Madonna, Queen of Pop, Turns 56 Today!

madonna1It is hard to believe that Madonna turns 56 years old today. Born Madonna Louise Ciccone in 1958, she has become one of the most loved, successful, and controversial singers, songwriters, and actresses of all time. In addition to her work in the entertainment industry she is a powerful business woman. From the very start of her career, Madonna made a firm statement by pushing boundaries for both lyrical content and performance.

Initially, Madonna moved from her hometown in Michigan to New York to pursue modern dance but after performing with different music groups, she went on to sign a music deal with Sire Records in 1982. Just one year later, her self-titled debut album was released, which was quickly followed up with several highly successful albums to include Confessions on a Dance Floor.

In addition to performing, Madonna wrote and produced a large number of her songs, with many to include Like a Virgin, Into the Groove, Papa Don’t Preach, Vogue, and Hung Up, having hit the top of the music charts. Quickly, both her music and movie careers soared. Along with winning countless Guinness World Records and 20 MTV Music Awards, she received a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in Motion Picture Musical or Comedy for her outstanding role in Evita.

While Madonna continues writing and performing, she also ventured out into fashion design, writing books for children, and producing/directing films. All of her talent is recognized and revered but one of her biggest accomplishments occurred in 1992 in a joint venture with Time Warner when her own entertainment company named Maverick was founded.

Worldwide, Madonna has sold over 300 million records and 64.5 million in the United States, making her the second best-selling female artist in America, followed only by The Beatles. To this day, people adore her and continue to flock to stores for her music and films. Madonna has left a permanent mark on the world and in true style, she will continue to surprise and amaze. Happy Birthday Madonna!

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