[b]Madonna Louise Ciccone[/b] (born August 16, 1958) is an American singer, songwriter, actress, and businesswoman. Born in Bay City, Michigan, she moved to New York City to pursue a career in modern dance. After performing in the music groups [a=Breakfast Club] and [url=http://www.discogs.com/artist/Emmy+(7)]Emmy[/url], she signed with [l=Sire] in 1982 and released her debut album, [i][m=5319][/i], the following year. She followed it with a series of commercially successful albums and has sold more than 300 million records worldwide and is recognized as the best-selling female recording artist of all time by [i]Guinness World Records[/i]. [i]Billboard[/i] ranked her at number two on the [i]Billboard[/i] Hot 100 All-Time Top Artists, making her the most successful solo artist in the history of American singles chart.