“I am my own experiment. I am my own work of art.”
Oh my Madonna. Before Lady Gaga, Nikki Minaj or Madame Beyonce, Her majesty Madonna reigned for many a moon.
With countless hits and overt sexuality, Madonna achieved popularity by pushing the boundaries of lyrical content in mainstream popular music and imagery in her music videos. Her influence on pop culture is undeniable.
Born in Bay City, Michigan, Madonna moved to New York City to pursue a career in modern dance. After performing in the music groups Breakfast Club and Emmy, she signed with Sire Records (an affiliate of Warner Bros. Records) in 1982 and released her self-titled debut album the following year. She followed it with a series of commercially successful albums, including the Grammy Award winners Ray of Light (1998) and Confessions on a Dance Floor (2005). Throughout her career, she has written and produced most of her songs, with many of them reaching number one on the record charts, including “Like a Virgin”, “Into the Groove”, “Papa Don’t Preach”, “Like a Prayer”, “Vogue”, “Frozen”, “Music”, “Hung Up”, and “4 Minutes”.
Throughout her career, Madonna has been involved in writing and producing most of her own music. Madonna’s early songwriting skill was developed during her time with the Breakfast Club in 1979. According to author Carol Gnojewski, her first attempts at songwriting are perceived as an important self-revelation, as Madonna said: “I don’t know where [the songs] came from. It was like magic. I’d write a song every day. I said ‘Wow, I was meant to do this’.”[Mark Kamins, her first producer, believed that Madonna is “a much underrated musician and lyricist.” Rolling Stone has named her “an exemplary songwriter with a gift for hooks and indelible lyrics.
Long live the Queen.
“I’m tough, I’m ambitious, and I know exactly what I want. If that makes me a bitch, okay.”
“No matter who you are, no matter what you did, no matter where you’ve come from, you can always change, become a better version of yourself.”
“To be brave is to love someone unconditionally, without expecting anything in return. To just give. That takes courage, because we don’t want to fall on our faces or leave ourselves open to hurt.”
“I laugh at myself.
I don’t take myself completely seriously.
I think that’s another quality that people have to hold on to… you have to laugh, especially at yourself.”
“A lot of people are afraid to say what they want. That’s why they don’t get what they want.”
“I stand for freedom of expression, doing what you believe in, and going after your dreams.”
“If your joy is derived from what society thinks of you, you’re always going to be disappointed.”
“Sometimes you have to be a bitch to get things done.”
“Poor is the man whose pleasure depends on the permission of another.”