Friday, August 16, 2013
55 Groovy Things about Madonna on her birthday
Today I'm celebrating Madonna's 55th birthday by sharing a "few" groovy things about her life and career:
1. Madonna Louise Veronica Ciccone was born in Bay City, Michigan, on August 16, 1958.
2. After performing with two rock bands, Breakfast Club and Emmy, in the early 1980s, she signed a singles deal with Sire Records, which released her debut single, "Everybody", on October 6, 1982. She performed the song at NYC's Danceteria in 1982, and in her first TV appearance in January 1983, she sang it on Dancin' On Air, a daily dance show in Philadelphia.
3. Her second single, "Burning Up", was released on March 9, 1983, and both it and "Everybody" became big club hits in the United States, reaching #3 on Billboard's Hot Dance Club Songs chart.
4. Her debut studio album, Madonna, was released on July 27, 1983, and it peaked at #8 on the Billboard 200 albums chart in October 1984. Her third single, "Holiday", from her debut album was released on September 7, 1983, and became her first global hit, reaching #16 on the Billboard Hot 100. In her first national TV performance, she performed the song on American Bandstand on January 14, 1984.
5. Her fourth single, "Borderline", was released on February 15, 1984, and became her first top ten hit, reaching #10 on the Billboard Hot 100.
6. Her fifth single, "Lucky Star", was originally released in the United Kingdom on September 8, 1983, but it didn't debut on the Billboard Hot 100 chart until August 1984. The song became her first top five hit, peaking at #4.
7. Her second studio album, Like a Virgin, was released on November 12, 1984, and it became her first #1 album on the Billboard 200. She debuted "Like a Virgin", the first single from her second album, at the first MTV Video Music Awards on September 14, 1984, where she appeared on stage atop a giant wedding cake, wearing a wedding dress. The song became her first of twelve #1 hits on the Billboard Hot 100.
8. "Material Girl" was released on November 30, 1984, and reached #2 on the Billboard Hot 100. Her music video for the song was inspired by her admiration of Marilyn Monroe and Monroe's performance of "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend" in the 1953 film, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.
9. In February 1985, she appeared in her first feature film, Vision Quest, and performed the songs, "Crazy for You" and "Gambler", as a singer at a local bar (her actual first film was A Certain Sacrifice, a 1979 indie that was released in 1985 after she became a star). "Crazy for You" became her second #1 single on the Billboard Hot 100.
10. "Angel", her third single from Like a Virgin, was released on April 10, 1985, and reached #5 on the Billboard Hot 100.
11. She appeared in the 1985 film, Desperately Seeking Susan, with Rosanna Arquette. "Into the Groove" was introduced in the movie, and it became her first #1 single in the United Kingdom.
12. "Dress You Up", her final single from Like a Virgin, was released on July 24, 1985, and reached #5 on the Billboard Hot 100.
13. She was the host of Saturday Night Live on November 9, 1985.
14. She was interviewed on the Australian music television show, Countdown, on December 8, 1985 (the outtake below was broadcast on December 22).
15. Her third studio album, True Blue, was released on June 30, 1986, and it reached #1 on the Billboard 200. She dedicated it to her husband, Sean Penn, whom she married on August 16, 1985. "Live to Tell", the first single from the album, was released on March 26, 1986, and it became her third #1 single in the US (it was also featured in Penn's 1986 film, At Close Range).
16."Papa Don't Preach", her second single from True Blue, was released on June 11, 1986, and became her fourth #1 single in the US.
17. "True Blue", her third single from True Blue, was released on September 29, 1986, and reached #3 on the Billboard Hot 100. In the fall of 1986, MTV asked its viewers to submit their own videos for the song, and she presented a $25,000 check to the winner of "Madonna's 'Make My Video' Contest" live on MTV.
18. "Open Your Heart", her fourth single from True Blue, was released on November 12, 1986, and it became her fifth #1 single on the Billboard Hot 100.
19. "La Isla Bonita", her fifth and final single from True Blue, was released on February 25, 1987, and reached #4 on the Billboard Hot 100.
20. She made her theatrical debut opposite Sean Penn in a workshop production of David Rabe's play, Goose and TomTom, which opened on August 28, 1986, at Lincoln Center's Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater in NYC and played for four nights only.
21. She and Sean Penn starred in the 1986 film, Shanghai Surprise (the couple were divorced in 1989).
22. She and Griffin Dunne starred in the 1987 romantic comedy, Who's That Girl, and the title track on the film's soundtrack became her sixth #1 single on the Billboard 100.
23. She made her Broadway debut in David Mamet's Speed-the-Plow on May 3, 1988, and she was later a presenter on the 42nd Annual Tony Awards on June 5, 1988.
24. She appeared on Late Night with David Letterman with Sandra Bernhard on July 1, 1988.
25. On January 25, 1989, she signed a $5 million with Pepsi to promote their product as well as cross-promote her fourth studio album, Like a Prayer - and she debuted the first single, "Like a Prayer", in a commercial for the soft drink. However, Pepsi canceled her contract due to the song's controversial music video, but this only helped "Like a Prayer" become her seventh #1 single in the US.
26. "Express Yourself", her second single from Like a Prayer, was released on May 9, 1989, and reached #2 on the Billboard 100. Her first live performance of the song was at the 1989 MTV Video Music Awards.
27. "Cherish", her third single from Like a Prayer, was released on August 1, 1989, and reached #2 on the Billboard 100.
28. She appeared in the 1989 film, Bloodhounds of Broadway, with Matt Dillon and Jennifer Grey.
29. She appeared in Warren Beatty's 1990 film, Dick Tracy, as Breathless Mahoney - and the soundtrack album, I'm Breathless, reached #2 on the Billboard 200. "Vogue" (from the album) was released on March 20, 1990, and reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100. It was the best-selling single of 1990, and she performed the song at the 1990 MTV Video Music Awards.
30. She appeared on The Arsenio Hall Show on May 1, 1990.
31. "Justify My Love", the first single from her first greatest hits compilation album, The Immaculate Collection, was released on November 6, 1990, and reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100. However, MTV banned its music video, deeming it too sexually explicit for the network.
32. At the 63rd Annual Academy Awards on March 25, 1991, she performed Stephen Sondheim's "Sooner of Later (I Always Get My Man)" from Dick Tracy, which won the Oscar for Best Original Song.
33. Her first documentary film, Madonna: Truth or Dare, which chronicled her 1990 Blond Ambition World Tour, was released on May 24, 1991.
34. She appeared in Woody Allen's 1991 film, Shadows and Fog, as a tightrope artist named Marie.
35. On February 22, 1992, she appeared on Saturday Night Live in a "Coffee Talk" sketch with Mike Myers (as Linda Richman) and co-host Roseanne Barr (as her mother) - and Barbra Streisand made a surprise appearance during the sketch.
36. She appeared in the 1992 Penny Marshall film, A League of Their Own, with Geena Davis, Tom Hanks and Rosie O'Donnell, and she and Rosie appeared together on The Arsenio Hall Show. "This Used to Be My Playground" - the theme for the movie - was released on June 16, 1992, and it became her tenth #1 single.
37. Her fifth studio album, Erotica, and her explicit coffee table book, Sex, were both released in October 1992 by Maverick, the multi-media entertainment company that she co-founded earlier that year. She sang two songs from Erotica - "Fever" and "Bad Girl" - as the musical guest on Saturday Night Live on January 16, 1993.
38. In 1993, she starred in two films - Body of Evidence with Willem Dafoe and Dangerous Game with Harvey Keitel.
39. On March 31, 1994, she made an infamous guest appearance on the Late Show with David Letterman.
40. "Take a Bow" - from her sixth studio album, Bedtime Stories - was released on December 6, 1994, and became her longest-running #1 single on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. BBC broadcast Ruby Wax Meets Madonna on October 23, 1994, while she was in Europe promoting Bedtime Stories.
41. In 1995, she appeared in two films - Four Rooms and Blue in the Face.
42. She made a cameo appearance in Spike Lee's 1996 film, Girl 6.
43. She won a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Motion Picture Musical or Comedy for her performance as Eva Perón in the 1996 film version of the musical, Evita. She also performed "You Must Love Me" from the movie on the 69th Annual Academy Awards on March 24, 1997 - and it won for Best Original Song.
44. Her seventh studio album, Ray of Light, which was released on March 3, 1998, won four Grammy Awards, including Best Pop Vocal Album.
45. She won a 2000 Grammy Award for Best Song Written for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media for the single, "Beautiful Stranger", from the 1999 film, Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me.
46. She starred in the 2000 film, The Next Best Thing, and sang two songs on the movie's soundtrack - "Time Stood Still" and a cover of Don McLean's 1971 hit, "American Pie".
47. She released her eighth studio album, Music, on September 19, 2000, which became her first #1 album since 1989's Like a Prayer. It produced three singles, including "Music" - her twelfth #1 single on the Billboard Hot 100.
48. She starred in the 2002 romantic comedy, Swept Away, which was directed by her second husband, Guy Ritchie (they were married from 2000 to 2008).
49. In May 2002, she made her West End debut as "Madonna Ritchie" in the play, Up For Grabs.
50. On October 22, 2002, she released "Die Another Day", the title song of the 2002 James Bond film, in which she had a cameo role as a fencing instructor named Verity. The song reached #8 on the Billboard Hot 100.
51. On April 24, 2003, she guest starred on an episode of TV's Will & Grace as an office worker named Liz.
52. She kissed Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera during a performance on the 2003 MTV Video Music Awards.
53. She was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on March 10, 2008.
54. She won a 2012 Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song for "Masterpiece" from W.E., the second feature film that she directed (her directorial debut was 2008's Filth and Wisdom). And she appeared on The Graham Norton Show on January 13, 2012, to promote the movie.
55. On February 5, 2012, Madonna performed during the Super Bowl XLVI halftime show, including "Give Me All Your Luvin'", the first single from her twelfth studio album, MDNA. It was the most-watched Super Bowl halftime show in history with 114 million viewers.