Madonna Louise Ciccone (who performs under the stage name 'Madonna') was born in Bay City, Michigan on August 16, 1958.
After several years of attempting to break into the world of pop music, Madonna scored a dance chart hit in several global markets in 1982 with the disco-inspired song "Everybody".
Several other hits followed in reasonably quick succession - leading to the release of her first album, Madonna, in 1983.
In the ensuing years, Madonna has become an enigmatic artist who has sustained a career that has longevity few other pop artists have achieved.
In 2008, the artist enjoyed another number one hit in many markets around the world with her duet with Justin Timberlake, 4 Minutes - more than a quarter of a century after her first chart single.