Most music artists are busy, but are any as busy as Madonna has been during her whole career?
Madonna has been going almost nonstop since her career took off in the 1980s, playing stadiums all over the world and touring all over the place. But what is the Queen of Pop up to these days?
Madonna has started to slow things down a little bit, giving her a chance to focus on her family life.
Don’t worry, however, because Madge isn’t done yet. She recently released her 14th studio album, Madame X, earlier this year and she’s in the midst of yet another tour.
Madonna’s career has been nonstop
After her first hit “Everybody” took off in 1982, Madonna was everywhere. She recorded her first album in 1983, and girls around the country started imitating her fashion and hairstyles.
Her follow-up album in 1985, with hits like “Material Girl” and “Like a Virgin” sent her popularity through the roof. The album went platinum within a month and the title track, “Like a Virgin,” stayed at the top of the charts for six weeks.
From there, we saw her take risk after risk with scandalous outfits and controversial performances. Madonna has always been known for pushing boundaries and fighting back against the conservative upbringing she had as a child.
The music video for her 1989 hit “Like a Prayer” was filled with controversial images like burning crosses, sexual innuendo, and religious questionings – so much so that Pope John Paul II publicly urged people not to attend Madonna’s concerts in Italy and she lost a partnership with Pepsi.
Despite the backlash, she still soared higher than ever and by the 1990s she had sold over 70 million albums worldwide.
Through the 1990s and 2000s, we saw Madonna try her hand at directing movies, starring in musicals, modeling, and acting. In 2004, she beat the Beatles’ longstanding record of most gold-certified singles in the U.S. and in 2012, she headlined the Super Bowl XLVI halftime show. She kept her momentum going, consistently bringing fans more singles and more tours as often as she could.
Madonna’s family life
Madonna has six children, Lourdes Leon, Rocco Ritchie, David Banda, Mercy James, and twins Stelle and Estere Ciccone. The four youngest were adopted from Malawi, while her oldest daughter and son are her biological children.
In 2017, Madonna and her four youngest children moved to Lisbon, where she could encourage her son David’s talent in soccer. There, she proudly became a soccer mom, claiming that she had “no life” outside of bringing him to practice and cheering him on at games.
This hiatus from her music career gave her time to refocus on what she wanted out her the rest of her career and allowed her to plan her next moves.
What is Madonna up to now?
Earlier this year the Madonna family packed up their Lisbon house and moved back to the States. She released her latest album in June and is now in the midst of another tour — but this one is a little different than any of her previous tours.
The Madame X tour is all about small venues. She’s playing multiple nights in the same place, but only to small rooms. Wanting to do something different, she’s choosing to take a step back and perform more intimate shows, giving fans a more one-on-one show.
While she may not be playing stadium shows again anytime soon, it’s not for lack of popularity. Madonna remains one of the biggest stars out there today, selling out her small show sets as soon as tickets were made available.