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Since the '80s, Madonna has dominated the pop-music world in a way few women ever have. Using her savvy and her smarts, Madonna has manipulated her image and the media, stirring up frequent controversies, yet always remaining at or near the top of the charts. Born Madonna Louise Ciccone in Bay City, Michigan, she moved to New York City in 1977 to pursue a career in modern dance. After performing in the music groups Breakfast Club and Emmy, she released her debut album in 1983.