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Madonna Louise Veronica Ciccone was born August 16, 1958 in Bay City, Michigan. Her father, Sylvio, was a design engineer for Chrysler/General dynamics and her mother was of Canadian descent but died of breast cancer when Madonna was only 5 years old. Madonna acted in school plays in her early school years. As a teenager, she discovered her love and talent for dancing, a hobby she pursued under the influence and leadership of Christopher Flynn, her private ballet instructor. She graduated early from high school and was awarded a dance scholarship to the University of Michigan. She stayed two years before going to New York City in 1978 with thirty-seven dollars and a wealth of determination and ambition.
Madonna had developed a fascination with music. She played drums and sang backup in several small bands. When she returned to New York she wrote and recorded songs and hung out in popular Manhattan nightclubs. She was signed to a recording contract with Sire Records in October 1982. The album
was released in July 1983. A brief performance in the film
resulted in the top-five hit "Crazy for You." Her second album,
Like a Virgin,
released in 1984, produced two number one hits—the title track and "Material Girl."
In 1998 Madonna released
Ray of Light.
The album received top notch reviews and was one of her best-selling records of all time. It also won a Grammy Award for best dance record, best pop album, and best music video. Two years later, Madonna co-starred in the film
The Next Best Thing
in 2000. Even though the movie received poor reviews, the album received acceptionally good reviews. Later in time, Madonna released her ninth studio album, "American Life", in April 2003. The lyrics were themed on the aspects of the American dream, fame, fortune and society and in 2005 Madonna's tenth studio album "Confessions on a Dance Floor, which sold more than 11 million copies, and once again, Madonna received yet another Grammy-award for the album. In mid-2006, Madonna signed on to become the worldwide face of H&M. Included in the deal, was a specially designed track suit, created by Madonna. The next year "M by Madonna", launched in the United States, and internationally. In its first week, the line took in $15 million. The company has ordered a second and third line for late 2007.
Since then, Madonna has been working extremely hard to earn a spot where she is now and is recognized to be one of the greatest female rockers of the 1980s
Her first jobs included figure modeling for artists and acting in low-budget movies. Madonna married actor Sean Penn in 1985 and the release of Madonna's album
Like A Prayer
(1989) came out at the same time as the breakup of her marriage. The video of the title song, showing Madonna confessing to a priest and then engaging in suggestive behavior with him, caused a stir in the Catholic Church.
Paula Julie Abdul was born June 19, 1962 in Los Angeles, California. She was the daughter of Harry Abdul, owner of a sand and gravel business, and Lorrain Abdul, a professional concert pianist. Paula showed a strong passion for dance at the early age of eight years old and was also known to be a hard working student. By the time she entered high school, she was an honors student and a cheerleader for her highschool. Paula Abdul is recognized as one of the top iconic women of the 1980s involving music and dance.
At 15 years old, Paula received a scholarship to Palm Springs dance camp, and in 1978 she appeared in the musical film
Junior High School
. She later went to California State University and majored in communications. During her freshman year at CSU, she was selected from more than 700 women to become a Los Angeles Lakers cheerleader. Within three months as a Laker Girl, Paula was chosen to be the group's head choreographer. She dropped out of CSU six months later to focus completely on her dance career. Her hard work payed off later in life. She paid attention to her dancing career so much, that the Jackson 5 asked her to be part of the back up dancers on their
tour. She became the choreographer of big stars such as ZZ Top, George Michael, Duran Duran, and Janet Jackson. After choreographing Janet Jackson’s hit
and receiving an Emmy Award for her dance work on the
Tracey Ullman Show
, she started her recording career.
Paula Abdul as an LA Laker
By 2000 Paula sold in excess of 30 million albums and two number one albums and six number 1 singles, and won a Grammy. In 2002 she starred in the hit show
. In 2008 she came out with a comeback single “Dance Like There’s No Tomorrow” and hit No. 2 Billboard Chart on the Dance Club Party Chart.
Misc. history: Her freshman year of college she got chosen out of 700 girls to be part of the Lost Angeles Lakers cheerleader and 3 months later got chosen to be head choreographer of the team. 6 months later she dropped out to focus completely on her dancing career. In 2005, Abdul was face with controversy when she was involved in a hit-and-run accident. She received a fine, and was sentenced to a two-year probation. Later that year, reports came out saying that that Abdul had a romantic relationship with an
contestant Corey Clark while he was on the show. Abdul denied those allegations. She was also accused of abusing drugs and alcohol but she denied those rumors as well. In 2007 she aired her hit Bravo show “Hey Paula” but it got cancelled. In 2009, Paula announced on her Twitter site that she would not be returning to
for a ninth season. She gave no reason for her departure from the show.
Joan Larkin was born on September 22, 1960, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The amazing singer, songwriter, and producer developed a passion for music at an early age and received her first guitar at the age of 14. Soon afterwards, Jett moved to Southern California. Joan Jett is known for her spunky pop rock music
during the 1980s
as an iconic symbol to the world of punk rock music for women.
Joan joined “Rodney Bingenheimer’s English Disco”, a popular youth club in California. At the age of 15, Jett began her music career, creating her band known as
Jett played guitars and back up vocals in this band. This band was a rock band, during a disco era, setting a new trend. The pubilc found it odd to have an all female band rising to fame. The band sang and dressed rebellious. In 1976, the band released their first song “Cherry Bomb”, which didn’t prove to be a hit until later on. Later that year, the girls received three gold records in Japan. In 1977, two band mates quit and Jett stepped up, taking on lead vocals. But, the band struggled and was dropped from their record label, officially calling it quits in 1977. As a result, Jett went to England in search of a solo career.
Jett met producer Kenny Laguna, who played a big part in her later solo career. The band
aided Jett in her solo career by allowing her to use their recording studio for her first solo album. In 1980, Jett and Laguna founded Blackheart Records. Jett’s solo career wasn’t going well, so she tried acting in films such as
Light of Day
with Michael J. Fox. Determined to have a successful singing career, Jett released several more albums over the years. In her spare time, Jett produced several female-led rock bands such as
Joan Jett on the far right and her group "The Runaways"
Jett continues to tour around America and inspire females who wish to have a singing career. Recently, Jett took part in the film
band mate Cherie Currie’s biography
Neon Angel: The Cherie Currie Story,
serving as executive producer. The film starred Kristen Stewart as Joan Jett and hit the big screen in 2010. The biopic was a big success and showed how Jett and Currie inspired and continue to inspire young ladies with a love for music.
Cynthia Ann Stephanie Lauper, born June 22, 1953 in Brooklyn, NY. schools she was enrolled in around her area. Besides these difficulties, she recovered a love for singing and began writing songs at as early as age 12.
Cyndi Lauper has emerged as one of pop music's most unusual and enduring performers. She became one of the top pop stars of the 1980s and has continued to pursue her creative passions ever since.
After highschool, Cyndi served many odd jobs before her singing career took off. She started out as a waitress, served as an office assistant, and even sang in a Japanese restaurant for a time. During this time, Lauper also played in a number of bands.
Cyndi went solo. Her first hit “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” sold about 5 million copies. In 1984, she won the Grammy Award for Best New Artist. In 1955, she won an emmy for her role on the sitcom
Mad About You.
Cyndi places political and social issues into her music. She is a gay rights activist and believes that no matter what sexuality, everyone should be able to show their true colors. She helped to create the True Colors Fund, and appeared on the realty show
The Celebrity Apprentice
, to aid her charity. Her most recent album “Memphis Blues” was released in 2010.
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