Madonna's biographyMadonna is the queen of pop music, writer, director, producer, fashion designer ... in a word, a multi-faceted and creative personality. The story of her life is the embodiment of the American dream, she proves that with tremendous diligence, you can make a meteoric rise from the bottom to the very top. In addition, Madonna became a symbol of the sexual revolution of the XX century.
Childhood and familyMadonna Louise Veronica Ciccone was born on August 16, 1958, in Bay City, Michigan. The celebrity's mother, Madonna Louise Fortin, was descended from Canadian French and worked as an X-ray technician. Madonna's father, an American of Italian origin Silvio "Tony" Ciccone, was a design engineer at the Chrysler car factory.
First steps to successIn 1979, Madonna danced for the French disco singer Patrick Hernandez during his world tour and went mad with musician Dan Gilroy. With the latter a bit later, the pop diva created its first rock band called Breakfast Club. Madonna played drums and guitar and also sang.
Before recording and releasing the debut album, the producers of Madonna decided to test the waters and understand whether the success of the singer is accidental or not. For this, the second maxi-single was composed. A more experienced producer, Reggie Lucas was selected instead of Kamins. In collaboration with him, Madonna recorded the single "Burning Up" with the composition "Physical Attraction" on side B. A video was released for the first song that got into the rotation of MTV.
World SuccessMadonna's second album "Like a Virgin", dedicated, according to the cover, to all virgins of the planet, was released in 1984. It was produced by Knight Rogers, who previously worked with David Bowie (album "Let's Dance").
The main single "Like a Virgin" was performed by Madonna at the very first ceremony of MTV Video Music Awards. The singer came on the stage in a wedding dress and belt with the inscription "Boy Toy", and in the process of performance she rolled on the floor, showing the audience stockings with garters and white panties. For that time, the performance was a shocking sexual one. Many years later, eyewitnesses recalled: "It was this moment that became a powerful impetus to the liberation of women's power. This is one of the most iconic musical performances of the 20th century".
The Queen of shockingIn 1986, a video for the song "Papa Don’t Preach" was released, in which Madonna touched on the topic of teenage pregnancy: her underage lyric heroine wants to give birth to a child from a loved one. Madonna claimed that this song is about a protest against any patriarchal authoritarianism, whether it is a father, a church or a society.
In 1992, Madonna founded her own company Maverick, which was engaged in entertainment, in particular, the production of films, the release of music CDs, and books. The first thing the company released on the shelves was a book of Madonna's authorship called "Sex" with revelations and descriptions of the singer's fantasies. Together with the book, the single "Erotica" was sold, accompanied by a photo of Madonna holding a whip in her hands. Despite the mixed reaction of society, the book became a bestseller. During the first week, more than 500 thousand people bought a copy of "Sex", in total, 1.5 million books were sold.
Passion for KabbalahApproximately in 1997, Madonna started to study Kabbalah and Judaism in general. This led to the appearance of quieter intonations in her work and style. Before that, she studied Buddhism, yoga and Vedas, but only Kabbalah "put her life from head to foot".
The world's pop queen"Ray of Light" set a bar high, but the album with a laconic title "Music", released in 2000 and sustained in the "American" style, broke records of its predecessor. The main hits were the songs "Music", "Don't Tell Me" and "What It Feels Like for a Girl", a video for which was banned on MTV, but not because of nudity, but because of violence scenes.
The tenth studio album "Confessions on a Dance Floor" (2005) rehabilitated Madonna in her own eyes. It is worth noting that the first song "Hung Up" became the main hit of Madonna for the whole time of her career.
At the beginning of 2018, Madonna shared with Instagram subscribers that she was working on her 14th studio album, in 2019 it was released. In the same year, Medellín released a clip for the song of the same name from the record.
Madonna's personal lifeA separate book can be written about love affairs of Madonna, so below we will tell you only about the most sensational and serious relationship of the singer.
The next few months, Madonna recovered from psychological trauma. In 1990, the singer was involved in a romantic relationship with Warren Beatty, who she met on the set of "Dick Tracy," and 1991 was remembered by her brief love affair with the model Tony Ward, filmed in her candid video "Justify My Love".
Madonna nowIn 2019, Madonna got into a real media scandal. At the Eurovision Song Contest in Israel, she appeared in a blindfold, referring in her own way to the character from Richard Wagner's opera "Valkyrie", which was banned in Israel for anti-Semitism. Her speech was considered strange by many critics, noting a bad hit in the notes and strange arrangements.
In addition, throughout the quarantine, the Madonna kept a kind of “diary of self-isolation” on Instagram, in which she shared her thoughts with subscribers.