Thirty years ago, Madonna released her debut self-titled album -- launching the career of an eventual international pop superstar. This week on Soundcheck, we look back at the many chapters and facets of Madonna's career, from her early days as a dance-pop diva to her recent albums and collaborations with younger artists. Hear Sire Records co-founder Seymour Stein talk about signing Madonna from his hospital bed; fashion commentator Simon Doonan discuss her couture hits; The Takeaway's Movie Date podcast co-hosts debate Madonna's success on the silver screen -- and more.
Soundcheck wraps up Madonna Week with a look at a more modern side of Madonna's career with Billboard editor Joe Levy.
NPR Music’s Ann Powers calls Ray of Light Madonna's “mid-life enlightenment” record — and she walks us through this interesting chapter in the star’s career.
In 1984, shortly after Madonna embarked upon her musical career, Detroit News reporter Susan Whitall interviewed Madonna about her childhood growing up outside of Detroit. Now, 30 years later, Susan Whitall is still working for the Detroit News as a music, features and entertainment writer – and she joins us to talk about that interview with Madonna early on in her career. Plus, she reflects on Madonna's relationship with her hometown today.