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Madonna
Born: 08.16.1958
Age: 59
New York City, New York, USA
Website: Madonna
Website: madonna.com
Madonna defends parenting skills amid custody battle
11.01.2016 11:18:42 AM
Madonna hard-drive crash delays Manchester show
16.12.2015 04:48:00 PM
Madonna: Lourdes leaving devastated me
18.03.2015 10:25:49 AM
Madonna advises kids to 'do drugs in moderation'
02.03.2015 12:16:43 PM
Madonna 'skipping her Oscars party'
22.02.2015 12:47:51 PM
Madonna: Everyone has to leave their phone at the door
26.12.2014 11:38:08 AM
Madonna's 'Rebel Heart' beats big
21.12.2014 01:54:46 PM
Madonna music leaks again
01.12.2014 02:32:58 PM
Madonna 'serious about toy boy'
02.07.2014 09:35:32 AM
Madonna 'let out of jury service'
28.05.2014 09:55:01 AM
Madonna's parenting woes
23.06.2013 02:58:06 PM
Madonna 'sends bodyguard on daughter's date'
23.05.2013 11:27:01 AM
Madonna wanted Paltrow to 'suffer' at Met Gala
17.05.2013 09:20:42 AM
Madonna's daughter 'dating Homeland actor'
04.04.2013 07:14:37 PM
Madonna's brother: She doesn't care about me
30.03.2013 06:22:06 PM
Madonna's boyfriend reveals Valentine plans
15.02.2013 03:28:12 PM
Madonna auctions tour outfits for charity
06.02.2013 12:06:19 PM
Madonna tops touring list of 2012
18.12.2012 02:54:36 PM
Madonna takes another swipe at Lady Gaga
18.09.2012 09:46:16 AM
Madonna's motherhood worries
29.08.2012 09:51:22 AM
Madonna's russian concerts require extra security
13.08.2012 03:56:48 PM
Madonna 'a pain' to neighbours
19.07.2012 11:41:33 AM
Madonna goes on tour with 200 people
16.06.2012 01:25:38 PM
Madonna: I don't know One Direction
22.04.2012 10:07:39 AM
Madonna invites Bieber on tour
27.03.2012 11:05:52 AM
Madonna 'inspired by failure'
21.03.2012 11:00:40 AM
Madonna stuns at Super Bowl
07.02.2012 10:33:32 AM
Madonna reveals Super Bowl nerves
01.02.2012 08:48:18 PM
Madonna: Women inspire me
15.01.2012 10:34:12 PM
Madonna: I'm a romantic
11.01.2012 10:14:01 AM
Madonna album tracklisting and title leaked
03.01.2012 12:12:57 PM
Madonna to launch first perfume
28.12.2011 12:20:18 PM
Madonna fan from Spain arrested for leak
24.12.2011 03:34:12 PM
Madonna 'brings wine to restaurant'
21.12.2011 11:53:14 AM
Madonna album completed
17.12.2011 11:59:47 AM
Madonna signs three-album Interscope deal
15.12.2011 12:09:16 PM
Madonna 'working hard on album'
14.12.2011 01:32:06 PM
Madonna and M.I.A. sing Happy Birthday to Nicki Minaj
14.12.2011 01:30:00 PM
Madonna reveals Masterpiece
12.12.2011 10:33:25 AM
Madonna confirmed for Super Bowl
05.12.2011 11:19:13 AM
Madonna: I make my own decisions
06.11.2011 07:17:49 AM
Madonna stars in spoof promo
28.10.2011 11:03:34 PM
Madonna comforts daughter
27.09.2011 10:07:19 AM
Madonna is 'smitten' with her beau
25.08.2011 07:08:07 PM
Madonna is in the studio with William Orbit
09.08.2011 04:06:43 PM
Madonna fan denies energy drink theft
05.08.2011 10:22:44 AM
Madonna to get comic book biography
27.06.2011 01:31:45 PM
Madonna preps for studio
15.06.2011 12:05:25 PM
Madonna 'still dating dancer'
07.06.2011 02:48:11 PM
Madonna and Beyonce on Oprah's first farewell yesterday
24.05.2011 02:22:28 PM
Madonna and Tom Cruise among stars at the taping of Oprah Winfrey's final chat show
18.05.2011 03:28:09 PM
Madonna's plans to build a school in Malawi have been 'discontinued'
26.03.2011 03:18:34 PM
A stalker is arrested after breaking into Madonna's London home
14.03.2011 11:06:12 PM
Madonnna's grandmother has died aged 99
11.03.2011 01:50:39 PM
Madonna's ex-lover is 'forever grateful' to the singer for his daughter Lourdes
23.02.2011 11:56:40 AM
Madonna gets perfume advice from Kelly Brook
07.02.2011 11:46:30 AM
Madonna has been named the most talked-about celebrity of the decade
24.12.2010 05:59:24 PM
Madonna begs for collaborators on Facebook
21.12.2010 12:59:58 PM
Madonna has opened her first gym in Mexico
01.12.2010 11:54:49 AM
Madonna was a 'weirdo' at school
11.11.2010 12:26:20 PM
Madonna is launching a chain of gyms
27.10.2010 01:54:14 PM
Madonna to get kids back to Malawi for Christmas
25.10.2010 02:02:20 PM
Madonna is reportedly dating a backing dancer
18.10.2010 01:09:16 PM
Madonna has been getting advice on her new film, 'W.E', from the royal family
12.10.2010 10:06:12 AM
Madonna plans to move back to the Uk
11.10.2010 10:14:50 AM
Madonna's alleged stalker claims he won't stop until he meets her
23.09.2010 02:12:37 PM
Madonna and Guy Ritchie have reportedly fallen out over their son's birthday party
06.09.2010 10:47:49 AM
The father of Madonna's adopted daughter has begged the singer to send him a photo of his little girl
09.08.2010 05:47:43 PM
Madonna flies with a private chef to cook her macrobiotic meals in the air
29.07.2010 10:44:32 AM
Madonna is reportedly planning to move back to Britain
27.07.2010 11:46:36 AM
Madonna has been served with a noise abatement notice for a karaoke party at her London home
20.07.2010 11:20:57 PM
Madonna puts her music career on hold
09.05.2010 09:23:58 AM
Madonna's daughter to start stage school
15.04.2010 11:03:25 AM
Madonna has arrived in Malawi for her charity tour
06.04.2010 07:36:09 PM
Madonna's former manager commits suicide
06.04.2010 07:34:25 PM
Madonna and Jesus out with Gwyneth Paltrow and Stella McCartney
01.04.2010 05:01:44 PM
Madonna is moving back to Britain
23.03.2010 02:03:10 PM
Madonna's boyfriend Jesus feels married to the singer
15.03.2010 03:38:25 PM
Madonna praised for strong attitude
13.03.2010 12:28:47 AM
Jesus Luz has always dated older women
11.03.2010 12:00:27 AM
Madonna furious with Tv show host
04.03.2010 01:40:05 AM
Madonna's toy boy Jesus Luz has signed a record deal
25.02.2010 07:04:12 PM
Madonna to direct a very British movie
15.02.2010 11:39:58 AM
Madonna forces 200 villagers to move house
12.02.2010 08:03:37 PM
Madonna back with ex
11.02.2010 11:49:04 PM
Madonna's manager to replace Simon Cowell on American Idol
09.02.2010 07:37:34 PM
Madonna held 'epic' auditions
05.02.2010 08:45:47 PM
Madonna has split with Jesus Luz
03.02.2010 04:52:40 PM
Madonna wants to have another baby
20.01.2010 10:21:55 AM
Madonna asks fans to help Haiti
19.01.2010 04:51:25 PM
Madonna has reportedly paid 6 million for a horse ranch
31.12.2009 08:52:02 AM
Madonna prefers buying shoes to having sex
21.12.2009 10:56:27 AM
Madonna made lover Jesus Luz stay at home in Malawi
16.11.2009 05:08:21 PM
Madonna takes rabbi to Brazil
11.11.2009 06:11:11 PM
Madonna 'on edge' about meeting Jesus' parents
09.11.2009 02:23:45 PM
Madonna branded a 'God' by Malawi orphanage
29.10.2009 03:41:57 PM
Madonna branded a 'neighbour from hell'
20.10.2009 09:44:36 AM
Madonna to jump off a building
17.10.2009 11:07:45 AM
Madonna says Lady Gaga has the 'IT Factor'
15.10.2009 04:37:31 PM
Madonna buys Jesus an apartment
08.10.2009 03:52:03 PM
Madonna picks an argument with Jesus
07.10.2009 03:32:37 PM
Madonna will never marry again
01.10.2009 06:00:18 PM
Madonna wants to have another child
01.10.2009 01:10:25 PM
Madonna to marry Jesus
29.09.2009 12:30:56 PM
Madonna wanted to sell sweets
23.09.2009 08:49:44 AM
Madonna blamed for boat disaster
11.09.2009 01:44:13 PM
Madonna collapses on stage
03.09.2009 09:50:34 AM
Madonna collapses on stage
02.09.2009 11:35:42 AM
Madonna praises the love of her life
18.08.2009 04:05:07 PM
Madonna leads fans in birthday song for her son
15.08.2009 02:38:16 PM
Madonna accused of Satanic provocation
06.08.2009 11:57:55 PM
Madonna's sexy messages to be auctioned
28.07.2009 08:24:01 PM
Madonna reveals greatest hits details
24.07.2009 06:29:35 PM
Madonna snubs stage deaths investigation
22.07.2009 12:01:08 PM
Madonna is highest-earning musician
25.06.2009 08:05:54 PM
Madonna gives New York flat a British theme
24.06.2009 04:55:57 PM
Madonna to take Mercy to Israel
23.06.2009 04:11:09 PM
Madonna nude exhibition to open
19.06.2009 09:46:21 AM
Madonna phones newly adopted daughter Mercy James every night
17.06.2009 11:41:37 AM
Madonna gets family approval
15.06.2009 07:52:06 AM
Madonna given adoption go ahead
12.06.2009 05:41:19 PM
Madonna to meet the parents
12.06.2009 09:29:44 AM
Madonna easy to get in the mood
28.05.2009 03:48:32 PM
Jesus Luz has doubts about his relationship with Madonna
26.05.2009 12:26:46 PM
Madonna being advised by psychic mama love
13.05.2009 02:18:38 PM
Madonna gives Guy the kids
30.04.2009 01:22:15 PM
Madonna tries to get boyfriend a job
29.04.2009 09:11:07 AM
Madonna provides nanny for Mercy James
22.04.2009 02:03:55 PM
Madonna's riding accident not caused by photographer
21.04.2009 10:11:22 AM
Madonna injured in riding accident
19.04.2009 05:57:36 PM
Madonna to 'recreate London' in New York
16.04.2009 01:36:43 PM
Madonna in tears at dinner last night
08.04.2009 03:43:13 PM
Madonna denied adoption bid
04.04.2009 09:12:37 AM
Madonna's boyfriend insists he did not cheat on her
25.03.2009 09:01:02 AM
Madonna looking to adopt again
17.03.2009 05:13:17 PM
Madonna reaches custody deal
12.03.2009 07:05:36 PM
Madonna gives menopause advice
26.02.2009 12:09:04 PM
Madonna's Jesus relationship a sham
17.02.2009 11:08:08 AM
Madonna's kids meet new man
04.02.2009 01:26:14 PM
Madonna and Guy Ritchie spend week together
03.02.2009 11:24:50 AM
Madonna to extend tour
28.01.2009 10:45:17 PM
Nude Madonna up for auction
19.01.2009 08:20:08 PM
Madonna and Guy back together
17.01.2009 12:32:01 PM
Madonna on salmon retox regime
11.01.2009 01:29:48 PM
Madonna's new man a porn star
30.12.2008 02:04:40 PM
Madonna to front Louis Vuitton campaign
17.12.2008 04:50:05 PM
Madonna Louise Ciccone Ritchie (born August 16, 1958), known as Madonna, is an American recording artist and entertainer. Born in Bay City, Michigan and raised in Rochester Hills, Michigan, Madonna moved to New York City for a career in modern dance. After performing as member of the pop musical groups Breakfast Club and Emmy, she released her self-titled debut album in 1983, and then produced three consecutive number-one studio albums on the Billboard 200 in the 1980s and four more since year 2000.

Madonna is known for her works that explore religious symbolism and sexual themes which also drew criticism from the Vatican in the late 1980s. In 1992, she founded an entertainment company, Maverick, which published a book of photographs (Sex). She also released a studio album (Erotica) and starred in a film (Body of Evidence) with erotic themes. These works generated negative publicity and coincided with a fall in commercial sales in the 1990s. Madonna's career was revived in 1998, when the release of her album Ray of Light garnered critical acclaim.

Madonna has acted in 22 films. Although most failed critically and commercially, she earned a Golden Globe Award for her role in the 1996 film Evita. Divorced from actor Sean Penn, in 1996 Madonna conceived a daughter, Lourdes Maria (also known as Lola) by personal trainer Carlos Leon before marrying film director Guy Ritchie in 2000. She and Ritchie have two sons, Rocco and David Banda, a Malawian boy they adopted in 2006, which caused media allegations they violated that country's adoption laws. Madonna and Ritchie have since filed for divorce in October 2008.

Madonna has been regarded as "one of the greatest pop acts of all time" and dubbed the "Queen of Pop" by various sources. She is ranked by the Recording Industry Association of America as the best-selling female rock artist of the twentieth century and the second top-selling female artist in the United States with 63 million certified albums. Guinness World Records list her as the world's most successful female recording artist of all time and the top-earning female singer in the world with an estimated net worth of US$490 million, having sold over 200 million records worldwide. On March 10, 2008, she was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Madonna was born Madonna Louise Ciccone in Bay City, Michigan. Her mother, Madonna Louise (née Fortin), was of French Canadian descent, and her father, Silvio "Tony" P. Ciccone, was a first-generation Italian American Chrysler/General Motors design engineer whose parents originated from Pacentro, Abruzzo, Italy. Madonna is the third of six children; her siblings are Martin, Anthony, Paula Mae, Christopher, and Melanie.

Madonna was raised in the Detroit suburbs of Pontiac, Michigan and Avon Township (now Rochester Hills, Michigan). Her mother died of breast cancer at age 30 on December 1, 1963. Her father married the family housekeeper, Joan Gustafson, and they had two children; Jennifer and Mario Ciccone. "I didn't accept my stepmother when I was growing up," Madonna said, "in retrospect I think I was really hard on her." Madonna convinced her father to allow her to take ballet classes. Madonna attended St. Frederick's Elementary School and St. Andrew's Elementary School (present day Holy Family Regional) and West Middle School. She attended Rochester Adams High School, becoming a straight-A student and a member of the cheerleading squad. Madonna received a dance scholarship to the University of Michigan after graduating from high school.

Madonna's ballet teacher persuaded her to pursue a dance career, so she left the University of Michigan at the end of 1977 and moved to New York City. Madonna had little money and for some time lived in squalor, working at Dunkin' Donuts and with modern dance troupes. Speaking of her move to New York, Madonna said, "It was the first time I'd ever taken a plane, the first time I'd ever gotten a taxi cab. I came here with $35 in my pocket. It was the bravest thing I'd ever done." While performing as a dancer for the French disco artist Patrick Hernandez on his 1979 world tour, Madonna became romantically involved with the musician Dan Gilroy, with whom she later formed her first rock band, the Breakfast Club, in New York. In it, she sang and played drums and guitar before forming the band Emmy in 1980 with drummer and former boyfriend Stephen Bray. She and Bray wrote and produced dance songs that brought her local attention in New York dance clubs. Disc jockey and record producer Mark Kamins was impressed by her demo recordings, so he brought her to the attention of Sire Records founder Seymour Stein.

In 1982, Madonna signed a singles deal with Sire Records, a label belonging to Warner Bros. Records. Her first release was "Everybody" on April 24, 1982. Her debut album, Madonna was primarily produced by Reggie Lucas.

Madonna's look and manner of dress, performances and music videos, became influential among young girls and women. Defined by lace tops, skirts over capri pants, fishnet stockings, jewelry bearing the Christian cross, and bleached hair, it became a female fashion trend in the 1980s. Her follow up album, Like a Virgin, became her first number one album on the U.S. albums chart; its commercial performance was buoyed by the success of its title track, "Like a Virgin", which reached number one in the U.S. with a six week stay at the top. The album sold 12 million copies worldwide, eight of which in the U.S. She performed the song at the first MTV Video Music Awards, wearing her then-trademark "Boy Toy" belt. Like a Virgin is listed by the National Association of Recording Merchandisers and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as one of the Definitive 200 Albums of All Time.

In 1985, Madonna entered mainstream films, beginning with a brief appearance as a club singer in the film Vision Quest. Its soundtrack contained her second U.S. number-one single "Crazy for You". Later that year, she appeared in Desperately Seeking Susan. The film introduced the song "Into the Groove", which became her first number-one single in the UK. Madonna embarked on her first concert tour in the U.S. in 1985 titled The Virgin Tour, with the Beastie Boys. In July that year, Penthouse and Playboy magazines published a number of black and white nude photos of Madonna taken in the late 1970s. Madonna took legal action to try and block them from being published, but when that failed she became unapologetic and defiant. At the outdoor Live Aid charity concert at the height of the controversy, Madonna made a critical reference to the media and stated she would not take her jacket off because "they might hold it against me ten years from now".

Madonna released her third album, True Blue, in 1986, prompting Rolling Stone to say that "it sounds as if it comes from the heart". The album included the ballad "Live to Tell", which she wrote for the film At Close Range, starring her then-husband Sean Penn. True Blue produced five Top 5 singles on the Billboard charts: "Live to Tell", "Papa Don't Preach", "Open Your Heart", "True Blue" and "La Isla Bonita". In the same year, Madonna starred in the film Shanghai Surprise and made her theatrical debut in a production of David Rabe's Goose and Tom-Tom, both co-starring Sean Penn.

In 1987, Madonna starred in Who's That Girl, and contributed four songs to its soundtrack; including the title track and the U.S. number-two single, "Causing a Commotion". In the same year, she embarked on the Who's That Girl Tour. It marked her first conflict with the Vatican, as Pope John Paul II urged Italian fans not to attend her concerts. Later that year, Madonna released a remix album of past hits, You Can Dance. In 1988, city officials in the town of Pacentro began to construct a 13-foot (4 m) statue of Madonna in a bustier. The statue commemorates the fact that her ancestors had lived in Pacentro. In 1988, Madonna starred as Karen in a play by David Mamet called Speed-the-Plow.
In early 1989, Madonna signed an endorsement deal with soft drink manufacturer Pepsi. She debuted her new song, "Like a Prayer", in a Pepsi commercial and also made a music video for it. The video, which features many Catholic symbols such as stigmata and burning crosses, was condemned by the Vatican. Since the commercial and music video were nearly identical, Pepsi was unable to convince the public that their commercial had nothing that could be deemed inappropriate. They revoked the commercial and cancelled their sponsorship contract with Madonna.

Madonna's fourth album, Like a Prayer, released in 1989, was co-written and co-produced by Patrick Leonard and Stephen Bray. Rolling Stone hailed it as "...as close to art as pop music gets". Like a Prayer peaked at number one on the U.S. album chart and sold seven million copies worldwide, with four million copies sold in the U.S. alone. The album produced three Top 5-charting singles: the title track (her seventh number-one single in the U.S.), "Express Yourself" and "Cherish".
In 1990, Madonna starred as "Breathless" Mahoney in a film adaptation of the comic book series Dick Tracy. To accompany the launching of the film in May 1990, she released I'm Breathless that includes songs inspired by the film's 1930s setting. It features her eighth U.S. number-one single, "Vogue", and her Academy Award-winning song "Sooner or Later". The second single released from I'm Breathless was "Hanky Panky", which peaked in the U.S. at number nine. In April 1990, Madonna began her Blond Ambition World Tour. Featuring religious and sexual themes, the tour drew controversy from her performance of "Like a Virgin" during which two male dancers caressed her body before she simulated masturbation. The Pope again encouraged Italians not to attend to it. A private association of Catholics, called Famiglia Domani, also boycotted the tour for featuring eroticism. In response, Madonna said, "I am Italian American and proud of it" and the Church "completely frowns on sex... except for procreation."

In November 1990, Madonna released her first greatest hits compilation album, The Immaculate Collection, which includes two new songs: "Justify My Love" and "Rescue Me". "Rescue Me" became the highest-debuting single by a female artist in the U.S. chart history at the time, entering at number 15 and peaking at number nine. "Justify My Love" became a number-one dance hit in the U.S. Its music video featured scenes of sadomasochism, bondage, same-sex kissing and brief nudity. It was deemed too sexually explicit for MTV and banned from the station. In 1991, Madonna starred in her first documentary film, Truth or Dare, which chronicles her Blond Ambition tour, as well as her personal life. The following year, she appeared in the baseball film A League of Their Own with a portrayal of Italian American Mae Mordabito, and recorded the film's theme song, "This Used to Be My Playground".

In 1992, Madonna founded her own entertainment company, Maverick, consisting of a record company (Maverick Records), a film production company (Maverick Films), and also music publishing, television, merchandising and book-publishing divisions. It was a joint venture with Time Warner as part of a $60 million recording and business deal. The deal gave her a 20% royalty, equal at the time to Michael Jackson's. The first release from the venture was Madonna's first publication Sex, a book consisting of sexually provocative and explicit images photographed by Steven Meisel. It caused media controversy but sold 500,000 copies in the U.S. At the same time she released her fifth studio album Erotica, featuring three sexual songs—"Erotica", "Where Life Begins", and "Did You Do It?". The album peaked at number two in the U.S., becoming one of her least successful records. Its title track peaked at #3 in the U.S. Hot 100. The album also produced five further singles; "Deeper and Deeper", "Bad Girl", "Fever", "Rain" and "Bye Bye Baby".

During 1993, she starred in two films. First was the erotic thriller Body of Evidence. The film contained S&M and bondage and was poorly received by critics. The second was the first production for Maverick Films, Dangerous Game. It was released straight-to-video in North America but received some good reviews for Madonna's performance. The New York Times described that "She submits impressively to the emotions raging furiously around her." She expressed her disappointment regarding the final cut of the film, claiming that the director had cut many of her key scenes and completely changed the ending. Madonna embarked on The Girlie Show World Tour at the end of 1993. It featured her dressed as a whip-cracking dominatrix, surrounded by topless dancers. The controversy continued in Puerto Rico when she rubbed its flag between her legs on stage, while Orthodox Jews protested against her first ever show in Israel.

In the spring of 1994, Madonna released the single "I'll Remember" which she recorded for Alek Keshishian's film With Honors. That year, she also appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman, using four-letter words and asking Letterman to smell her underwear. That same year she began dating rap artist Tupac Shakur, who she wanted to have a child with. The two would continue to date throught that year into 1995 during his incarceration. Later that year , she released her sixth studio album Bedtime Stories which was different from her outrageous moves from "Erotica". It produced four singles— "Secret" (no. 3 on Hot 100), "Take a Bow" - which became the biggest hit of Madonna's career on the Billboard Hot 100, "Bedtime Story" and "Human Nature".

In November 1995, Madonna released Something to Remember, a collection of her ballads which featured her cover of the Marvin Gaye song "I Want You" and the top ten song "You'll See". In 1996, Madonna’s most critically successful film, Evita, was released. She portrayed the main part of Eva Perón, a role first played by Elaine Paige in the West End. The soundtrack album contained three of her singles, of which "You Must Love Me" won an Academy Award and a Golden Globe for Best Original Song From a Motion Picture. Madonna also won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy.

Madonna's 1998 studio album Ray of Light debuted at #2 in the U.S. Allmusic called it her "most adventurous record." The album produced two U.S. top 5 singles: "Frozen" and "Ray of Light". It won three Grammy Awards. Its title track won a Grammy for "Best Short Form Music Video." and was used by Microsoft in its advertising campaign to introduce Windows XP. "Frozen" was adjudicated to be a plagiarism of Belgian songwriter Salvatore Acquaviva's 1993 song "Ma Vie Fout L'camp", and the album banned in Belgium. The album has been ranked #363 on Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. In 1998, Madonna was signed to play a violin teacher in the film Music of the Heart but left the project, citing "creative differences" with director Wes Craven. Madonna followed the success of Ray of Light with the single "Beautiful Stranger", recorded for the 1999 Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me soundtrack. It reached #19 on the Billboard Hot 100 with airplay alone.

In 2000, Madonna starred in The Next Best Thing. She contributed two songs to the film's soundtrack, "Time Stood Still" and the international hit "American Pie", a cover version of the 1970s Don McLean single. Madonna's eighth studio album, Music, was released in 2000 and debuted at #1 on the U.S. album charts. It produced three successful singles in the U.S.; "Music", "Don't Tell Me" and "What It Feels Like for a Girl". The latter having a video which depicts murders by car, was banned by MTV and VH1.

In 2001, Madonna began her first world tour since 1993, the Drowned World Tour, visiting cities in North America and Europe. The tour was a success as one of the highest grossing of the year. It grossed $75 million from 47 sold-out shows. She also released her second greatest hits collection, GHV2 to coincide with the home video release of the tour.

In 2002, Madonna starred in the film Swept Away directed by her husband Guy Ritchie. The film was a commercial and critical failure and released straight-to-video in the UK. Later that year, she released the title song "Die Another Day" to the 20th James Bond film, in which she had a cameo role. It reached number eight in the U.S. Hot 100 and was nominated for both a Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song and a Golden Raspberry for Worst Song. In 2002, Madonna starred in a play by David Williamson titled Up for Grabs.

In 2003, Madonna collaborated with fashion photographer Steven Klein on an exhibition installation named X-STaTIC Pro=CeSS. It included photography from a photoshoot in W Magazine and seven video segments. The installation ran from March 28 to May 3, 2003 in New York gallery, Deitch Projects, it then travelled the world in an edited form. In April 2003, Madonna released the album American Life, themed on American society. It received mixed reviews. The song peaked at #37 on the Billboard Hot 100. Having sold 4 million copies, American Life became the lowest selling album of her career. Later that year, Madonna performed the song "Hollywood" with Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera and Missy Elliott at the MTV Video Music Awards. Madonna kissed Spears and Aguilera during the performance, resulting in tabloid press frenzy. That fall, Madonna provided guest vocals on Spears's single "Me Against the Music". During the Christmas season of 2003, Madonna released Remixed & Revisited, a remix EP that included rock versions of songs from American Life, and "Your Honesty", a previously unreleased track from the Bedtime Stories recording sessions.

In March 2004 Madonna and Maverick sued Warner Music Group and its former parent company, Time Warner, claiming that mismanagement of resources and poor bookkeeping had cost the company millions of dollars. In return, WMG filed a countersuit, alleging that Maverick had lost tens of millions of dollars on its own. On June 14, 2004, the dispute was resolved when Maverick shares owned by Madonna and Ronnie Dashev were purchased. The company was now a wholly owned subsidiary of Warner Music. but Madonna is still signed to Warner under a separate recording contract. Later that year, Madonna embarked on the Re-Invention World Tour in the U.S., Canada, and Europe. It became the highest-grossing tour of 2004, earning $125 million. She made a documentary about the tour named I'm Going to Tell You a Secret. In 2004, Rolling Stone ranked her #36 on their list of the "100 Greatest Artists of All Time".
In January 2005, Madonna performed a cover version of the John Lennon song "Imagine" on the televised U.S. aid concert "Tsunami Aid", which raised money for the tsunami victims in Asia. In July 2005, Madonna performed at the Live 8 benefit concert in London, run in support of the aims of the UK's Make Poverty History campaign and the Global Call for Action Against Poverty. Her performances of "Like a Prayer", "Ray of Light" and "Music" were included in the Live 8 DVD. Her tenth studio album, Confessions on a Dance Floor was released that year and sold more than 8 million copies. The album received positive reviews. It produced four singles — "Hung Up" reached #1 in a record breaking 45 countries. "Sorry" became Madonna's twelfth number one in the UK, making her the female artist with the most #1 singles in the UK charts. It was also a #1 U.S. Dance hit. "Get Together", became her thirty-sixth number one dance hit in the U.S. The fourth single, "Jump", reached number nine in the UK.
In mid-2006, Madonna became the worldwide model for H&M. Included in the deal was a specially designed track suit, created by Madonna. The next year, the clothing line M by Madonna was launched internationally. Madonna's Confessions Tour began in May 2006. It had a global audience of 1.2 million people and, with reported gross sales of $260.1 million. The use of religious symbols such as the crucifix and Crown of Thorns in the performance of "Live to Tell" caused controversy. The Russian Orthodox Church and the Federation of Jewish Communities of Russia urged all members to boycott her concert. Prosecutors in Düsseldorf threatened to sue her and a Protestant bishop said, "the only way an aging superstar can attract attention is to offend people's religious sentiments." Vatican officials claimed her mock crucifixion was an open attack on Catholicism, to which Madonna responded: "My performance is neither anti-Christian, sacrilegious or blasphemous. Rather, it is my plea to the audience to encourage mankind to help one another and to see the world as a unified whole." In December 2006, PETA criticized Madonna for wearing a chinchilla fur coat in a London restaurant.

Madonna opposes American President George W. Bush. In her Confessions Tour performance of the song "I Love New York", she replaced the original lyrics "just go to Texas, isn't that where they golf?" with "just go to Texas and suck George Bush's dick!" She endorsed Wesley Clark's Democratic nomination for the 2004 presidential election in a letter to her fans saying, "the future I wish for my children is at risk." In late 2006, she expressed her support for Hillary Rodham Clinton in the 2008 election. Most recently, she stated that she would be behind Al Gore if he decided to run for the 2008 elections after seeing his documentary on global warming, An Inconvenient Truth. She also urged her fans to see Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11.

In May 2007, Madonna released the download-only song "Hey You", in anticipation of Live Earth, which was free for its first week. She also performed it at the London Live Earth concert in July 2007.

In October 2007, Madonna announced her departure from Warner Bros. Records and a new $120 million, ten year contract with Live Nation. She will be the founding recording artist for the new music division, Live Nation Artists. The Warner Bros. deal will be completed with a compilation album due at the end of 2008 or early 2009.
In November 2007, the New York Post claimed animal enthusiasts were "horrified" by Madonna dyeing her sheep for a photograph, and "vilified" for organising pheasant-hunting parties at her estate. In December 2007, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced Madonna as one of the five inductees of 2008. The ceremony took place on March 10, 2008. Madonna also directed her first film, Filth and Wisdom and produced and wrote I Am Because We Are, a documentary on the problems faced by Malawians directed by her former gardener Nathan Rissman. Filth and Wisdom received mixed reviews from the British press. The Times Online said she has "done herself proud" while The Daily Telegraph described the film as "not an entirely unpromising first effort Madonna would do well to hang on to her day job." The Guardian praised I Am Because We Are, saying that she "came, saw and conquered the world's biggest film festival."

In 2008, Madonna promoted her eleventh studio album, Hard Candy, with the Hard Candy Promo Tour. It was lauded by Rolling Stone as an "impressive taste of her upcoming tour." The album debuted at number one on the UK Albums Chart, where Madonna achieved ten number one albums. Hard Candy sold 100,000 copies in the United States upon its first day of release. It debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 with over 280,000 copies sold. The album received mostly positive reviews worldwide, though some critics panned it as "an attempt to harness the urban market". Its lead single "4 Minutes" reached number 3 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and number 1 on the U.S. Radio & Records Pop Chart. An international tour to promote the album, the Sticky & Sweet Tour, began on August 23, 2008.
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