In 1979, she formed her first rock band, The Breakfast Club, together with her then boyfriend Dan Gilroy. Eventually she went on a solo career by first signing a singles deal with Sire Records in 1982. Not long after she released her debut self titled album that contained three successful Hot 100 singles, namely, "Holiday", "Borderline", and "Lucky Star". It sold three million copies worldwide at the time of its release. Her immediate rise to fame was followed by her sophomore album, Like A Virgin. It's carrier single "Like A Virgin" peaked number one in the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart for six weeks, as well as the hits "Material Girl", "Angel" and "Dress You Up". With "Like a Virgin", Madonna was able to establish herself as a fashion icon. She continued her artistic development through her 1986 album True Blue with another five successful singles.
She became the queen of controversy when she released her fourth album Like Prayer in 1989, wherein she exhibited attacks on Catholicism and racism in her music video of "Like a Prayer". Her subsequent albums were also regarded to be highly provocative and sexually explicit, including Immaculate Conception, Erotica, and Bedtime Stories. During this time, Madonna focused on making movies, with a supporting role in A League of Their Own, and a starring role in the musical Evita in which she received a Golden Globe Award.
Madonna returned to prominence with her album Ray of Light which was released in 1998, as well as American Life in 2003. She has also embarked on concerts in the U.S. and Europe, and remains to be the "Queen of Pop".
She is married to Scottish director Guy Ritchie, whom she has a son named Rocco. She also has a daughter named Lourdes Maria Ciccone Leon, from a previous relationship. Madonna was once married to Sean Penn in 1986 and was involved with actors such as Warren Beatty, John Enos, her bodyguard James Albright and fitness trainer Carlos Leon, as well as the notorious basketball player Dennis Rodman.