Madonnawas born as Madonna Louise Ciccone Ritchie, on August 16, 1958, in Bay City Michigan. She was raised in the suburbs of Detroit, in the Pontiac and Avon Township. Madonna began her career in 1982, and has sold over 200 million albums. Madonna is a singer, songwriter, dancer, film and record producer, and actress. She has won many Grammy and Golden Globe Awards. She is sometimes referred to as The Queen of Pop or The Material Girl, by the media. Madonna is said to be the richest female singer in the world. Her estimated net worth is over 850 million dollars. She was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on September 27, 2007. She was also listed in the Guiness Bood of World Records in 2001, as the World’s Most Successful Female Musician.
Madonna started off her successful career by signing a deal with Sire Records for singles records. Her first single was, Everybody, which was released in 1982. The single hit number 3 on the Billboard Hot Dance/Club Chart but did not make it on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart. The next single was, Burning Up, which she released in 1983. This one also peaked at number 3 on the dance chart. At this point, Sire Records decided to finance her for a full album. Her debut album was called, Madonna, and it consisted of a group of dance songs. She was not satisfied with her producer so she took her music to her boyfriend, John Benitez, and he remixed the songs and rearranged them. The album started slow but eventually went to number 8 on the U. S. Album charts. The album also had 3 successful Billboard Hot 100 singles come from it. They were, Holiday (hit # 16), Borderline (hit #10), and Lucky Star (hit #4). In the beginning the album sold over 2 million copies worldwide ( 1 million in the U. S. Alone) and eventually sold over 8 million copies.
Some of Madonna’s most popular songs were, Material Girl, Like A Virgin, Into the Groove, Angel, and Dress You Up. As of October, 2007, and she has signed a 120 million contract with Warner Bros. Records and a 10 year contract with Live Nation, Inc. She will be the founding artist in the new Artist Nation division of the company. Madonna has released albums, singles, been on television and in movies, has recorded music dvds and videos, and much much more. Madonna is going to receive a signing bonus of 18 million dollars and about 17 million dollars in advance for each of her 3 albums she is expected to release. She is also expected to do 4 concert tours within that 10 year period. Madonna has also written several books which were also successful sellers. She has released a total of 41 albums and compilations, and has singles on 12 soundtracts, plus many singles, to date.
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