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Saint and sinner pop candy

By: PAULO SILVESTRE

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MUSIC DIVA Madonna is coming to Portugal for a live show, included in her Sticky and Sweet new tour, on September 14 at Parque da Bela Vista in Lisbon.

Born as Madonna Louise Ciccone on August 16, 1958 in Rochester, Michigan, USA, Madonna trained as a dancer at University of Michigan and also with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre in New York.  She performed with some rock groups before signing with Sire Records.

Her first hit, Holiday, was released in 1983. Her music mixes an upbeat dance-club sound and captivating choruses. She hired Michael Jackson’s manager prior to releasing Madonna (1983), an album which included five US hit singles.

Following albums are Like a Virgin (1984), True Blue (1986), Like a Prayer (1989), Erotica (1992), Bedtime Stories (1994), Ray of of Light (1998), Music (2000), American Life (2003), Confessions on a Dancefloor (2005) and Hard Candy (2008).

Madonna was the first female artist to take full benefit of the music video. She inspired herself from underground club culture and the avant-garde to create unique sexual and satirical images, from the knowing ingénue of Like a Virgin (1984) to the controversial red-dressed sinner who kisses a black saint in Like a Prayer (1989).

By 1991 Madonna had achieved 21 Top Ten hits in the United States and sold some 70 million albums internationally, generating 1.2 billion dollars in sales. Devoted to controlling her image and career herself, Madonna became the head of Maverick. Her achievement as a musician and businesswoman sent a clear message of financial control in the industry.

Madonna has also performed in movies, including Desperately Seeking Susan (1985), Shanghai Surprise (1986) and Body of Evidence (1993). In 1996 she starred in the adaptation of the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical Evita (1996). She won a Golden Globe for her performance and her song, You Must Love Me, which earned an Academy Award. Also outstanding is the film Truth or Dare (1991), a documentary of one of her tours.

Check her songs at http://www.myspace.com/madonna