Even the most ignorant people know the name of Madonna, the queen of pop music. There's no denying that she and Michael Jackson were the pop duo of the 1980s. In the world pop music world where newcomers are emerging, despite the continuous emergence of outstanding female singers, who would dare to say that she has replaced Madonna? Maybe you don't like her hoarse voice at all, and you hate her overly sexy, but you have to admit, she is a woman who has climbed to the top of pop music.
On August 16, 1958, Madonna was born into an ordinary Italian immigrant family in the western United States. It's weird that from a very young age she wanted to be famous and to rock the world. For more than 40 years, hidden behind Madonna's figure is an unknown story.
A rebellious girl from a conservative family
In 1920, Madonna's grandfather Gaetano Cicconi sailed from Naples to New York. Like thousands of Italian immigrants, he went to the New World to break into the world. The 19-year-old Gaetano just got married and decided to hit the road. Many of his relatives have gone to the United States one after another to seek the American dream. After countless trials and tribulations, the couple finally took root in America and their children grew up. In 1955, his son Tony Cicconi married his crush, Madonna Godtier. Madonna Gauthier's parents are French Canadians. They are quiet, deeply Catholic. Tony is an engineer for the U.S. Department of Defense in Michigan.
They had two sons, and on August 16, 1958, their first daughter was born, and they named her Madonna. Of course, they never imagined that the name would become a household name in the future. As Catholics, they can't refuse God's gift, and they can't use contraception, so children are born one after another. Maidonna has two younger sisters and a younger brother. As soon as she was sensible, Maidonna realized that it was not easy to get her mother's attention and caress. Mom is too busy. She has to clean the room, cook, do the laundry, and take care of the little brothers and sisters. But McDonnell doesn't care, she does everything she can to attract her mother's attention and compete with her siblings for her mother's love. Mom is so patient, she tries to give each child as many kisses and as much attention as possible, no matter how tired.
Unfortunately, in 1962, while pregnant with little sister Melanie, doctors discovered that her mother had breast cancer. After that, her mother was often hospitalized, and Madonna and the other children often gathered around her sickbed. On December 1, 1963, my mother closed her eyes forever. The brothers were still naughty and didn't know how to take care of their younger siblings. 5-year-old Maidonna felt very lonely, and she began to do everything possible to win her father's love. Tony understands that working and caring for six children is almost impossible. Although grandparents and maternal grandparents often took the children to care, he still struggled. He must find a babysitter for the children. In 1966, the slender Joan Gustafson came to the family as a housekeeper. Tony soon discovered that the housekeeper was smart, capable, and loving, and the children were very fond of her. McDonnell was fond of her, but she became jealous when she discovered that the housekeeper seemed to please her father. Six months later, the father and Joan were married.
Her family has always liked music. After entering elementary school, McDonnell is not only smart, she can sing and dance well, but also has good grades. She is often the lead dancer in school performances. She dislikes the school uniforms being old-fashioned, so she often puts bright skirts in her schoolbag, goes to the toilet to put them on immediately after arriving at school, takes them off when she gets home, and goes home in her school uniform. When she was a teenager, she bought lipstick and rouge and applied makeup to the mirror. Her father, a devout Catholic, was very disgusted with her behavior and kept urging her stepmother to discipline her well. However, the more her father and stepmother took care of her, the more rebellious she became. At a high school evening, she performed a solo dance. At the end of the dance music, she suddenly took off her dance clothes and made an amazing appearance. The teachers and classmates were greatly surprised, and the father sitting in the audience was blown away.
Madonna was determined to be a dancer. She joined a ballet class and practiced diligently. Her father wanted her to concentrate on her studies and become a lawyer in the future. However, she was fascinated by dancing. Ballet teacher Christopher Flynn was quick to see that the student was something to make, so he was very strict with her. Madonna was particularly willing to endure hardship and soon excelled in her class. She always wanted to get her father's approval and approval, but she couldn't get it. In fact, the ideological distance between her and her father is getting farther and farther, and she is more and more like-minded with the ballet teacher. After graduating from high school, she decided to apply for the dance department at the University of Michigan. She passed the test and got a scholarship. Christopher Flynn also joined the dance department at the university as a teacher. Of course, her father disapproved of her learning dance, but since she has received a scholarship, can she not let her daughter go?
The Legendary Experience
After the dance department at the University of Michigan, Madonna quickly came to the fore. However, she was not satisfied with being a dancer anymore. She felt that being a dancer was difficult, she wanted to be famous, she had to think of something else. So, how about singing? Christopher Flynn encouraged her to go to New York, where there were more opportunities. In 1977, Madonna successfully applied for a summer scholarship to a dance company in New York. She and her boyfriend drove 16 hours and finally came to the New York she longed for. Her father wanted her to get a diploma in dance anyway, but she ignored it. In New York, Madonna did everything in order to survive, serving as a bartender, a nude model in the Academy of Fine Arts, and a troupe dancer in a dance troupe. When she had some savings, she started to learn to sing while working. She has a natural sense of joy, and she goes all out in whatever she learns, and works very hard. At this time, she gradually had the opportunity to lead the dance in the dance troupe. However, she remains unwavering in learning to sing.
In New York, there are countless young people who worship art, and Madonna quickly met a large circle of friends full of artistic cells. She also never lacks a boyfriend. She is very disciplined about herself, never taking drugs or even drinking hard alcohol. Just when she wanted a chance to show her singing voice, she met Dan Kilroy. He formed a small band with his brother Ed and Ed's girlfriend and played in some New York clubs. At this time, he fell out with his girlfriend who was the lead singer, and Madonna became not only his girlfriend, but also the lead singer of this small band. Since then, Madonna has also started writing her own lyrics, with Dan Kilroy scoring her lyrics.
During that part, Madonna was multi-tasking, dancing in a dance company, modelling for a modeling agency, and singing in various clubs with the Kilroy brothers. However, the Kilroy brothers found Madonna difficult to work with because of her aggressiveness. By the second half of 1980, their conflict was so acute that they had to part ways. Madonna recruited her boyfriend from the University of Michigan, Steve Bray, to form her own little band, Amy. While "Amy" is struggling to survive, a young female music manager, Camille Barber, notices her. She immediately realized that the young Madonna had enormous potential in the pop music scene. She soon had a heated fight with Madonna and offered to be her agent. Camille Barber is a lesbian. They both come in and out every day, which has attracted a lot of rumors. However, Madonna doesn't care!
With the help of Camille Barber, Madonna's progress is smoother than before. A big club in New York invited her to sing, and she was a big hit there. Madonna, however, remained unhappy with her progress, nor with Camille Barber's alcoholism and financial inadequacy. In February 1982, she had her lawyer inform Camille Barber that she was no longer an agent. Madonna went around looking for a singing contract and a recording company; she wrote her own lyrics and stepped up her song practice. Although she had neither money nor an agent, she still said ambitiously to her friends: "One day, I want to be a star!" She knew that a backup dancer would add a lot to the performance, so she did everything possible to find a backup dancer. At every rehearsal, she was always the first to arrive and the last to leave. Finally, a record company is willing to give her a trial record. After the record was recorded, she went to ask the musicians of the clubs to play it. A few weeks later, the record, "Everybody," catapulted her to fame, and she was on the cover of a pop magazine.
The success of her first record opened the way for her to have a second record. When her second album came out in March 1983, she decided to lead her band on a tour across the country. She understands that finding a good song is as important to a singer as finding a good script for an actor. At this time, her new boyfriend helped her find a new song "Holiday". In July 1983, as soon as the "Holiday" album hit the market, it became a huge hit, selling 9 million copies worldwide, much beyond the record company's expectations. The record not only catapulted her to fame, it also turned her over financially. In January 1984, television broadcast her concert to the United States for the first time.
In 1984, Madonna began recording videotapes. She told the director that her theme was to be sexy and sexy again. She named the second video "Like a Virgin", but she tried her best to expose it. Some of her friends worried that it was too much and Madonna was finished! However, audiences clearly liked her sexiness, and "Like a Virgin" sold millions of copies at once. Video companies discover they have the world's most popular rising pop star. For millions of spectators, Madonna's maddening singing and dancing are very exciting, inspiring them to go up. For the majority of female audiences, Madonna's rendering of sexy seems to tell them that the basic tenets of feminism are right, but feminism is not to hide the sexy of women, but to expose it more boldly. This seems to have given many women a panacea and expressed their inner voice.