Having sold more than 300 million records worldwide, Madonna is recognized as the best-selling female recording artist of all time by Guinness World Records.
The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) listed her as the second highest-certified female artist in the U. According to Billboard, Madonna is the most successful solo act on its Hot 100 singles chart and second overall behind the Beatles. Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in her first year of eligibility, Madonna topped VH1's countdown of 100 Greatest Women in Music.
Her style became one of the female fashion trends of the 1980s.
Created by stylist and jewelry designer Maripol, the look consisted of lace tops, skirts over capri pants, fishnet stockings, jewelry bearing the crucifix, bracelets, and bleached hair.
Throughout her career, Madonna has written and produced most of her songs, with many of them reaching number one on the record charts, including "Like a Virgin", "Papa Don't Preach", "Like a Prayer", "Vogue", "Take a Bow", "Frozen", "Music", "Hung Up", and "4 Minutes".
Madonna's popularity was further enhanced by her roles in films such as Desperately Seeking Susan (1985), Dick Tracy (1990), A League of Their Own (1992), and Evita (1996).
She was raised in the Detroit suburbs of Pontiac and Avon Township (now Rochester Hills).
Months before her mother died of breast cancer at age 30 on December 1, 1963, Madonna noticed changes in her behavior and personality, although she did not understand the reason.Madonna turned to her paternal grandmother for solace. Andrew's Catholic Elementary Schools, and West Middle School.The Ciccone siblings resented housekeepers and rebelled against anyone brought into their home who they thought would try to take the place of their beloved mother. I didn't shave my underarms and I didn't wear make-up like normal girls do. I wanted to be somebody." Terrified that her father Tony could be taken from her as well, Madonna was often unable to sleep unless she was near him. Madonna was known for her high grade point average, and achieved notoriety for her unconventional behavior.Madonna later told Vanity Fair that she saw herself in her youth as a "lonely girl who was searching for something. She would perform cartwheels and handstands in the hallways between classes, dangle by her knees from the monkey bars during recess, and pull up her skirt during class—all so that the boys could see her underwear.She had little money and worked as a waitress at Dunkin' Donuts and with modern dance troupes, taking classes at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and eventually performing with Pear Lang Dance Theater.She has also frequently reinvented both her music and image while maintaining autonomy within the recording industry.