Madonna took a breather from the road in 2013, and why not? Her MDNA World Tour, in support of her No. 1 album of the same name, was the top-grossing tour of 2012, moving more than $305 million worth of tickets for 88 sold-out concerts around the world. Forbes ranked her as the highest-paid celebrity of 2013, putting her net worth at a half-billion dollars. It's been a remarkable three-decade run for the pop singer-songwriter, who's been a master of remaining relevant in pop music and in pop culture.
Madonna Louise Ciccone was born in Bay City, Mich., in 1958, and raised in suburban Detroit. She received a dance scholarship to the University of Michigan, but dropped out and moved to New York City to dance professionally. After working as a backup dancer for other artists, she eventually recorded a demo tape that landed her a recording deal with Sire Records. She scored two club hits -- "Everybody" and "Burning Up" -- before releasing her self-titled debut album in 1983. That album features her first Top 10 hit, "Borderline," and began her string of 17 consecutive Top 10 singles. Madonna moved into superstar territory wither her sophomore album, Like A Virgin, building a sexy and edgy image via a series of heavily played music videos. She softened her image in the late '80s as she focused more on her movie career, and has kept current in recent years by teaming with electronic producers like William Orbit and Martin Solveig.