Please join the Albumism team in celebrating Madonna’s musical legacy and revisit audio & video highlights from her career below!
Born: August 16, 1958
Biography: After stars reach a certain point, it's easy to forget what they became famous for and concentrate solely on their personas. Madonna is such a star. She rocketed to stardom so quickly in 1984 that it obscured most of her musical virtues. Appreciating her music became even more difficult as the decade wore on, as discussing her lifestyle became more common. However, one of Madonna's greatest achievements is how she has manipulated the media and the public with her music, her videos, her publicity, and her sexuality. Arguably, Madonna was the first female pop star to have complete control of her music and image.
She moved from her native Michigan to New York in 1977 with dreams of becoming a ballet dancer. She studied with choreographer Alvin Ailey and modeled. In 1979, she became part of the Patrick Hernandez Revue, a disco outfit that had the hit "Born to Be Alive." She traveled to Paris with Hernandez; it was there that she met Dan Gilroy, who would soon become her boyfriend. Upon returning to New York, the pair formed the Breakfast Club, a pop/dance group. Madonna originally played drums for the band, but she soon became the lead singer. In 1980, she left the band and formed Emmy with her former boyfriend, drummer Stephen Bray. Soon, Bray and Madonna broke off from the group and began working on some dance/disco-oriented tracks. A demo tape of these tracks worked its way to Mark Kamins, a New York-based DJ/producer. Kamins directed the tape to Sire Records, which signed the singer in 1982. [Read her full bio via AllMusic]
Discography (Studio Albums):
Like a Virgin (1984)
True Blue (1986) | Read More
Like a Prayer (1989) | Read More
Erotica (1992) | Read More
Bedtime Stories (1994)
Ray of Light (1998) | Read More
American Life (2003) | Read More
Confessions on a Dance Floor (2005)
Hard Candy (2008)
Rebel Heart (2015)
Madame X (2019) | Read More