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Madonna Madonna Louise Veronica Ciccone August 16, 1958 1958 – 1976 Youth Born in Bay City, Michigan She was named after her mother She is the third of eight children Italian & Catholic Her mother died of breast cancer when Madonna was six years old.

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Madonna Louise Veronica Ciccone

August 16, 1958

1958 1976 youth
1958 – 1976 Youth
  • Born in Bay City, Michigan
  • She was named after her mother
  • She is the third of eight children
  • Italian & Catholic
  • Her mother died of breast cancer when Madonna was six years old.
  • Father remarried his house keeper and had two additional children.
1977 dance
1977 - Dance
  • Madonna received a dance scholarship to the University of Michigan
  • Here she won a dance contest
  • Also was convinced by a teacher to pursue dance professionally
  • Left college for New York - 1977
1979 women in the spotlight
1979 Women in the Spotlight
  • Britain elects the first female prime minister, Margaret Thatcher
  • Mother Teresa awarded the Nobel Peace Prize
  • Madonna begins her music career when anything seems possible
1979 music
1979 - Music
  • While dancing she began writing music with a boyfriend
  • The two formed her first band – the Breakfast Club
  • She sang, played drums, played guitar
  • Began producing dance songs for New York dance clubs
  • Caught attention of Sire Records founder Seymour Stein
1982 recordings
1982 -Recordings
  • Signed with Sire Records
  • First release “Everybody” in April, 1982 – instant success reaching #3
  • “Burning Up” released in March, 1983 – another success reaching again #3
  • First album Madonna debuts 1983
1984 like a virgin album
1984 – Like a Virgin Album
  • “Like a Virgin” reaches #1, stays for six weeks
  • “Material Girl” reaches #2
  • “Angel” reaches #5
  • “Dress You Up” reaches #5
  • Album sells 8 million copies in US
  • Album sells another 4 million world wide
like a virgin mtv video music awards
Like a Virgin – MTV Video Music Awards
  • Performs the song at the first ever MTV Video Music Awards
  • Provocatively arrives on stage
  • Wears a bustier/wedding gown combo, lacy stockings, garters, “Boy Toy” belt
  • Humps the stage and makes out alone…
1984 first film
1984 – First Film
  • Vision Quest Film
1985 1987
1985- 1987
  • Marries actor Sean Penn
  • Many films and albums over next few years
    • 1985 Popular film Desperately Seeking Susan
    • 1986 Album True Blue
      • Produces five successful singles
      • Rolling Stone declares, “Singing better than ever”
      • MTV you make the video contest song- first ever event
    • Shanghai Surprise film – costars husband Penn
    • 1987 Who’s That Girl film and Album
    • You Can Dance Album
1988 statue in her honor
1988 – Statue in her honor
  • In 1988, city officials in the town of Pacentro, Italy planned to construct a 13-foot (4 m) statue of Madonna in a bustier. The statue was intended to commemorate the fact that some of Madonna's ancestors had lived in Pacentro (wikipedia).
1989 like a prayer released
1989 – Like a Prayer Released
  • Her 4th album
  • Remains sexual but adds religion – a now frequent combination of Madonna’s work
  • Sold seven million copies world wide
  • Had five hit singles (“Express Yourself”, “Cherish”, “Oh Father”, and “Keep It Together”)
1989 pepsi
1989 – Pepsi
  • Madonna signed endorsement deal with Pepsi
  • To be similar to Like Prayer song
  • Due to controversial video (Catholic Symbols, a Black Jesus, stigmata, burning crosses) Pepsi had to drop deal
  • Madonna was able to keep her $5Million fee.
1990 i m breathless
1990 – I’m Breathless
  • Starred as “Breathless” Mahoney in Dick Tracy film opposite Warren Beatty
  • Released album containing songs from 1930’s to go along with movie
  • Album has “Vogue” which becomes Madonna’s 8th #1 in US
  • Sells 7 million copies worldwide
1990 blonde ambition tour
1990 - Blonde Ambition Tour
  • Tours Japan, North America, Europe
  • More like music theater than concert
  • Again contains sexual and religious themes intermingled
  • Singing “Like a Virgin” she again simulates masturbation on stage – creates much controversy
1990 greatest hits collection the immaculate collection
1990 – Greatest Hits Collection The Immaculate Collection
  • Includes “Justify My Love”
    • The video is banned from US televisions because includes brief nudity, homosexuality, and scenes with strong sexuality and bondage
  • Includes “Rescue Me”
    • The highest-debuting single by a female in US Chart history
1991 truth or dare
1991- Truth or Dare
  • Documentary film
  • Chronicles her Blonde Ambition Tour
  • Shows footage of her personal life
1991 a league of their own
1991 – A League of Their Own
  • Stars in extremely successful film with Tom Hanks and Rosie O'Donnell
  • “This Used to Be My Playground” she records as film’s theme song
    • Becomes her tenth #1 hit single in US
1992 maverick
1992 – Maverick
  • Madonna creates own entertainment company titled Maverick
  • $60 million dollar recording and business deal
    • Royalties of 20%
      • Equal to that of Michael Jackson at the time
    • Unheard of for a female singer
    • First publication – coffee table book titled SEX
      • Hugely controversial
      • Sells 500,000 copies in US and sells out worldwide
      • Nude/explicit images throughout
1992 erotica
1992 - Erotica
  • Fifth album Erotica released
  • Features three sexually explicit songs – including “Erotica”
    • Became highest debuting single in the history of the US
  • Films Body of Evidence and Dangerous Game
    • Neither does well but her roles in each are praised
  • Though first introduced as a policy for the military, the “Don’t ask, don’t tell” law came into effect in September.
  • Where others were to conceal their sexuality – Madonna continued to push on throwing sexuality in the faces of her audiences, fans, and critics.
1993 the girlie show world tour
1993 – The Girlie Show World Tour
  • Again Controversial
    • Bondage, risqué attire, dominatrix acts, nudity
    • Caused uproar in Puerto Rico where she rubbed their flag between her legs on stage
    • Orthodox Jews protested against her first show ever in Israel
1994 more controversy
1994 – More Controversy
  • Recorded for film With Honors
    • Reached #2 in US
  • Controversial appearance on Late Show with David Letterman
    • Swears, takes off underwear
  • Releases 6th album Bedtime Stories
  • Releases album Something to Remember
    • A compilation of her best ballads
  • Minor parts in two films- Blue in the Face, Four Rooms
  • Most successful film Evita is released.
    • Portrays Eva Peron
  • Soundtrack becomes her 12th album
    • “Don’t Cry for Me Argentine”, and “You Must Love Me” make the charts
    • “You Must Love Me” written by Andrew Lloyd Weber wins Academy Award and Golden Globe
  • Madonna’s performance wins Golden Globe for Best Actress in Musical or Comedy
  • The Material Girl becomes a mom
    • Has daughter Lourdes Maria Ciccone Leon with personal trainer
1998 ray of light
1998 – Ray of Light
  • Madonna wins three Grammy Awards for Ray of Light
  • On Rolling Stones list of 500 greatest albums of all time
1999 beautiful stranger
1999 – “Beautiful Stranger”
  • Wins another Grammy for her song “Beautiful Stranger”
    • Song was recorded for the Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me soundtrack
2000 the next best thing
2000 - The Next Best Thing
  • Starring in her first role since Evita, Madonna has a part in The Next Best Thing
  • Writes/sings two songs for the movie
  • Announces she is pregnant with her second child with director Guy Ritchie
  • Releases single “What It Feels Like For a Girl”
    • Video banned for being too violent, will not air before 9pm
  • Stars in two films with her now husband Guy Ritchie
  • Begins her Drowned World Tour – her first in eight years
  • Releases her second greatest hits album, GHV2
  • Releases title song for 20th James Bond film titled, “Die Another Day”
    • Reaches #8
    • Nominated for Golden Globe and Golden Raspberry
  • Stars in Swept Away directed by husband Guy Ritchie
  • Ninth album, American Life, released
    • Selling only 4 million albums – becomes the worst selling album of her career
  • Kisses Brittney Spears on stage at MTV Video Music Awards
2004 business woes
2004 – Business Woes
  • Suits are filed claiming money is squandered by both Madonna and Warner Music Group
    • Another company purchases to end dispute
    • Madonna no longer has any tie to Maverick but is still signed with Warner under another contract
  • Madonna begins Reinvention World Tour
    • Highest grossing tour of 2004, earning $125 million
  • Madonna ranked #36 on Rolling Stones 100 Greatest Artists of All Time list
2005 civic minded
2005 – Civic Minded
  • Sings Lennon’s “Imagine” at “Tsunami Aid: A Concert of Hope” to raise money for Tsunami victims in Asia
  • Sings for a Live8 benefit concert in London
    • Includes two songs on the Live8 album
  • Releases Confessions on a Dance Floor
    • Sells over 8 million copies
    • “Hung Up” becomes her 36th Top 10 hit which tied her with Elvis Presley for most by an artist in the US
    • “Sorry” her 12th number one in UK putting her #1 for ffemale artist in the UK
    • “Get Together” and “Jump” became 31 hits – she now holds the record for #1 hits for any US artist
  • Confessions Tour begins
    • 1.2 million people in audience
    • Made 260.1 million – highest grossing ever by a female artist
  • Release download only song “Hey You”
  • Sings with 23 female artist, led by Annie Lennox, for album Songs of Mass Destruction
  • Departs from Warner Bros.
  • Signs $120 million ten year contract with Live Nation
  • Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announces Madonna is one of the five inductees of 2008
  • Madonna Directs her first film I Am Because We Are, a documentary
    • Focuses on difficulties for people in Malawi
    • Adopted a son from Malawi
  • Recorded her 11th album, Hard Candy
  • Will begin her seventh world tour