Madonna Louise Ciccone (born August 16, 1958) is an American singer, songwriter, actress, and businesswoman. Born in Bay City, Michigan, she moved to New York City to pursue a career in modern dance. After performing in the music groups Breakfast Club and Emmy, she signed with Sire in 1982 and released her debut album, [m=5319], the following year. She followed it with a series of commercially successful albums and has sold more than 300 million records worldwide and is recognized as the best-selling female recording artist of all time by Guinness World Records. Billboard ranked her at number two on the Billboard Hot 100 All-Time Top Artists, making her the most successful solo artist in the history of American singles chart.