Born Madonna Louise Ciccone on August 16, 1958 in Rochester, Michigan, she trained as a dancer at University of Michigan and with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in New York City. Madonna performed with a number of rock groups before signing with Sire Records. Her had her first hit, “Holiday,” in 1983.
Her music incorporates a upbeat dance-club sound and catchy choruses. She hired Michael Jackson’s manager prior to releasing Madonna (1983), an album which included five US hit singles. Subsequent albums have included Like a Virgin (1984), True Blue (1986), Ray of of Light (1998), Music (2000), American Life (2003), and Confessions on a Dancefloor (2005).