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Madonna's World

This page is for those who love Madonna, lust for Madonna, or just like her music. Two out of three aint bad, if you don't love her.  :)

 

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About Madonna

By Cathy Richey, the Cathy Factor



Madonna was born in Bay City, Michigan, on August 16, 1958, to parents Silvio "Tony" Ciccone and Madonna Fortin.

In 1964, her mother died of breast cancer. In 1977, she moved to New York City. There, in 1979, she became part of the Patrick Hernandez Revue. After performing in pop groups, she released her debut album in 1983. She followed it with a series of albums in which she found immense popularity by pushing the boundaries of lyrical content in mainstream popular music and imagery in her music videos. Her videos became hugely popular on MTV.

Madonna reached the peak of her career in the 1980s (it's considered her boom decade). She dominated the music charts with a succession of multi-million-selling albums. And her musical and fashion influence on young women was felt around the globe.

In 1983, Madonna's debut album "Madonna" was released, and the first hit "Holiday" topped the charts around the world. Other hit singles included "Borderline" (with the oft-repeated "bow duh line" in the lyrics) and "Lucky Star." The album was a smash hit, and it catapulted Madonna into instant stardom.

Millions of preteen girls flocked to buy Madonna tapes, emulating the millions of teen Madonna fans. Crowing Madonna songs in their homes, some of these girls drove their parents nuts. Boys also caught Madonna fever, entranced by her looks in addition to her music. Parents, checking out what interested their kids so much, took a break from their Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, and Rolling Stones tapes to listen to Madonna. Many of them also got hooked. The mothers liked the new sound, though many didn't like it that their husbands seemed overly interested in the videos.

Madonna’s second album, "Like a Virgin," was released at the end of 1984. The title track hit number one in December, staying at the top of the charts for six weeks; it was the start of a whirlwind year for the singer. During 1985, Madonna became an international celebrity, selling millions of records on the strength of her stylish, sexy videos and her forceful personality. After “Material Girl" became a number two hit in March, Madonna began her first tour, supported by the Beastie Boys. "Crazy for You" became her second number one single in May.

In 1992, Madonna released her erotic book Sex. It featured Madonna as the centerpiece of photographs depicting various sexual fantasies and acts (including lesbianism, anal sex, and sadomasochism). She released her next album, Erotica, in the same year. The music videos from Erotica were groundbreaking in a number of ways. Two different treatments of the title video were released: an "uncut" European version which featured graphic nudity and overt depiction of sexual acts, and a censored American version. Though the song was a huge hit, the video only aired a total of three times on MTV, always after midnight, and always preceded by a warning.


In 1994 Madonna released Bedtime Stories. The album had her sultry voice as she tackled a number of topics which extended far beyond the subject matter of her early songs. "Take a Bow" topped the Billboard Hot 100 for 7 consecutive weeks, breaking her previous record of 6 weeks with "Like a Virgin." The album was nominated for a Grammy in the same year.

Madonna released a second greatest hits album in 1996. She began to wear fashionable designer dresses. This helped her to secure the role of Eva Perón in the 1996 film Evita. The film marked the first time Madonna starred in a leading role. She delivered a Golden Globe winning performance and was critically praised.

In 1998, Madonna reinvented herself yet again as she began studying mystical Judaism and The Kabbalah. She took Yoga lessons and pursued a vigorous exercise regime that brought her body to a peak of fitness and lean muscularity.

Editor's note: Unfortunately, she would later obsess over her excellent vascularity as if it were somehow a negative and have unnecessary surgery on her hands to "correct" the non-problem. Given who she was, why didn't she just ignore the stupid comments and set yet another new trend?

In 1998 she released "Ray of Light," the album became her biggest hit in nearly ten years, selling over 15 million copies. It spawned the top ten singles "Frozen," "Ray of Light," "Drowned World / Substitute For Love", "Nothing Really Matters," and "The Power of Goodbye."

In 2000, Madonna released the album "Music." In 2003, American Life was released and it topped the charts as well.

On her 27th birthday (August 16, 1985) Madonna married actor Sean Penn. They divorced, and in December 2000 Madonna married director Guy Ritchie at Skibo Castle in Scotland. She released her second Greatest Hits album, "GHV2," in 2001.

In June 2001, she appeared in "Star," a short film directed by Guy Ritchie, and then began working on a remake of the classic film "Swept Away." The film, released in 2002, was critically panned and went on to become yet another in a string of acting flops.

In December 2007, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced Madonna as one of the five inductees of 2008. That same year, the album "Hard Candy" became one of Madonna's most critically acclaimed albums of her career. It includes the top 5 smash single "4 Minutes" featuring Justin Timberlake.

The Material Girl who never stops re-inventing herself, Madonna has sold tens of millions of records and CDs to fans worldwide. Her film career, however, is another story. Her performances have consistently drawn scathing or laughable reviews from film critics, and the films have usually had tepid, if any, success at the box office. That said, there are some Madonna devotees who watch every film.

The number of albums compiled by Madonna consists of eleven studio albums, six compilation albums, three soundtrack albums, three live albums and three remix albums. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, Madonna is the most successful female recording artist of all time.

Throughout her career Madonna has repeatedly reinvented herself through a series of visual and musical personas. The Times stated, "Madonna, whether you like her or not, started a revolution amongst women in music." From her first album she revolutionized dance music and then time after time riveted the attention of the music world on her work.

 

About Cathy: She and her Doberman Trooper conduct research into all kinds of topics and produce articles like the one you see here. To contact Cathy, write to thecathyfactor@yahoo.com. Get the facts from Cathy, and let the Cathy Factor give you an edge.

 

 

 

Madonna: Goddess, musician, entertainer.


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