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Madonna Louise Veronica Ciccone
August 16, 1958
Bay City,
Michigan, USA

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Love Don't Live Here Anymore
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Madonna Biography

"When Madonna got her record deal they didn't believe that her name was actually Madonna so they asked her for some identification, she didn't have any with her at the moment but the next day sure enough she brought them some and they had nothing else to believe. It was just too darn good to be true.

Today Madonna has complete control of her music and runs her own label, Maverick Records that has signed artists like Alanis Morissette and Prodigy.
Born in 1958 near Detroit, Madonna Ciccone was the eldest daughter of her engineer father and housewife mother's eight children. (Madonna's mother died of breast cancer when she was six.) The plucky girl exhibited a showbiz flair at a young age, and signed up for such artistic outlets as school shows, the cheerleading squad, piano lessons, and ballet classes. Madonna's dancing skills earned her a scholarship to attend the University of Michigan. In 1978, two years into her college studies, Madonna grew impatient for stardom, dropped out, and moved to New York. Legend has it that she set down in Times Square with only thirty-five dollars and abundant ambition to her name.

A series of low-wage jobs, including a stint behind the counter at the Times Square Dunkin' Donuts, ensued before Madonna landed some short- lived gigs with the acclaimed dance troupes of Alvin Ailey and Martha Graham. Her restless aspirations prevented her from remaining a nameless face hidden among a sea of dancers for long besides, her attention had wavered away from dance to music. The dancer-turning-singer joined a succession of small-time bands, and, during the early eighties, she first tried her hand at writing songs and gradually learned to play guitar and piano. Madonna landed gigs singing at local dance clubs, attracting considerable attention for her boogie-inducing tunes and her enthusiastic, naughty stage presence. In 1982, star DJ Mark Kamins supplied Madonna with her big break: he created a club-scene hit from one of her demo singles, "Everybody," and introduced the budding performer to Warner Bros. executives, who liked what they heard and saw and promptly signed her to a recording contract.

Madonna's eponymous debut album was released to zero fanfare in 1983. Tracks from the record nonetheless became must-plays in New York's nightclubs. The record's first single, "Holiday," made the leap from dance-floor turntables to airplay by inner-city radio stations and, incredibly, into America's Top 20 chart. In quick succession, "Lucky Star" and "Borderline" followed the debut single's trajectory. Both those tunes were boosted by music videos that introduced the world to Madonna's intriguing look: layered mesh halter tops, exposed midriff, short skirts, all set off by religious accessories and a pointedly bad dye-job. While hits from Madonna were still camped out on the charts, Warner Bros. released Like a Virgin (1984). Its title track became the singer's first No. 1 single, and the album topped the charts. In 1985, Madonna sold more singles and albums than any other artist that year.

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