Like a Virgin is the second studio album by American singer-songwriter Madonna , released on November 12, 1984. After its release, Like a Virgin received mixed reviews from the critics, but was a commercial success. It became Madonna's first number one album on the Billboard 200, while reaching the top of the charts in Germany, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, Spain and the United Kingdom. The (RIAA) certified it Diamond for shipment of ten million copies across the United States. Worldwide it has sold 21 million copies, becoming one of the best selling albums of all time.