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Madonna

1958

Madonna Louise Veronica Ciccone (a.k.a. Madonna) is born in Bay City, Michigan.

1982

Madonna debuts with the 12-inch single “Everybody.” Failing to make Billboard’s Hot 100, it will be her only single to suffer this fate.

1983

Madonna, the singer’s first album, enters the album chart, where it will spend more than three years and sell over 5 million

1983

“Holiday,” from Madonna’s self-titled debut album, enters the Billboard Hot 100, where it will peak at #16.

1984

“Lucky Star,” by Madonna, peaks at #4, kicking off a record-breaking streak (for a female artist) of 16 consecutive Top Five singles.

1984

adonna’s second album, Like a Virgin, begins the first week in its two-year run on Billboard’s album chart. The album will hit #1, yield four hit singles and sell 10 million copies.

1984

“Like a Virgin,” Madonna’s first #1 hit, tops the Billboard Hot 100 for the first of six weeks.

1985

Desperately Seeking Susan, starring Madonna in her first film role, makes its theatrial debut.

1985

“Crazy for You” becomes Madonna’s second #1 single, displacing “We Are the World,” by USA for Africa.

1985

Madonna and actor Sean Penn are married. They will divorce four years later.

1986

“Live to Tell” becomes Madonna’s third #1 single – and the first one she had a hand in writing.

1986

True Blue, Madonna’s third album, enters the chart, where it will peak at #1 for five weeks and generate five hits.

1986

Madonna’s “Papa Don’t Preach,” a controversial song about an unwed teenager who decides to keep her baby, reaches the top position.

1987

“Open Your Heart” becomes the third #1 single from Madonna’s third album, True Blue. “True Blue” (#3) and “La Isla Bonita” (#4) will bring to five the number of Top Five songs from the album.

1987

The title track from Madonna’s film Who’s That Girl becomes her sixth #1 single.

1989

Like a Prayer, Madonna’s fourth album of new music is released. It will top the charts for six weeks.

1989

Madonna’s “Like a Prayer” reaches #1. Its controversial video draws criticism from the Vatican and ends Madonna’s lucrative endorsement deal with Pepsi.

1989

“Cherish,” by Madonna, peaks at #2 for the first of two weeks. It is the singer’s 16th consecutive Top Five hit. She’s now surpassed the Beatles in that category and trails only Elvis Presley for most Top Five hits in a row.

1990

“Vogue,” by Madonna, reaches #1. It appears on the Dick Tracy soundtrack but not in the movie itself.

1990

Madonna’s The Immaculate Collection, her first greatest-hits set, is released.

1991

“Justify My Love,” one of two new songs appended to Madonna’s The Immaculate Collection, reaches #1. When the accompanying video proves too controversial for MTV, it becomes the first commercially marketed video single.

1991

Madonna’s Truth or Dare? , an uncensored documentary filmed on her Blonde Ambition Tour, is released.

1992

Madonna launches Maverick, a multimedia company that includes Maverick Records, in a deal with Time-Warner that is estimated to be worth $60 million.

1992

“This Used to Be My Playground,” from the film A League of Their Own, becomes Madonna’s tenth #1 single.

1992

Madonna’s Erotica album is released the same month that her scandalous, adult-themed photo book Sex makes headlines.

1995

“Take a Bow,” by Madonna – from her 1994 album Bedtime Stories - reaches #1 for the first of seven weeks. It remains the biggest hit of her career.

1996

The soundtrack for Evita, with vocals by Madonna and others, hits the charts, where it will reach #2.

1996

Tony Bennett presents Madonna with the Artist Achievement Award at the seventh annual Billboard Music Awards.

1997

Madonna wins the Golden Globe award for Best Actress for her performance in Evita.

1998

Ray of Light, Madonna’s first new album of original songs in four years, is released. Her interest in Kabbalah and spiritual matters informs its songs.

1998

Like a Virgin, Madonna’s second album (released in 1984) is certified diamond (10 million copies sold) by the RIAA.

2000

Music, by Madonna, is released three days after the title track hits #1. The album itself will also top the charts – her first to do so in over a decade.

2000

Madonna marries British filmmaker Guy Ritchie at a Scottish castle.

2001

The Immaculate Collection, Madonna’s best-selling hits album from 1990, is certified diamond (10 million copies sold) by the RIAA.

2002

“Die Another Day,” by Madonna – the title song from the latest James Bond film – enters the Billboard chart, where it will peak at #4. It is her 50th single.

2003

American Life, Madonna’s fifth #1 album, is released. The title song’s controversial video was withdrawn the previous month.

2003

Madonna and Britney Spears kiss after performing “Like a Virgin” on the MTV Video Music Awards.

2005

On her 47th birthday, Madonna cracks three ribs and breaks her collarbone and hand in a fall from a horse.

2005

Confessions on a Dance Floor, by Madonna, is released. It is the artist’s tenth album of new material and sixth to reach #1.

2008

Madonna is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at the 23rd annual induction dinner. Justin Timberlake is her presenter.