Madonna

Pop Singer

Madonna was born in Bay City, Michigan, United States on August 16th, 1958 and is the Pop Singer. At the age of 65, Madonna biography, profession, age, height, weight, eye color, hair color, build, measurements, education, career, dating/affair, family, news updates, songs, movies, and networth are available.

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Other Names / Nick Names
Ester, Madge, M, Mo, Maddy, Nonnie, Queen of Pop, Queen of Reinvention, Material Girl
Date of Birth
August 16, 1958
Nationality
United States, United Kingdom
Place of Birth
Bay City, Michigan, United States
Age
65 years old
Zodiac Sign
Leo
Networth
$850 Million
Profession
Actor, Art Collector, Businessperson, Children's Writer, Composer, Dancer, Director, Entrepreneur, Film Actor, Film Director, Film Producer, Guitarist, Model, Performing Artist, Philanthropist, Poet, Producer, Record Producer, Screenwriter, Singer, Singer-songwriter, Songwriter, Writer
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Madonna Height, Weight, Eye Color and Hair Color

At 65 years old, Madonna has this physical status:

Height
164cm
Weight
54kg
Hair Color
Brunette
Eye Color
Blue
Build
Slim
Measurements
35-27-33" or 89-68.5-84 cm
Madonna Religion, Education, and Hobbies
Religion
Catholic
Hobbies
Not Available
Education
St. Frederick’s, St. Andrew’s Catholic Elementary Schools., West Middle School
Madonna Spouse(s), Children, Affair, Parents, and Family
Spouse(s)
Guy Ritchie
Children
Lourdes Leon, Rocco Ritchie, Mercy James, David Banda, Estere Ciccone, Stelle Ciccone
Dating / Affair
Dan Gilroy, Mark McGrath, Wyn Cooper, Russell Long, Christopher Flynn, Mark Dolengowski, Norris Burroughs, Patrick Hernandez, Stephen Bray, Mark Kamins, Ken Compton, Jellybean Benítez, Simon Fields, Steve Neumann, Jean Michel Basquiat, Sandra Bernhard (1985-1988), Prince (1985), Sean Penn (1985-1989), John Kennedy Jr. (1987-1988), Jeffrey Hornaday, Esai Morales (1988), Warren Beatty (1989-1990), Lenny Kravitz (1990), Tony Ward (1990-1991), Jim Albright, Jose Canseco, Vanilla Ice (1992), Ingrid Casares, John Enos III (1992), Anthony Kiedis (1993), Jenny Shimizu (1993), Dennis Rodman (1994), Tim Willocks, Johnny Zander, Peter Shue, Carlos Leon (1994-1997), Henry Rollins (1995), Andy Bird, David Blaine (1998), Chris Paciello (1998), Guy Ritchie (2000-2008), Alex Rodríguez (2008), Jesus Luz (2008-2010), Gabriel Byrne (2009), Adam Senn, Gerard Butler, Brahim Zaibat (2010-2013), Timor Steffens (2014), Diplo, Idris Elba (2016), Aboubakar Soumahoro (2016-2017), Kevin Sampaio (2017), Tupac Shakur, Andrea Denver, Ahlamalik Williams (2019-Present)
Parents
Silvio Ciccone, Madonna Louise Ciccone
Siblings
Martin Ciccone (Older Brother), Anthony Ciccone (Older Brother), Paula Ciccone (Younger Sister), Christopher Ciccone (Younger Brother), Melanie Ciccone (Younger Sister), Jennifer Ciccone (Half-Sister), Mario Ciccone (Half-Brother)
Other Family
Joan Gustafson (Stepmother) (Worked as a housekeeper in Madonna’s own home), Gaetano I./S. Ciccone (Paternal Grandfather), Michelina Dijulio/Di Julio (Paternal Grandmother), Willard William Fortin (Maternal Grandfather), Elsie/Elise Mae Fortin (Maternal Grandmother)
Madonna Career

Life and career

Madonna Louise Ciccone was born in Bay City, Michigan, on August 16, 1958, to Catholic parents Madonna Louise (née Fortin) and Silvio Anthony "Tony" Ciccone. Although her mother was of French-Canadian descent, her father's parents were Italian immigrants from Pacentro. Tony Ciccone worked as an engineer designer for Chrysler and General Motors. Family friends referred to Madonna as her mother because she had the same name as her mother. On December 1, 1963, her mother died of breast cancer. When being confirmed in the Catholic Church in 1966, she used Veronica as a confirmation name. Madonna and her two older brothers, Anthony and Martin, and three younger siblings, Paula, Christopher, and Melanie, were raised in Pontiac and Avon Township (now Rochester Hills). In 1966, Tony married Joan Gustafson, the family's housekeeper. Jennifer and Mario had two children, Jennifer and Mario. Madonna resented her father after he was remarried and began protesting against him, which caused their relationship to be difficult for many years afterward.

Madonna attended St. Frederick and St. Andrew's Catholic Elementary Schools, as well as West Middle School. She was known for her high school point average and notoriety for her unusual conduct. Madonna will perform cartwheels and handstands in the hallways between classes, dangle by her knees from the monkey bars at recess, and pull up her skirt during class, so that the boys could see her underwear. She later confessed to being a "lonesome child" who was looking for something in her youth. I wasn't anti-independence in a certain sense. I was concerned about being good at something. I didn't shave my underarms, and I didn't wear make-up like normal girls. But I stayed at school and got good marks... I wanted to be somebody."

Madonna's father took her classical piano lessons, but she later convinced him to enroll her in ballet lessons. Christopher Flynn, her ballet coach, advised her not to pursue a career in dance. Madonna later attended Rochester Adams High School and became a member of the company's cheerleading squad as well as a straight-A student. She earned a dance scholarship to the University of Michigan and spent the summer at the American Dance Festival in Durham, North Carolina.

Madonna dropped out of college and moved to New York City in 1978. "It was the first time I'd ever taken a plane," she said of her relocation to New York, "It was the first time I'd ever seen a taxi," she said. I arrived here with $35 in my wallet. It was the bravest thing I'd ever done." Madonna landed in an apartment in the Alphabet City neighborhood of the East Village and had no money when working at Dunkin' Donuts and with modern dance troupes, taking classes at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, and later performing with Pearl Lang Dance Theater. She also studied dance under Martha Graham's tutelage, as the respected American dancer and choreographer. Madonna began performing as a back-up dancer for other well-known artists. When returning from a performance, a pair of men held her at knifepoint and coerced her to perform fellatio. The incident, she later discovered, was "a sign of my vulnerability," she told me that despite all the strong-girl shows, she could not save myself. I could never forget it."

Madonna became romantically involved with musician Dan Gilroy in 1979. Shortly after meeting him, she auditioned to perform in Paris with French disco artist Patrick Hernandez as his backup singer and dancer. She travelled to Tunisia during her three months with Hernandez's troupe before returning to New York in 1980. Madonna converted a defunct synagogue in Corona, Queens, where Gilroy lived and rehearsed. Madonna performed and performed drums and guitar together with her first band, the Breakfast Club. Madonna appeared in the Russian Tea Room for a brief period, and she made her acting debut in the low-budget indie film A Certain Sacrifice, which was not released until 1985. Madonna and the Emmys formed in 1980 with drummer Stephen Bray, who was her boyfriend in Michigan, and they formed the band Emmy and the Emmys. They revived their passion and migrated to the Music Building in Manhattan. In November 1980, the two began recording a four-song demo tape, but Madonna soon decided to market themselves as a solo artist.

Camille Barbone, the founder of Gotham Records in the Music Building, agreed to Madonna's contract in 1981 and spent her as her boss until 1982. Madonna used to go to nightclubs to find disc jockeys to perform her demo. DJ Mark Kamins at Danceteria piqued an interest in her music and began dating. Kamins arranged a meeting with Madonna and Seymour Stein, the president of Sire Records, a Warner Bros. Records affiliate, in Los Angeles. Madonna has signed a three-track contract, with the option of an album.

Kamins released "Everybody," her debut single, which was released in October 1982. Madonna performed the song live at Danceteria in December 1982. In January 1983, she made her first television appearance on Dancin' On Air as "Everybody." She marketed the single with nightclub appearances in the United Kingdom in February 1983. In March 1983, she released "Burning Up," her second single. Both singles reached number three on Billboard's Hot Dance Club Songs chart. Madonna was in a relationship with artist Jean-Michel Basquiat and living in SoHo at his loft. Basquiat introduced her to art curator Diego Cortez, who had worked with several punk bands and co-founded the Mudd Club. Madonna had invited Cortez to be her boss but he declined.

Warner hired Reggie Lucas to produce Madonna, her self-titled debut album, following the success of the singles. Madonna, on the other hand, was dissatisfied with the final tracks and dissatisfied with Lucas' manufacturing methods, so she decided to seek additional assistance. She begged John "Jellybean" Benitez, the album's resident DJ, to assist with the completion of the project, and a smouldering of romance ensued. Benitez remixed most of the tracks and created "Holiday," her first international top-ten hit. The album was released in 1987 and debuted at number eight on the Billboard 200. On the Billboard Hot 100, "Borderline" and "Lucky Star," it released two top-ten singles. Feddy DeMann, Madonna's current manager, gained a meeting with film director Jon Peters, who wanted her to play a club singer in the romantic drama Vision Quest in 1983.

Madonna gained more fame in January 1984 by appearing on American Bandstand and Top of the Pops. Young girls and women were influenced by her appearances, appearances, and music videos. Madonna's style became one of the 1980s' female fashion trends. The look was created by stylist and jewelry designer Maripol, and it consisted of lace tops, skirts over capri pants, fishnet stockings, jewelry bearing the crucifix, bracelets, and bleached hair. Madonna's fame soared internationally with the debut of her second studio album, Like a Virgin, in November 1984. It was her first number one album in Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Spain, Spain, and the United States. Like a Virgin, the first female album to sell more than five million copies in the United States. The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), later, designated it as a diamond in the United States, has sold over 21 million copies worldwide.

The album's title track debuted as the album's first single and topped the Hot 100 chart for six weeks in a row. It attracted the attention of conservative groups who said that the song and its accompanying video promoted premarital sex and harmed family values, as well as moralists who wanted to have the song and video banned from being broadcast. Madonna's appearance on "Like a Virgin" at the first 1984 MTV Video Music Awards received a lot of media attention. Madonna appeared on stage atop a huge wedding cake and then rolled around happily on the ground in a wedding dress and white gloves. It has been rated by MTV as one of the world's most "most iconic" pop performances. On the Hot 100, the second single, "Material Girl," debuted at number two. Madonna began dating Sean Penn while shooting the single's music video. In 1985, she and her husband were married on her birthday.

Madonna made her first appearance in mainstream films in February 1985, beginning with her appearance in Vision Quest. Two new singles, her US number one single, "Crazy for You," and another track "Gambler" were included on the soundtrack. She appeared in the film "Into the Groove," her first number one single in the United Kingdom, as well as the title role. Despite the fact that she was not billed as a lead actress, her fame led to the film being regarded as a Madonna vehicle. Vincent Canby, a film critic at the New York Times, named it one of the top ten best films of 1985.

Madonna debuted on the Beastie Boys as her opening act in North America in 1985. Many female visitors dressed as Madonna during the tour, which culminated in the peak of the Madonna wannabe phenomenon. "Angel" and "Dress You Up" were two more hits, placing both four singles from the album's top five on the Hot 100 chart at that time, bringing their album into the top five. A collection of nude photos of Madonna, taken when she moonlighted as an art model in 1978, were published in Penthouse and Playboy magazines in July. She had posed for the pictures because she needed money at the time, and she was charged as little as $25 a session. The photos sparked outrage on television, but Madonna remained "unapologetic and defiant." The photographs were eventually worth up to $100,000. She referred to these activities at the 1985 outdoor Live Aid charity concert, saying she would not take off her jacket because "the media" will hold it against me ten years from now."

Madonna released True Blue, her third studio album, in June 1986, which was inspired by and dedicated to her husband Penn. Rolling Stone was wowed by the effort, writing that the album "sound[s] as if it comes from the heart." Five singles were released: "Live to Tell," "Papa Don't Preach," "Open Your Heart," and "La Isla Bonita"—all of which have risen to number one in the United States or the United Kingdom, with five of which reached number one. The album charted in 28 countries around the world, an unprecedented feat at the time, and remains Madonna's best-selling studio album with sales of 25 million copies. True Blue was featured in the 1992 Guinness World Records as the best-selling album by a woman of all time.

Madonna appeared in the critically acclaimed film Shanghai Surprise in 1986, for which she received her first Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Actress. Penn made her theatrical debut in a David Rabe's Goose and Tom-Tom film; the film and play co-starred Penn. Madonna appeared in the film Who's That Girl next year. She contributed four songs to the album, including the title track and "Causing a Commotion." In June 1987, Madonna began the Who's That Girl World Tour, which continued until September. Several people attended a show near Paris, which was then a record for the highest-attended female concert of all time. Later this year, she released You Can Dance, a remix album of recent hits, which debuted at number 14 on the Billboard 200. Madonna filed for divorce from Penn on December 4, 1987, but a few weeks later, a few weeks later.

She appeared in the performance of Speed-the-Plow at the Royale Theatre from May to August 1988. Madonna has filed an assault lawsuit against Penn after an alleged incident at their Malibu home over the New Year's weekend, according to the Associated Press. Madonna filed for divorce on January 5, 1989, and the following week, she reportedly requested that no criminal charges be filed.

Madonna signed an endorsement contract with Pepsi, a soft drink maker. She debuted "Like a Prayer," her fourth studio album's lead single and title track, in a Pepsi commercial. The music video included Catholic icons such as stigmata and cross-burning, as well as a a desire to love a saint, causing the Vatican to condemn the film. Religious organisations threatened to outlaw Pepsi products. Pepsi canceled the commercial and terminated her sponsorship deal. In several countries, "Like a Prayer" topped the charts, becoming her seventh number one on the Hot 100.

Madonna co-wrote and co-produced the album Like a Prayer with Patrick Leonard, Stephen Bray, and Prince. "As close to art as pop music gets," Rolling Stone's music critic J. D. Considine said, "single's best voices of the Eighties" is not only that Madonna should be taken seriously as an artist but also that hers is one of the Eighties' most compelling voices." Like a Prayer, which debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, has sold 15 million copies around the world. "Express Yourself" and "Cherish" were two of the album's most popular singles, as well as the UK top-five "Dear Jessie" and the U.S. top-ten "Keep It Together" were two other notable albums. Madonna was dubbed "Artist of the Decade" by MTV, Billboard, and Musician newspaper by the 1980s by the end of the decade.

In the film Dick Tracy (1990), Madonna appeared as Breathless Mahoney, with Warren Beatty playing the title role. Madonna received a Saturn Award nomination for Best Actress for two weeks after the film debuted on the US box office for two weeks. I'm Breathless, a soundtrack album that contained songs influenced by the film's 1930s setting, was released by the actress to accompany the film. It also included "Vogue," the US number one song, as well as "Sooner or Later." Madonna began a friendship with Beatty, which ended shortly after the premiere.

Madonna began her Blond Ambition World Tour in April 1990, which ended in August. Rolling Stone called it a "elaborately choreographed, sexually provocative extravaganza" and proclaimed it to be "the best tour of 1990." The tour brought strong skepticism from religious audiences for her appearance of "Like a Virgin," in which two male dancers caressed her body before she imitated masturbation. "The tour in no way upset anybody's feelings," Madonna said in response. It's for young minds and helps them to think about sexuality in a new way. Their own and others are among them. Madonna received her first Grammy Award in the category of Best Long Form Music Video.

In November 1990, the Immaculate Collection, Madonna's first greatest-hits compilation album, was released. "Justify My Love" and "Remember Me" were two new songs in the collection. The album was rated diamond by RIAA and it has sold more than 30 million copies around the world, making it the most best-selling compilation album by a solo artist in history. "Justify My Love" made it to number one in the United States, becoming her ninth top-one, bonding, same-sex kissing, and brief nudity. The film was deemed too sexually explicit for MTV and was barred from the network. Truth or Dare, her first documentary film, was released in May 1991 (known as In Bed with Madonna outside of North America). (More has been on tour with Blond Ambition World Tour) for the first time (much as Michael Moore's Bowling for Columbine), it was the most profitable documentary of all time.

Madonna played Mae Mordabito, a baseball player on an all-women's squad in 1992. It debuted at number one on the box-office and became the tenth-highest grossing film of the year in the United States, gaining her tenth number one on the Billboard Hot 100, the most female artist to date. Madonna founded Maverick Entertainment, a film development firm (Maverick Films), and related music distribution, television broadcasting, book publishing, and merchandising divisions in April. The arrangement was a joint venture with Time Warner and Madonna received $60 million in advance. It gave her 20% royalties from the music performances, the highest in the industry at the time, only equaled by Michael Jackson's royal rate, which was established a year earlier with Sony. Her company went on to become one of the most well-known artist-run labels in history, delivering multi-platinum artists like Alanis Morissette and Michelle Branch. Madonna co-sponsored the first museum retrospective for her late boyfriend Jean-Michel Basquiat at the Whitney Museum of American Art later this year.

Madonna recorded her fifth studio album, Erotica, as well as Sex, her coffee table book. The book, which consisted of sexually provocative and explicit photographs and was shot by Steven Meisel, received a lot of negative feedback from the media and the general public, but in a matter of days, it sold 1.5 million copies at $50 per copy. Erotica, which ended up being her lowest-selling album at the time, was overshadowed by the ferocious backlash. Despite positive reviews, it was her first studio album since her debut album did not place the top charts in the United States. The album debuted at number two on the Billboard 200, and "Erotica" and "Deeper and Deeper" became the top-ten hits on the Hot 100. Madonna's provocative photos in Body of Evidence, a 1993 erotic thriller with scenes of sadomasochism and bondage, were included in a film. Critics generally dismissed it. Dangerous Game, which was also released in North America, was also starred. The film was described as "angry and painful," according to the New York Times, and the ache feels real."

Madonna debuted on the Girlie Show in 1993, where she appeared as a whip-cracking dynatrix surrounded by topless dancers. On stage in Puerto Rico, she ran the island's flag between her legs, causing outrage among the audience. She appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman in March 1994, wielding profanity that threatened censorship on television and delivering Letterman a pair of her panties and asking him to smell it. Madonna's sexually explicit book, album, and film premiere, as well as her outspoken appearance on Letterman made some commentators question the authorship as a sexual renegade. Critics and fans responded angrily, with critics and followers expressing disappointment that she had "gone too far" and that her career was over. Madonna briefly dated basketball player Dennis Rodman and rapper Tupac Shakur around this time.

J. Randy Taraborrelli, a British writer, wrote her ballad "I'll Remember" (1994) in an effort to tone down her provocative image (1994). The song was shot for Alek Keshishian's 1994 film With Honors. After realizing that she would need to change her musical direction in order to maintain her fame, she appeared at Letterman at an awards show and appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Madonna's sixth studio album, Bedtime Stories (1994), took a softer approach to try to raise the public's image. The album debuted at number three on the Billboard 200 and gained two top-five hits, "Secret" and "Take a Bow," the latter's longest time for a Madonna single. Something to Remember – a series of ballads, was launched in November 1995. "You'll See," "One More Chance," and a preview of Marvin Gaye's "I Want You" were included on the album. Madonna, an avid collector of modern art, sponsored the first major retrospective of Tina Modotti's work at the Philadelphia Museum of Art in 1995. Basquiat's paintings were on view at the Serpentine Gallery in London the following year. Cindy Sherman's retrospective at the MoMA in New York the following year.

Madonna began filming in Argentina in February 1996. Madonna had a long time wanted to play Eva Perón, Argentina's political leader, and wrote to director Alan Parker to explain why she would be the right for the role. She began performing as a leader and learned about Argentina and Perón's history after securing the position. Madonna became ill several times during filming, after finding out she was pregnant and suffering from the scenes' intense emotional work. Madonna's performance at Evita's debut in December 1996 drew praise from film commentators. "It's a relief to say that Evita is so damn fine, well cast, and beautifully visualized," Time magazine's Zach Conner wrote. Madonna debates our hopes once more. She was named as the best actress in motion picture Musical or Comedy by the Golden Globe Awards for her role.

Madonna's Evita soundtrack, which featured songs mainly performed by Madonna, was released as a double album. The latter featured "You Must Love Me" and "Don't Cry for Me Argentina," a hit among European countries; the former reached number one in countries. At the 1996 Billboard Music Awards, Madonna was honoured with the Artist Achievement Award by Tony Bennett. On October 14, 1996, she gave birth to Lourdes "Lola" Maria Ciccone Leon, her daughter's with fitness instructor Carlos Leon. "British writer Mary Cross reveals that although Madonna was concerned that her pregnancy would jeopardize Evita, she nonetheless accomplished some significant personal goals: "Now 38 years old, Madonna defeated on film and fulfilled her dream of having a child" -- both in the same year. She had reached a turning point in her career, redefining herself and her public image." Carlos Leon's friendship came to an end in May 1997, and she said they were "better off as best friends."

Madonna became involved in Eastern mysticism and Kabbalah after Lourdes' birth. actress Sandra Bernhard introduced her to her. Ray of Light, her seventh studio album (1998), reflected this change in her appearance and appearance. She collaborated with electronica producer William Orbit in order to create a sound that would blend dance music with pop and British rock. Ann Powers, an American music critic, said that Madonna's quest for Orbit "was sort of a luxuriousness" she had aspired for on this record. In the 1990s, techno and rave were popular, and there were many other styles. Aphex Twins were among the more difficult, more robust items on the market. Fatboy Slim was a party product. Madonna didn't want this, but that isn't what she wanted for. She needed something more like a singer-songwriter, actually. And William Orbit gave her that."

The album received critical acclaim, with Slant Magazine naming it "one of the greatest pop masterpieces of the 1990s." Ray of Light was nominated for both Album of the Year and Year of the Year. "The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time" Rolling Stone selected it as one of the "Best Albums of All Time." The album debuted in many countries and sold more than 16 million copies around the world. "Frozen," Madonna's debuting at number one in the United Kingdom, became her sixth number one single in the United States, establishing another record for Madonna as the artist with the most number-two hits. "Ray of Light," the second single on the Billboard Hot 100, debuted at number five on the Billboard Hot 100. "No female artist has sold more albums than Madonna around the world" in the 1998 Guinness Book of World Records.

Madonna founded the Ray of Light Foundation, which specialized in women, education, international cooperation, and humanitarian causes. She made the single "Beautiful Stranger" for the 1999 film Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, earning her a Grammy Award for Best Written for a Motion Picture, Television, or Other Visual Media. Madonna appeared in the 2000 comedy-drama film The Next Best Thing, directed by John Schlesinger. In its first week, the film debuted at number two on the US box office with $5.9 million, but this soon decashed. The actress also contributed two songs to the film's soundtrack: a retrospective of Don McLean's 1971 album "American Pie" and an original song "Time Stood Still"—the former became her ninth UK number-one single.

In September 2000, Madonna released Music, her eighth studio album. It featured elements from the electronica-inspired Ray of Light period, and critics lauded it. Madonna, a French singer, said, "I love to work with the weirdos that no one knows about—the ones who have raw talent and are making music unlike no one else out there." Music is the future of sound. AllMusic's Stephen Thomas Erlewine said, "Music blows by in a kaleidoscopic rush of color, technique, style, and substance." It has so many depth and layers that it's both self-aware and earnest as Ray of Light." In the first ten days, the album debuted in more than 20 countries around the world, and it sold four million copies in the first ten days. Music debuted at the top of the charts in the United States and became her first number-one album in ten years since Like a Prayer. "It's On My Own," "Don't Tell Me," and "What It Feels Like for a Girl" were three singles released by the Hot 100. Madonna was depicted in MTV and VH1's music video "What It Feels Like for a Girl" depicted her violence and vandalism, and was barred from doing it.

Madonna first met director Guy Ritchie in the summer of 1998 and gave birth to their son Rocco John Ritchie in Los Angeles on August 11, 2000. Rocco and Madonna were plagued from the birth due to her being in possession of placenta praevia. On December 21, 2000, he was christened at Dornoch Cathedral in Dornoch, Scotland. Madonna married Ritchie the following day at nearby Skibo Castle. Madonna's Drowned World Tour began in June 2001 after eight years of absence from touring. The tour brought together concert tours in the United States and Europe, earning $75 million from 47 sold-out shows. GHV2, which had compiled 15 singles in the second decade of her career, was also her second greatest-hits collection. The album debuted at number seven on the Billboard 200 and has sold seven million units worldwide.

Madonna appeared in Ritchie's film Swept Away. The film, which was shot direct-to-video in the United Kingdom, was a commercial and critical failure. She appeared in London in the West End's Up For Grabs, to generally poor feedback, and was described as "the evening's biggest disappointment" by one. She appeared in "Die Another Day," the James Bond film Die Another Day's title song, in which she appeared in a cameo role, on October 10. The song debuted on Billboard Hot 100 for Best Original Song and a Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Original Song.

Madonna worked with fashion photographer Steven Klein on an exhibition exhibition titled X-STaTIC Pro=CeSS, which ran from March to May in New York's Deitch Projects gallery and later traveled the world in an edited form. Madonna's ninth studio album, American Life, was based on her observations of American society in the same year. The album was "much like a trip down memory lane," she said, considering all the things that have been useful to me and all the things that were once important to me." Larry Flick of The Advocate said that "American Life is an album that is among her most adventurous and lyrically mature" while dismissing it as a "lazy, half-arsed effort to sound and take her seriously." The original music video of its title track sparked controversy due to its brutality and anti-war images, and it was taken down after the 2003 invasion of Iraq began. Madonna voluntarily censored herself for the first time in her career due to the country's political climate, adding that "there was a lynch mob mentality that wasn't pretty, and I have children to safeguard." The song remained at number 37 on the Hot 100, though the album became her lowest-selling album at that time, with four million copies worldwide.

When performing the song "Hollywood," Madonna paid a visit to singers Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera later this year. She appeared on Spears' single "Me Against the Music" in October 2003. It was followed by the introduction of Remixed & Revisited. The EP featured remixed versions of songs from American Life as well as "Your Honesty," a previously unveiled track from the Bedtime Stories recording sessions. Madonna has also signed a Callaway Arts & Entertainment deal to be the author of five children's books. In September 2003, the first of these books, The English Roses, was published. The tale was about four English schoolgirls and their enthraging and admiration of each other. The book debuted at number one on The New York Times Best Seller list and became the nation's best-selling children's picture book of all time. Madonna also donated all of its funds to a children's charity.

Madonna and Maverick also filed a lawsuit against Warner Music Group and Time Warner, arguing that mismanaging staff and poor bookkeeping had cost the company millions of dollars. Warner filed a countersuit in exchange alleging that Maverick had lost tens of millions of dollars on its own. Warner bought the Maverick shares, which were owned by Madonna and Ronnie Dashev, as a result of the controversy. Madonna and Dashev's company became a wholly owned subsidiary of Warner Music, but Madonna was also signed to Warner under a separate recording contract.

Madonna began Re-Invention World Tour in the United States, Canada, and Europe in mid-2004. It was the highest-grossing tour of 2004, grossing $120 million and becoming the subject of her documentary I'm Going to Tell You a Secret. In November 2004, she was inducted into the UK Music Hall of Fame as one of its five founding members, as well as Elvis Presley, Bob Marley, and U2. Rolling Stone ranked her at number 36 on its special issue of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time, which also included an interview by Britney Spears. Madonna performed a cover version of John Lennon's "Imagine" at Tsunami Aid in January 2005. In July 2005, she appeared at the Live 8 benefit concert in London.

Confessions on a Dance Floor, her tenth studio album, was released in November 2005. The album was constructed like a DJ's club set up. Critics loved it, with Billboard's Keith Caulfield commenting that the album was a "welcome return to form for the Queen of Pop." The album received the Grammy Award for Best Electronic/Dance Album. Confessions on a Dance Floor and its lead single, "Hung Up," went on to rank number one in 40 and 41 countries respectively, earning a place in Guinness World Records. The song featured a sample of ABBA's "Gimme."

Gimme!

Gimme!

"A Man After Midnight" is the second time that the ABBA has allowed their work to be used. Björn Ulvaeus, an ABBA songwriter, said, "It is a wonderful track—100 percent solid pop music." Madonna's twelfth number-one single in the United Kingdom, "Sorry," the second single.

Madonna began the Confessions Tour in May 2006, with a worldwide audience of 1.2 million and grossing over $193.7 million, making it the biggest-grossing tour for a female artist to date. In the performance of "Live to Tell," Madonna used religious symbols, such as the crucifix and Crown of Thorns. It prompted the Russian Orthodox Church and the Federation of Jewish Communities of Russia to invite all of their followers to boycott her performance. Madonna's album sales alone worldwide, according to the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI).

While on tour, Madonna founded Raising Malawi and partially funded an orphanage in and traveling to Malawi. While there, she decided to adopt David Banda in October 2006. The adoption caused a lot of public interest because Malawian law allows potential buyers to stay in Malawi for one year before adopting, which Madonna did not do. She spoke at The Oprah Winfrey Show on Sunday, stating that there were no written adoption laws in Malawi that restricted foreign adoption. Since surviving malaria and tuberculosis when they first met, Madonna outlined how Banda had been suffering from pneumonia. "These so-called human rights campaigners are hounding me every day, threatening me that I am unaware of what I am doing," Banda's biological father, Yohane said. They want me to support their court case, which I cannot do because I don't know what I did for Madonna and her husband." In May 2008, the adoption was finalized.

At the London Live Earth concert in July 2007, Madonna performed "Hey You" for the first time. She announced her resignation from Warner Bros. Records and announced a new $120 million, ten-year 360 contract with Live Nation. Madonna produced and wrote I Am Because We Are, a documentary about Malawians' struggles in 2008; it was produced by Nathan Rissman, who worked as Madonna's gardener. Filth and Wisdom was her first film directed by her. The film revolved around three people and their aspirations. While the Daily Telegraph said she had "not an entirely unpromising debut attempt [but] Madonna would do well to continue working in her day job," the Times said. Madonna was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in her first year of eligibility on March 10, 2008. She did not perform at the service, but the Stooges, a Hall of Fame inductees and Michigan natives, were invited to perform her songs "Burning Up" and "Ray of Light."

In April 2008, Madonna unveiled her 11th studio album, Hard Candy. Madonna performed on Hard Candy, which contained R&B and urban pop influences, and they saw Madonna collaborate with Justin Timberlake, Timbaland, Pharrell Williams, and Nate "Danja" Hills. The album debuted in 37 countries and on Billboard 200. Rolling Stone's Caryn Ganz praised it as a "impressive glimpse of her forthcoming tour," while BBC reporter Mark Savage described it as "an effort to tap the urban market."

"4 Minutes" was released as the album's lead single and debuted at number three on the Billboard Hot 100. It was Madonna's 37th top-ten hit on the charts, and it took her past Elvis Presley as the artist with the most top-ten hits on the chart. "4 Minutes" was her thirteenth singles for a female artist in the United Kingdom; she held her position as one of the most top-one singles for a female artist. Madonna received her fifth Artist of the Year Award from the Recording Industry Association of Japan, the most for any artist. She embarked on the Sticky & Sweet Tour, her first major venture with Live Nation, in order to promote the album further. It was the second highest-grossing tour of all time, behind the Rolling Stones' A Bigger Bang Tour, which earned a total of $408 million. It was the highest-grossing tour by a solo artist until Roger Waters' The Wall Live exceeded it in 2013.

Christopher Ciccone wrote Life with My Sister Madonna, which caused a rift between Madonna and him as a result of uninvited publication. Madonna filed for divorce from Ritchie by the fall, citing irreconcilable differences as the reason. Madonna's spokesperson announced in December 2008 that Madonna had signed a divorce deal with Ritchie, the terms of which gave him between £50-60 million ($68.49-82.19 million), a figure that included the couple's London pub and residence as well as the Wiltshire estate in England. District Judge Reid dismissed the marriage by decree nisi at the Family Division's clinical Principal Registry in High Holborn, London. The children were divided between Ritchie's London home and Madonna's in New York, where the two were joined by Lourdes in a compromise deal for Rocco and David, aged eight and three respectively, and divided the children's time between Ritchie's New York home and Madonna's. Madonna attempted to adopt Chifundo "Mercy" James from Malawi in May 2009, but the country's High Court refused to approve the application because Madonna was not a resident there. She reappealed, and the Supreme Court of Malawi granted her the right to adopt Mercy on June 12, 2009.

Madonna's relationship with Warner came to an end in September 2009 when she released Celebration, her third greatest-hits collection. It contained the recent hits "Celebration" and "Revolver," as well as 34 others from her musical career with the brand. In several countries, including Canada, Germany, Italy, and the United Kingdom, the celebration has ranked No. 1 in many countries, including Canada, Germany, Italy, and the United Kingdom. She appeared at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards to speak in honor of deceased pop singer Michael Jackson. Madonna was voted the best-selling single artist of the decade in the United States and the most underplayed artist of the decade in the United Kingdom in the 2000s. Billboard also announced her as the third best-touring artist of the decade, behind only the Rolling Stones and U2 in terms of revenue, with a gross of over $801 million, 6.3 million attendance, and 244 sell-outs of 248 shows.

In January 2010, Madonna appeared at the Hope for Haiti Now: A Global Benefit for Earthquake Relief Concert. Sticky & Sweet Tour, her third live album, debuted in April and debuted at number ten on the Billboard 200. It was also her 20th top-ten on the Oricon Albums Chart, smashing the Beatles' record for the most top-ten albums by an international artist in Japan. Madonna gave Glee, an American television series, the rights to her entire catalogue of songs, and the producers created an episode exclusively featuring her songs. She also worked with Lourdes and launched the Material Girl clothing collection, inspired by her punk-girl style when she first rose to fame in the 1980s. Hard Candy Fitness launched a line of fitness centers around the world in October, and three months later, Truth or Dare introduced its second fashion brand, Truth or Dare, which featured footwear, perfumes, underclothing, and accessories.

W.E., Madonna's second feature film about King Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson, a biographical account of the affair. Alek Keshishian co-written the film, which premiered at the Venice International Film Festival in September 2011. The film's critical and commercial reactions were dismissive. Madonna created the ballad "Masterpiece" for the film's soundtrack, which earned her the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song.

Madonna headlined the Super Bowl XLVI halftime show at the Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana, in February 2012. Cirque Du Soleil and Jamie King, as well as other special guests LMFAO, Nicki Minaj, M.I.A., visualized her appearance. CeeLo Green and Reelo Green. With 114 million viewers, it was the most watched Super Bowl halftime show in history, much more than the game itself. She performed "Give Me All Your Luvin'," the lead single from her twelfth studio album, MDNA, during the festival. It was her 38th top-ten single on the Billboard Hot 100, extending her 38th career on the Billboard Hot 100.

MDNA was launched in March 2012 and saw collaboration with many designers, including William Orbit and Martin Solveig. It was her first appearance under Interscope Records' three-album contract, which she signed as part of her Live Nation 360 contract. Since Live Nation was unable to sell music, she was signed to the record label. MDNA was Madonna's fifth consecutive studio record to debut at the top of the Billboard 200. The album was mainly supported by the MDNA Tour, which ran from May to December 2012. Violence, firearms, civil rights, nudity, and politics were all among the tour's controversial topics. It was the highest-grossing tour of 2012 and the tenth highest-grossing tour of all time, with a gross of $305.2 million from 88 sold-out shows. Madonna was named as the top-earning celebrity of the year by Forbes, earning $125 million.

Madonna co-produced and produced a 17-minute film,'mysteriousprojectrevolution,' which was released on BitTorrent in September 2013. With the film, she launched the Art for Freedom campaign, which helped to promote "art and free expression as a way to combat oppression and injustice around the world." Since its inception, the website hosted over 3,000 art related submissions, with Madonna regularly monitoring and enlisting other artists such as David Blaine and Katy Perry as guest curators.

Raising Malawi's Raising Malawi had built ten schools to educate 4,000 students in Malawi by 2013, a value of $44,000 per child. Madonna visited the schools in April 2013, President Joyce Banda accused her of exaggerating the charity's contributions. Madonna was saddened by Banda's words, but she denied that she had "no intention of being distracted by these ridiculous allegations." Banda had not approved the statement that had been released by her press team, and it was later revealed that she had not approved it. Madonna returned to Detroit in May 2014 and gave the city with funds to assist with the city's bankruptcy. With the introduction of MDNA Skin in Tokyo, Japan, her business ventures widened to skin care products.

Rebel Heart, Madonna's thirteenth studio album, was released in March 2015, three months after its thirteen demos leaked onto the internet for the first time. Madonna's previous efforts, which required only a few people, collaborated with a large number of collaborators, including Avicii, Diplo, and Kanye West. Introspection was one of the foundational topics on the record, as well as "genuine statements of personal and careerist reflection." Madonna told Jon Pareles of The New York Times that although she never looked back on her previous ventures, she recalls it felt right for Rebel Heart. Music reviewers reacted enthusiasticly to the album, many referring to it as the best effort in a decade.

Madonna performed on the Rebel Heart Tour from September 2015 to March 2016, promoting the album. Madonna's first visit to Australia in 23 years, she also performed a one-off show for her followers, and she took the tour around North America, Europe, and Asia. With over 1.045 million ticket sales, Rebel Heart Tour took home a total of $169.8 million from the 82 shows. Madonna became embroiled in a court fight with Ritchie over their son Rocco's custody while on tour. When Rocco decided to stay in England with Ritchie when the tour began, Madonna wanted him to travel with her. Both New York and London were hearings. Madonna refused to issue the lawsuit in private after numerous deliberations and decided to go back to jail.

Madonna was named Woman of the Year by Billboard in October 2016. Her "blunt and brutally truth" address of ageism and sexism at the ceremony attracted swarms of people in the media. Madonna, a vocal campaigner for Hillary Clinton during the 2016 US presidential race, performed a impromptu acoustic concert at Washington Square Park in favor of Clinton's campaign. Madonna, a day after Trump's inauguration, protested him at the Women's March in Washington. "She felt like she knew a lot about blowing up the White House," she wrote. Madonna said the following day that she was "not a violent person" and that her words had been "taken seriously out of context."

Madonna adopted four-year-old twin sisters from Malawi named Estere and Stella in February 2017, and she and her adopted child moved to Lisbon, Portugal, in summer 2017. In July, she opened the Mercy James Institute for Pediatric Surgery and Intensive Care in Malawi, a children's hospital established by her Raising Malawi charity. At the 32nd Japan Gold Disc Award, the live album chronicling the Rebel Heart Tour was released in September 2017. It was named Best Music Video for Western Artists. Madonna unveiled MDNA Skin in select stores around the country this month. Madonna's personal items such as love letters from Tupac Shakur, cassettes, underwear, and a hairbrush had been on display at the auction house just a few months back, including love letters from Tupac Shakur, cassettes, underwear, and a hairbrush. Darlene Lutz, an art dealer who had arranged the auction, was sued by Madonna's representatives to stop the proceedings. Madonna said that her celebrity "does not obviate my right to keep my personal information, particularly in the case of highly personal items." Madonna dropped the lawsuit, but the presiding judge ruled in favour of Lutz, who was able to establish that she and Madonna reached a legal deal for delivering the goods in 2004.

Madonna discovered Dino D'Santiago, who introduced her to many local musicians performing fado, morna, and samba music while living in Lisbon. "Live Room Sessions" regularly invited her to their "living room sessions," and Madame X. Madonna was inspired to record her 14th studio album, mainly Mirwais and Mike Dean. The album was critically acclaimed, with NME describing it as "bold, strange, self-referential, and unlike anything Madonna has ever accomplished before." Madame X debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 in June 2019, becoming her ninth number one album there. The Billboard Dance Club Songs chart topped all four of its singles, including "Medelln," "I Rise," and "I Don't Search I Find"; extending her lead for the most number-one entries on the chart.

Madonna appeared at the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 interval and performed "Like a Prayer" and then "Future" with rapper Quavo in the previous month. On September 17, 2019, Her Madame X Tour, an all-theatre tour in select cities around North America and Europe, began. She introduced a no-phone policy in order to increase the concert's intimacy, despite being much smaller venues compared to her previous tours. According to Pollstar, the tour attracted $51.4 million in ticket sales. Madonna began dating Ahlamalik Williams, a dancer who began accompanying her on the Rebel Heart Tour in 2015. However, the Madame X Tour suffered several cancellations due to her recurring knee injury, and finally came to an end on March 8, 2020, three days before its final date, after the French government banned gatherings of more than 1,000 people due to the COVID-pandemic. She later confessed to testing positive for coronavirus antibodies and also donated $1 million to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to help fund research into the development of a new vaccine.

On Dua Lipa's single "Levitating," from Lipa's 2020 remix album Club Future Nostalgia, Madonna and Missy Elliott performed guest vocals. She also began working on a film biopic about her life, for which she enlisted screenwriter Erin Cressida Wilson to help with the script. On October 20,21 Madonna premiered Madame X, a documentary film chronicling the tour of the same name. On her 63rd birthday, she officially announced her return to Warner as part of a worldwide alliance that gives the brand her complete recorded music collection, as well as the last three albums available under Interscope. Madonna began a line of catalog reissues in 2022 to celebrate the 40th anniversary of her recording career. Last Enough Love: 50 Number Ones was released on August 19, with an 16-track abridged version available for streaming since June 24. The remix album, which was based on Billboard's Dance Club Songs chart, showcased "how important dance music has always been" to Madonna's career, and was her 23rd top-ten album on the Billboard 200.

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