Madonna Louise Ciccone Ritchie (born August 16, 1958) is an American pop singer-songwriter. She has also obtained some notability as a dancer, record producer, film producer, actress, author and fashion icon. She is a multiple Grammy- and Golden Globe-award winner, known for her ambitious music videos, stage performances and use of sexual, social and religious themes in her work. She is sometimes referred to as “Material Girl” and “Queen Of Pop” by the media.
Since her debut in 1982, Madonna has released many chart-topping albums and singles, and has sold more than 200 million albums worldwide. Billboard reported that her 2006 Confessions Tour holds the record for the top-grossing concert tour by a female artist. According to both the 2007 Guinness Book of Records, and Forbes, she is the top earning female singer in the world with an estimated net worth of over $325 million. In 2001, the Guinness Book of World Records listed Madonna as the “World’s Most-successful Female Musician”.