Her latest film is about a royal who renounced his throne – but the Queen of Pop isn't planning to give hers up any time soon. Madonna, 53, has just signed a three-album deal with Universal's Interscope Records potentially allowing her to produce fresh music well into her 60s. In 2008, the superstar left Warner Brothers label, which had been her musical home for nearly 30 years.
But it's upwards and onwards for the pop veteran whose manager Guy Oseary said: "We anticipate a very bright future at our new home". The latest signing is the catalyst for what will be a dazzling 2012 for Madonna and her fans. There will be a new album which will include collaborations with some of music's hottest properties, including M.I.A and Nicki Minaj.
Lead single Gimme All Your Luvin is scheduled for a late January release, shortly before Madonna appears at the Superbowl in February. Her directorial debut, W.E.– which gives the singer's take on the love story between King Edward VI and American divorcee, Wallis Simpson – will be released next January.
In this special hellomagazine.com report, we re-visit every era of Madonna’s musical career, from the blonde ambition beginnings to her current incarnation as pop’s unshakeable first lady.