New York City
, United States
1982 — present
Live Nation Artists
Madonna Louise Ciccone Ritchie
(born August 16, 1958), known as
, is an
artist and entertainer. Born in
Bay City, Michigan
and raised in
Rochester Hills, Michigan
, Madonna moved
New York City
for a career in modern dance. After performing as member of the pop musical groups
and Emmy, she released her
self-titled debut album
in 1983, and then produced three
in the 1980s.
Madonna is known for her works that explore religious symbolism and sexual themes which also drew
criticism from the Vatican in the late 1980s.
In 1992, she founded an entertainment company,
which published a book of photographs (
). She also released a studio album (
) and starred in a film
Body of Evidence
) with erotic themes. These works generated negative publicity and coincided with a fall in
commercial sales in the 1990s.
Madonna's career was revived in 1998, when the release of her album
garnered critical acclaim.
Madonna has acted in 22 films. Although several failed critically and commercially,
she earned a
for her role in the 1996 film
. Divorced from actor
, in 1996 Madonna
conceived a daughter, Lourdes Maria (known also as Lola) by
in 2000. She and Richie have two sons, Rocco and David Banda, a
they adopted in 2006, which caused media allegations they violated that country's adoption laws.
Madonna has been regarded as "one of the greatest pop acts of all time" and dubbed the "Queen of Pop" by
She is ranked by the
Recording Industry Association of America
as the best-selling
female rock artist of the twentieth century and the second top-selling female artist in the
Guinness World Records
list her as the world's most successful female
recording artist of all time and the top-earning female singer in the world with an estimated net worth of over
400 million, having sold over 200 million records worldwide.
On March 10, 2008, she was
inducted into the
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame