The Rise and Rise of Madonna

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Ali Gray on Aug 18, 2009 at 2:41PM

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The Rise and Rise of Madonna

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Naked Ambition

The year is 1982. Chasing pop stardom, the 24-year-old from Bay City Michigan throws away a dance scholarship and takes off to find fame in the bright lights of New York City.

There, she does a stint of nude modeling, plays drums and joins two bands. Finally, a record label answers her prayers and snaps her up. She releases her first single, "Everybody," and the gay dance scene laps her up. Madonna is born.

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