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[[caption-width-right:350:"She has pulled herself up by her own bra-straps... [[ReallyGetsAround and has been known to let them down occasionally.]]" - Bette Midler ]]
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->''"I love you baby\\
But face it she's Madonna\\
No man on earth\\
[[MemeticSexGod Could say that he don't want her]]"''
-->--'''Music/RobbieWilliams''', "She's Madonna"

Madonna (born Madonna Louise Ciccone on August 16, 1958) is an American recording artist, actress and entrepreneur. Born in Bay City, UsefulNotes/{{Michigan}}, and raised in Rochester Hills, Michigan, she moved to UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity in 1977, for a career in modern dance. After performing as a member of the pop musical groups Breakfast Club and Emmy, she released her self-titled debut album in 1983 on Creator/SireRecords, a division of Creator/WarnerBrosRecords. The album was a hit, as well as a few of its singles, and Madonna slowly started her rise to super-stardom.

With her second album, ''Like A Virgin'' (1984), Madonna rocketed to super-stardom. The album spawned a slew of hit singles (especially the titular single), and a live performance by the singer at the very first MTV Music Video Awards sealed the deal towards Madonna's ascension to super-stardom. Madonna's relationship with MTV further made her a household name; alongside Music/MichaelJackson and Music/{{Prince}}, she became one of the defining artists of the 80s as her videos and sexually charged, often ironic and catching lyrics made her an icon of the era.

By this time, Madonna landed a supporting cast role in ''Film/DesperatelySeekingSusan'' (1985), playing the title character Susan. The film was a commercial and critical hit, and was the first of many movie roles for Madonna. Unfortunately, her follow-up films ''Shanghai Surprise'' (1986, with then-husband Creator/SeanPenn) and ''Who's That Girl'' (1987) didn't fare as well.

Her third album, 1986's ''True Blue'', saw the first of many re-inventions for Madonna, as she shed her "mall rat" persona and adopted a more sophisticated "sex kitten" image. The album also contained "Live To Tell", one of most important songs Madonna ever put out. The ballad won critics (many of whom had dismissed Madonna as a teenybopper act) over and breathed new life to her career. Additionally, the single "Papa Don't Preach", about an impregnated teenage girl who wants to keep her baby, caused some controversy.

Expanding on the use of religious imagery with ''Like a Prayer'' (1989), Madonna received positive critical reception for her diverse musical productions, while at the same time receiving criticism from religious conservatives and the Vatican. The video for the title track gained massive controversy, costing Madonna a hefty contract with Pepsi for use of the song in its commercials. Madonna's marriage to Sean Penn also collapsed under accusations of spousal abuse, which Madonna addressed (for the first and only time) in the song "Till Death Do Us Part".

Madonna made her Broadway debut in 1988 in Creator/{{David Mamet}}'s ''Theatre/SpeedThePlow'', but her acting career took off again in 1990's ''Dick Tracy'', which also spawned one of her biggest hits, the song "Vogue". As the 1990s began, Madonna founded the Maverick corporation (the name is a portmanteau of "Madonna" and "Veronica", her [[RaisedCatholic confirmation name]]), a joint venture between herself and Time Warner, and released ''The Immaculate Collection'', a "best of" album that featured the controversial single "Justify My Love". The video for the song was [[MoralGuardians banned on MTV]], kicking up more controversy as Madonna entered into her "Sex" period.

1992 saw the joint release of the studio album ''Erotica'' and the coffee-table book ''Sex''. This, plus the 1993 critical flop ''Body of Evidence'' (which had Madonna playing a black widow nymphomaniac who used sex to kill men), created a firestorm of controversy regarding the artist.

1994 saw the release of ''Bedtime Stories''; besides featuring a collaboration between Madonna and Music/{{Bjork}} (the album's title track) and the commercially successful video/song "Take a Bow", the album was released as Madonna landed the lead role in the 1996 film version of the musical ''Music/{{Evita}}''. Winning the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy, the film was a turning point as Madonna began the transition towards a more respectable mother image, which was enhanced with the birth of her firstborn child.

Madonna's seventh studio album ''Ray of Light'' (1998) became her big comeback album, as it was one of her most critically acclaimed and commercially successful albums. The album mixed dance music with introspective lyrics about motherhood and religion, as Madonna became involved in Kabbalah. With ''Music'' (2000), Madonna returned to dance music full-time, the album also introduced SachaBaronCohen, whose Ali G character was featured in the video for the title track, to American culture. Sadly, Madonna's decision to try her hand at rap and politically conscious, anti-war lyrics caused her 2003 album ''American Life'' to flop. However, she rebounded with ''Confessions on a Dance Floor'' (2005), a hugely successful album.

Departing from Sire/Warner, Madonna signed an unprecedented $120 million dollar contract with Live Nation in 2008. Her eleventh album ''Hard Candy'' was released the same year; it received a pretty mixed reaction from hardcore fans and casual listeners alike for its HipHop / RAndB sound, because many thought she was trying to pander to listeners of urban music. In any event, it did feature some interesting collaborations with Music/JustinTimberlake, Music/KanyeWest, Pharrell, and Timbaland.

2012 saw the release of her twelfth studio album ''MDNA'', launched by a single featuring Music/NickiMinaj and Music/{{MIA}}, and not to mention a major SuperBowl halftime performance as well. It was a return to her dance-pop sound. However, it wasn't the comeback people were expecting. Many fans blame it on poor choices for lead singles and lack of promotion from Madonna. However, the album is going to be further promoted on her upcoming MDNA Tour.

Madonna is ranked by the Recording Industry Association of America as the best-selling female rock artist of the 20th century and the second top-selling female artist in the U.S., with 63 million RIAA-certified albums; she has sold over 200 million albums worldwide. In 2007, Guinness World Records listed her as the world's most successful female recording artist of all time, and she was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (2008). Considered to be one of the most influential women in contemporary music, Madonna has been known for continually reinventing both her music and image, and for retaining a standard of autonomy within the recording industry; she is recognized as an influence among numerous music artists.

!!Studio album discography
* ''[[SelfTitledAlbum Madonna]]'' (1983)
* ''Like a Virgin'' (1984)
* ''True Blue'' (1986)
* ''Like a Prayer'' (1989)
* ''Erotica'' (1992)
* ''[[SweetDreamsFuel Bedtime Stories]]'' (1994)
* ''Ray of Light'' (1998)
* ''[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Music]]'' (2000)
* ''American Life'' (2003)
* ''[[NewSoundAlbum Confessions on a Dance Floor]]'' (2005)
* ''Hard Candy'' (2008)
* ''[[InitialismTitle MDNA]]'' (2012)

!!Soundtrack album discography
* ''Who's That Girl'' (1987; only four Madonna songs are on this OST[[note]]"Who's That Girl", "Causing a Commotion", "The Look of Love", and "Can't Stop".[[/note]])
* ''I'm Breathless'' (Film/DickTracy Soundtrack) (1990)
* ''Music/{{Evita}}'' (1996)

!!Compilation album
* ''You Can Dance'' (1987)
* ''The Immaculate Collection'' (1990)
* ''Something to Remember'' (1995)
* ''[=GHV2=]'' (2001)
* ''Remixed and Revisited'' (2003)
* ''Celebration'' (2009)

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!!Material Tropes:
* AdvancingWallOfDoom: In the music video for "4 minutes"
* AntiLoveSong: "Love Song", her duet with {{Music/Prince}} on ''Like A Prayer'', has it right in the words that ''it isn't a love song''.
* AutoTune: Madonna has used vocoders on "Nobody's Perfect", "Die Another Day", "Nobody Knows Me", and "Revolver".
* BadGirlSong: "Girl Gone Wild".
--> I know, I know, I shouldn't act this way
--> I know, I know, I know, good girls don't misbehave, misbehave
--> But I'm a bad girl anyway
** "Bad Girl", on the other hand, is a deconstruction. It's about a woman leading an unhappy life consisting of smoking, drinking, and having sex.
* BareYourMidriff: Especially in the '80s; was practically a Madonna trademark at the time.
** Also in the video for "Ray of Light".
* BerserkButton: Let's just say no collaborations with Music/LadyGaga will be forthcoming any time soon and leave it at that.
* BiTheWay
* BoastfulRap: "I Don't Give A".
--> I'm moving fast, can you follow my track
--> I'm moving fast and I like it like that
--> I do ten things all at once
--> And if you have a problem
--> I don't give a
* BreakupSong: ''MDNA'' is full of songs relating to her divorce with GuyRitchie.
** "Love Spent" is about how Guy Ritchie got a lot of money from Madonna after the divorce, and how he probably cared more about the money than her.
** "I Don't Give A" is about Madonna dealing with post-divorce problems. In addition, Madonna states that she tried her best to save her marriage, but she doesn't care if she was a failure.
** "Some Girls" is speculated to be how Madonna's so much better than Guy Ritchie's new girlfriend.
** The murdered lover in "Gang Bang" is speculated to be Guy Ritchie. While Madonna [[ShrugOfGod never confirmed that he was the lover]], she did say that the song was directed at someone who pissed her off, and the song was her way of blowing off steam.
** "I Fucked Up" and "Best Friend" are less spiteful songs about the divorce. In these songs, Madonna acknowledge that she "fucked up" and that she lost her "very best friend."
* BurgerFool: Before hitting it big as a recording artist, she worked in a New York Dunkin' Donuts, and was actually fired for squirting jelly in a customer's face.
* ButNotTooWhite: Her debut single, "Everybody," was marketed without her image. The single's [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/8/8a/Everybody.jpg cover]] is a picture of a black neighborhood, implying that Madonna was a black urban artist. She had to fight the record label to make a video for the song ''and be in it.''
* CanonDiscontinuity:
** The video for "Holiday", also the original video for "True Blue", which was done by an amateur director as part of a MTV contest.
** "True Blue" is also a major source of discontinuity, since the song was written about love for abusive ex-husband Sean Penn and Madonna has pretty much disowned the song, going so far as refusing to ever perform it in concert.
** Madonna had "Material Girl" filed under CanonDiscontinuity by the late 1980s, due to the MisaimedFandom of the song and the way that the media and fans basically used the title as their de facto nickname for Madonna. It was performed on the Re-Invention Tour, but only because she couldn't learn how to play the chords for "Dress You Up" in time, and the tour director (Jamie King) convinced her to put the song on the setlist.
** She directed a critically panned and mostly nonsensical film called ''Filth and Wisdom'' in 2008. Three years later, when her next project came out, promotional materials claimed it was her "directorial debut". In an interview, Madonna claimed she only directed ''Filth and Wisdom'' so she could learn how to make a film, so apparently it doesn't count.
* CharityMotivationSong: "Hey You", the theme song for Live Earth.
* ClearTheirName: The music video for "Like a Prayer" revolves around this.
* CoverVersion: Madonna covered "American Pie" by Music/DonMcLean, "Fever" by Little Willie John, "If You Go Away" (a pop standard), "Imagine" by Music/JohnLennon, "Love Don't Live Here Anymore" by Rose Royce, "I Want You" by Music/MarvinGaye, and "Santa Baby" by Eartha Kitt.
* TheCoverChangesTheMeaning: "American Pie"; Madonna omitted most of the lyrics from the song that referred to the music scene of the late 1960s, to make it more of a dance song about music and love.
* CurseCutShort: "I Don't Give A", natch.
* CurtainCall: At the end of "Like a Prayer".
* DarkerAndEdgier: Downplayed but still present with ''Music'', which (despite the upbeat title track) is probably the dreariest/saddest album in her discography.
* ADateWithRosiePalms: Her Blonde Ambition tour featured her mimicking masturbation during "Like A Virgin".
* DisorganizedOutlineSpeech: Which she at least had the decency to [[LampshadeHanging lampshade]], from the June 1990 ''Interview Magazine'':
-->"You know how religion is, guys get to do everything. They get to be altar boys. They get to stay out late. Take their shirts off in the summer. They get to pee standing up. They get to fuck a lot of girls and not worry about getting pregnant. Although that doesn't have anything to do with being religious."
* DomesticAbuse: "'Til Death Do Us Part" and "Oh Father" from her ''Like A Prayer'' album both deal with abuse, first husband/wife, and second parent/child.
* DoubleStandard: Madonna is often criticized for sexuality that would be considered pretty standard for a male rocker. She especially explores the topic in "What It Feels Like for a Girl" with the lyrics "Girls can wear jeans, And cut their hair short, Wear shirts and boots 'Cause it's OK to be a boy. But for a boy to look like a girl is degrading 'Cause you think that ''being'' a girl is degrading."
* EthicalSlut: The subject of many songs like "Erotica" and "Human Nature", which provides the page quote.
* FadingIntoTheNextSong: The entirety of ''Confessions on a Dance Floor''.
** "Sanctuary" --> "Bedtime Story" from ''Bedtime Stories''.
* {{Fangirl}}[=/=]{{Ascended Fan|boy}}girl: Has a mutual supportive fangirl relationship with Music/BritneySpears where since about 2002 she's made sure to work with her a lot, on songs and videos, multiple different performances, wearing her shirt as support once or twice, even flirting with her on twitter, implying they'll work together again, and doing interviews about Britney voluntarily for many of Brit's documentary's like For The Record. She generally tends to say she sees a lot of herself in Britney Spears and her career and understands some of her more unusual choices personally and professionally.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Subverted. While Madonna generally runs full steam ahead and crushes the radar like a semi-truck on the freeway, she won't let the original version of "Human Nature" appear on her "best of" albums lest she get stuck with a "Parental Advisory" warning (even though the album that contains the song doesn't have said sticker). Also, her big NBC concert special opted to use alternate angles and screen cutaways to avoid showing Madonna [[CrucifiedHeroShot mock-crucified]] during "Live To Tell".
** Getting the videos for "Like a Prayer" and "Justify My Love" played at all certainly counts, though.
* GirlOnGirlIsHot: Her infamous onstage kisses with Music/ChristinaAguilera and Music/BritneySpears.
* GoodGirlsAvoidAbortion: "Papa Don't Preach" is a subversion and a TakeThat against this trope.
* GratuitousSpanish:
** "La Isla Bonita", ([[BilingualBonus "the beautiful island"]]).
** "Quien es esa niņa" and "seņorita, mas fina" in "Who's That Girl".
** "Spanish Lesson" is full of this.
* GriefSong:
** Madonna's mother died when Madonna was only five. Her death influenced the songs "Promise to Try", "Mer Girl", "Inside of Me", and "Mother and Father".
** "In This Life" was based on various friends that died from AIDS.
* GunPorn: The "Transgression" segment of the MDNA Tour, especially "Revolver" and "Gang Bang", revolves around guns. EveryoneIsArmed, and the video backdrop for "Revolver" glamorizes guns and bullets.
** Also, the "American Life" video.
* HeartbeatSoundtrack: "Heartbeat", natch.
* HellBentForLeather: A staple of her wardrobe, including high-heeled boots, riding crops etc.
* HotterAndSexier: Depends on the song; some have very blatant sexual content (see MoralGuardians, BannedInChina) while others are LighterAndSofter.
* HymnToMusic: "Music".
-->Music, music\\
Music makes the people come together\\
Music mix the bourgeoisie and the rebel
* IconicOutfit
** Her corset with its garter straps and famous conical brassiere from the 1990 ''Blonde Ambition'' tour.
** All kinds of bras, bustiers and corsets, worn as outerwear or just showing under skimpy clothes.
** Visible bra straps (a look that was considered very tacky before Madonna popularized it).
* InformedJudaism: Okay, a somewhat "mystica" brand of Judaism in Kaballah, but Madonna rarely discusses it publicly.
* InMediasRes: The music video for "Like a Prayer" opens up with the heroine running in distress toward a church, while flashbacks of what has happened before briefly appear.
* IntercourseWithYou: "Where Life Begins", "Like a Virgin" (self-explanatory), "Erotica", "Justify My Love" (especially the notorious video), and more.
* IWasYoungAndNeededTheMoney: One reason given for her nude photos taken pre-fame in 1978.
* JustAStupidAccent: During her marriage to Guy Ritchie, she infamously tried to adopt a British accent publicly, which just left everyone confused at what the point was.
* LastNoteNightmare: The final song of ''Like a Prayer'', "Act of Contrition". The whole song is pretty ominous, but the last four seconds will make you jump out of your seat. "WHAT DO YOU MEAN, IT'S NOT IN THE COMPUTER?!"
* LeFilmArtistique: Some of her more "high concept" videos, such as "Justify My Love", "Frozen", "Bedtime Story" etc.
* LighterAndSofter: Madonna's ballads, such as "Frozen".
** ''Bedtime Stories'', too. After [[CreatorBreakdown the highly controversial "Sex" phase]], Madonna aimed to soften her image with the album, which had a far less sexual approach.
* ListSong: "Vogue" has a list of celebrities from the Golden Age of Movies near the end of the song.
** "Justify My Love", which is also an IWantSong.
* LonelyPianoPiece: "Promise to Try".
* LongRunners: She's been around for over three decades now.
* LoveIsADrug: Madonna compares love to MDMA in "I'm Addicted".
* LyricalColdOpen: Many songs start out like this, including "Hung Up", "American Life", "4 Minutes", "Girl Gone Wild", "Love Profusion", and "Sorry". The quotes in "White Heat" and "What It Feels Like for a Girl" also start at the very beginning.
* LyricalDissonance:
** "Till Death Do Us Part", a bouncy song about a woman who's vows to leave her abusive husband, only to go back to him and the implication that "Till Death Do Us Part" is going to be the only way she'll get free from him.
** The "Bang Bang" demo, a {{Music/Mika}}-esque song about murder.
* MissingMom: Madonna's mother died when she was very young. Her song "Promise To Try" from ''Like A Prayer'', which was played during a scene from the documentary film ''Truth Or Dare'', is about her coming to terms with her mother's absence in her life. In the video for "Oh Father", the absence of the mother also affects the father's relationship, resulting in domestic abuse in one scene where the actor playing him roughly scolds the little girl playing the young Madonna for wearing her mother's clothes and jewelry.
* MoodWhiplash: Most of her albums have at least one song, but the worst offender is MDNA with two. The entire album is pretty dance happy, and then you get to "Masterpiece", which is a slower romantic song, and then "Falling Free", a power ballad that will make anyone cry as you get closer and closer to the end.
* MoralGuardians: The reason she was so controversial in the 80s, and still is to some extent today. The music videos for "Justify My Love" and "Erotica" was almost entirely banned from appearing on TV; "Like a Prayer" was challenged almost as much.
* MrsRobinson: Recent music videos have shown her cavorting with boys who look like they're barely legal.
* MyGirlIsNotASlut: Then-husband Sean Penn's SaturdayNightLive appearance, during which he got into a fistfight with the Church Lady when "she" provided (music) video evidence that indeed, [[MyGirlIsASlut his girl]] ''[[MyGirlIsASlut was]]'' [[MyGirlIsASlut a slut]].
* {{Narcissist}}
* NewSoundAlbum: She's known for having worked in many genres. Some of these would be synthpop, disco, house, ambient, techno, Latin, rock, gospel, funk, and R&B.
* NonIndicativeName: "Gang Bang," which isn't even about sex in the slightest! It's actually about ''[[NeverTrustATitle murder...]]''
** Some have speculated that this was done to avoid comparison with the Cher single "Bang Bang", [[OneMarioLimit which contains similar themes and a nearly identical title]].
*** Wait, don't you mean [[Film/KillBill Nancy Sinatra]]?
* OfCorsetsSexy: Pretty much single-handedly introduced the word [[EverythingSoundsSexierInFrench "bustier"]] to the English lexicon.
* OlderThanTheyLook: Believe it or not, she was born in 1958.
* OneMarioLimit: There is no possible association for the name "Madonna" other than her.
* PepTalkSong: "Hey You", which contains general and vague statements like "Don't you give up/It's not so bad for us."
* PrecisionFStrike: "I Fucked Up".
* PrettyInMink: Has worn some furs in her videos, like a white fur wrap in "Material Girl" and a white mink coat in "Music".
* [[DoubleMeaningTitle Quadruple Meaning Title]]: The title of her forthcoming ''MDNA.'' can be taken four different ways;
** As an initialism of her name ('''M'''a'''D'''o'''N'''n'''A'''). Simple enough, right?
** But it also [[PunBasedTitle sounds suspiciously like the drug MDMA]], commonly known as ecstasy. Leave it to the MoralGuardians to [[http://idolator.com/6139592/madonnas-mdna-anti-drug-group-not-ecstatic-over-album-title make a big stink over this interpretation]] just a ''day'' after the title being announced.
** The third interpretation can be taken from [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mitochondrial_DNA mtDNA]] (or mitochondrial {{DNA}}), which is the kind of DNA that is solely inherited by the mother of an organism. Many speculate this is a TakeThat to a [[Music/LadyGaga certain pop singer]] who has obviously been [[{{Homage}} inspired by]] Madge in recent years...
** And the fourth interpretation of the theme of the album is Madonna's DNA, harking back to her old pop ideas and inspirations, a retrospective of sorts. Also noted in the artwork which was rather science-like.
* ProtestSong:
** "American Life" is partially about how the American dream is not what it seems. The original video protested the Iraq War.
** Starting with The Confessions Tour, Madonna would have a video interlude that was politically-charged, usually protesting poverty, war, religious intolerance, homophobia, greed, certain politicians, and environmental pollution.
* RaisedCatholic: Okay, she may dance provocatively in front of religious symbols but they're ''Catholic'' religious symbols. The symbolism in ''Like A Prayer'' is Catholic and overall it probably takes a Catholic to piss the Church off so many times.
* RapeAsBackstory: She was sexually assaulted at knifepoint by two men before becoming famous
* RearrangeTheSong:
** For the Confessions Tour Madonna used a less vulgar demo ("You Thrill Me"), added some lyrics from the final version of "Erotica", and reworked it into an electronic/dance/disco song.
** "Deeper and Deeper" was re-invented into a jazz song on the Re-Invention Tour.
** Most of her old songs have received this treatment when performed on recent tours.
** "Bang Bang", a happy-sounding song about murder, was transformed into "Gang Bang", a much darker song about murder.
* RecycledLyrics:
** Madonna recycled a lyric from "Love Song" into "Hung Up".
---> Time goes by so slowly for those who wait
** Madonna recycled lyrics from "Vogue" into "Deeper and Deeper".
---> You got to just let your body move to the music
---> You got to just let your body go with the flow
* RefugeInAudacity: Plenty of what she has done counts, starting with her stage costumes.
* RepurposedPopSong: In 1989, Pepsi-Cola paid $5 million to use Madonna's single "Like a Prayer" in a commercial, but the soft drink company chickened out after protests by religious groups in the wake of the song's video release...A video that, for anyone that doesn't know, includes burning crosses, stigmata, and Madonna having sex with what they assumed to be "Black Jesus"[[note]]It was actually a black saint, inspired by St. Martin de Porres[[/note]]. Mmm, Pepsi.
* RereleaseTheSong:
** "Holiday" was rereleased in 1985 and 1991 in the UK.
** "Crazy for You" was rereleased in 1991 in the UK.
** "Oh Father" was rereleased in 1995 in Europe.
* RevolversAreJustBetter: Why else would Madonna compare her love to a revolver in "Revolver"?
* TheRival:
** Madonna and Music/JanetJackson were definitely not [=BFFs=], to put it lightly. They did bury the hatchet after Michael Jackson's death.
** Madonna almost started a rivalry with, of all people, Sinead O'Connor. Madonna, who was raised Catholic and been criticized by the Church for her stage acts, "Like A Prayer," "Erotica," the Sex book, and so on, spoke out against O'Connor's incident on SaturdayNightLive. O'Connor claimed that Madonna said she "[looks] like [she] had a run in with a lawnmower and that [she] was about as sexy as a Venetian blind."
** Madonna also has a distaste for Music/MariahCarey.
** Has a love-hate relationship with Music/CourtneyLove. See their MTV interview at the red carpet in 1995.
** Madonna is certainly perpetuating the idea that Music/LadyGaga is an up-and-coming rival. See TakeThat below.
** Madonna isn't exactly on good terms with [[Music/{{Deadmau5}} Joel Zimmerman]].
* {{Rockumentary}}: ''Truth or Dare'' and ''I'm Going to Tell You a Secret''. The latter shows how much Madonna has changed in 14 years after having kids, marrying Guy Ritchie, and converting to Kaballah.
* SelfDeprecation: In one segment of ''The Hire'', a series of big-budget short promotional films done by BMW, she plays a bitchy, entitled singer. The segment was directed by her then-husband, GuyRitchie.
** She once did an SNL sketch where her character at one point went off on a tirade about what a horrible slut Madonna is.
* {{Sexophone}}: Used in "Where Life Begins".
* SheCleansUpNicely: For a former teenybopper whose style became known as "mall rat" fashion, Madonna cleaned up rather well.
* SillyLoveSongs: Many of Madonna's songs deal with love in some way, but special attention should go to "Cherish", "Superstar", "True Blue", and "Love Profusion".
* ShoutOut: "Hung Up" is a five-minute love song to the 1970s, with the video being based on ''{{Saturday Night Fever}}'' and the song's hook being a sample from Music/{{ABBA}}'s "Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! A Man After Midnight".
** The video for "Ray of Light" is a ShoutOut to {{Film/Koyaanisqatsi}}.
* SpellingSong: Music/NickiMinaj and Music/{{MIA}} tell us to L-U-V Madonna in "Give Me All Your Luvin'".
* SpokenWordInMusic:
** The beginning quote in "What It Feels Like for a Girl" was said by Charlotte Gainsbourg in ''Cement Garden''.
** "White Heat" quotes the titular movie.
* SurrealMusicVideo: "Fever", "Bedtime Story", "Dear Jessie", and "Nothing Really Matters".
* TakeThat:
** "Human Nature" is entirely about [[EthicalSlut having a healthy attitude about sex]], and a TakeThat against the criticism she routinely gets for being [[HotterAndSexier too provocative.]]
** Madonna said outright that "Born This Way" was a great cover of "Express Yourself". She later sang a bit of "Born This Way" during her MDNA Tour performance of "Express Yourself", then followed that up with the lyric "she's not me."
** A take that from the critics: a few reviewers described ''MDNA'' and/or its singles as "reductive", a word Madonna used to describe ''Born This Way''.
* ThisIsASong: Madonna acknowledges in-song that she wrote "American Life" because she tried to be various things (i.e. a boy, a girl, a mess, the best), but apparently messed them up.
* ThisIsForEmphasisBitch:
** "Thief of Hearts" ("Bitch! Sit your ass down!").
** Madonna uses 'bitch' in "Gang Bang" to the point of RefugeInAudacity.
* ThreeMinutesOfWrithing: Not uncommon in her videos.
* TickTockTune: "Hung Up" opens with clock ticking, then ends with an alarm that flows into "Get Together".
* {{Undercrank}}: Her "Ray Of Light" video is mostly sped-up film of everyday life.
* UnscaledMerfolk: The "Cherish" video.
* UrbanLegends: According to 1980s lore, Madonna recorded "Papa Don't Preach" as a biting answer to her father's criticism of an abortion she had in 1985 (i.e. what he would have said if she'd decided to keep the baby). Needless to say, none of this is fact.
* AWildRapperAppears:
** Music/NickiMinaj and Music/{{MIA}} appear on "Give Me All Your Luvin'".
** Nicki Minaj also appears on "I Don't Give A".
** Music/LilWayne appears on "Revolver".
** Missy Elliott appears on "Into the Hollywood Groove".
** Music/KanyeWest appears on "Beat Goes On".
** Meshell Ndegeocello appears on "I'd Rather Be Your Lover".
** Ali G tries it in the video for "Music", to Madonna's annoyance.
* WorldOfSymbolism: The music video for "Like a Prayer" revolves around this, despite it being very controversial. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Like_a_Prayer_(song)#Themes_and_analysis See here.]]
* ZettaiRyouiki: Madonna pulls off a nice Grade B in the music video for "Celebration".

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