After getting inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame by Justin Timberlake, Madonna, 49, debuts her single, "4 Minutes," which she worked on with Timberlake. The song is off her new album, Hard Candy, which takes the top spot on Billboard's 200 albums chart.
After premiering her documentary on the children of Malawi, I Am Because We Are, Madonna's adoption of 2-year-old David Banda is finalized. Justice Andrew Nyirenda says he is satisfied that Madonna and Ritchie "are perfect parents" for the toddler. Although Madonna says the controversy surrounding the adoption has been painful, "It made me stronger, so I guess I can't complain."
Madonna returns to Malawi in the hopes of adopting 3-year-old Mercy James. "Many people say that David should have a Malawian brother or sister," she tells the country's Nation newspaper. Although her request is initially rejected, the country's Supreme Court eventually grants Madonna the right to adopt the orphan girl.
Madonna ventures into the world of fashion with the launch of Material Girl – a juniors clothing line she designed for Macy’s with her budding fashionista daughter Lourdes. "As we are working, I see her more as a creative person, as an artist,” the singer says of her 13-year-old daughter. "Then every once in a while, I remembered that she is my daughter."
Madonna gives a show-stopping 12-minute halftime show performance at Super Bowl XLVI between the victorious New York Giants and the New England Patriots. "This is a Midwesterner girl's dream," the 53-year-old singer says of the gig. "Over the 25 years of performing that I've done, I have never worked so hard or been so scrupulous or detail-oriented or freaked out as much maintaining my sanity."
Madonna scores her eighth No.1 album with MDNA, which sells 359,000 records in its first week, making it her fifth consecutive No. 1 album. Rolling Stone says MDNA is "Madonna's most explicit work," calling it "our lady's divorce album" with "7 out of 16 songs addressing her split [with ex-husband Guy Ritchie] directly."
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