Alecia Beth Moore (born September 8, 1979), better known by her stage name P!NK (also written as Pink), is an American singer-songwriter who first gained prominence in early January of 2000. She is most often recognized by her unique, unorthodox fashion sense and soulful sound. Named #12 in the UK Music Hall of Fame of the 21st century, her vocal skills have often been compared to that of the late Janis Joplin, whom Pink cites as one of her idols.
Pink is the #1 Pop Song Artist of the Decade (2000–2010) according to Billboard’s Decade End Chart. She has also scored ten Billboard Hot 100 Top 10 US hits, including eight as a solo artist, and won two Grammy Awards, 5 MTV Music Awards and 2 Brit Awards. The People’s Chart, announced through BBC Radio 1, declared Pink as the 11th Most Played Artist on UK Radio of the past decade ( 2000 to 2009). To date, Pink has sold over 30 million albums worldwide. Forbes Magazine named Pink the 27th most powerful celebrity in the world with $44 million earned between June 2009 and June 2010.
Pink was born in Doylestown, Pennsylvania to James and Judy Moore; she is of Irish and German descent on her father’s side, and of Lithuanian Jewish heritage on her mother’s. Though Pink has described her mother as Jewish, another sources claims her mother is “half Jewish.” Pink herself does not adhere to any organized religion.
Her father played guitar and sang songs for young Alecia as she grew up, who aspired from early age that she would one day become a rock star. She has explained the origin of the stage name “Pink” or “P!nk” in three different versions, one explicit. The lighter version claims that she had her pants pulled down by a boy at a YMCA summer camp when she was a teenager, and her face turned bright pink out of embarrassment.
The explicit version claims that a friend told her that her pubic region was bright pink. She has also said that all of her friends said she acted just like Mr. Pink, a character in the film Reservoir Dogs so she wanted to call herself that. On January 7, 2006, she married motorcycle racer Carey Hart in a ceremony on a beach in Costa Rica.
Can’t Take Me Home: Pink began her career as an R&B artist, signed to the predominately urban label LaFace Records. She has since complained that because she chose to relinquish creative control to her record label, she did not like the type of music she made at this time, or her image, which included bright pink hair. Her debut album, Can’t Take Me Home was released on April 4, 2000.
A substantial success, it went double platinum, and spun off two top 10 singles: “There You Go” and “Most Girls.” The album’s third single, “You Make Me Sick” was released towards the end of 2000, and also became a smaller pop hit in early 2001 (#33 in February of 2001), thanks in part to its being featured in the movie Save The Last Dance.
In spring of 2001, Pink teamed up with rapper Lil’ Kim, R&B singer Mya, and pop music singer Christina Aguilera on a remake of Labelle’s 1975 hit “Lady Marmalade”. The track was produced by hip-hop producers Rockwilder and Missy Elliott and was featured in Baz Luhrman’s Moulin Rouge!.
The song’s music video featured the four singers dressed in underwear and heavy makeup, portraying turn-of-the-20th century courtesans. The video was immensely popular on music centered television channels and adult top 40 radio. The song went to #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and won a Grammy Award Pink’s first for Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals. The song also topped the charts in Australia with the soundtrack being the best selling album of 2001 in that country.
Missundaztood: Tired of being marketed as another cookie-cutter pop act, and eager to become a more serious songwriter and musician, Pink took her sound in a new direction and sought more creative control during the recording of her second album.
She recruited former 4 Non Blondes vocalist, Linda Perry, and together Pink and Perry co-wrote and co-produced most of the tracks on Missundaztood, released on November 20, 2001.
Its lead off single, the Perry written and produced “Get The Party Started” went top five in the U.S., while topping the charts in many countries. It was narrowly denied the #1 spot in the UK due to the posthumous release of George Harrison’s “My Sweet Lord”. The album’s other singles, “Don’t Let Me Get Me”, “Just Like a Pill”, and “Family Portrait” were also radio and chart successes. The Dallas Austin produced “Just Like a Pill” finally gained Pink her first solo UK #1 in September 2002 and as a result album sales of M!ssundaztood increased dramatically.
Uptempo dance remixes of these more rock-oriented songs allowed them to become crossover hits on U.S. rhythmic radio and in the clubs, and the less R&B, more alternative rock sound of M!ssundazstood enabled all four singles to become modest hits at adult top 40 radio also. The album’s tracks “18 Wheeler” and “Eventually” (the first song Pink wrote with Perry) were rumoured as fifth singles; however, following sales that exceeded all expectations Pink took a short hiatus.
M!ssundaztood was the second best-selling album in the UK during 2002, and worldwide Pink was the best-selling female artist globally. The album has sold over 5 million copies in the U.S. to date.
In the summer of 2003, Pink released a single from Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle, “Feel Good Time”. The track, produced by electronic music artist William Orbit, peaked in the 60′s on Billboard magazine’s Hot 100 Singles chart. She also had a small cameo in the movie as a dirt bike race promoter.
Try This: Pink’s third album Try This was released on November 11, 2003. Eight of the thirteen tracks were co-written with Tim Armstrong of punk band Rancid. Try This reached the Top 10 on album charts in the U.S., Canada, UK and Australia in 2003.
Though its singles “Trouble” and “God Is A DJ” didn’t do as well in her home country as her previous singles, “Trouble” earned Pink her second Grammy award in 2003. However, the singles were largely successful in Europe, especially Britain, and Australia, prompting her to release a third non-U.S. single, “Last To Know”. Due to the album’s popularity, Pink toured extensively throughout Europe, but made no plans for a U.S. tour.
I’m Not Dead: Pink’s fourth album, I’m Not Dead was released in April 2006. The first single, “Stupid Girls,” has already been released to radio, and is currently available on iTunes. P!nk made videos for “U + Ur Hand” and “Stupid Girls” but decided to release the latter first.
The CD had started causing controversy before it was even released. The song “Dear Mr. President” is an open letter to President George W. Bush. The CD was released 31 March in some parts of Europe (those which release albums on Fridays, as opposed to Mondays) 3 April and 4 April in the U.S. and Canada.
A DVD containing concert footage of Pink’s Try This European Tour is also planned to be released the same day as her new album. The horror movie “Catacombs” will be out this year as well but there’s no date yet.
According to her official UK mailing list, track two of the album, “Who Knew”, will be released as the second single from the album on 29th May 2006.
On August 7, 2008, Pink’s single “So What” was leaked online, and radio stations across Australia were quick to give it massive airplay. Within less than 6 hours from the leak, “So What” was voted #1 on Nova 100 Melbourne and shot to #1 on the Today Network’s national radio Hot30 Countdown. It also shot straight to number 1 on the official Australian and British iTunes single downloads charts. On August 22, Pink announced a new track titled “Crystal Ball”. On September 18, 2008, “So What” became the first solo number one of her career on the Billboard Hot 100.
Pink was the guest of honour at the 2008 ARIA Music Awards held in Sydney, Australia, in October 2008, where she sang “So What”. On November 3, 2008, “Funhouse” debuted at number one on the ARIA charts, certified two times platinum and selling over 86,000 units in its first week. Pink’s “Funhouse” tour sold out all concerts in Australia, and she performed a total of 58 shows around the country between May and August 2009, performing for more than 600,000 Australian fans. The Funhouse Tour started in France on February 24 and continued through Europe until mid-May, with supporting act Raygun. Pink then performed a series of shows in Australia.
On November 23, 2008, Pink performed her second single from Funhouse, “Sober” at the American Music Awards. The third single was “Please Don’t Leave Me”, with a video directed by Dave Meyers. The fourth single was “Funhouse”, although “Bad Influence” was released in Australia prior to “Funhouse”‘s release as a promotional single for the tour. In May 2009, Pink released a four-CD set of her albums Can’t Take Me Home / Missundaztood / Try This / I’m Not Dead, excluding her current album Funhouse. The album peaked at number 7 in the UK Album Chart.
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”.
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. 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. The music of Pink was the theme of the October 4, 2009 episode of Australian Idol. Pink was a featured soloist in the remake of the 1985 charity single, We Are the World. It was then announced that Pink will collaborate with Herbie Hancock for his album, The Imagine Project.
Pink stated that after her Funhouse Summer Carnival Tour she would like to get back in the studio for a follow-up to Funhouse but it will take a while to record as she has “nothing really to say”. Pink 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”.Related Information: