Since the beginning of her career in the early s, American singer and songwriter Madonna has had a social-cultural impact on the world through her recordings, attitude, clothing and lifestyle. Called the " Queen of Pop ", Madonna is labeled by international authors as the greatest woman in music, as well as the most influential and iconic female recording artist of all time. A global cultural icon , Madonna has built a legacy that goes beyond music and has been studied by sociologists , historians and other social scientists. Even reviews of her work have served as a roadmap for scrutinizing women at each stage in their music career. Madonna is the first multimedia pop icon in history and professionals agree that she has become the world's biggest and most socially significant pop icon, as well as the most controversial.
She wasn't an overly charismatic personality. You'd never have guessed she'd become a world famous pop star. That's why it was so surprising to many of us when she became big. I remember going to the store and seeing her face on an album.
Madonna’s ‘Erotica,’ ‘Sex’: Why Musical Masterpiece, Defiant Book Still Matter
Whether by brazenly injecting sex in the public sphere, adopting gay subculture for mainstream audiences or becoming the top-selling female musician of all time, Madonna has asserted an incalculable influence. The pop superstar is turning 60 on August 16 and is again breaking barriers -- this time as a mature woman who is still brash, carnal and unapologetic. Giving new meaning to the term sexagenarian, Madonna openly dates men three decades younger, maintains a svelte figure that would be the envy of most people half her age and on her latest tour put on a characteristically provocative show that simulated most conceivable sex acts. Madonna is hardly the first female entertainer to stay active while growing older, with singers as diverse as Aretha Franklin, Cher, Dolly Parton and Stevie Nicks on stage in their 70s. But Madonna -- who entered pop culture at the same time as MTV -- has embodied the cult of youth like few other artists and, while others reinvented themselves or staged nostalgic comebacks, the Material Girl has never gone more than four years without an album since her blockbuster self-titled debut in
In , Madonna was as astronomically popular as a boundary-bulldozing, unapologetically bacchanalian performance artist could get. The tour showcasing it, Blond Ambition, mixed spectacle with social commentary so sharply that it reinvented the pop concert and yielded the smash documentary Truth or Dare. But for her vast audience, she was nothing less than liberating, and her uninterrupted string of hits defined pop for a decade. Nearly everything changed two years later with Erotica and Sex.