Pink (singer)

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Pink
P!nk Live 2013.jpg
Pink performing live during her Truth About Love Tour in April 2013
Background information
Birth name Alecia Beth Moore
Born (1979-09-08) September 8, 1979 (age 34)
Abington Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Genres
Occupations
  • Singer-songwriter
  • musician
  • dancer
  • actress
  • model[2]
Instruments
  • Vocals
  • guitar
  • piano
  • keyboards
  • drums
  • bass
Years active 1995–present
Labels
Website www.pinkspage.com/us/home

Alecia Beth Moore Hart (born September 8, 1979), better known by her stage name Pink (stylized as P!nk), is an American singer-songwriter, actress and model. Originally a member of the girl group Choice, she began her solo career with the 2000 single "There You Go", which was also included on her debut album, Can't Take Me Home, released later that year. The R&B album went on to be certified double-platinum in the United States. She gained further recognition upon collaborating with Lil' Kim, Christina Aguilera and Mýa for a cover of "Lady Marmalade" for the 2001 Moulin Rouge! soundtrack. That cover earned Pink her first Grammy Award (for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals) as well as her first number-one single on the Billboard Hot 100.

Although she originally faced opposition from her record label, Pink aimed to make her second album more personal and more pop rock-oriented. The product, 2001's Missundaztood, proved to be her most successful album to date, with sales in excess of 12 million copies. The album's biggest singles, "Get the Party Started", "Don't Let Me Get Me", and "Just Like a Pill", all charted in the top ten in the US and the UK, with the latter becoming her first UK-number one. In November 2003, Pink released her third album, Try This, preceded by the single "Trouble". Although not her most successful album, Try This earned Pink her first solo Grammy Award, for best female rock vocal performance.

After a short hiatus, her fourth studio album, I'm Not Dead, was released in April 2006. With the help of successful singles "Stupid Girls", "Who Knew", and "U + Ur Hand", I'm Not Dead marked a revival in Pink's popularity, both in the US and worldwide. Pink's fifth album, Funhouse, was released in late 2008 and was preceded by her first solo number one on the Billboard Hot 100, "So What". The album was certified double-platinum in the US and prompted Pink to go on the record-breaking Funhouse Tour. Her first compilation album, Greatest Hits... So Far!!!, was released in November 2010 and produced two chart-topping singles, "Raise Your Glass" and "Fuckin' Perfect". Her latest album, The Truth About Love, was released in 2012 and became her first number one album in the United States. The album's three singles, "Blow Me (One Last Kiss)", "Try", and "Just Give Me a Reason", all reached the top ten of the Billboard Hot 100, with "Just Give Me a Reason" becoming her 4th number-one single.[3]

Pink has become one of the most successful artists of her generation, having sold over 45 million albums, including nearly 16 million in the United States,[4] and 65 million singles worldwide as of 2014.[5] Her career accolades include three Grammy Awards, a Brit Award, and six MTV Video Music Awards. Additionally, Pink has had 19 top-twenty hits on the Billboard Hot 100. In 2009, Billboard magazine named Pink the #1 pop musician of the decade,[6] in 2012 VH1 named Pink #10 on their list of the 100 Greatest Women in Music, and in 2013 Billboard named Moore the Woman of the Year.[7][8]

Early life

Alecia Moore was born on September 8, 1979,[9] in Abington, Pennsylvania, to Judith (née Kugel),[10][11] a nurse, and Jim Moore, a Vietnam veteran.[12][13][14] Her father is Catholic and her mother is Jewish. Pink has ancestors who emigrated from Ireland, Germany, and Lithuania.[15][16] Although a healthy baby at birth, she quickly developed asthma that plagued her through her early years.[17] Pink grew up in Doylestown, where she attended Kutz Elementary School, Lenape Middle School, and Central Bucks High School West. Her father played guitar and sang songs, thus inspiring Pink from an early age to be a pop star. She was also a gymnast for eight years; she stated in an interview that her first dream was to be an Olympic gymnast.

When she was just a toddler, her parents began having marital problems, and before she was ten her parents had divorced.[10]

Pink developed her voice early in life. In high school, Pink joined her first band, Middleground, but it disbanded upon losing a battle of the bands competition. As a teenager, she wrote lyrics as an outlet for her feelings, and her mother commented, "Her initial writings were always very introspective. Some of it was very black, and very deep, almost worrisome."[17]

She began performing in Philadelphia clubs when she was 14. She adopted her stagename, "Pink", around this time. She had had that nickname for quite some time by that point, and initially it had been "a mean thing".[18] Pink has said, "I was extreme. I went through phases from skateboarder, to hip-hopper, to rave child, to lead singer in a band. I did it all, and all at the same time." At 14, she was convinced to audition to become a member of the all-female group Basic Instinct, and earned a spot in the lineup. Ultimately, the group disbanded without releasing any material.[19] At 16, Pink and two other teenage girls, Stephanie Galligan[20] and Chrissy Conway, formed the R&B group Choice. A copy of their first song, "Key to My Heart", was sent to LaFace Records in Atlanta, Georgia, where L.A. Reid overheard it and arranged for the group to fly there so he could see them perform. After that, he signed them to a record deal. Since the three girls were under 18 at the time, their parents had to cosign the contract. The group relocated to Atlanta and recorded an album, which was never released, and "Key to My Heart" appeared on the soundtrack to the 1996 film Kazaam. During a Christmas party, Reid gave Pink an ultimatum: go solo or go home. Choice disbanded in 1998.

Career

1999–2000: Musical debut and Can't Take Me Home

After Choice disbanded, Pink began working on her debut solo album under LaFace Records. When working on the album, Pink worked with producers such as Babyface, Kandi Burruss and Tricky Stewart.[21] The album's lead single, "There You Go", was released on February 8, 2000 in the US and May of the same year in the UK.[22] "There You Go" was produced by Kevin "Ske'kspere" Briggs, who had previously worked with female R&B group TLC.[23] The single became a commercial success for Pink, becoming her first Top 10 entry on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, where it peaked at #7.[24] It was also a success on the Hot Dance Club Play chart, peaking at #8.[25] The single went on to receive a Gold certification from the RIAA, for sales exceeding 500,000 copies.[26] The song was also a success outside of the US. In the United Kingdom, the song peaked at #6,[27] and its highest peak was in Australia, where it reached #2.[27] The single received mixed to positive critical reviews, with one review calling it the highlight of Pink's debut album.[23] Pink's debut album, Can't Take Me Home, was released on April 4, 2000.[28][29][30] The album, considered her only R&B album, was a commercial success. Despite a moderate peak of 26 on the Billboard 200 album chart, the album went on to be certified 2x Platinum by the RIAA, for sales exceeding 2 million copies in the US alone.[31][32][33] The album was certified multi platinum in Australia and Canada as well, where it peaked on the albums chart at #10 and #20, respectively.[34][35][36] The album was also certified Platinum in the United Kingdom, where it peaked at #13.[37] Critical reception to the album was mixed.[38] Allmusic gave the album four out of five stars, stating "thanks to LA Reid and Babyface's production and Pink's engaging talents, it's a promising first effort all the same."[39] Entertainment Weekly gave the album a mixed review, and awarded the album two and half stars, claiming "All in all, Home's just another brick in the R&B wall."[40]

"Most Girls", the second single from Can't Take Me Home, was released on September 18, 2000. The single expanded on Pink's commercial success, and became her highest peaking single in numerous countries at the time of its release. It peaked at #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 on the week ending November 14, 2000.[24] It became her first #1 single on any chart, when it peaked at #1 on the Australian singles chart.[41] It also reached #5 in the United Kingdom, one spot higher than her previous single had peaked.[42] For the US release of the song, a dance remix of the single was made and was used by most radio stations.[43] The third and final single, "You Make Me Sick", was released on January 15, 2001. It became her third Top 40 hit on the Billboard Hot 100, where it peaked at #33 on the chart.[24] This made it her lowest peaking single at the time of its release. Despite being successful in numerous other countries, it failed to match the success of Pink's first two singles. It peaked at #25 in Australia,[44] and #9 in the United Kingdom.[45] This made it her lowest peaking singles in both of those countries as well.

Pink went on to tour with pop band 'N Sync throughout the Summer of 2000 in North America, as the opening act for their No Strings Attached Tour.[46] She performed in over 20 different shows during the tours run throughout North America, along with Sisqo.[47] The tour was financially successful, grossing over $70 million by the time of its completion. Pink apparently met the band during an awards show in mid-2000, and engaged band member Joey Fatone in a conversation about hair dye.[48] The conversation eventually led to Pink touring with the band.

2001–02: Rise to fame with "Lady Marmalade" and Missundaztood

In 2001, Pink, alongside singers Christina Aguilera and Mýa as well as rapper Lil' Kim, performed a cover of "Lady Marmalade" for the soundtrack of the film Moulin Rouge!. In the US it became the most successful airplay-only single in history, as well as Pink's first #1 single.[49] The success of the single was helped by its music video, which was popular on music channels[50] and won the MTV Video Music Award for Video of the Year.[51] The song won Pink's first Grammy Award for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals, and provided a boost for the four performers' careers. In a VH1 interview, Pink stated she had to fight with Christina Aguilera's manager to sing the high parts in the song.

Tired of being marketed as another cookie cutter pop act, as well as eager both to be seen as a more serious songwriter and musician and to perform the type of music she wanted to, Pink took her sound in a new direction and sought more artistic or creative control during the recording of her second album, Missundaztood (stylized as M!Ssundaztood).[52] She recruited Linda Perry, former singer of 4 Non Blondes (one of Pink's favorite groups in her teenage years),[53] who said that Pink opened up to her: "In the beginning I just said: 'What do you feel?', and [Pink] would just sit behind the piano and sing." Pink moved into Perry's Los Angeles home where the pair spent several months writing songs for the album.[54] Perry co-wrote and co-produced the album with Dallas Austin and Scott Storch, and according to VH1's Driven program, Antonio "LA" Reid of LaFace Records was not initially content with the new music Pink was making. The album, named Missundaztood because of Pink's belief that people had a wrong image of her,[53] was released in November 2001.

Its lead single, "Get the Party Started" (written and produced by Perry), went top five in the U.S. and many other countries, and #1 in Australia. At the 2002 MTV Video Music Awards, the music video won in the categories of Best Female Video and Best Dance Video. The album's other singles—"Don't Let Me Get Me", the Dallas Austin-produced "Just Like a Pill", and "Family Portrait"—were also radio and chart successes, with "Just Like a Pill" becoming Pink's first solo UK number-one hit. The singles were substantial hits on Adult Top 40 radio. "Missundaztood" was certified gold or platinum status in more than 20 countries.[55] It was the second best-selling album in the UK during 2002. "Missundaztood" and "Get the Party Started" earned nominations at the 2003 Grammy Awards for Best Pop Vocal Album and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance, respectively. Faith Hill's 2002 album, Cry, features a song co-written by Pink and Perry. In 2002, Pink started a headlining an American, European, and Australian tour, the Party Tour. Additionally, she later became a supporting act for Lenny Kravitz's American tour.

Pink in 2004

2003–04: Try This and other works

In mid-2003, Pink contributed the song "Feel Good Time" to the soundtrack of the film Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle, in which she had a cameo appearance as a motocross race ramp owner/promoter. "Feel Good Time" was co-written by singer Beck, produced by electronic music artist William Orbit, and based on the song "Fresh Garbage" by Spirit. It became Pink's first single to miss the top 40 on Billboard's Hot 100 chart, although it was a hit in Europe and in Australia. During the same period, a song Pink co-wrote with Damon Elliott was released on Mýa's album Moodring.

"Feel Good Time" was included on non-U.S. editions of Pink's third album, Try This, which was released on November 11, 2003. Eight of the 13 tracks were co-written with Tim Armstrong of the band Rancid. Linda Perry was featured on the album as a writer and musician. Despite the album reaching the top ten on album charts in the US, in Canada, in the UK, and in Australia, sales were considerably lower than those of Missundaztood. However, it did go platinum in the US. The singles "Trouble" and "God Is a DJ" did not reach the US top 40 but did reach the top ten in other countries, and "Last to Know" was released as a single outside North America. "Trouble" earned Pink her second Grammy Award (for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance) at the 2004 Grammy Awards, and "Feel Good Time" was nominated in the category of Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals. She toured extensively on the Try This Tour through Europe and Australia, where the album was better received.

2005–09: I'm Not Dead, film debut, and Funhouse

Pink performing on the I'm Not Dead summer tour in 2007

In 2005, Pink collaborated with Lisa Marie Presley on the track "Shine", released on Presley's second album Now What. Pink took a break to write the songs for her fourth album, I'm Not Dead, which she said she titled as such because "It's about being alive and feisty and not sitting down and shutting up even though people would like you to."[56] Pink worked with producers Max Martin, Billy Mann, Christopher Rojas, Butch Walker, Lukasz Gottwald, and Josh Abraham on the album. The album's release through LaFace Records in April 2006 was a substantial success throughout the world, particularly in Australia. The album reached the top ten in the US, the top five in the UK, No. 1 in Germany, and was No. 1 in Australia for two non-consecutive weeks, though it was Pink's lowest seller in the US until the success of the single "U + Ur Hand" in early 2007. The album ranked 96th in the US during 2007.[57]

The album's lead single, "Stupid Girls", was Pink's biggest US hit since 2002 and earned her a Grammy Award nomination for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance. Its music video, in which she parodies celebrities such as Lindsay Lohan, Jessica Simpson, Mary-Kate Olsen, and Paris Hilton,[58] won the MTV Video Music Award for Best Pop Video. Subsequent singles "Who Knew" and "U + Ur Hand" were substantial hits in Australia and Europe, and they later became top ten singles in the US. in 2007. The non-US singles were "Nobody Knows", a minor hit in the UK, Australia and Germany; "Dear Mr. President", an open letter to the US President George W. Bush which featured the Indigo Girls and became a No. 1 hit in Belgium as well as a top five hit in Germany, Australia, and other countries; "Leave Me Alone (I'm Lonely)", a UK top 40 and Australian top five entry; and "'Cuz I Can". The album has sold over 1.3 million copies in the US, as well as over 700,000 copies in Australia. The album proved very popular in Australia, with six top five singles and a record-breaking 62 weeks in the top 10; so far the album has gone 10 times platinum. In June 2008, the I'm Not Dead album returned to the top 50 of the Australian ARIA charts and remained there until November 2009.[59] In June 2009 the album returned once again to the Australian top ten album charts in its 142nd week in the national top fifty.[59] It re-entered at No. 10 on the back of her mammoth Funhouse Tour. As of 2010, the album has spent 162 weeks in the top 50 of the Australian ARIA albums chart.[59]

In support of the album, Pink embarked on the world I'm Not Dead Tour, for which ticket sales in Australia were particularly high; she sold approximately 307,000 tickets in Australia, giving her the record for the biggest concert attendance for an arena tour by a female artist.[60] One of the London shows on the tour was taped and released as a DVD, Pink: Live from Wembley Arena, where she sang Linda Perry's "Whats Up?". In 2006, Pink was chosen to sing the theme song for NBC Sunday Night Football, "Waiting All Day for Sunday Night", which is a take on "I Hate Myself for Lovin' You" by Joan Jett.[61] She contributed a cover of Rufus's "Tell Me Something Good" to the soundtrack of the film Happy Feet, and lent her name to PlayStation to promote the PSP, a special pink edition of which was released.[62]

Pink collaborated with several other artists in 2006 and 2007, when she opened for Justin Timberlake on the American leg of his FutureSex/LoveShow Tour. She sang on the Indigo Girls album Despite Our Differences. She was featured on India.Arie's song "I Am Not My Hair" from the Lifetime Television film Why I Wore Lipstick to My Mastectomy. She wrote a song, "I Will", for Natalia's third album, Everything and More. "Outside of You", another song she co-wrote, was recorded by dance-pop singer Hilary Duff and released on her 2007 album Dignity. Pink recorded a song with Annie Lennox and twenty-two other female acts for Lennox's fourth solo studio album, Songs of Mass Destruction; titled "Sing", it was written as an anthem for HIV/AIDS, according to Lennox's website.[63] In December 2007, a special edition Pink Box, which comprises her second to fourth albums and the DVD Live in Europe, was released in Australia. It reached the top twenty on the albums chart and was certified Gold, selling over 35,000 units.[64]

Pink performing at a secret London gig to promote the Funhouse album, on November 4, 2008

On August 7, 2008, Pink's single "So What" was leaked online, and radio stations across Australia were quick to give it massive airplay. Less than six hours after the leak, "So What" was voted No.1 on Nova 100 Melbourne and shot to No.1 on the Today Network's national radio Hot30 Countdown.[65] On August 22, Pink announced a new track, titled "Crystal Ball". On September 18, 2008, "So What" became the first solo No. 1 of her career on the Billboard Hot 100.

Pink was the guest of honor at the 2008 ARIA Music Awards, which were held in Sydney, Australia, in October 2008. There she sang "So What". On November 3, 2008, Funhouse debuted at No. 1 on the ARIA charts. In Australia it sold over 86,000 units in its first week, and was eventually certified eleven times platinum.[66]

On November 23, 2008, Pink performed "Sober", the second single from Funhouse, at the American Music Awards. The third single was "Please Don't Leave Me", with a video directed by Dave Meyers. In Australia, "Bad Influence" was released as the album's fourth single[67] as a promotional single for her Funhouse Tour, and "Funhouse" was later released as the fifth single. However, "Bad Influence" was not released as a single in Europe until March 2010, which was after "Funhouse" had been released. In May 2009, Pink released a four-CD box set of her first four albums; this set peaked at No. 7 in the UK Album Chart.[68] In 2009, Pink performed in The People Speak, a documentary feature film that uses dramatic and musical performances of the letters, diaries, and speeches of everyday Americans, based on historian Howard Zinn's A People's History of the United States.[69]

Pink's Funhouse Tour started in France on February 24, 2009, and continued through Europe until mid-May, with supporting act Raygun. Pink then performed a series of shows in Australia, all of which sold out. Between May and August 2009, she performed for a total of more than 600,000 Australian fans at 58 shows around the country.[70]

On September 13, 2009, Pink performed "Sober" while doing a trapeze act at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards, where she was nominated for Best Female Video for "So What".[71] On January 31, 2010, Pink did another trapeze act in the form of aerial silks at the 2010 Grammy Awards, this time performing the song "Glitter in the Air". She received a standing ovation. In 2013, Billboard ranked the performance as the best between 2000 and 2012.[72] The music of Pink was the theme of the October 4, 2009 episode of Australian Idol.

2010–2011: Greatest Hits... So Far!!!, and Happy Feet Two

Pink performing in 2010 at Main Square Festival in Arras, France

Pink was a soloist in the remake of the 1985 charity single, "We Are the World". She collaborated on the 2010 Herbie Hancock album, The Imagine Project, in which she sang Peter Gabriel's "Don't Give Up" with John Legend and contributed vocals to John Lennon's "Imagine" with Seal, India.Arie, Jeff Beck, Konono N°1, Oumou Sangare, and others.[73] She was featured on a track titled "Won't Back Down" for Eminem's 2010 album Recovery; Eminem explained that he included Pink because he "felt like she would smash this record."[74]

On July 15, 2010, Pink fell out of a harness which was supposed to carry her across the crowd during a concert in Nurnberg, Germany.[75] She was rushed off stage and taken to a local hospital. She was not seriously injured.[76] Pink moved a total of 3,000,000 concert tickets on her 2009–10 worldwide tour, according to a statement on behalf of UK tour promoter Marshall Arts.[77]

In the first week of October 2010, Pink released "Raise Your Glass", the first single from her first compilation album, Greatest Hits... So Far!!!. The song celebrates a decade since Pink's debut in 2000 and is dedicated to her fans who have been supporting her over the years. The song peaked at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming Pink's tenth Top 10 hit, and her second solo #1 on the chart.[78] She released the compilation album on November 12, 2010, and almost a month later she released the album's second single, named "Fuckin' Perfect." The song reached #2 on the Billboard Hot 100[79] and peaked at #1 in Germany.[80]

Pink voiced the character of Gloria in Happy Feet Two, which premiered on November 18, 2011 in the United States. She also sings the movie's theme song, "Bridge of Light".[81]

On October 7, 2011, RCA Music Group announced that it would be disbanding Jive Records, along with Arista Records and J Records. With the shutdown, Pink and all other artists previously signed to the labels would release any future material through RCA Records.

2012–present: The Truth About Love, Tour, and Billboard Woman of the Year

Pink performing "Try" in Ohio in 2013

On February 29, 2012, Pink confirmed on Twitter that she was in the writing process for her new album. On June 19, 2012, Pink announced via a video on Twitter that the first single from her then-upcoming album was to be titled "Blow Me (One Last Kiss)". The single was produced by Greg Kurstin. It premiered on Pink's official website on July 2, 2012,[82] and was released to iTunes the next day, July 3. On July 4, Pink announced that her sixth studio album would be called The Truth About Love and that it would be released on September 18, 2012, with a world tour to follow. On September 6, 2012, Pink performed "Blow Me (One Last Kiss)" live for the first time at the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards.[83] On the same day, the second single, "Try", was released to radio. On September 18, 2012, Pink announced the first dates of her The Truth About Love Tour.[84]

On November 13, 2012, VH1 premiered the 87th episode of Storytellers, giving background on some of Pink's newer songs as well as on her classic hits. Pink performed at the 2012 American Music Awards on November 18, 2012.[85] In addition to her work for The Truth About Love, Pink wrote two songs, "I Walk Alone" and "Lie To Me", for Cher's new album, Closer to the Truth.[86][87][88] Additionally, Pink appeared on the track "Guns and Roses" on T.I.'s album Trouble Man: Heavy Is the Head.[89] The song has been certified Gold by the ARIA for sales of 35,000 digital downloads shipped in Australia.[90][91]

Pink performing alongside a video of Nate Ruess

On February 5, 2013, Pink's music video for "Just Give Me a Reason", her single featuring Nate Ruess of fun., was released to her official Vevo channel on YouTube. On February 13, 2013, Pink kicked off her sixth tour, known as The Truth About Love Tour, in Phoenix, Arizona. In March, Pink confirmed that she will be adding more dates to her tour in Australia, Canada, and the US.[92] "Just Give Me a Reason" climbed to the top of the iTunes singles chart[93] in the United States and rose to number nine on the Hot 100, becoming Pink's fourteenth Top 10 hit on that chart. The following week the song rose to the top of the Digital Songs chart, becoming Pink's third number-one on that chart, following "So What" and "Fuckin' Perfect". Two weeks later, "Just Give Me a Reason" reached number 5 on the Hot 100, becoming Pink's eighth Top 5 hit, and two weeks later it topped the Billboard Hot 100, becoming her fourth number-one single in the United States. It also topped the charts in several other countries worldwide, and held the top spot on the Hot 100 for three consecutive weeks.

On April 29, 2013, "Just Give Me a Reason" became Pink's eighth number one on Billboard's Adult Top 40, which resulted in her becoming the record holder for most number ones on that chart, beating out Maroon 5 and Katy Perry who each have seven.[94] On the same day, Pink announced that "True Love", featuring Lily Allen, would be released as the fourth single from The Truth About Love.[95] Billboard released a statement on June 14, announcing that Pink held the No. 1 spot on their Hot Tours chart, as the American leg of her Truth About Love Tour grossed over $23.6 million.[96] She still held the title a week later, as the European leg grossed $30.7 million.[97] According her official Facebook page, the music video for "True Love" was set to première on July 1.[98] However, the music video was leaked a day early to Direct Lyrics and a few hours later it was released on her official Vevo account. The single was officially released on July 15, 2013.

Pink starred as a sex addict alongside Gwyneth Paltrow and Mark Ruffalo in the 2013 movie Thanks for Sharing.[99] The official trailer was released on June 27 and the movie premièred on September 20, 2013.[100] Her legal name, Alecia Moore, is used for the movie credits. Her role as Dede was heavily praised by critics. robertbert.com comment on her performance saying "Of all the cast here, the least experienced is the pop singer Pink, yet she does the best acting in the film: natural, a little harsh, a little unstable. Pink, like Macy Gray in her Lee Daniels movie roles, knows instinctively how to behave on camera by just pretending that the camera isn’t there.”[101]

YouTube celebrated LGBT pride on June 28, 2013, and featured a playlist of songs that represented equality and love; Pink's song "Fuckin' Perfect" was among the 13 songs featured.

In 2013, Billboard named Pink Woman of the Year, citing the success of her album The Truth About Love and of the singles "Blow Me (One Last Kiss)", "Try", "Just Give Me a Reason", and "True Love", as well as her 2013 tour, which was extended to 140 different sets due to demand. The Truth About Love earned her a Grammy nomination for Best Pop Vocal Album earlier in 2013. In announcing the award, Bill Werde, Billboard's editorial director, said, "Pink has almost been in a class by herself among women in music this year, and we're thrilled to recognize her successes by honoring her with the Billboard Woman of the Year Award."[102]

"Just Give Me a Reason" has won the Billboard Mid-Year Award for Favorite Hot 100 No. Single.[103] It garnered two Grammy nominations for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance and Song of the Year. In December, Billboard named The Truth About Love Tour the 3rd best selling tour of 2013 with $147.9 million in ticket sales; falling only behind Bon Jovi and Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour.[104] Also in Billboards end of year charts, Pink was ranked the 6th top artist of 2013 and she scored her highest charting end-of-year song and album; with Just Give Me a Reason sitting at number 7 on the Hot 100 and The Truth About Love placing at number 8 on Billboard 200.[105][106][107] In Australia, Pink has had an album placed at number one or two in the ARIA End of Year Albums Chart for six out of the past seven years as The Truth About Love topped the chart for two years in a row.[108]

At the 56th Annual Grammy Awards, Pink was nominated for Song of the Year and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for "Just Give Me a Reason". In the opening monologue LL Cool J referred to her and Taylor Swift being the voice of music saying, "Music even had the power to transform Alecia Moore, growing up in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, into the very colorful artist now known around the world as Pink. And may I say, it's been a beautiful transformation."[109] Later on in the show, Pink performed a Cirque du Soleil aerial acrobatic rendition of "Try", and then landed on the stage to join Nate Ruess to sing "Just Give Me a Reason".[110] The two songs then shot back onto the iTunes charts, with "Try" peaking at number 43 and "Just Give Me a Reason" at number 16, it also gave her album a huge boast in sales as The Truth About Love leaped to number 12 on the iTunes album chart. She was the 9th top grossing music artist of 2013, with $20,072,072.32 earned. [111]

After releasing The Truth About Love in 2012, RCA Records has announced that they have signed Pink for a multi-album deal that will last for years to come. The singer was quoted about the deal saying "I am super-duper excited to continue onwards and upwards with RCA and my team there".[112] This new record deal came just on the heels of Pink's much talked about performance of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" at the 86th Academy Awards to commemorate The Wizard of Oz's 75th anniversary, for which she received a standing ovation.

Artistry

Influences

Pink has named Janis Joplin as her biggest musical influence, saying "She was so inspiring by singing blues music when it wasn't culturally acceptable for white women, and she wore her heart on her sleeve. She was so witty and charming and intelligent, but she also battled an ugly-duckling syndrome. I would love to play her in a movie." Madonna is also one of her biggest influences. Pink has stated "I'd seen artists change styles and fail miserably, but I've also seen artists change and continue to do well. That's why Madonna has always been an inspiration for me." Additionally, Pink said "I wanted to do it my way with my career, and I had this arrogant notion that people weren't just interested in my music but me as a person. That was my bit of arrogance, I guess. That's something I learned from Madonna. I was a fan right from the first time I heard 'Holiday.'"[113] Other influences include Joan Jett, Mary J. Blige, Billy Joel, Linda Perry, and Whitney Houston.[114][115]

Voice and timbre

Pink has a contralto vocal range.[116] Her voice is regarded as one of the greatest in pop music,[citation needed] and she refuses to use pitch correction in her recordings.[citation needed] Throughout her career, she has received applause from critics for her powerful vocals.[117][118][119][120] Her voice has been described as "raspy", "husky", and "distinctive."[121] James Montgomery of MTV calls her "a deceptively good singer [...] who can out-sing almost anyone".[120] The Guardian describes her voice as "prodigious".[122] Ann Powers of the Los Angeles Times labelled her as "a powerhouse vocalist".[123] Pink has also received acclaim for her "raw", "soulful" voice and her ability to emote. The Inquirer defined her voice as "husky" and "gutsy", further complimenting her for developing into a "powerfully emotive vocalist", while comparing her to Janis Joplin.[124] The Star Tribune commends her by writing, "Her slightly raspy, slightly soulful voice made you feel the dysfunction in 'Family Portrait', the longing of 'Who Knew' and the empowerment in 'Perfect'."[125] CNN stated that Pink is known for singing "with the right level of emotion".[126] Fellow pop artist Kelly Clarkson believes that Pink's voice is "the best of our generation".[127]

Public image

Pink, aside from her musical feats, has also become known for her style and work outside of music. She has often been seen as "adventurous" with her hair, and has had styles such as fluorescent spikes to pink-streaked dreadlocks to a pitch-black skater cut.[128] Regarding her style, she told InStyle "I'm eclectic. I'm a tomboy, but I'm kind of a hippie and kind of a gangster [...] I don't know if that's a good thing, but it is my thing."[128]

Pink is a prominent campaigner for PETA, contributing her voice toward causes such as the protest against KFC.[129] In conjunction with PETA, she criticized the Australian wool industry over its use of mulesing. In January 2007, she stated that she had been misled by PETA about mulesing and that she had not done enough research before lending her name to the campaign.[130] Her campaigning led to a headlining concert called PAW (Party for Animals Worldwide) in Cardiff, Wales on August 21, 2007.[131]

Pink is also outspoken about LGBT rights and supports marriage equality.[132]

In June 2012, Pink told Cosmopolitan magazine that her diet is mostly vegan, but she occasionally eats chicken and fish.[133]

Pink is also involved with several charities, including Human Rights Campaign, ONE Campaign, Prince's Trust, New York Restoration Project, Run for the Cure Foundation, Save the Children, Take Back the Night, UNICEF and World Society for the Protection of Animals.[134] As of May 2008, Pink has been officially recognized as an advocate for the RSPCA in Australia. On February 16, 2009, Pink announced she was donating $250,000 to the Red Cross Bushfire Appeal to aid the victims of the bushfires that swept through the Australian state of Victoria earlier that month.[135] Pink stated that she wanted to make "a tangible expression of support".[136] Pink also donated money to Autism Speaks.

In August 2012, Pink became a spokesmodel for CoverGirl, featuring in a fall 2013 advertising campaign themed "beauty with an edge".[137]

Legacy

Pink has been described as an artist who has changed the scope of pop music. She has been credited for breaking boundaries and pushing the envelope throughout her career. She is often regarded as the "most trailblazing artist" of her generation.[123][138][139] Robert Hilburn of the Los Angeles Times says, "Pink stood up for her music, broke the music industry's mold and scored a breakout hit, challenging a school of teen singers to find their own sounds as well." He adds, "[Pink] also started a race among other teen pop stars like Christina Aguilera to add substance to their own sound."[140] Referring to her as a "powerhouse vocalist", Ann Powers of the Los Angeles Times asked, "Why isn't she an even bigger star?"[123] Rob Sheffield of Rolling Stone commented: "I think people respond to her sense of independence and dedication. It inspires people ... This is a prolific pop artist who is sometimes famous and successful, sometimes obscure, who nonetheless keeps making her own kind of music. Every few years, the spotlight comes back around to her—but her fans can trust that when the spotlight moves along, Pink will keep on writing Pink songs."[123] Powers adds that her mix of rock-style rebellion, emotional rawness, humor, and "infectious" dance beats created "a model for the mashup approach of latter-day divas such as Avril Lavigne, Katy Perry, Kesha, and even Rihanna."[123]

James Montgomery of MTV describes her as "a fabulously fearless pop artist" who can "out-sing almost anyone out there. She can out-crazy Gaga or Lily. She's the total pop-star package, everything you'd want in a singer/entertainer/icon. And still, she remains oddly off the radar. Such is the price of busting borders, I suppose."[139] Entertainment Weekly said: "She essentially invented the whole modern wave of Pop Diva Domination: You can draw a straight line from “Get This Party Started” to Katy Perry, Kesha, pre-messianic Lady Gaga, and post-weird Rihanna."[141] Glamour Magazine wrote: "When Pennsylvania-born Alecia Moore debuted in 2000, pop was dominated by long-locked blonds like Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera and Jessica Simpson. Pink changed the game. Without her, the last 13-years of big-voiced, tough chick music is hard to imagine."[142] Jon O'Brien of AllMusic stated that Pink's music provided "the benchmark for the careers of Kelly Clarkson and Katy Perry, to name just two."[143] "Although never quite achieving the cultural impact (and infamy) of contemporaries such as Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera, she’s proved surprisingly durable and influential (would there be any Katy Perry or Ke$ha without Pink?)", wrote John Murphy of musicOMH in his review of The Truth About Love.[144]

In a 2012 cover story on Pink, The Advocate wrote: "The singer has changed the sound of modern pop music irrevocably [...] paving the path for many of today’s most popular modern female artists, including Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, and Rihanna."[145] Bill Brotherton of the Boston Herald seconded this notion while reviewing The Truth About Love Tour, saying: "It’s hard to imagine that Katy Perry, Rihanna and even Gaga would have achieved superstar status without 33-year-old Alecia Moore leading the way."[146]

Following her performance at the American Music Awards of 2012, LZ Granderson of CNN wrote: "... our culture's biggest sin may well be the auto-tuned syrup we've allowed to dominate the pop charts. All-time chart records are handed to vacuous acts such as the Black Eyed Peas and singing awards are given to vocal lightweights such as Taylor Swift [...] But thank God for Pink. [...] While Christina Aguilera has a tendency to oversing, Britney Spears can't sing, and Lauryn Hill sorta stopped singing, Pink has managed to carve a brilliant 13-year-career by being something that is incredibly rare these days—an artist."[147] British soul singer Adele considers Pink's performance at Brixton Academy in London as one of "the most defining moments" in her life, saying "It was the Missundaztood record, so I was about 13 or 14. I had never heard, being in the room, someone sing like that live. I remember sort of feeling like I was in a wind tunnel, her voice just hitting me. It was incredible."[148][149]

Pink's work has inspired several other artists including Kelly Clarkson,[150] Taylor Swift,[151] Katy Perry,[152] Christina Aguilera,[153] Demi Lovato,[154] Ashley Tisdale,[155] Victoria Justice,[156] and Adele.[157]

On American Idol's 12th season, "Just Give Me a Reason", "Try", and "Fuckin' Perfect" were all covered by three of the top 4 finalists. Also Michelle Chamuel covered Pink four times on the fourth season of the reality television show The Voice.

Pink's internet and social media life has proven strong; she has 20 million followers on Twitter, 27 million likes on her Facebook page, and 4 million subscribers on her official YouTube account.

Personal life

Pink in 2006

Family

Pink met professional motocross racer Carey Hart at the 2001 X Games in Philadelphia. Following a brief separation in 2003, Pink proposed to Hart in June 2005 during a Mammoth Lakes motocross race; she was "assisting" in his race and wrote "Will You Marry Me? I’m serious!" on a pit board. He initially didn't notice and continued on for another lap. When he did notice later, he veered off the track to accept right then. She then made him finish the race because she wouldn't marry a loser.[158][159] They married in Costa Rica on January 7, 2006.[160]

After months of speculation, Pink announced in February 2008 that she and Hart had separated.[161][162] Hart subsequently appeared in the video for her 2008 song "So What",[163] which deals with their separation.[164] The couple sought marriage counseling during their separation[165] in hopes of reconciliation.[166] In February 2010, Pink confirmed that she and Hart were back together.[167] Hart appears with Pink in the music video for her songs "Just Give Me a Reason" and "True Love".[168][169]

In November 2010, Pink announced on The Ellen DeGeneres Show that she and Hart were expecting their first child.[170] On June 2, 2011, Pink gave birth to their daughter, Willow Sage Hart.[171]

Pink is a supporter of attachment parenting.[172]

Wealth

In 2010, she appeared on Forbes The Celebrity 100 list at #27, with earnings of $44 million.[173] In 2011, she appeared on Forbes The Top-Earning Women in Music list at #6 with earnings of $22 million, with an average of 1 million per show on the road.[174] In 2009, Billboard put her at the 6th place on their Money Makers list, listing her earnings as $36,347,658.[175] In 2013, she appeared on Forbes list of Highest Paid Musicians, with the earnings of $32 million.[176]

Feud with Kanye West

A feud between Pink and Kanye West blossomed at the 2009 VMA awards when West jumped onstage and interrupted Taylor Swift while she was accepting her award for Best Female Video. "I'm sorry, but Beyoncé had one of the best videos of all time," West declared during Swift's speech.[177] In a message on Twitter, Pink, who was in the audience, wrote: "Kanye west is the biggest piece of shit on earth. Quote me."[178] She added later: "My heart goes out to Taylor Swift. She is a sweet and talented girl and deserved her moment. She should know we all love her."

It was not until July 2013 that the matter was brought up again. A still unconfirmed recording of West from 2010 stated: "It ain't no love. What the fuck was Pink performing? Don’t nobody know that song. Pink performed twice! Two songs? How the f*ck Pink perform two songs and I didn’t even get asked to perform Heartless. Heartless is the biggest song of the year! It had the most spins of the first quarter! I don’t know that Pink song! But I noticed that she's pink!"[179] Although Swift was said to be deeply upset by the 2009 VMAs humiliation, she commented saying, in a tweet after the nomination announcement, "Two VMA nominations!! If you vote and get us one, I promise to keep a firmer grip on the mic this time ;)".[180]

Filmography

Year Title Role Notes
2000 Ski to the Max Brena
2002 Rollerball Rock singer Cameo
2002 Saturday Night Live Herself (musical guest) Episode: "Josh Hartnett/Pink"
2003 Saturday Night Live Herself (musical guest) Episode: "Al Sharpton/Pink"
2003 Punk'd Herself Episode: "1.7"
2003 Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle Coal Bowl M.C. Cameo
2007 Catacombs Carolyn
2009 SpongeBob SquarePants Herself Episode: "SpongeBob's Truth or Square"
2010 Get Him to the Greek Herself Cameo
2011 Happy Feet Two Gloria (voice)
2013 Thanks for Sharing Dede credited as Alecia Moore

Discography

Awards and nominations

Tours

See also

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