8:11 PM PDT 3/26/2012 by Rachel Shapiro, Chris Godley
Selling millions of records worldwide for nearly 30 years, she's considered one of the greatest figures in pop music. Madonna, 53, has made history in the industry with her long-lasting musical career. She is included on countless lists of the world's most powerful and influential women, and recently released her 12th studio album, "MDNA," proving she's still got the magic touch.
Madonna released her debut self-titled album in 1983. The breakout artist sported a wild, blonde bob, wearing chains and bangles.
1984: "Like a Virgin"
The Queen of Pop's second album, Like a Virgin, scored global success. The album entered the Billboard 200 at number three and stayed within the top ten for the next month. She is performing it here in dramatic fashion at MTV's Video Music Awards in 1984.
1986: 'True Blue'
Her third studio album titled True Blue was released in 1986. Madonna sported a fancy-free boyish haircut with a leather jacket.
1989: Brunette Locks
Adopting whimsical, brown locks in 1989, the diva shows her feminine side in the video for “Like a Prayer."
1990: Blonde Ambition Tour
A very blonde and buff Madonna embarked on her Blonde Ambition Tour in 1990, always seeking new ways to shock her audiences. As one of the major style icons of the time, Madge pushed the fashion line forward, always dressing to impress.
Madonna's look turned conservate when she became a mom, reintroducing her hippy-style blond locks. She gave birth to daughter Lourdes in 1996, fathered by her fitness trainer Carlos Leon. The couple ended their relationship in Dec. 1998. She gave birth to her son Rocco Ritchie in 2000 with her film producer husband, Guy Ritchie. In 2006, she filed adoption papers for David Banda, whom she adopted from an orphanage in Malawi. Three years later, the singer adopted Chifundo ‘Mery’ James, her fourth child.
1985: 'Into the Groove'
“Into the Groove” was Madonna’s No.1 hit from the 1985 film Desperately Seeking Susan. Here, with her co-star Rosanna Arquette (left), the pair model a funky, mismatched style.
1992: Bondage Babe
The pop star became a "bondage babe" when releasing her Erotica album in 1992. The accompanying book, Sex, sold 1.5 million copies in a week.
The "Erotica" music video was deemed too provocative for MTV, which ultimately banned the clip.
2000: The Next Big Thing
Madonna starred in the film The Next Big Thing with Rupert Everett. Her character agrees to have a one night stand with her gay friend and raise the resulting baby together. She contributed two songs for the film’s soundtrack, “Time Stood Still” and the international hit “American Pie.”
The pop sensation went brunette before winning her first Grammy after 16 years in the music industry. She took home four trophies that night, including Best Pop Album, Best Short Form Music Video and Best Dance Recording for Ray of Light.
2004: Reinvention Tour
The 2004 Reinvention Tour was the performer’s sixth concert tour supporting her ninth album, American Life. The costumes revolved around the concept of re-invention. It was during this time that the singer became infatuated with Jewish mysticism and self-reflection.
The tour was chronicled in her documentary, I’m Going to Tell You a Secret, premiering on MTV the next year.
1995: Roaring '20s
Madge went back to the "roaring 20s" to promote her 1995 album, Something to Remember.
The singer-turned-actress starred in the 1996 film adaptation of Evita. Madonna played Eva Duarte (later Eva Duarte de Peron), singing the famous hit “Don’t Cry for Me Argentina.”
2004: Children’s Books
Madonna has written 16 children’s books since her first titled, The English Roses, in 2003. Here, she is reading from her fourth book to children from the St. Winifred's school in London during the book launch for The Adventures of Abdi in 2004.
2008: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
The Material Girl was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in March 2008. Justin Timberlake, with whom she had recently collaborated with on the song “4 Minutes”, presented her with the award. Although she did not perform, Madonna asked fellow Hall of Fame inductees and fellow Michigan natives, The Stooges, to perform her songs “Burning Up” and “Ray of Light.”
1998: Rolling Stone Cover
Madonna graced the cover of Rolling Stone in a head-rocking pose along with Courtney Love and Tina Turner for the 30th anniversary issue in 1998.
2012: Superbowl Halftime Show
With an explosive performance as always, Madonna received positive reviews for putting on the half-time show during the 2012 Superbowl XLVI. Guest performers included LMFAO, Nicki Minaj, MIA and Cee Lo Green.
2007: Malawi, Africa
Holding son David Banda in her arms and with daughter Lourdes by her side, Madonna is photographed at the Home of Hope orphanage in Mchinji, Malawi in April 2007.
2005: Documentary Premiere
Madonna hit the red carpet at the premiere of her documentary, I’m Going to Tell You a Secret, which was shown on MTV in Oct. 2005. The film chronicled her Reinvention World Tour.
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