Pink

Pink
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Born

Alecia Beth Moore - September 8, 1979 in Doylestown, Pennsylvania.

Quote from Pink

In reference to Britney Spears from interview with Teen People: "To me, she represents puppets on a string and lip-synching. All the girls that came out in the last couple of years, we all got thrown into one bucket. I don't want people to throw me in that bucket."

Growing Up

Pink (there are a variety of stories about the origin of the nickname) grew up in a musical family.

At age 14, she began writing and singing some of her own songs in clubs in Philadelphia. She was spotted by an MCA Records executive who asked her to audition for a group. She made it into Basic Instinct, but they quickly folded. She was then recruited into a group named Choice who were signed to the LaFace label by L.A. Reid. They recorded an album in Atlanta that was never released. When they disbanded, Pink was offered a solo contract.

Pink's First Success

Pink's first album, Can't Take Me Home, released in 2000, was recorded with a wide range of R&B songwriters and producers. Pink has said she really didn't like this direction for her music, but the album sold over 2 million copies and included the top 10 hit singles "Most Girls" and "There You Go." She won the Billboard Award for Female New Artist of the Year in 2000. While preparing for her next solo album, she performed as part of a star-studded remake of "Lady Marmalade" with Lil' Kim, Christina Aguilera, and Mya.

She earned her first Grammy Award, Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals, for "Lady Marmalade."

Top Pink Singles

  • 2000 - "There You Go" - #3
  • 2000 - "Most Girls" - #3
  • 2001 - "Lady Marmalade - #1
  • 2001 - "Get the Party Started" - #1
  • 2002 - "Don't Let Me Get Me" - #2
  • 2002 - "Just Like a Pill" - #3
  • 2006 - "U + Ur Hand" - #5

Shifts in Style

Eager to head into a more rock direction and not be seen as just another pop artist, Pink hooked up with ex-4 Non Blondes singer Linda Perry in late 2001. The resulting album Missundaztood appeared in 2002. It reached the top 10 on the album chart and included the top 10 pop singles "Get the Party Started," "Don't Let Me Get Me," and "Just Like a Pill." She won two MTV Video Music Awards for "Get the Party Started" including Best Female Video. She also earned two Grammy Award nominations including Best Pop Vocal Album. 

Pink's next album Try This, released in 2003, was even more rock-oriented. Its sales weren't as strong in the U.S., but it still did well overseas. The song "Trouble" won a Grammy Award for Best Female Rock Vocal. 

Pink Gets Married and Has Huge Pop Success

Pink toured extensively in Europe following Try This. For the next two years, Pink largely withdrew from the public spotlight. She co-wrote songs with others including Lisa Marie Presley and Damon Elliott. Her personal life was heading in a rewarding direction.

In 2005, she married her long-time boyfriend, motocross racer Carey Hart, in Costa Rica.

In early 2006 Pink announced that she would have a new album titled I'm Not Dead out in April. In advance of the album, she released a video for a song titled "Stupid Girls" that satirically took aim at what she deemed the shallow celebrity lifestyles of Britney Spears, Jessica Simpson, and Lindsay Lohan, among others. The song became a top 20 hit single and was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal. It won the MTV Video Music Award for Best Pop Video. I'm Not Dead debuted inside the top 10 of the album chart.

"Who Knew," the follow-up single to "Stupid Girls," stiffed on the chart in its initial release, but Pink returned to the spotlight as the opening act on tour with Justin Timberlake.

Partially due to the high profile publicity, "U + Ur Hand," the 3rd single from I'm Not Dead, turned into a top 5 smash. It was followed by a re-release of "Who Knew" that reached the pop top 5 as well. I'm Not Dead also included the song "Dear Mr. President," an open letter to US President George W. Bush.

In early 2008, Pink announced that she was separated from her husband Carey Hart, and in the fall, she was back near the top of the charts on both sides of the Atlantic with the charging pop-rock hit "So What." It addressed her relationship with Carey Hart and even featured brief cameos by him in the accompanying music video. "So What" ultimately became Pink's first solo #1 pop hit. The album Funhouse hit #2 becoming her biggest hit album yet, and it ultimately generated four top 40 pop singles. By February 2010 Pink and Carey Hart had reunited. The new song "Raise Your Glass" heralded a greatest hits collection on the way in the fall of 2010. It became her third visit to #1 on the pop singles chart. In June 2011, Pink gave birth to her first child, daughter Willow Sage Hart.

The Truth About Love

Pink began promotion of her next studio album The Truth About Love with the release of the single "Blow Me (One Last Kiss)" in July 2012. It was a top 5 hit and the album debuted at #1 on the album chart in September. "Just Give Me a Reason," recorded with fun's lead vocalist Nate Ruess, was released as the third single from the album and it became Pink's fourth #1 pop hit. The Truth About Love earned a Grammy Award nomination for Best Pop Vocal Album while "Just Give Me a Reason" received nominations for Song of the Year and Best Pop Duo or Group Performance.  Pink's 2013 world tour in support of The Truth About Love was the third highest grossing concert tour of the year.

In 2014, Pink took another big turn in musical style releasing a folk-oriented album Rose Ave. with City and Colour's lead vocalist Dallas Green under the name You+Me. It reached #1 on the folk albums chart and #4 on the overall album chart.

In 2016 Pink was back in the pop top 10 with her song "Just Like Fire" from the soundtrack to the movie Alice Through the Looking Glass.