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It seems like we’ve been hearing rumors of a Madonna tour forever, but the wait is over – her Sticky & Sweet Tour begins in August and Coast to Coast has the tickets to get you in the door. At almost 50 years old, Madonna still shows no signs of slowing down, and she’s proven that she’s still a force in the music world with her most recent release, 2008’s Hard Candy. Tickets to see the “Queen of Pop” never last long, so don’t wait, get yours now and see Madonna live in concert!

Madonna, the original one-name diva, was born in Bay City, Michigan, on August 16, 1958. Not only an award winning musician and actress, businesswoman, cultural pioneer, activist and mother, she is a controversialist, feminist, trendsetter and fashion icon.

In 1977, Madonna Louise Ciccone's -- interesting trivia: her last name, Ciccone, is very close to the insulting Italian word for 'fat man' (ciccione) -- career began in New York City with noted choreographer Alvin Ailey. After two years of dancing and modeling jobs, she moved to France briefly only to return forming the band Breakfast Club (serving double duty as drummer and vocalist). By 1980, Madonna and former boyfriend Steve Bray were mixing club tracks, setting up house with new band Emmy and attracting attention from recording giant Sire Records. NYC DJ Mark Kamins lent his talents in producing the single "Everybody", a US club hit in 1982. The following year saw the launch into US/Europe pop mainstream with the help of writer/producer Jellybean and "Holiday".

"Like A Virgin", her 1984 single and title-track to her first LP, started her string of number ones. "Material Girl" followed - the video of which cemented her blonde-bombshell image and spawned a legion of imitators. Coupled with an appearance at 1985's Live Aid concert and media-blitz-gone-awry wedding to actor Sean Penn on August 16th, it made for a hectic beginning for the new queen of pop. Her second US chart-topper, "Crazy For You" (written with ex-Carpenters collaborator John Bettis) was featured on the Matthew Modine grappling movie soundtrack Vision Quest. 1986's True Blue was played on the radio constantly with the gems "Open Your Heart", the obligatory "True Blue", "La Isla Bonita" and the controversial teen-pregnancy anthem "Papa Don't Preach". "Live To Tell" (on husband's movie soundtrack At Close Range) was another hit that coincided with the well-received album.

Never one to limit herself, Madonna delved into acting. A Certain Sacrifice, her first attempt, was considered a flop, only to be followed by Who's That Girl, Desperately Seeking Susan (featuring the dance hit "Into The Groove", co-written with Bray) her first acclaimed picture. The following year she appeared with husband Penn in her first commercial failure, Shanghai Surprise, which provided foreshadowing for her separation from Penn in 1988, the same year she participated in Mamet's on Broadway play Speed The Plow.

Her album Like A Prayer was her third overseas smash in 1989, despite drawing criticism from the Vatican for the title video's religious, racial and erotic overtones. It cost her an endorsement deal with Pepsi and the Material Girl, ever the idealist, stood by her art and survived the storm of controversy.

In 1990, the triple threat of Dick Tracy (with co-star Warren Beatty), the worldwide sell-out Blond Ambition World Tour (infamous costumes courtesy of Jean Paul Gautier) and documentary movie Truth Or Dare vaulted her to international superstardom. Era hits include "Vogue", "Justify My Love" (co-written with Lenny Kravitz), and "This Used To Be My Playground" (from the soundtrack of A League Of Their Own).

In 1992 Madonna sealed her reputation as a shrewd businesswoman with the establishment of Maverick - her music, film and book production company. Releasing her erotic book Sex, the bestseller set unprecedented sales records, reprint included. After the glow, the release of the Erotica album became her first album not to register a number one single. Never one to get off topic, her follow up album Bedtime Stories (with collaborators Bjork and Nellee Hooper (Soul II Soul)) produced "Take A Bow", which returned the singer to the top of the US singles charts.

In 1996, after lobbying heavily for the role of Eva Peron in Alan Parker's Evita, Madonna garnered her first Golden Globe Award. Along with the birth of her first child, Lourdes Maria Ciccone Leon in October, many consider this to be the beginning of the "spiritual" Madonna.

By March 1998, Ray Of Light (once again with producer William Orbit) spawned several hit singles, including "Ray Of Light", "Nothing Really Matters", "Frozen" and "The Power Of Good-bye". "Beautiful Stranger" from Mike Myers' movie Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me was an international hit.

For an encore, Music, was released in September 2000. The title video featuring UK comedian Ali G (aka Sacha Baron Cohen) helped endorse the album and became one of her most popular singles. On December 22nd, Madonna married UK film director Guy Ritchie (Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels) in Durnoch, Scotland with Lourdes and 4-month-old son Rocco in attendance. The newlyweds then proceeded to collaborate on the video for "What It Feels Like For A Girl" and the remake Swept Away. Her studio album, American Life, was followed with a tour in the summer of 2004.


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