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This year some of the most famous pop stars of the 1980's will turn 50, the most well known among them are probably Madonna, Michael Jackson and Prince. So you may consider this post to be some kind of a small tribute to the aging stars…
Madonna Louise Ciccone Ritchie, commonly known as "Madonna" and sometimes called "The Queen of Pop", was born August 16, 1958. Her debut was in 1982, she sold more than 232 million albums and 150 million singles worldwide, won multiple Grammy and Golden Globe-awards and also worked as record producer, film producer, actress and author. She is the top earning female singer in the world with an estimated net worth of over $325 million and she will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this year.
Michael Joseph Jackson, sometimes also called "The King of Pop", was born August 29, 1958 and began his musical career in 1963 at the age of five with the Jackson Family vocal group, releasing his first solo record in 1971. Michael received thirteen Grammy Awards and charted thirteen Number One singles in the United States, and "Thriller" is the best-selling album of all time (over 104 million copies sold). He has been named the "Most Successful Entertainer of All Time" by Guinness World Records and sold over 750 million units worldwide. However Jackson's controversial appearance and actions has damaged his reputation and album sales has been in decline since the mid 1990's.
Prince Rogers Nelson, commonly known as "Prince", was born June 7, 1958. His career began in 1978, his biggest success was "Purple Rain" which sold more than thirteen million copies in the US alone and spent twenty-four consecutive weeks at #1 on the Billboard 200. The Academy Award-winning "Purple Rain" movie grossed more than $80 million in the US alone. In 1993 he dropped the name "Prince" after a legal dispute with his record company Warner Brothers (he readopted the name Prince since 2000). Although not quite as successful as Madonna or Michael Jackson, Prince has to be considered be have been one of the most influencial musicians during the 1980's. He produces, composes, arranges and performs nearly all of the songs on his albums.