Madonna Turns 53, today

In case you didn’t know, this queen of pop REVOLUTIONIZED music, movies, clothing, and more! And, we’re not talking about the piece of artwork…well, some may call her that ūüėČ

Madonna was born on August 16, 1958.¬†Born in¬†Bay City, Michigan, Madonna moved to New York City in 1977 to pursue a career in modern dance. After performing in the music groups¬†Breakfast Club¬†and Emmy, she released her debut album in 1983. She followed it with a series of albums by which she found immense popularity by pushing the boundaries of lyrical content in mainstream popular music and imagery in her music videos, which became a fixture on MTV. Throughout her career, many of her songs have hit number one on the record charts, including “Like a Virgin”, “Papa Don’t Preach”, “Like a Prayer”, “Vogue”, “Frozen”, “Music”, “Hung Up”, and “4 Minutes”. Critics have praised Madonna for her diverse musical productions while at the same time serving as a lightning rod for religious controversy.

Her career was further enhanced by film appearances that began in 1979, despite mixed commentary. She won critical acclaim and a¬†Golden Globe Award¬†for¬†Best Actress in Motion Picture Musical or Comedy¬†for her role in¬†Evita¬†(1996), but has received harsh feedback for other film roles. Madonna’s other ventures include being a fashion designer, children’s book author, film director and producer. She has been acclaimed as a businesswoman, and in 2007, she signed an unprecedented US $120¬†million contract with¬†Live Nation.

Madonna has sold more than 300¬†million records worldwide and is recognized as the¬†world’s top-selling female recording artist of all time¬†by the¬†Guinness World Records. According to the¬†Recording Industry Association of America¬†(RIAA), she is the best-selling female rock artist of the 20th century and the second¬†top-selling female artist in the United States, behind¬†Barbra Streisand, with 64¬†million¬†certified¬†albums. In 2008,¬†Billboard¬†magazine ranked Madonna at number two, behind only¬†The Beatles, on the¬†Billboard¬†Hot 100 All-Time Top Artists, making her the most successful solo artist in the history of the Billboard chart. She was also inducted into the¬†Rock and Roll Hall of Fame¬†in the same year. Considered to be one of the “25 Most Powerful Women of the Past Century” by¬†Time¬†for being an influential figure in contemporary music, Madonna is known for continuously reinventing both her music and image, and for retaining a standard of autonomy within the recording industry.