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Her mother, Madonna Louise (née Fortin), was of French Canadian descent, and her father, Silvio Anthony Ciccone, was a first-generation Italian American. The Ciccone family originated fromPacentro, Italy; her father later worked as a design engineer for Chrysler and General Motors. Madonna was nicknamed "Little Nonni" to distinguish her from her mother. The third of six children, her siblings are Martin, Anthony, Paula, Christopher, and Melanie. Madonna was raised in the Detroit suburbs of Pontiac and Avon Township (now Rochester Hills).
Madonna is the debut album of American recording artist Madonna, released on July 27, 1983 by Sire Records. The album was re-released in 1985 for the European market and re-packaged as Madonna – The First Album. In 1982, during establishing herself as a singer in New York downtown, Madonna met Seymour Stein, president of Sire Records, who signed her after listening to her single "Everybody". The success of the single prompted Sire to sign her for an album's deal. For the album, Madonna chose to work
with Reggie Lucas, a Warner Bros. producer. However, she was not happy with the completed tracks and disagreed with Lucas's production techniques, so decided to seek additional help with the production.
Like a Virgin is the second studio album by American singersongwriter Madonna, released on November 12, 1984 by Sire Records. The album was re-released in 1985 world wide (not in North America) with the bonus track "Into the Groove". In 2001, Warner Bros. released a remastered version with two bonus remix tracks (this version did not include "Into the Groove"). The RIAAcertified it Diamond on May 21, 1998, recognizing ten million shipments in the United States. Worldwide, the album has sold over 21 million copies.
True Blue is the third studio album by American singer-songwriter Madonna, released on June 30, 1986 by Sire Records. Madonna worked with Stephen Bray and Patrick Leonard on the album while co-writing all the songs. Deemed as Madonna's most girlish album, True Blue deals with her visions of love, work, dreams as well as disappointments and was inspired by her then husband Sean Penn, to whom Madonna dedicated the album. Musically, the songs on the album took a different direction from her previous endeavours, incorporating classical music in order to engage an older audience who had been skeptical of her music while featuring instrumentation including acoustic guitars, drums, synthesizers and Cuban musical instruments. The album features songs about love, freedom and in the case of "Papa Don't Preach", social issues like teenage pregnancy.
Like a Prayer is the fourth studio album by American singersongwriter Madonna, released on March 21, 1989 by Sire Records. The RIAA certified it Quadruple Platinum on July 16, 1997, recognizing four million shipments in the U.S. - making it her seventh best-selling album there. The album also found success with its following singles; "Express Yourself", "Cherish", and "Oh Father", which found varied success across the globe. 'Express Yourself' and 'Like a Prayer' are regarded as two of Madonna's signature songs, and along with 'Oh Father', and 'Cherish' have garnered much acclaim over the decades and also furthered the creativity within music videos ('Express Yourself' was the most expensive video ever made at that point).
Erotica is the fifth studio album by American singer-songwriter Madonna, released on October 20, 1992 by Maverick Records. The album was released simultaneously with Madonna's first book publication, Sex. The RIAA certified it double platinum on January 6, 1993, recognizing two million shipments throughout the U.S. Worldwide sales are currently recorded at just over 5 million.
Bedtime Stories is the sixth studio album by American singersongwriter Madonna, released on October 25, 1994 by Maverick Records. Madonna collaborated with Dallas Austin, Babyface, Dave Hall and Nellee Hooper, and decided to move into a more R&B direction and a generally
more mainstream radio friendly sound. Madonna tried to soften her image after her sexually explicit works during Erotica period.
Ray of Light is the seventh studio album by American singersongwriter Madonna, released on March 3, 1998 by Maverick Records. After giving birth to her daughter Lourdes, Madonna collaborated with Patrick Leonard and William Orbit in developing the album. After failed sessions with other producers, Madonna pursued a new musical direction with Orbit and incorporated his extensive usage of trance and electronic music in her songs. The recording took place over four months, but experienced problems with the Pro Tools arrangement by Orbit as well as the absence of live bands.
Music is the eighth studio album by American singer-songwriter Madonna, released on September 19, 2000 by Maverick Records. The album hit number one position in more than 20 countries worldwide, and sold 4 million copies in the first 10 days The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) certified it Triple Platinum on November 21, 2005, recognizing 3 million shipments throughout the United States, making it her eighth best-selling recording there. Music has sold more than 11 million copies worldwide. A two-disc Special Edition was released in June 2001 to promote the Drowned World Tour, containing an additional CD of remixes and the video of "What It Feels Like for a Girl".
American Life is the ninth studio album by American singersongwriter Madonna. It was released on April 22, 2003 by Warner Bros. Records and Maverick Records and produced by Madonna and Mirwais Ahmadzaï. It was the world's 32nd-best-selling album in 2003. TheRecording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and British Phonographic Industry (BPI) certified it platinum in recognition of one million shipments, and three hundred thousand copies sold, respectively. It is the second lowest selling studio album of Madonna's career (behindHard Candy) with sales over four million copies.
Confessions on a Dance Floor is the tenth studio album by American recording artist Madonna. It was released on November 15, 2005 by Warner Bros. Records. The album was a complete departure from her last studio album, American Life (2003). It included influences of 70s and 80s disco as well as modern-day club music. Initially, she began collaborating with Mirwais Ahmadzai and even recorded two tracks for the album. However, Madonna felt that their collaboration was not going in the direction she desired. At that time, Madonna arranged to write and record additional tracks with Stuart Price while overseeing her documentary, I'm Going to Tell You a Secret. The album was majorly recorded at Price's home-studio where Madonna spent most of her time during the recordings.
Hard Candy is the eleventh studio album by American singersongwriter Madonna, released on April 25, 2008 by Warner Bros. Records. It was her final studio album with the record company, before the greatest hits album Celebration, marking the end of a 25 year recording history. Madonna started working on the album in 2007, and collaborated with Justin Timberlake, Timbaland, Pharrell Williams and Nate "Danja" Hills. The album, overall, had an urban pop vibe, while remaining a dance-pop record. Pet Shop Boys were also asked for collaborating with Madonna on the album, but Warner Bros. later changed their mind.
Year Music video 1982 "Everybody" Director(s) Ed Steinberg Notes An in-house video featuring Madonna singing with a group of dancers against a neon-lit background The video portrays Madonna, in a white dress, writhing on a road, singing the song about her lover. The boy drives a car, presumably to run her over. The original music video was never released.
"Burning Up" Steve Barron "Holiday" "Borderline" Unknown
The video portrays Madonna as a Hispanic girl dancing on the streets. Mary Lambert She leaves her boyfriend to be with a photographer but ultimately rejects him and comes back to her boyfriend. Arthur Pierson The video portrays Madonna in her boy-toy image, dancing in front of a white background, flanked by two dancers.
"Lucky Star" 1984
In the video, Madonna roamed around the streets of Venice and through marble-pillared rooms wearing a white wedding dress; this clip was interspersed by images of a lion and a man wearing a lion mask. It "Like a Virgin" faced negative reaction from family organizations and social workers, who complained that it promoted sex outside marriage and undermined family values, offering an unsavory image of Madonna as Mary Lambert a whore. Pictured as a video-within-a-video, Madonna sang the song dressed up in a pink sleeveless gown, flanked by boys in black coats. The video imitated Marilyn Monroe's version of "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend" from the 1953 film Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. The video and the song together culminated in Madonna's nickname as "material girl" in mainstream media. Harold Becker Made with clips from the movie Vision Quest Susan Seidelman Made with film clips from Desperately Seeking Susan.
"Crazy for You" "Into the Groove" "Gambler" "Dress You Up"
Harold Becker Made with clips from the movie Vision Quest Danny Kleinman The video was released with footage from The Virgin Tour. The video portrays Madonna with a new pale and subtle look, her shoulder-length hair was wavy and golden blond. She got rid of her junk jewellery and adopted a pale make-up look with shoulder-length golden locks. The look was again inspired by Monroe. Footage from the movie At Close Range were interspersed, with Madonna appearing to speak for the character. In this video, Madonna adopted the gamine look portrayed by Shirley MacLaine and Audrey Hepburn during the 1950s. She portrays a tomboy who wants to tell her father about her pregnancy.
"Live to Tell" 1986 "Papa Don't Preach" James Foley
Interspersed with scenes of a sexier Madonna with a toned body, wearing a black bustier. The American version from MTV's Make My Video Contest was directed by Ángel Gracia and Cliff Guest, where Madonna does not appear. The international release directed by Foley portrays Madonna and her friends in an all-blue diner. The video paid homage to actresses Liza Minnelli and Marlene Dietrich. Jean-Baptiste Madonna played an exotic dancer in a peep-show club who befriends a Mondino little boy and escapes from there. The video was negatively criticised, because it portrays the entry of a child in a strip club. Madonna played a woman living in a Spanish barrio. She portrays two characters: a boyishly-dressed Catholic woman and a colorful Flamenco Mary Lambert dancer. The video portrays Madonna's fascination with Hispanic culture and the inclusion of religious symbolism. Peter Rosenthal The video portrays Madonna dressed in Spanish style as a young lady in search of a treasure. It included scenes from the film of the same name. A live performance from the Who's That Girl World Tour in Turin, Italy. Another version included the performance at the 1987 MTV Video Music Awards. Compilation video of clips from Who's That Girl
"Open Your Heart"
"La Isla Bonita"
"Who's That 1987 Girl" "Causing a Commotion" "The Look of Love"
"Like a Prayer"
The video portrays Madonna to be a witness of an interracial murder and goes to pray in a church. Various scenes like Madonna kissing a black saint, receiving stigmata, scantily dressed and dancing in front of burning crosses are shown. In the end, she helps to free the man who Mary Lambert was falsely accused of murder. Religious groups protested that the video was a blasphemous use of Christian imagery. The Pope banned Madonna from appearing in Italy and urged a national boycott of Pepsi. The latter withdrew their contract with Madonna while letting her keep the $5 million. Inspired by the film Metropolis, the video portrays Madonna as the leader of a company, and later as a glamorous lady and chained masochist. Muscular men act as her workers. In the end, Madonna David Fincher picked one of them to be her date. The music video for "Express Yourself" was the most expensive video at the time of its release with production cost of $5 million. Herb Ritts Derek Hayes Madonna played on the beach with mermen and merchild. In the end she falls in love with one of the mermen. An animated video featuring Madonna as an animated fairy. The video was released only outside the United States.
"Cherish" "Dear Jessie"
A black-and-white video portraying the death scene of a young mother and the tempestuous relationship that ensues between the husband David Fincher and the daughter. Years later Madonna, as the grown-up daughter, reconciles with the father at the woman's grave.
Year Music video Director(s) Notes Black-and-white video recreating the glamorous look of old Hollywood with men in suits and Madonna dressed in gowns. It also displayed the dance form called vogue. The video was praised for making the sex and gender roles ambiguous in its portrayal of people, and for bringing an underground culture in the mainstream limelight. Black-and-white video portraying Madonna coming to a hotel room to satisfy her sexual fantasy. Scenes of sadomasochism, voyeurism and bisexuality are also portrayed. Critics were polarized over the video's content with some of them applauding Madonna's boldness while others took the brazenness of the video negatively. Madonna called the video "a celebration of sex". She released the video as a video single and it went on to become the best-selling music video single of all time, earning a fourtimes platinum certification from the Recording Industry Association of America. The video is a walkthrough of memories. While Madonna melancholically sings about the old days, the viewer flips through a photo album which feature moving images of a singing Madonna as well as images from the movie A League of Their Own. Madonna is portrayed as a masked dominatrix with a golden tooth and a whip. Montages of sexual imagery are shown that were shot during the photography of Madonna's Sex book. It was a montage of sexually charged images, designed to shock the audience. MTV put the video into heavy rotaion, but only after midnight. Madonna portrays Warhol protégé Edie Sedgwick. She goes to a disco and looks for something which ends with a man releasing the balloons she was carrying. Interspersed with scenes of Madonna being photographed and she and her friends watching a man dancing in underwear. The video opens and closes with shots of a murdered Madonna, who, having lived a life of promiscuous sex, presumably joins her dead lover and guardian angel, portrayed by actor Christopher Walken. The video portrays Madonna as a Balinese idol with red hair and another shot of her being silver painted. Interspersed with scenes of a man in thongs, his body painted gold. The video portrays Madonna with short cropped, black hair, recording the song in a studio. Interspersed with scenes of Madonna kissing a man behind a glass on which water falls. Critical appreciation came for the music video, whose technical brilliance was awarded at the 1993 MTV Video Music Awards. Live performances from The Girlie Show Tour and the 1993 MTV Video Music Awards. Madonna singing the song in a recording studio, while being supervised by herself in an androgynous look. Interspersed with clips from the movie With Honors.
1990 Jean"Justify My Love" Baptiste Mondino
"This Used to Be Alek My Playground" Keshishian
"Deeper and Deeper"
David Fincher Stéphane Sednaoui
"Fever" 1993 "Rain"
"Bye Bye Baby"
Unknown Alek Keshishian
1994 "I'll Remember"
Melodie McDaniel Michael Haussman
Black-and-white video featuring Madonna as a blues singer singing in a club. Scenes ofrebirth, transvestites and damnation are interspersed with Madonna walking down a street to her home. Madonna portrays the mistress of a Spanish bullfighter. Their affair ends after Madonna is being abused by the fighter. Religious imagery form backbone of the video. A surreal dream sequence arising from some sort of controlled experiment on a prostrate Madonna, lying in a blue spaceship-like room. The production cost of the video was $5 million, making it one of the costliest videos. The video was honored as a permanent collection in New York's Museum of Modern Art in 1996. Madonna and her dancers in front of a white background, wearing black, PVC catsuits, perform a number of S&M-inspired dance moves. The single release was cancelled but the music video was still released. The black-and-white video portrays Madonna waiting for her lover's telephone call. Sequel to the music video of "Take a Bow". Madonna leaves the bullfighter but he still chases her around the world. Ultimately she sets herself free from him. Single-shot Sepia-colored video showing Madonna in the middle of an empty suite of an abandoned hotel. Madonna was pregnant with her daughter Lourdes at the time of shooting the video. Her stomach was hidden behind a piano in the video.
"Take a Bow"
Jean"Human Nature" Baptiste 1995 Mondino "I Want You" Earle Sebastian Michael Haussman
Jean"Love Don't Live Baptiste Here Anymore" Mondino 1996 "You Must Love Me" "Don't Cry for Me Argentina" "Another 1997 Suitcase in Another Hall Alan Parker
The music videos for "Don't Cry for Me Argentina" and "Another Suitcase in Another Hall" are excerpts from the film Evita.
An all-blue video shot in the middle of Mojave Desert. Dressed in black clothing from head to foot, her long hair colored black and Chris straight and mehndi on her hands, Madonna portrays a mystical Cunningham creature and a witchy persona who sometimes turns into a dog, sometimes into a bird and sometimes levitates from the ground. A high-speed video, showing ordinary people doing their daily routines. In between Madonna, dressed in casual jeans and flowing golden hair, dances to the song, ultimately falling asleep on a dance floor. It won the Video of the Year award at the 1998 MTV Video Music Awards.
1998 "Ray of Light"
"Drowned Portrays Madonna running away from the paparazzi in a car. After World/Substitute Walter Stern reaching home she takes her daughter in her arms. for Love" "The Power of Good-Bye" Matthew Rolston Madonna and her lover play chess, and Madonna wins. After her lover reprimands her, Madonna goes out to the beach and starts
walking along the shore, where she possibly commits suicide. "Nothing Really Matters" 1999 "Beautiful Stranger" Japanese-themed video, featuring Madonna as a geisha wearing a red Johan Renck kimono and white clad Swedes of Asian heritage performing butoh dance moves. Shot for the movie Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999), the video featured Madonna dancing in a club and actor Mike Brett Ratner Myers as Austin Power trying to seduce her; his plan ultimately backfired.
Year Music video Director(s) Notes Madonna sings the song in front of a giant Flag of the United States. Interspersed with scenes which are characteristic of the American life. Actor Rupert Everett makes an appearance. Madonna and her friends board a limousine which takes them to a strip-club and disco. The strippers are brought over in the limousine by Madonna and her friends. An animated section is present where Madonna fights with some goons. The video shows Madonna walking on a conveyor belt in front of a video screen where cowboys are shown dancing. They join Madonna in front of the screen near the end of the video. Madonna picks up an old woman from an old-age home and speeds down the streets with her in a car. While driving she commits a number of crimes, including theft, destruction of property and murder. The video was banned in the United States for being too violent. Features a heavily-beat-up Madonna being brought to be executed in a gas chamber. Interspersed with scenes of a white-dressed and blackdressed Madonna sword fighting. In the end Madonna escapes from the execution. The former's video was the second most expensive video, production cost being around $6 million. Original video showed Madonna among military-garbed models at a fashion show. Interspersed with shots of the catwalk was footage of explosions and planes dropping bombs. The video ends with Madonna throwing what appears to be a grenade into the lap of a George W. Bush lookalike. Western models, wearing military garments are followed on the catwalk by Middle Eastern child victims of war. Madonna had initially claimed that the video was non-specific and anti-war. However, before its premiere on music channels in March 2003, Madonna cancelled the release and issued a statement saying that, "I do not believe that it is appropriate to air it [the video] at this time. Due to the volatile state of the world and out of sensitivity and respect for the armed forces, who I support and pray for, I do not want to risk offending anyone who might misinterpret the meaning of this video." Madonna portrays some of Hollywood's former actresses and the upheaval of a glamorous life. "American Pie" Philip Stolzl
Jean"Don't Tell Me" Baptiste Mondino
"What It Feels Like for a Girl"
"Die Another Day"
"American Life" 2003
"Me Against the Music" (Britney Paul Hunter Spears featuring Madonna) "Love Profusion" Luc Besson
Britney Spears and Madonna were present in a club, playing opposite characters with Britney in the dark and Madonna in the white. A catand-mouse like chase ensues; Spears catches up to Madonna in the end. Madonna walks on the sky and on the water with fairies, fishes, flowers and clouds surrounding her.
2005 "Hung Up"
The video portrays Madonna clad in a pink leotard dancing alone in a ballet studio and concludes at a gaming parlour where she dances Johan Renck with her backup troupe. Interspersed are scenes of people displaying their dancing skills in a variety of settings. Jamie King A continuation from the "Hung Up" music video. Madonna and her troupe go around the town in a white van and dance in a skating arena. The video showed Madonna singing the song among graphical visuals portraying volcanoes erupting and a cityscape. The video features Madonna in a blond bob wig and singing the song in front of several neon signs. The video also features dancers performing the physical discipline parkour. Madonna and Timberlake sing and run away from a giant black screen that devours everything in its path. At the end of the video, Madonna and Timberlake are consumed by the screen.
2006 "Get Together" Logan Jonas Åkerlund
"4 Minutes" Jonas & (featuring Justin François Timberlake) "Give It 2 Me"
Tom Munro, Madonna in retro-makeup look dancing in a photography studio in Nathan various garments. Cameo appearance by Pharrell Williams. Rissman Nathan Rissman Live footage from the Sticky & Sweet Tour in Buenos Aires, mostly footage of the fans and stadium before and during the show. Originally unreleased, but finally included on theCelebration: The Video Collection DVD. A simple dance video featuring Madonna and her dancers doing the popping and lockingstyle of dancing against black-and-white backgrounds.
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