P!NK

  • Singer/Songwriter born Alecia Beth Moore in Doylestown Pennsylvania in 1979.
  • As a teenager, she wrote songs to cope with her feelings. She did things to an extreme, from skateboarding, to hip-hop, to raving, to singing in a band. At 14, she was performing in Philadelphia clubs. She already had the stage name Pink, from the character Mr. Pink in the film Reservoir Dogs. She joined the group an all girl group, Basic Instinct, but it soon split up. At 16, she and 2 other girls formed an R&B trio, Choice. Their first song, Key To My Heart, was sent to a record producer. After watching them audition, he signed them. They recorded an album that was never released. By 1998, the producer insisted that Pink go solo. Choice disbanded, and Pink signed a solo contract.
  • Working with R&B producers, she released her first single and album in 2000. The album Can’t Take Me Home has a R&B/Dance club sound. The singles in the top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart were Most Girls and There You Go.
  • Before releasing her next album, she collaborated with Christina Aguilera, Lil’ Kim, and Mýa to cover the song Lady Marmalade for the soundtrack to the film Moulin Rouge! The song peaked at #1 without being released as a single – the most successful airplay-only song ever.
  • Her next album, Missundaztood, was her biggest selling record, with sales of over 5 million copies in the U.S. and worldwide sales of over 12 million albums. She took more artistic control of this album, and moved to a more mature pop sound. The top 10 singles on this album were Get the Party Started, Don’t Let Me Get Me, and Just Like a Pill.
  • Albums released in 2003, 2006 and 2008 continued her run of success. Her #1 hit during this period was So What from the 2008 album Funhouse. The song was inspired by her separation from motor cross racer Carey Hart. Hart and Pink married in 2006, separated in 2008, and reconciled in 2010, and are still together.
  • In 2010, a Greatest Hits album was released, including 2 new singles. Raise Your Glass was one of those singles, celebrating her 10 years of success. The song peaked at #1. The other new single, Fuckin’ Perfect, peaked at #2.
  • Her most recent album, The Truth About Love, was released in 2012 and is a combination of power pop and pop ballad music. The single Just Give Me a Reason (featuring Nate Ruess) was a huge hit, with over 4 million downloads.
  • Pink’s seventh studio album, titled Beautiful Trauma, was released in 2017. It topped the album chart and was certified platinum. The first single, What About Us, peaked at #13 on the Hot 100 chart. Her most recent album, Hurts 2B Human, was released in 2019. It’s her third consecutive album to top the album chart.
  • Pink has co-written songs for other artists, including Cher, Faith Hill, Hillary Duff, and Adam Lambert. Lambert’s song Whatdoya Want from Me peaked at #10 and earned a Grammy nomination for Lambert. In 2016, she co-wrote the song Recovering for Celine Dion in honor of Dion’s late husband. The song was released as a single, and will be on Dion’s next album.
  • Critics comment that Pink “is the most trailblazing artist of her pop generation,” and that her mix of rebellion, emotional rawness, humor and dance beats created “a model for the mashup approach of latter-day divas.” She has distinguished herself as an artist in the pop genre. She has won 3 Grammy awards and a Daytime Emmy award among her 100+ awards. My favorite is her song Try – take a look at the video, and marvel at her fabulous voice.  She re-enacted the video while singing live at the 2012 American Music Awards – it was a remarkable performance, noted for its artistry. I’ve included the live performance also – worth a watch, the standing ovation at the end is richly deserved!

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