Madonna

Born 16 August 1958.
Madonna

Biography

Madonna Louise Ciccone (born August 16, 1958) is an American singer, songwriter, actress, and businesswoman. She achieved popularity by pushing the boundaries of lyrical content in mainstream popular music and imagery in her music videos, which became a fixture on MTV. Madonna is known for reinventing both her music and image, and for retaining a standard of autonomy within the recording industry. Music critics have acclaimed her musical productions which have also been known to induce controversy. She is also cited as an influence among other artists around the world.

Born in Bay City, Michigan, Madonna moved to New York City to pursue a career in modern dance. After performing in the music groups Breakfast Club and Emmy, she signed with Sire Records (an affiliate of Warner Bros. Records) in 1982 and released her self-titled debut album the following year. She followed it with a series of commercially successful albums, including the Grammy Award winners Ray of Light (1998) and Confessions on a Dance Floor (2005). Throughout her career, she has written and produced most of her songs, with many of them reaching number one on the record charts, including "Like a Virgin", "Into the Groove", "Papa Don't Preach", "Like a Prayer", "Vogue", "Frozen", "Music", "Hung Up", and "4 Minutes".

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BBC Reviews

  1. Review of The Complete Studio Albums (1983 – 2008)

    The Complete Studio Albums (1983 – 2008) 2012

    Reviewed by Mike Diver
    Evergreen and ever-evolving, this dynamic talent is likely to forever be essential.
  2. Review of MDNA

    MDNA 2012

    Reviewed by Nick Levine
    Madonna's 12th studio collection has a few faults, but it's still a fantastic pop album
  3. Review of Hard Candy

    Hard Candy 2008

    Reviewed by Tom Young
    Easy to chew, Hard Candy is everything you'd hope for from a Madonna album.
  4. Review of The Confessions Tour

    The Confessions Tour 2007

    Reviewed by Tom Young
    It’s almost enough to make those who weren’t there jealous. Almost.
  5. Review of Confessions on a Dancefloor

    Confessions on a Dancefloor 2005

    Reviewed by Alan Braidwood
    This is the most commercial album Madonna has made in 15 years and it's magic.
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