35 Things You Might Not Know About Madonna
Today Madonna celebrates her 60th birthday and to celebrate we’ve compiled 35 memorable musical milestones and fabulous facts about the Queen of Pop.
1. Madonna’s real name is Madonna Louise Ciccone
2. She was born on 16 August 1958 in Bay City, Michigan.
3. Her debut single ‘Everybody’ was released on 06 October 1982.
4. Madonna had her first Top 10 hit in 1984 with song ‘Borderline’.
5. Her 1984 hit ‘Like A Virgin’ shot Madge to international stardom and secured her first No.1 album on the Billboard 200.
6. She made her film debut a year later in 1985 in Vision Quest and Desperately Seeking Susan.
7. The Beastie Boys were the opening act for her first ever North American arena tour.
8. Madonna’s third album ‘True Blue’ reached the top of the charts in more than 28 countries.
9. The album also featured three No.1 singles ‘Live To Tell’, ‘Papa Don’t Preach’ and ‘Open Your Heart’.
10. In 1990 she starred in the film Dick Tracey as well as worked on the soundtrack album.
11. Later that year Madonna dropped her first greatest hits compilation ‘The Immaculate Collection’.
12. The album became the best-selling compilation album by a solo artist in history.
13. ‘Justify My Love’ was one of two new songs featured on ‘The Immaculate Collection’ and was banned by MTV for its racy video.
14. Also in 1990, Madonna was nominated to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, however she ignored the request and the invitation eventually expired.
15. ‘Vogue’ was originally only going to be a B-side as the artist didn’t believe the song to be strong enough to be released as a single.
16. In 1991 Madonna gave fans a behind-the-scenes look at her controversial Blond Ambition World Tour in the form of concert film and documentary ‘Truth or Dare’.
17. Her seventh studio album ‘Ray Of Light’ was released in 1998 and earned her four Grammy Awards.
18. Track ‘Frozen’ was Madonna’s sixth No.2 single, earning her the title of artist with the most No.2 hits.
19. ‘Frozen’ was banned in Belgian following plagiarism allegations.
20. In 1996 she took home a Golden Globe for her role in the film adaptation of the musical Evita.
21. In 2000 the singer dropped ‘Music’, her first No.1 album since ‘Like A Prayer’.
22. Her 2003 release ‘American Life’ was the lowest selling album of her career.
23. She soon recovered with her 10th studio album ‘Confessions On A Dancefloor’, which saw her take home the Grammy Award for Best Electronic/Dance Album.
24. The album’s lead single ‘Hung Up’ reached the No.1 spot in a record-breaking 45 countries.
25. Madge’s track ‘4 Minutes’ lifted from 2008’s ‘Hard Candy’ saw her surpass Elvis Presley as the artist with the most Top 10 hits.
26. Her 2008 Sticky & Sweet Tour is the highest-grossing concert tour of all time by a female artist – the record was originally held by her Confessions Tour just two years earlier.
27. Until 2011 Madonna held the record for the shortest amount of time for a solo artist to achieve 20 Top 10 singles on the Billboard Hot 100 – this title now belongs to Rihanna.
28. She has been nominated for induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame three times.
29. She has appeared in 19 films throughout her career.
30. Madonna is the only artist to have performed at Live Aid in 1985, Live 8 in 2005, and Live Earth in 2007.
31. Her first children’s book ‘The English Roses’ was published in 2003 and she has since published nine more.
32. She has released a total of 13 studio albums to date.
33. She has received Grammy nominations and seven awards.
34. Her album sales have seen her recognised in the Guinness Book of World Records as both the most successful female solo artist of all time and the best-selling female recording artist.
35. She is reportedly lined-up to headline Glastonbury 2019 – let’s hope it’s true!
Happy birthday Madge!