Pop queen Madonna has 50th birthday
The Queen of Pop has reached half a century. For some this may be a sign that they should start slowing down and taking it easy - but not Madonna.
Even as her birthday is upon her, she is getting ready for her Sticky & Sweet tour.
The singer has the knack of constant reinvention, from cone corsets, her Sex book and kissing Britney Spears, to becoming a children's author and raising awareness about the devastating effects of HIV in Malawi.
In the Guiness World Record books, Madonna is the most successful female solo artist of all time; having sold around 120 million albums and 40 million singles. That combined total is more than any other female artist.
Her spokeswoman was keeping tight-lipped about exactly how Madonna will be celebrating, only confirming she was in the UK at the moment.
The Mirror recently reported that a lavish do at her country estate in Wiltshire may have to be postponed due to Madonna suffering a bad ankle.
Madonna has had some ups and downs in her life, but she always seems to come out on top. She's an icon in music, whether you are a fan or not.
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So, happy birthday Madge!