This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

Madonna Essay

1169 words - 5 pages

Have you ever heard a song once and was never able to get the tune out of your head no matter how hard you tried? I know that has happened to me on several occasions. Whether we enjoy the songs or not, there is something about music within popular culture that drives the American public wild. Sadly, for quite sometime the music industry was largely closed off to women. Of course there were obvious exceptions to this, since talented female artists have existed through the ages, but on the whole there were not many female artists that got a lot of airplay and certainly none were considered significantly influential in the music industry.Recently the United States has begun to experience a women's musical renaissance. Women's roles in pop music are steadily growing. There have been many outstanding female musicians and vocalists in the past that have aided in making the music industry less of a male opinionated society, from Aretha Franklin, Mo Tucker, and Ella Fitzgerald to pop icons like Courtney Love, Queen Latifa, and Melissa Ethridge. Along side these, there are two women who have conquered most obstacles they've faced and, in addition, forced the music industry to become more of a female friendly environment. Those two women are Madonna and Brittany Spears.Madonna is an artist that most Americans are very familiar with. From rudeness to charity, she is always in the public eye. Madonna took women and sex through a quantum leap and her unique style and flair has been imprinted on pop culture forever. Besides creating major trends in music she was responsible for many fashion statements throughout the eighties and nineties (Gandee 307). Up until 1982, female sexuality was largely a suggestion of cleavage and tight-fitting jeans, then Madonna showed up in 1983 wearing her Victoria's Secrets on the outside, and all hell broke loose.Madonna Ciccone was born in 1958 near Motown, to an engineer father and homemaker mother, the eldest of eight children. The one thing baby Madonna wanted more than anything was to become famous. She trained on piano and dance, and signed up for almost any activity that would put her face in public view. By the time she turned twenty, she felt she had waited long enough for fame to find her, and went out looking for it.Throughout her career as one of America's superstars, Madonna maintained much of her creative control while signed to a major record label, a feat few musicians can boast about. She was and is very involved with the business aspect of her career (Udovitch 300), and even started her own sub-label, Maverick Records. Not surprisingly, Madonna has set many of the standards for music videos, and has had over 10 number one singles (Madonna fan club n. pag.). At the time Madonna first arrived on the scene there hadn't been a strong female icon in music since Billie Holiday. Like Holiday, Madonna turned heads with her sexy attitude and approach to life, love, and sex. Think what you might about her musical talent,...

Find Another Essay On Madonna

Madonna: An American Icon Essay

2589 words - 10 pages The stage is dark. Thousands of screaming fans wait in agonizing anticipation. Smoke crawls out from the stage, and out struts a confident blonde woman. With the spotlight focused entirely on her, the crowd erupts into deafening applause as she begins her incomparable dance routines. She is an icon. She is Madonna. History has never seen a cultural figure with as much controversy or flair for the dramatic as Madonna, nor will history ever

Madonna and Pop Culture Essay

1391 words - 6 pages I stand for freedom of expression, doing what ever you believe in, and going after your dreams. -Madonna Even though she is a big influence other artist have influenced too. Should Madonna be getting all of the fame? Why does everyone look up to her as a big influence? Was she really the biggest influence to Pop Culture? Madonna Louise Ciccone was born August 16, 1958 to Madonna Louise Ciccone and Silvio Ciccone. Her family was a big strong

Kurk Mantolu Madonna

1762 words - 8 pages Önsöz Kürk Mantolu Madonna Türk edebiyatının en önemli eserlerinden bir tanesidir. Sabahattin Ali’nin bu eseri ilk olarak Hakikat adlı bir gazetede 1940 tarihinde 48 bölüm tefrika olarak yayınlanmış ve 1943’te de Remzi Kitabevi tarafından basılmıştır. Sabahattin Ali’nin bu eseri yazmasında ki en büyük etkenlerden bir tanesi Almanya’da tanıştığı ve aşık olduğu Frolayn Puder’e duygularını betimlemektir. Romanın ilginç özelliklerinden bir tanesi

Rucellai Madonna, Duccio

1319 words - 5 pages Rucellai Madonna, DuccioDuccio di Buoninsigna was an Italian artist from the city of Siena. He lived during the end of the 13th century and the beginning of the 14th. Throughout his life he was hired to complete many important works in government and religious buildings around Italy. During the 1300's Duccio became one of the most favored and progressive painters in Siena. He is now considered one of the founders of Western art.Not much is known

Mtv And The Madonna Phenomenon

1983 words - 8 pages MTV and The Madonna Phenomenon "Madonna's intuitive grasp on the televisual world in which we live- of the medium's possibilities for engaging spectators in diverse ways- that in part accounts for her success. She is the supreme television heroine." (E. Ann Kaplan 271) "What are the main theories which we have studied so far and how have they affected how you view television?"-This is the question which this paper is

MTV and THE MADONNA PHENOMENON

1936 words - 8 pages MTV and THE MADONNA PHENOMENON"Madonna's intuitive grasp on the televisual world inwhich we live- of the medium's possibilities for engagingspectators in diverse ways- that in part accounts for hersuccess. She is the supreme television heroine." (E. AnnKaplan 271)"What are the main theories which we have studied sofar and how have they affected how you view television?"-This is the question which this paper is supposed to answer.Obviously there

Raphael's "Madonna of the Meadows"

1098 words - 4 pages I chose to do my analysis on Raphael’s "Madonna of the Meadows". In this painting my eye is first drawn to the Madonna, or the Virgin Mary. From Mary my eyes go to the baby that is sitting on the ground and then to the one standing with Mary’s help. I believe that this is done because Mary is the largest so my eyes go to her first. My eyes go next to the baby sitting because that is the way that Mary is looking. Next I am drawn to the

Madonna: A Feminist and an Entertainer

2176 words - 9 pages Madonna is a controversial legend whose attitudes and opinions on sexuality have forced the public to take notice and change the image of females in society. Madonna believed women’s sexuality was a natural aspect of life; therefore, she dared to challenge the rules and definitions of femininity and sought to expand the meaning of it. In a male dominated world, she wanted to focus on the importance of women and let them have a voice of their own

Raphael: The Madonna of the Candelabra

887 words - 4 pages                Raphael: The Madonna of the Candelabra      During the Italian Renaissance Raphael was one of the most influential artists. He painted many brilliant pieces, mastering the use of depth, perspective, and the use of shadow and light. Throughout his life, Raphael used the Madonna as a reoccurring subject in his work. One example of

Pop Star Showdown: Madonna vs. Miley Cyrus

1955 words - 8 pages From “the heart breaker” to smoking weed on stage, pop culture has really taken a turn for the worst. Madonna was the type of girl who partied with the best of them but didn't do anything that could possibly ruin her career and health. Miley Cyrus, on the other hand, is a wild child who does what she wants and could care less about her social image and physical self. These two pop stars also have many things in common as well. But, from looking

Madonna Swan: A Lakota Woman’s Story

1106 words - 4 pages In the book Madonna Swan: A Lakota Woman's Story, written by Mark St. Pierre, the true strength of a woman's soul is reveled. In her stories I was able to capture the essence of her life. She had overcome many trials and tribulations. Of which these included her loss of many family members, and loved ones, fight with tuberculosis, and overcoming the doubts of people around her. Throughout her life she had learned to accept what was happening

Similar Essays

Madonna Essay

1160 words - 5 pages less of a male opinionated society, from Aretha Franklin, Mo Tucker, and Ella Fitzgerald to pop icons like Courtney Love, Queen Latifa, and Melissa Ethridge. Along side these, there are two women who have conquered most obstacles they’ve faced and, in addition, forced the music industry to become more of a female friendly environment. Those two women are Madonna and Brittany Spears. Madonna is an artist that most Americans are very familiar with

Madonna Essay

978 words - 4 pages Madonna      Madonna was born on August 16, 1958, in the city of Bay City, located in the state of Michigan. Her real birth name is Madonna Louise Ciccone. However, most people know her as simply Madonna. She is known as a controversial singer, actress, dancer, songwriter, and became one of America's biggest and well- known stars in the late 1980s.      Madonna's assertive behavior, outspoken personality, and aggressive acts of

Madonna Essay

1074 words - 4 pages MadonnaMadonna was born on August 16, 1958, in the city of Bay City, located in the state of Michigan. Her real birth name is Madonna Louise Ciccone. However, most people know her as simply Madonna. She is known as a controversial singer, actress, dancer, songwriter, and has become one of America's biggest and well-known stars in the late 1980s.Madonna's assertive behavior, outspoken personality, and aggressive acts of sexuality, along with her

Wayside Madonna Essay

964 words - 4 pages Wayside Madonna is an oil painting on canvas by Edith Catlin Phelps. It was painted around 1939. Painted in southern California, it is a genre painting that is part of the regionalism movement but also has a religious subject. This painting is currently part of the permanent collection at Bowers Museum in Santa Ana, California. Phelps's oil painting Wayside Madonna ultimately focuses on the lady in the foreground, providing a narrative about