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Madonna: As a cultural icon and one of the most important artists of the last 30 years, Madonna has traversed boundaries, set records, and has become the top-selling female recording artist of all time. Her career spans over three decades of continuous recording, performing, acting, and evolution. As a savvy businesswoman, Madonna started her own record label and has lucrative endorsements for products ranging from shoes to cosmetics. She is the Queen of Reinvention, of Pop Music, and of American Culture. She continues to create new music, inspire us, and perform to sold-out crowds worldwide.

The Michigan native turned down a dance scholarship at the University of Michigan to move to New York and become a performer. She inked a deal with Warner Bros. Records and released her debut single "Everybody" in 1982. The single marked the beginning of dozens of top-ten dance hits and singles. She released her breakthrough album Like a Virgin in 1984 and took the world by storm with her sexual and provocative lyrics. Madonna ruled the airwaves and MTV, which she helped pioneer while the network was in its nascent. The album was certified diamond for sales in excess of ten million copies.

Madonna went international on the Virgin Tour which featured the Beastie Boys as the opening act. Madonna recalls that the tour was "Crazy, because [she] went from playing CBGB and the Mudd club to playing sporting arenas." However, that initial fame also made Madonna the fodder of tabloids and media attention, which she she still struggles with to this day. Madonna closed out the '80s with True Blue and Like a Prayer. Both albums were multi-platinum triumphs. Madonna's concert schedule included the high-profile Blonde Ambition Tour which was hailed by Rolling Stone Magazine as the "greatest concert of the 1990s".

Madonna's career continued to be successful, albeit controversial, throughout the '90s. She released the provocative Sex book and the racy albums Erotica and Bedtime Stories. Madonna continued her burgeoning acting career, appearing in A League of Their Own with best friend Rosie O'Donnell. She also earned a Best Actress Golden Globe for her portrayal of Eva Peron in the film Evita. Madonna also started her own record label, Maverick Records, and signed such acts as the Prodigy and Alanis Morriessette. She closed out the decade with her electronica-infused record Ray of Light and embarked on the Drowned World Tour.

The Queen of Reinvention managed to keep her image fresh throughout the 2000s as well. In 2005, she released the dance-heavy album Confessions on a Dance Floor which won her a Grammy for Best Dance Album. Madonna's concert schedule included the Confessions Tour which grossed nearly $200 million in ticket sales, making it the highest grossing tour by a female artist in history. Proving that she was equally business savvy, Madonna signed an unprecedented deal with Live Nation for $120 million that included records and tour promotions. In 2008, Madonna was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and was named as the highest selling female artist in history by Guinness Book of World Records.

She released Hard Candy in 2008 which featured hip-hop collabos with Timbaland, Pharrell, and Justin Timberlake. Afterwards, Madonna embarked on the lengthy Sticky and Sweet Tour which ran from 2008-2009. The tour set the record books on fire, becoming the highest grossing tour by a solo artist when it sold over $400 million in tickets (beating her own record). It remains the fifth highest grossing tour of all time.

Madonna's next #1 album, MDNA, helped her break Elvis Presley's UK record for most #1 albums by a single artist. In her downtime after the album's success, Madonna embarked on many humanitarian and charitable missions, as well joining Queen Latifah, Macklemore, and Ryan Lewis in celebrating the group, same-sex wedding at the Grammy's in 2014. Ever the artist, Madonna quickly returned to work to produce Rebel Heart, a more personal album that retained the singer's dance style while lyrically focusing on Madonna's personal struggles later in her celebrity.

Madonna has broken records, boundaries, and the rules of convention many times over. She is a cultural icon and continues to call the shots in the music industry. Don't miss out on the Material Girl when she arrives in your area. Use Eventful as your source for Madonna tour dates and concert schedule information.

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