512
1989Oh FatherMadonna53
1989Dear JessieMadonna3
1989Express YourselfMadonna4
1989Holiday / EverybodyMadonna1
1989Into the Groove / Dress You UpMadonna2
1989On the StreetMadonna & Otto von Wernherr5
1989Time to DanceMadonna & Otto von Wernherr3
1990Keep It TogetherMadonna5
1990Hanky PankyMadonna1
1990Justify My LoveMadonna7
1990Oh My!!!Madonna & Otto von Wernherr2
1990ShakeMadonna & Otto von Wernherr2
1991Rescue MeMadonna6
1991Get DownMadonna & Otto von Wernherr2

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