“Before it was really official that I was coming out, it was rumored that I was coming out on my show,” Degeneres explained. “I had never had that much media attention, and it was really scary for me. And Madonna called me out of the blue — we had never met — I just all of a sudden get a call saying ‘It’s Madonna, and I just wanna say that I’m behind you, I’m with you, I support you.’”
"I don’t remember the name of my first song but I do remember the feeling that I had when I wrote it & it just came out of me. I don’t know how. It was like somebody possessed me. It was like I wanted to run out in the street & go `I wrote a song! I WROTE A SONG! I DID IT!` You know what I mean? I was so proud of myself & then after that, they just kind of gushed out of me, because I always wrote poetry in free-form verse, kept journals & stuff, but to be able to put it to music, that was a whole different thing."
To put the debates to rest, once and for all, Guinness World Records has confirmed what we have all known for decades: who the REAL queen of music is:
Madonna (USA, b. Madonna Ciccone) has sold more than 300 million albums in her career since debuting with her self-titled release in 1983.
As of October 2013, Madonna had sold an estimated 305,600,000 albums. Her best-sellers are The Immaculate Collection (1990, 30 million copies sold) and True Blue (1986, 25 million copies sold).
Although precise sales figures are difficult to obtain and are often disputed, it is acknowledged that only The Beatles, Elvis Presley and Michael Jackson have conclusively sold more albums worldwide than Madonna.
Among female artists, Mariah Carey (USA), Celine Dion (Canada) and Whitney Houston (USA, 1963-2012) all have total worldwide album sales estimated at 200 million units.
In addition to her phenomenal album sales, Madonna’s earnings of $125 m (£82 m) for the period from June 2012 to June 2013 were the highest annual earnings ever for a female pop star, dwarfing those of previous record holder Celine Dion, whose earnings amounted to $56 m ($80 m, or £49 m, today) in 1998.