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2009 Celebration

The video "Celebration" is released in anticipation of the upcoming album of the same name, consisting of 34 Songs That Changed The World. The collection, released September 29th, spans seven #1 albums and more than three dozen Top 10 singles.

2008 Hard Candy

Coming close to the completion of her Warner Bros contract, 2008's Hard Candy was an R&B album whose first single "4 Minutes" topped the singles charts in several countries.

2007 The Confessions Tour (Live)

In 2007, Madonna released the CD/DVD, The Confessions Tour, chronicling her controversial tour of the same name.

2006 I'm Going to Tell You a Secret (Live)

I'm Going to Tell You a Secret, a CD/DVD made during Madonna's Re-Invention Tour, is released.

2005 Confessions on a Dance Floor

Confessions on a Dance Floor marked Madonna's return to the dance-oriented material that had made her a star. Released in late 2005, it topped the Billboard charts and was accompanied by a worldwide tour in 2006.

2003 American Life

Madonna started recording American Life in 2002 after filming the movie Swept Away with then husband and filmaker Guy Ritchie. That same year also saw the release of Madonna's successful children's book, The English Roses, which was followed by several more novels in future years.

2000 Music

Two years after Ray of Light, Madonna returned with Music. The album reunited her with producer William Orbit and featured production work from Mark "Spike" Stent and Mirwais, a French electro-pop producer/musician in the vein of Daft Punk and Air. The year 2000 also saw the birth of Madonna's second child, Rocco, whom she had with filmmaker Guy Ritchie. The two married at the end of the year.

1999 Beautiful Stranger

"Beautiful Stranger" is a Grammy Award winning dance-pop song written and produced for the movie soundtrack Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me. The song was released as a single in the middle of 1999 and was the last single Madonna released during the 1990s.

1998 Ray of Light

During 1997, she worked with producer William Orbit on her first album of new material since 1994's Bedtime Stories. The resulting record, Ray of Light, was heavily influenced by electronica, techno, and trip-hop, updating her classic dance-pop sound for the late '90s. Ray of Light received uniformly excellent reviews upon its March 1998 release and debuted at #2 on the charts.

1994 Bedtime Stories

Bedtime Stories was a more subdued affair than 1992's Erotica. Initially it didn't chart as impressively, yet the album spawned her biggest hit, "Take a Bow," which spent seven weeks at #1. It also featured the Björk-penned "Bedtime Stories," which became her first single not to make the Top 40. Its follow-up, "Human Nature," also failed to crack the Top 40. Nevertheless, Bedtime Stories marked her seventh album to go multi-platinum.

1992 Erotica

In 1992 Madonna released Sex, a soft-core pornographic book that featured hundreds of erotic photographs of herself, several models, and other celebrities — including Isabella Rossellini, Big Daddy Kane, Naomi Campbell, and Vanilla Ice — along with selected prose. Sex received scathing reviews and enormous negative publicity, yet that didn't stop the accompanying album, Erotica, from selling over two million copies.

1990 I'm Breathless

I'm Breathless - Music from and Inspired by the film Dick Tracy - was recorded to promote and accompany the motion picture released in the summer of 1990. The RIAA certified it Gold, Platinum and two times Platinum on Jul 30, 1990.

1990 The Immaculate Collection

The Immaculate Collection is the first greatest hits album by Madonna, released on November 13, 1990 by Sire Records. It featured two new songs including the #1 single "Justify My Love," which sparked another controversy with its sexy video; the second new song, "Rescue Me," became the highest-debuting single by a female artist in U.S. chart history, entering the charts at #15.

1989 Like a Prayer

Like a Prayer, released in the spring of 1989, was Madonna's most ambitious and far-reaching album, incorporating elements of pop, rock, and dance. It was another #1 hit and launched the #1 title track as well as "Express Yourself," "Cherish," and "Keep It Together," three more Top Ten hits. In April 1990, she began her massive Blonde Ambition tour, which ran throughout the entire year.

1986 True Blue

A more ambitious and accomplished record than her two previous albums, True Blue was released to both more massive commercial success and critical acclaim. "Papa Don't Preach" became her fourth #1 hit in the U.S. At the beginning of 1987, she had her fifth #1 single with "Open Your Heart," the third #1 from True Blue alone.

1984 Like a Virgin

Madonna's second album, the Niles Rodgers-produced Like a Virgin, was released at the end of 1984. The title track hit #1 in December, staying at the top of the charts for six weeks.

1983 Madonna

Madonna's self-titled debut album was released in September of 1983 on Sire Records. The single "Holiday" became her first Top 40 hit the following month. "Borderline" became her first Top Ten hit in March of 1984, beginning a remarkable string of 17 consecutive Top Ten hits. While "Lucky Star" was climbing to #4, Madonna began working on her first starring role in a feature film, Susan Seidelman's Desperately Seeking Susan.

1977 Beginnings

Madonna moved from her native Michigan to New York with dreams of becoming a ballet dancer. After performing with the bands the Breakfast Club and Emmy, a demo tape worked its way to New York-based DJ/producer Mark Kamins. Kamins directed the tape to Sire Records, which signed the singer in 1982.

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