Madonna Louise Veronica Ciccone
(born August 16, 1958) is an American singer, songwriter, actress, and businesswoman. Born in Bay City, Michigan, she moved to New York City to pursue a career in modern dance. After performing in the music groups Breakfast Club
, she signed with Sire
in 1982 and released her debut album, Madonna
, the following year. She followed it with a series of commercially successful albums and has sold more than 300 million records worldwide and is recognized as the best-selling female recording artist of all time by Guinness World Records
ranked her at number two on the Billboard
Hot 100 All-Time Top Artists, making her the most successful solo artist in the history of American singles chart.