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Madonna [ M ə d ɒ n ə ] , full name Madonna Louise Ciccone , born August 16, 1958 in Bay City, Michigan, is a singer , actress, dancer, director and American businesswoman.

Arrived in 1978 in New York to pursue a career as a dancer, Madonna signed with Sire Records in 1982 and released her first album the following year, which will be followed by a series of critically acclaimed and commercially successful albums: albums "Like a Virgin" (1984) and True Blue (1986) sells for more than 20 million copies each, while Ray of Light (1998) and Confessions on a Dance Floor (2005) are awarded to Grammy Awards . Several of his singles have reached the top of the charts, such as Like a Virgin , Into the Groove , Papa Do not Preach , Who's That Girl , Like a Prayer , < span class = "lang-en" lang = "en"> Vogue , Frozen , Music , Hung Up and 4 minutes .

Designated by the Guinness Book of Records as the most sold singer of all time (more than 300 million), Madonna is inducted into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in its first year of eligibility. Nicknamed The Queen of Pop , she also makes forays into other styles such as dance, disco, electronic music, rock and jazz. Reinventing his image and his music over the years, his provocations (on subjects such as religion, sexuality and politics) largely contribute to his notoriety. Considered one of the first female popstars, it is often cited as a major influence of young artists of the 21st century.

Madonna has also embraced the acting profession: despite positive reviews for her first film, Search Desperately Susan (1985), and her Golden Globe Best Actress for Evita in 1996, most of her films received a mixed or even cold reception. Scalded by these negative reviews, she prefers to turn to directing from 2008.

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