Happy 50th Birthday, Madonna!
Posted on Fri Aug 15, 2008 10:23 AM PDT

Madonna madonnabday.jpgLOS ANGELES, California (X17online) - Half a century old and Madonna shows no signs of slowing down! The Material Girl is working on her "Sticky & Sweet" tour which kicks off August 23rd in Cardiff, Wales - just a week after her birthday.

After decades as the reigning queen of pop, Madonna has settled down a bit, but she's hardly slowing down. Earlier this year, Madonna signed a reported $120 million deal with Live Nation, a company specialized in music tours, after she split from her long-time label, Warner Brothers.

Then reports of an affair with New York Yankees player Alex Rodriguez plagued the wife and mom, though neither side ever admitted any wrongdoing in their respective marriages. Still, the media has skewered the pop star for supposed marital troubles and for her somewhat controversial adoption of her son David Bana from Malawi.

Still, she maintains her marriage to Guy Ritchie and keeps her three children, Rocco with Ritchie, Lourdes with former trainer and boyfriend Carlos Leon, and the adopted David, together.

Madonna rose from obscurity, born and raised in Bay City, Michigan on August 16, 1958, nee Madonna Luise Veronica Ciccone. Her breakthrough came in 1984 with her first two hits - "Like A Virigin" and "Holiday." She went on to sell an estimated 200 million albums so far in her career. Her wealth is estimated at $600 million.

Sounds like Madonna doesn't need any gifts for her birthday -- the Material Girl's got everything she could hope for!

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