ARTIST PROFILE

Madonna

Name: Madonna

Birthday: August 16, 1958

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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 maintaining her autonomy within the recording industry. Music critics have acclaimed her musical productions, which have generated some controversy. Often referred to as the “Queen of Pop”, she is often cited as an influence by other artists.

 

Madonna was born to Catholic parents Silvio Anthony “Tony” Ciccone (b. 1931) and Madonna Louise Fortin (c. 1933 – December 1, 1963) inBay City, Michigan, on August 16, 1958. Her father’s parents were immigrants from Pacentro, Italy, while her mother was of French-Canadianancestry. Tony worked as an engineer designer for Chrysler and General Motors. Since Madonna had the same name as her mother, family members called her “Little Nonni”. She has two elder brothers, Anthony (born 1956) and Martin (born 1957), and three younger siblings, Paula (born 1959), Christopher (born 1960), and Melanie (born 1962).

Upon being confirmed in 1966, she adopted Veronica as a confirmation name. She was raised in the Detroit suburbs of Pontiac and Avon Township (now Rochester Hills). Months before her mother died of breast cancer, Madonna noticed changes in her behavior and personality, although she did not understand the reason. Her mother was at a loss to explain her medical condition, and often began to cry when Madonna questioned her about it. Madonna later acknowledged that she had not grasped the concept of her mother dying

By 2013, Madonna’s Raising Malawi organization built ten schools to educate 4,000 children in Malawi at a value of $400,000. When Madonna visited the schools in April 2013, President of Malawi Joyce Banda expressed criticism of the star and her charity, accusing her of exaggerating her charity’s contribution. Madonna responded by releasing a statement saying she was saddened that Banda had chosen to act negatively about her endeavors. “I have no intention of being distracted by these ridiculous allegations,” she added. Later, it was confirmed that Banda had not approved the statement released written by her press team and was “incandescent with anger” over the mix-up.

Madonna has sold more than 300 million records worldwide.The Guinness World Records acknowledged her as the best-selling female recording artist and the fourth best-selling act of all time, behind The Beatles, Elvis Presley, and Michael Jackson

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