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Early life and career - 1982-1985 - 1986-1991 - 1992-1997 - 1998-2002 - 2003-present


Early life and career


Madonna Louise Ciccone (her adopted Catholic confirmation name but not legal second middle name is Veronica) was born in Bay City, Michigan on August 16, 1958. She was the third of six children (her siblings are Martin, Anthony, Paula, Christopher, and Melanie) born to Silvio "Tony" Ciccone, an Italian-American Chrysler engineer whose parents originated from Pacentro, and Madonna Louise Fortin, who was of French-Canadian descent.


She was raised in a Catholic family in the Detroit suburbs of Pontiac and Avon Township (now Rochester Hills). Madonna's mother died of breast cancer at age 30 on December 1, 1963. Her father later married the family housekeeper, Joan Gustafson, and they had two children, Jennifer and Mario, together.


Madonna convinced her father to allow her to take ballet classes. Her ballet teacher, Christopher Flynn, exposed Madonna to gay discotheques. As a young girl, Madonna attended St. Frederick's Elementary School and St. Andrew's Elementary School (present day Holy Family Regional) and West Middle School. She attended Rochester Adams High School, where she was a straight-A student and a member of the cheerleading squad. Madonna received a dance scholarship to the University of Michigan after graduating from high school.


After being convinced by her ballet teacher, she left the University of Michigan at the end of her sophomore year, in 1977, and moved to New York City to pursue a dance career.


She had little money and for some time lived in squalor, working low-paying jobs including a stint at Dunkin' Donuts. She also worked as a nude model. She studied with Martha Graham and Pearl Lang, and later performed with several modern dance companies, including Alvin Ailey and the Walter Nicks dancers.


While performing as a dancer for the French disco artist Patrick Hernandez, on his 1979 world tour, Madonna became romantically involved with the musician Dan Gilroy, with whom she later formed her first rock band, The Breakfast Club, back in New York. In it, she sang and played drums and guitar before forming the band Emmy in 1980 with drummer and former boyfriend Stephen Bray. She and Bray wrote and produced dance songs that brought her local attention in New York dance clubs. DJ and record producer Mark Kamins was impressed by her demo recordings, so he brought them to the attention of Sire Records founder Seymour Stein.



1982-1985: Rise to fame


In 1982, Madonna signed a singles deal with Sire Records, a new wave label belonging to Warner Bros. Records, while the label's owner, Seymour Stein was in the hospital. He signed her from his hospital room. Her first release, on October 6, 1982, was "Everybody", a self-written song produced by Mark Kamins (the U.S. 12" single was released on April 24, 1982). It became a hit on the Billboard Hot Dance/Club Chart peaking at #3, but failed to chart on the Billboard Hot 100. Next was "Burning Up" in March of 1983, and it was also a success on the U.S. dance charts peaking at #3. These results convinced Sire Records to finance an entire album by Madonna. On May 5, 1983 a double A-sided promotional 7" single for "Physical Attraction" was released to U.S. radio but there was no chart activity.


Her debut album, Madonna, a collection of dance songs, was primarily produced by Reggie Lucas, who had also produced for several R&B singers including Stephanie Mills. Madonna felt Lucas would be the producer to get the best vocals from her as he had experience working with many established R&B singers. After finishing several songs, however, she was dissatisfied with the outcome. She felt her vocals were fine but was unpleased with Lucas' music tracks. Madonna took the finished product to her then-boyfriend John "Jellybean" Benitez, who remixed and rearranged them. He also added a song ("Holiday"). Once released, the album would see a slow start but eventually reached number eight on the U.S. albums chart and contained three successful Billboard Hot 100 singles, "Holiday" (U.S. #16), "Borderline" (U.S. #10), and "Lucky Star" (U.S. #4). At the time of its release, Madonna sold two million copies worldwide, one million of those in the U.S. It has since been certified with current sales of 10 million worldwide and 5 million in the U.S.


Madonna's look and manner of dress, portrayed in photographs, live performances and music videos, became increasingly influential among young girls and women. Defined by lace tops, skirts over capri pants, fishnet stockings, jewelry bearing the Christian cross, and bleached hair, this distinctive style became an iconic female fashion trend in the 80s.


Her follow up album, Like a Virgin, became her first number one album on the U.S. albums chart, buoyed by the success of its title track which reached number one in the U.S. with a six week stay at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart. Other hits included "Material Girl" (U.S. #2, kept out of the number one spot by Phil Collins' single "One More Night"), "Angel" (U.S. #5) and "Dress You Up" (U.S. #5). The album sold eight million copies in the U.S. and another four million worldwide at its time of release. It currently stands at 21 million copies worldwide and 10 million in the U.S. It also produced four top-five singles in the UK. She performed the title song at the first MTV Video Music Awards, during which she writhed on the stage, on top of a wedding cake, wearing a combination bustier/wedding gown, lacy stockings, garters, and her then-trademark "Boy Toy" belt.


In 1985, Madonna entered mainstream films, beginning with a brief appearance as a club singer in the film Vision Quest. The soundtrack to the film contained her second U.S. number one pop hit, the Grammy-nominated ballad "Crazy for You", as well as the UK hit "Gambler". (Incidently, these songs were released by Geffen Records during the run of Madonna's Like a Virgin album. Sire Records stopped releasing material after the release of the singles "Like a Virgin" and "Material Girl" as not to overlap Geffen's releases from the soundtrack. After the Geffen songs had run their course, Sire would continue promotion on the album by releasing additional singles; "Angel" and "Dress You Up".) Later that year, she appeared in Desperately Seeking Susan. The film introduced the dance song "Into the Groove", which was released as the B-side of the U.S. 12" single "Angel", and became an international hit, her first number one in the UK.


Madonna embarked on her first concert tour in the U.S. in 1985 titled The Virgin Tour, with opening act The Beastie Boys.


In July 1985, Penthouse and Playboy magazines published a number of black and white nude photos of Madonna taken in the late 70s. The publications caused public controversy. Madonna took legal action to try and block them from being published, but when that failed she became unapologetic and defiant. Speaking to a global audience at the outdoor Live Aid charity concert at the height of the controversy, Madonna made a critical reference to the media and stated she would not take her jacket off, despite the heat, because "they might hold it against me ten years from now". Madonna later appeared on the cover of the NY Post newspaper, quoted as saying about the photographs "I'm NOT ashamed".



1986-1991: Artistic development


Madonna's 1986 album True Blue prompted Rolling Stone to declare, "singing better than ever, Madonna stakes her claim as the pop poet of lower-middle-class America." The album included the soulful ballad "Live to Tell", which she wrote for the film At Close Range, starring then-husband Sean Penn. The album was also the first to credit her as producer. She collaborated with composer Patrick Leonard, who would become a long-time collaborator and friend. True Blue reached #1 in various countries and sold over 24 million copies worldwide. It spawned five successful singles, which all reached the top five on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart: “Live to Tell” (U.S. #1), “Papa Don't Preach” (U.S. #1), “Open Your Heart” (U.S. #1), “True Blue” (U.S. #3) and “La Isla Bonita” (U.S. #4).


The music videos for the album displayed Madonna’s continued interest in pushing the boundaries of the video medium to a cinematic level, including elaborate art direction, cinematography, and film devices such as character and plot. Though Madonna had already made videos expressing her sexuality, she added religious iconography, gender archetypes, and social issues to her oeuvre, and these concepts would carry through her work for years to come. One notable example was the "Open Your Heart" video, her first collaboration with French photographer Jean-Baptiste Mondino.


In 1987, Madonna starred in Who's That Girl, and contributed four songs to its soundtrack, including the film's title track, which became Madonna's sixth #1 single in the U.S. The album's second single, "Causing a Commotion" peaked in the U.S. at #2 for 3 weeks.


Madonna embarked on the Who's That Girl World Tour the same year, at the time the highest-grossing tour in music history, beginning her long association with backing vocalists and dancers Donna DeLory and Niki Haris, and moving closer to the more elaborately staged theater-inspired concert tour. It also marked her first run-in with the Vatican, with Pope John Paul II urging fans not to attend her performances in Italy. Later that year, Madonna released a remix album of past hits, You Can Dance, which included one new song, "Spotlight." The album sold over one million copies in the U.S. and 5 million worldwide. In 1988, city officials in the town of Pacentro, Italy, planned to construct a 13 foot (4 m) statue of Madonna in a bustier. The statue was intended to commemorate the fact that some of Madonna's ancestors had lived in Pacentro.


Madonna's fourth album, Like a Prayer, released in 1989, was co-written and co-produced with Patrick Leonard and Stephen Bray. She teamed up with Prince on a duet, and he also played guitar on two songs. Like a Prayer garnered Madonna the strongest reviews of her career and attracted a more mature audience. Like a Prayer peaked at number one on the U.S. album chart and sold 17 million copies worldwide, with 4 million copies alone sold in the U.S. The album produced five hit singles: the title track, “Express Yourself" (U.S. #2), “Cherish" (U.S. #2), “Oh Father” and “Keep It Together" (U.S. #8). The title song hit number one and became her seventh #1 on the Billboard Hot 100. In January of 1990, "Oh Father" peaked in the U.S. at #20 and broke Madonna's string of 17 consecutive Top 10 hits from "Borderline" (1984) to "Cherish" (1989).


In early 1989, Madonna signed an endorsement deal with soft drink manufacturer Pepsi. She appeared and debuted her new song, “Like a Prayer,” in a Pepsi commercial and also made a separate music video which was not related to Pepsi. Although the commercial itself was not controversial, the video for “Like a Prayer” caused an uproar. The video premiered on MTV and featured many Catholic symbols, such as stigmata. The video depicted a black man who comes to the aid of a white woman being murdered by white men but the black man is arrested for the crime. Madonna, who has witnessed the crime, secures his release. Although the video's intent was to denounce racism, Madonna was criticized for her use of burning crosses and "making out" with Jesus. Pepsi was bombarded with complaints and boycotts. Since the commercial and music video were nearly identical in visual terms, the soft drink manufacturer was unable to convince the public that their commercial actually had nothing that could be deemed inappropriate. Pepsi pulled the commercial and allowed Madonna to keep her five million dollar fee, as Pepsi had nullified the contract, not Madonna.


In 1990, Madonna starred as "Breathless" Mahoney in a film adaptation of the popular comic book series Dick Tracy. To accompany the launching of the film, in May 1990, she released I'm Breathless, which included songs from and inspired by the film's 1930s setting. It featured her eighth U.S. #1 house music anthem "Vogue" (which was an homage to Hollywood stars), the Gershwin-esque "Something to Remember", and three songs by Stephen Sondheim, including "Sooner or Later", which won an Academy Award for 'Best Original Song'. I'm Breathless was a success in Europe, Australia and the United States, and sold 7 million copies worldwide (2x platinum in the U.S.). The second single released from "I'm Breathless" was the saucy serving "Hanky Panky" which describes the pleasures of a nice spanky; the song would peak in the U.S. at #10.


From April until August 1990, Madonna toured Japan, North America, and Europe on her Blond Ambition World Tour, which the singer likened to musical theatre. Featuring now familiar religious and sexual themes and symbolism, the tour drew controversy from Madonna's performance of "Like a Virgin", during which two male dancers caressed her body before she simulated masturbation.


In November 1990, Madonna released her first greatest hits compilation album, The Immaculate Collection, which included two new songs: “Justify My Love” and “Rescue Me.” Considering that Madonna did not want to release "Rescue Me" as a single, it became the highest-debuting single by a female artist in U.S. chart history, entering the U.S. charts at number 15 and eventually peaking at #9. The music video for “Justify My Love,” again directed by Mondino, showed Madonna at the Royal Monceau Hotel in Paris, in suggestive scenes with her then-lover, model/actor Tony Ward, as well as scenes of S&M, bondage with gay and lesbian characters, and brief nudity. It was deemed too sexually explicit for MTV, and was subsequently banned from the station. Warner Bros Records released the video as a video single — the first of its kind — and it became the highest-selling video single of all time. "Justify My Love" "curled" the toes of U.S. radio stations so to speak and became her ninth #1 single in the U.S.. The album to date has sold over 27 million copies worldwide.


In 1991, Madonna starred in her first documentary film, Truth or Dare (also known as In Bed with Madonna outside North America), which chronicled her successful 1990 Blond Ambition Tour, as well as her personal life. The following year, she appeared in the baseball film A League of Their Own with a mostly critically praised (one of her few film honors) portrayal of Italian American Mae Mordabito and recorded the film's theme song, "This Used to Be My Playground", which became her tenth #1 single in the United States.



1992-1997: Sex controversy and Evita


Erotica, produced primarily with Shep Pettibone, featured three (out of fourteen) overtly sexual songs: "Erotica", "Where Life Begins", and "Did You Do It?". The album peaked at number two in the U.S. and produced six singles, the most successful being its title track “Erotica” (U.S. #3). "Erotica" became the highest-debuting single in the history of the U.S. Hot 100 Airplay chart entering at #2 and it still holds this record to this day. The controversial music video that accompanied the song only aired three times on MTV due to its highly charged sexual content. Other singles released include "Deeper and Deeper" (U.S. #7), "Bad Girl" (U.S. #36) and "Rain" (U.S. #14). "Fever" and "Bye Bye Baby" went on to be Top 10 singles in other parts of the world.


The Girlie Show World Tour in 1993 featured Madonna dressed as a whip-cracking dominatrix, surrounded by topless dancers, including Luca Tommassini and Carrie Ann Inaba. The controversy surrounding the tour continued when she caused an uproar in Puerto Rico by rubbing the island's flag between her legs on stage, while Orthodox Jews protested against her first-ever show in Israel. Madonna would later comment that this period of her life was designed to give the world every single morsel of what they seemed to be demanding in their invasion of her private life.


In the spring of 1994, after the backlash she received from the album Erotica and the coffee table book SEX, Madonna released the single "I'll Remember" (U.S. #2). She recorded the song for Alek Keshishian's film With Honors and put her back in good graces with American radio and the American buying public.


Madonna released her sixth studio album, Bedtime Stories, in 1994, co-produced by Nellee Hooper and Dallas Austin. At the time, she was inspired by R&B/rock singer Joi's debut album Pendulum Vibe, and was so in love with it that she recruited producer Dallas Austin to help with her project. The album features Madonna turning to a more R&B-flavored sound. It was a success in Europe, Australia, and the United States, where it peaked at number three and was nominated for a Grammy in the Best Pop Vocal Album category With its title track partially written by Björk, the album gave a hint of what would come musically a few years later. It produced four singles - the lead off single "Secret" (U.S. #3), "Take a Bow" (co-written and produced with Babyface), "Bedtime Story" and "Human Nature". "Take a Bow" was a success on the Billboard Hot 100, staying #1 for seven consecutive weeks, but became the first Madonna song not to chart in the UK Top 10, peaking at number 16. The Michael Haussman Spanish-themed video, meanwhile, would later help her win the lead role in Evita. With "Bedtime Story" peaking at #42 and "Human Nature" peaking at #46, this was the first time in the U.S. since 1983 that a Madonna single did not enter the Top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100.


On November 7, 1995, Madonna released Something to Remember, a collection of her best ballads, which featured three new tracks, including a cover of the Marvin Gaye classic “I Want You,” which she recorded with the British band Massive Attack, and the top ten hit (U.S. #6) “You'll See.” The album just missed the top five on the U.S. charts; it has since been certified triple platinum. The second single from Something to Remember was "Love Don't Live Here Anymore" (U.S. #78) which is a song previously released on the album Like a Virgin (1984).


In 1996, Madonna’s most critically successful film, Evita, was released. The film's soundtrack became her twelfth platinum album and produced two hit singles, “Don't Cry for Me Argentina” - her version hit #8 in the U.S., and “You Must Love Me” (U.S. #18), the latter of which was written by Madonna specifically for the film. “You Must Love Me” won an Academy Award and a Golden Globe for 'Best Original Song From a Motion Picture' the following year. Madonna herself also won a Golden Globe award for 'Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy' but failed to receive an Academy Award nomination.



1998-2002: Return to prominence


1998's Ray of Light blended personal and introspective lyrics with Eastern sounds, down-tempo, electronic instrumentation, strings by Craig Armstrong and a strong rave flavor. The album reached number two on the U.S. albums chart and since its release has been certified 4x platinum. It earned Madonna the strongest reviews of her career since Like a Prayer. Rolling Stone credited Madonna and her co-producer William Orbit for "creating the first mainstream pop album that successfully embraces techno", stating that musically Ray of Light is her "most adventurous record" yet. Ray of Light produced five singles, including the European number one (and U.S. #2) "Frozen". The album won three awards at the 1999 Grammy Awards and has been ranked #363 on Rolling Stone's list of 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. Microsoft used the Ray of Light title track in its 2001 advertising campaign Yes You Can, to introduce Windows XP. Other singles released include "Ray of Light" (U.S. #5), "The Power of Good-Bye" (U.S. #11), and "Nothing Really Matters" (U.S. #93). The song "Drowned World/Substitute For Love" went on to be a Top 10 hit in other parts of the world.


In 1998, Madonna was signed to play the role of violin teacher Roberta Guaspari Demetras in the film Music of the Heart, but left the project before filming began, citing "creative differences" with director Wes Craven. She has already studied for many months to play the violin. The children of Opus 118 - Harlem School of Music, led by Roberta Guaspari, performed with Madonna twice in 1998: "Frozen" at the Annual Rain Forest Benefit at Carnegie Hall, New York and at the 1998 VH1 Fashion Awards performing "The Power of Good-Bye".


Madonna followed the success of Ray of Light with the top-twenty single (U.S. #19) "Beautiful Stranger", a late 60s psyche-pop song she wrote with William Orbit and recorded for the Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me soundtrack (1999). In 2000, Madonna starred in The Next Best Thing, her first film since Evita. Madonna contributed two songs to the film's soundtrack, "Time Stood Still" and the U.S. Top 40 (#29) / British chart-topper "American Pie", a cover version of the 70s Don McLean single.


Music, her eighth studio album, had Madonna getting back to the spirit of dance and house music. Despite this, she retained the moodiness of Ray of Light in "Paradise (Not for Me)" and introduced folk guitars in the top ten hit “Don't Tell Me” (U.S. #4) and the ballad “Gone.” Music debuted at number one on both the U.S. and UK album charts. It was her first U.S. number one album since 1989's Like a Prayer. Mainly co-written and produced with French house musician Mirwais Ahmadzai, the album produced three singles, including the title track, which made number one in 26 countries including the U.S. The third single, “What It Feels Like for a Girl” (U.S. #23), featured a controversial music video, directed by Madonna's husband, Guy Ritchie. In 2001, Madonna embarked on The Drowned World Tour, her first tour in eight years. It was the subject of a television special in the U.S., and was released on DVD in November 2001 to coincide with the release of her second greatest hits album, GHV2.


GHV2 did not include new songs, although clubs did receive mega-mixes for promotional play. In 2002, Madonna starred in the film Swept Away. Later that year, she released the theme song to the James Bond film Die Another Day, which she also had a brief role in. It reached number eight on the Billboard Hot 100 and was nominated for both a Golden Globe for 'Best Original Song' and a Golden Raspberry for 'Worst Song'.



2003-present: Commercial ups and downs


Madonna released her ninth studio album, American Life, in April 2003. The lyrics were themed on the aspects of the American dream, fame, fortune and society. The record received mixed reviews. The music video for the first single, "American Life", caused controversy, as it contained scenes depicting war, explosions, and blood.


The day before the video was to air on European television, Madonna pulled it and released an edited version, which showed her singing in front of flags from around the world. The song peaked at #37 on the Billboard Hot 100. In the UK, it reached number two on the charts. Having sold 5 million copies, American Life became the lowest selling album of her career. It produced three more singles, ("Hollywood", "Nothing Fails" and "Love Profusion") and all did not chart in the United States but charted in European countries.


Later that year, Madonna performed the song "Hollywood" with Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera and Missy Elliott at the MTV Video Music Awards. Madonna kissed Spears and Aguilera during the performance, resulting in tabloid press frenzy. That fall, Madonna provided guest vocals on Spears's single "Me Against the Music".


During the Christmas season of 2003, Madonna released Remixed & Revisited, a remix EP that included rock versions of songs from American Life, as well as "Your Honesty", a left-over from 1994's Bedtime Stories album. The collection did not chart in the Billboard top 100.


In 2004, Madonna embarked on The Re-Invention World Tour, which featured 58 dates in the U.S., Canada, and Europe and became the highest-grossing tour of 2004, earning $125 million. She made a documentary about the tour named I'm Going to Tell You a Secret, which debuted on MTV and was directed by Jonas Akerlund. Also in 2004, Madonna was involved in a brief legal battle with Warner Music Group, with whom she co-owned record label Maverick. The legal dispute ended with Warner Music Group buying Madonna's shares in the record label. In 2004, Rolling Stone magazine ranked her #36 on their list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.


In January 2005, Madonna performed a cover version of the John Lennon song "Imagine" on the televised U.S. aid concert Tsunami Aid: A Concert of Hope, which raised money for the tsunami victims in Asia.


Madonna's tenth studio album, the Grammy-winning Confessions on a Dance Floor (2005) which sold more than 11 million copies, was built on a continuous mix of dance songs, with musical elements borrowed from the 70s, and current dance music. The album received positive reviews and was considered a return to form after the negative reception to American Life. It produced four singles: "Hung Up", became one of the most successful singles of all time, reaching number one in a record breaking 45 countries - the song peaked at #7 in the U.S. With "Hung Up" crossing over into the Top 10, Madonna had her 36th Top 10 hit and she is now tied with Elvis Presley for the most Top 10 singles by ANY artist in the U.S. Madonna opened the 2006 Grammy Awards with "Hung Up", alongside the nominated computer-generated band, Gorillaz. "Sorry" then became Madonna's twelfth number one in the UK, making her the female artist with the most #1 singles in the UK charts. "Sorry" peaked at #58 in the U.S. The third single, "Get Together", reached the UK Top 10 and became her thirty-sixth number one dance hit in the U.S. (the most for any artist in Billboard history), but did not chart on the Billboard Hot 100 charts. The fourth and final single was "Jump", another U.S. Dance Chart #1 (this became her 37th #1 on that chart) and charted at number nine in the UK.


In mid-2006, Madonna signed on to become the worldwide face of H&M. Included in the deal was a specially designed track suit, created by Madonna. The next year, M by Madonna launched in the United States, and internationally. In its first week, the line took in $15 million. The company has ordered a second and third line for late 2007.


Madonna's Confessions Tour kicked off in late May 2006. The tour grossed a reported $260.1 million and was the top-grossing tour ever by a female artist in history, with a global audience of 1.2 million. The tour sparked controversy when she used religious symbols such as the crucifix and crown of thorns in her performance of "Live to Tell". The tour ended its 60-date run on September 21, 2006, in Tokyo. A CD + DVD of The Confessions Tour - Live from London special was released on January 29, 2007 internationally and January 30, 2007 in the U.S.


In October 2006, Madonna flew to Malawi to help build an orphanage, which she also funded, as part of the Raising Malawi initiative. While there, she took custody of a baby boy, named David, with the intent of adopting him. The effort created controversy and ran into legal obstacles.


On May 16, 2007, a song was released by Madonna called "Hey You", released in anticipation of Live Earth. Madonna performed "Hey You" amongst other songs at the UK leg of Live Earth at Wembley Stadium, London on July 7, 2007. Madonna directed her first film, Filth and Wisdom from May 14 to May 29, 2007 and has started production on her next album, which is expected to be released in early 2008. Madonna is also working on a documentary on the problems and difficulties faced by people in Malawi, called I Am Because We Are.


Madonna was a guest vocalist on the song "Sing" on the Annie Lennox 2007 album Songs of Mass Destruction. The song involved twenty-three female artists joining Lennox for the collaboration. This "powerful feminist anthem" was born out of Lennox's involvement with Nelson Mandela’s 46664 and Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) – organisations fighting for human rights, education and health care for those affected by the HIV AIDS virus. "Sing" will be released as a single in December 2007.


In September 2007, Madonna was nominated for induction into the U.S. Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame.


On October 16, 2007, Madonna announced she was not renewing her recording contract with Warner Bros, and had entered a $120 million, 10-year contract with Live Nation Inc., and will become the founding artist in its new Artist Nation division. The deal consists of all future music and music-related businesses including albums, concert tours, merchandising, fan club/web site, DVDs, music-related television and film projects, and associated sponsorship agreements. Madonna releases a statement saying she signed the new deal because of the changes in the music business: "The paradigm in the music business has shifted and as an artist and a business woman, I have to move with that shift. For the first time in my career, the way that my music can reach my fans is unlimited. I've never wanted to think in a limited way and with this new partnership, the possibilities are endless." Under the terms of the deal, Madonna will receive a signing bonus of about $18 million and a roughly $17 million advance for each of three albums, and she is expected to do 4 concert tours within the 10-year period.


Richard Dion



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