The singer, Pink, somehow manages to receive less press than her female pop star contemporaries, but while they are burning up the tabloid press, Pink is burning up the charts. The top-selling pop artist of the decade for the years 2000 - 2010, Pink has quietly built an empire by earning both the respect of her peers and the adoration of fans looking for pop songs with an edge.
Early Years of Pink, The Singer
Born Alecia Beth Moore in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, Pink was involved in music from an early age. Her father was an amateur guitar player and inspired a love of music in his daughter. In high school, Pink started a band called Middleground and immediately started feuding with another local band called The Jetsists. The groups finally faced off at a local Battle of The Bands competition. Pink's Middleground lost, and the group disbanded immediately following the competition.
Despite her falter with Middleground, Pink remained active as a solo artist. Throughout high school, she performed as an R&B singer in Philadelphia clubs. She also wrote prolifically during that period. Her dark lyrics worried her parents, but she was undeterred from pursuing her musical ambitions.
Eventually, at age 16, Pink formed another group - this time an R&B girl group called Choice. They attracted the attention of producer and label boss L.A. Reid, who signed them and set them up with several different producers. However, after two years of recording, no album was released, and the group disbanded. It was during this period, however, that Pink adopted her stage name, which she borrowed from the movie Reservoir Dogs.
Although Choice didn't work out, L.A. Reid convinced Pink to sign with him as a solo artist. In 2000, he released her debut album, Can't Take Me Home. The album, featuring production by Babyface, Terence Abney and Scott Storch among others, became a major hit. Bolstered by two top ten singles, There You Go and Most Girls, the album went double platinum in the US and also topped the charts in the UK and Australia. Thanks to heavy touring and a guest spot on 2001's Missy Elliot-crafted superstar remake of Lady Marmalade, Pink became almost an overnight sensation.
Her career had taken off, but Pink was displeased with the direction her music was taking. She felt she was being pegged as purely a pop act and wanted to be respected instead for her musical ability. Over the objections of L.A. Reid, Pink reached out to Linda Perry, formerly of 4 Non Blondes and one of Pink's biggest inspirations, for help in honing her musical identity. Working again with Scott Storch and this time adding Dallas Austin to the production team, Pink produced Missundaztood.
Reid may have been concerned, but Mizzundaztood was a hit for Pink. The album earned her three Grammy nominations and achieved gold or platinum status in over 20 countries.
In 2003, Pink teamed with Linda Perry again to write and record songs for her third album, Try This. Although Try This sold over five million copies, the album was a sales disaster compared to its predecessors. Still the album was nominated for one Grammy and the supporting tour was successful.
After a lengthy break to work on new material, Pink returned to music in 2006 with I'm Not Dead. The lead single, Stupid Girls, became Pink's biggest hit. The album delivered three other Top 40 tracks and in particular was a sales success in Australia.
Pink's Australian success continued in 2008 when she released Funhouse. Although the album was popular in the US and UK, it racked up its biggest numbers in Australia. Pink also won a Video Music Award for the Funhouse track Sober.
Pink's Personal Life
In 2006, Pink married motocross star Carey Hart after proposing to him by holding up a sign that read "Will You Marry Me" at one of his races. The couple separated in 2008, but after marriage counseling reconciled and canceled divorce proceedings.
Pink is very active in PETA and has also done charity work for the ONE campaign and UNICEF. She was featured on the We Are The World 25 remake to benefit victims of the earthquakes in Haiti.
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