After performing as a drummer, guitarist and vocalist in the music groups Breakfast Club and Emmy, Madonna signed with Sire Records in 1982 and released her eponymous debut album the next year.

Both became big club hits in the United States, reaching number three on Hot Dance Club Songs chart compiled by Billboard magazine.

After this success, she started developing her eponymous debut album, Madonna, which was primarily produced by Reggie Lucas of Warner Bros.

However, she was not happy with the completed tracks and disagreed with Lucas' production techniques, so decided to seek additional help.

Benitez remixed most of the tracks and produced "Holiday", which was her third single and her first international top-ten hit.

Throughout her career, Madonna has written and produced most of her songs, with many of them reaching number one on the record charts, including "Like a Virgin", "Papa Don't Preach", "Like a Prayer", "Vogue", "Take a Bow", "Frozen", "Music", "Hung Up", and "4 Minutes".

Madonna's popularity was further enhanced by her roles in films such as Desperately Seeking Susan (1985), Dick Tracy (1990), A League of Their Own (1992), and Evita (1996).

Since Madonna had the same name as her mother, family members called her "Little Nonni".

She has two elder brothers, Anthony and Martin, and three younger siblings, Paula, Christopher, and Melanie.

Madonna later commented that "the episode was a taste of my weakness, it showed me that I still could not save myself in spite of all the strong-girl show.