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Alecia Beth Moore (Template:PronEng[1]) (born on September 8, 1979), known professionally as Pink (often stylized as P!nk), is a two-time Grammy-winning American singer-songwriter who gained prominence in 2000.

Pink released her first record, the R&B-oriented Can't Take Me Home, in 2000 via LaFace Records. Her pop rock-based second studio album, M!ssundaztood, was released in 2001 and is her biggest seller to date. Her third album, 2003's Try This, failed to match the success of M!ssundaztood. After taking a break, Pink released her fourth studio album, I'm Not Dead (2006), which was successful worldwide. Pink has so far sold over 25 million albums worldwide.

Childhood and discoveryEdit

Pink was born in Doylestown, Pennsylvania to Vietnam veteran James Moore and nurse Judy Kugel. She is of German and Irish ancestry on her father's side, and is Lithuanian-Jewish on her mother's side.[2][3] Pink has identified herself as a "Irish-German-Lithuanian-Jew".[4][5] She grew up in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, where she attended Central Bucks West High School. Her father played guitar and sang songs for her, and from an early age she aspired to be a rock star. When in high school, Pink joined her first band called Middleground, which never gained popularity beyond local status. According to Pink, her biggest influences are Janis Joplin, Steven Tyler, Bad Religion, Mary J. Blige, Bob Marley, Billy Joel, Indigo Girls, Don McLean and The Notorious B.I.G..[6]

Pink developed her voice early in life.[7] Although a healthy baby at birth, she quickly developed asthma that plagued her through her early years.[8] When she was a young teenager, Pink 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."[8] She began performing in Philadelphia clubs when she was fourteen years old. At sixteen, she joined the R&B Atlanta-based trio Choice, which included Chrissy Conway of the Christian girl group ZOEgirl. The group signed with LaFace Records and contributed "Key to My Heart" to the soundtrack of the 1996 film Kazaam. Choice eventually disbanded after recording an unreleased album; Pink remained at LaFace as a solo act under the stage name Pink. Daryl Simmons took her to recordings where she sang backing vocals for artists such as Diana Ross, 98 Degrees, Kenny Lattimore and Tevin Campbell. Pink's debut single, the dance track "Gonna Make Ya Move (Don't Stop)", was released in the UK in 1998 by Activ Records and appeared on the UK top 200.

Musical careerEdit

2000–2001: Can't Take Me HomeEdit

Main article: Can't Take Me Home

Pink co-produced her debut album, Can't Take You Home Because Corey Zamprogno said so, with Babyface and Steve Rhythm, and released it in April 2000. A substantial success, it went double platinum in the U.S., sold 5 million copies worldwide and produced two U.S. top ten singles: "There You Go" and "Most Girls" (which reached number one in Australia). The album's third single, "You Make Me Sick", became a smaller U.S. top forty hit and UK top ten hit in early 2001 and was featured in the film Save the Last Dance. Pink later acknowledged, with regard to Can't Take Me Home, that she chose to relinquish creative control to her record label and that she did not like the music she made at this time or her image,[9] which included bright pink hair.

In 2001, she recorded a cover of Labelle's 1975 single "Lady Marmalade" with Christina Aguilera, rapper Lil' Kim and Mýa for the soundtrack of the film Moulin Rouge!. Produced by hip-hop producers Rockwilder and Missy Elliott, the song topped the charts in countries including the UK, Australia and the U.S., where it became the most successful airplay-only single in history.[10] The success of the single was helped by its music video, which was popular on music channels[11] and won the MTV Video Music Award for Video of the Year.[12] The song won a Grammy Award — Pink's first — for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals, and provided a boost for the four performers' careers.[13]

2001–2002: M!ssundaztoodEdit

Main article: M!ssundaztood

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.[9] She recruited former 4 Non Blondes vocalist Linda Perry, who said Pink opened up to her: "In the beginning I just said: "What do you feel?", and she [Pink] would just sit behind the piano and sing".[13] Perry co-wrote and co-produced the album with Dallas Austin and Scott Storch, and according to VH1 Driven, Antonio "LA" Reid of LaFace Records wasn't initially content with the new music Pink was making.[13] The album, named M!ssundaztood because of Pink's belief that people had a wrong image of her,[14] 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 number one 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 and the United World Chart, and "Family Portrait" became a theme song for many children whose parents were divorced (according to MTV Diary). M!ssundaztood was certified gold or platinum status in more than twenty countries,[15] with worldwide sales of twelve million.[16] It was the second-best-selling album in the UK during 2002, and Pink was the best-selling female artist globally.[17] M!ssundaztood and "Get the Party Started" earned nominations at the 2003 Grammy Awards for Best Pop Vocal Album and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance, respectively.

The 2002 Faith Hill album, Cry, features a song co-written by Pink and Perry. In 2002, after opening for 'N Sync on their American tour, Pink started a headlining American, European and Australian tour, the Party Tour; later, she became a supporting act for Lenny Kravitz's American tour.

2003–2005: Try ThisEdit

Main article: Try This

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 motorcross 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 the band Spirit. It became Pink's first single to miss the top forty on Billboard's Hot 100 chart, although it was a hit in Europe and 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 thirteen tracks were co-written with Tim Armstrong of the band Rancid, and Linda Perry was featured on the album as a writer and musician. Though Try This reached the top ten on album charts in the U.S., Canada, the UK and Australia, sales were considerably lower than those of M!ssundaztood; it went platinum in the U.S. and sold over 945,000 million copies worldwide, a commercial flop compared to its predecessor.[18] The singles "Trouble" and "God Is a DJ" did not reach the U.S. top forty but went 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. In 2005 she collaborated with her good friend Lisa Marie Presley on the track Shine, on Presley's second album Now What.

2006–2007: I'm Not DeadEdit

Main article: I'm Not Dead

Moore 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."[19] Pink worked with producers Max Martin, billymann, Christopher Rojas, Butch Walker, Lukasz Gottwald and Josh Abraham on the album. It was released in April 2006 through LaFace Records and reached the top ten in the U.S., the top five in the UK and number one in Australia and Germany. It was a substantial success throughout the world, particularly in Australia,[20] but it was Pink's lowest seller in the U.S. until the success of the single "U + Ur Hand" in early 2007. Worldwide, the album was the tenth biggest selling album of 2006. The album ranked 96th in the USA during 2007. [1][21]

Lead single "Stupid Girls" was Pink's biggest U.S. hit since 2002 and earned a Grammy Award nomination for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance. Its music video, in which she parodies celebrities such as Lindsay Lohan, Jessica Simpson and Paris Hilton,[22] 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 U.S. in 2007. The non-U.S. singles were "Nobody Knows", a minor hit in the UK, Australia and Germany; "Dear Mr. President", an open letter to American President George W. Bush and a top five hit in Germany, Australia and other countries; "Leave Me Alone (I'm Lonely)", a UK top forty and Australian top five entry; and "'Cuz I Can". The album has currently sold two million copies in the U.S and six million worldwide.

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.[23] One of the shows on the tour was taped and released as a DVD, Pink: Live from Wembley Arena. 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. 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.[24]

File:Arena Of Pop 2007 - Pink - 001.jpg

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 was featured on a remix of India.Arie's song "I Am Not My Hair" featured in the Lifetime Television film Why I Wore Lipstick to My Mastectomy. She wrote a song ("I Will") for Natalia's third album, Everything & 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 official site.[25]

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 and reached the top twenty on the albums chart.[26]

2008: Fifth studio albumEdit

On February 20, 2008, Pink posted a message on her website discussing her separation from her husband Carey Hart and to confirm that she is working on a new album.[27]

On March 31, 2008, a Dutch music store published an album and DVD release list on their website, stating that in October 2008 a new album from Pink will be released in stores.[28]

On April 13, 2008 Pink was seen with producer Butch Walker in Malibu by paparazzi. One of them asked Moore if she was busy working on new music in which she answered yes. When the cameramen asked when we could expect it she stated that she didn't know.[29]

On June 16, 2008 - P!nk's Manager confirmed that P!nk was in fact working on her album and was due to release it on October if all goes well.This source was Taken from Late News Channel Ten in Australia.

During June 2008, rumoured album titles have leaked onto the internet. Such titles include "Damn Straight" and "Don't Need You Anymore". None of the rumoured titles have been confirmed nor denied.

Acting careerEdit

Pink appeared as herself in the films Ski to the Max (2000) and Rollerball (2002). After her cameo performance in Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle, she appeared in the horror film Catacombs, which co-stars Shannyn Sossamon. "It's pretty intense", she said. "It's not only a sort of slasher type, scary movie; it's also psychological and shows how mean and cruel siblings can be to one another. I liked that part of it."[30] She was once on the short list of people to play Janis Joplin in an upcoming biopic titled Gospel According to Janis, but she chose not to, saying it would be disrespectful to Joplin because the film makers didn't want to say she died of a heroin overdose. "All I can say at this point is that if Janis wants the film to be made, it will be made", Pink said in 2006.[31]

Sony Pictures Entertainment has expressed interest in making a second sequel to Charlie's Angels, as has star and producer Drew Barrymore, who is reportedly considering Pink for a role in the film. Pink said, "I hope that I get to play my role as a bad girl."[32]

FilmographyEdit

Year Title Role
2000 Ski to the Max As Herself
2002 Rollerball Rock singer
2003 Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle Coal bowl starter
2007 Catacombs Carolyn

Personal lifeEdit

MarriageEdit

Pink proposed to motocross racer Carey Hart in 2005 by doing his pit boarding and then asking him to marry her during one of his races in Mammoth Lakes, California by holding up a sign with "Will you marry me?" on it. On the other side was written "I'm Serious!" After Hart read the sign, he almost caused an accident.[33] They married in Costa Rica on January 7, 2006 at sunset.[34] After months of speculation, Pink's publicist, Michele Schweitzer, told PEOPLE magazine on February 19, 2008, that the singer and Carey Hart had separated.[35]

"This decision was made by best friends with a huge amount of love and respect for one another," Ms Schweitzer said. Pink met Hart at the 2001 X Games in Las Vegas.[36] Pink filed for divorce on February 21, 2008. She is currently single and residing in California.

PETAEdit

Pink is a prominent campaigner for PETA, contributing her voice towards causes such as a protest against KFC. She sent a letter to Prince William criticizing him for fox hunting and one to Queen Elizabeth II protesting the use of real fur in the bearskins of the Foot Guards and the Honourable Artillery Company. In November 2006, Pink mentioned in the News of the World that she was disgusted with fellow singer Beyoncé for wearing fur. 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.[37] Her campaigning led to a headlining concert in Cardiff, Wales on August 21 2007 called PAW (Party for Animals Worldwide). This highlighted her involvement with animal cruelty problems.

Charity WorkEdit

Pink is involved with many charities including Greenpeace, Human Rights Campaign, ONE Campaign, Planned Parenthood, Princes Trust, Run For The Cure Foundation, Save the Children, Take Back the Night, UNICEF and World Society for the Protection of Animals.[38]

As of May 2008 P!nk has been officially recognised as an advocate for the RSPCA in Australia. By using her name to reach out the RSPCA are attempting to assist in the education of youths Aus with regard to animal welfare.

DiscographyEdit

Main article: Pink discography
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AlbumsEdit

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Box SetEdit

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DVDsEdit

#1 singlesEdit

ToursEdit

HeadliningEdit

As supporting actEdit

1 Support with Janet Jackson was cancelled because of the 9/11 attacks.

AwardsEdit

Main article: List of Pink awards

Source: Grammy official site

Year Category Recording Result
Grammy Awards
2002 Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals "Lady Marmalade" (with Christina Aguilera, Lil' Kim and Mýa) Won
2003 Best Female Pop Vocal Performance "Get the Party Started" Nominated
Best Pop Vocal Album M!ssundaztood Nominated
2004 Best Female Rock Vocal Performance "Trouble" Won
Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals "Feel Good Time" Nominated
2007 Best Female Pop Vocal Performance "Stupid Girls" Nominated
BRIT Awards
2003 Best International Female Artist Won
2007 Best International Female Artist Nominated

ReferencesEdit

  1. See inogolo.com: Pronunciation of Alecia Moore. Inogolo
  2. P!nk is back Sunday Herald. Retrieved May 2006.
  3. Pink's Q Magazine Transcript Q Magazine. Retrieved March, 2004.
  4. Christina News Source
  5. Nate Bloom Pink Should Think Interfaith Family.
  6. Official MySpace page MSN. Retrieved March 2006.
  7. Official Homepage Jensen. Interview in the Dutch program Jensen. RTL. Retrieved March 2006
  8. 8.0 8.1 Driven: Pink VH1. Retrieved October 31, 2007.
  9. 9.0 9.1 Teresa Wiltz Pop Princess Pink: Flush With Attitude The Washington Post. Retrieved June 2, 2002.
  10. "Lady Marmalade" from Moulin Rouge Makes History
  11. Rebecca Murray Music From "Moulin Rouge" Makes History Interscope Geffen A&M Records. Retrieved August 10, 2007.
  12. MTV Celebrates the Best in Music Video prnewswire. Retrieved September 6, 2001.
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 Pink: Driven. About the Episode VH1. Retrieved September 9, 2007.
  14. Jason Genegabus She'll get the party started with a show at the Blaisdell StarBulletin. Retrieved December 16, 2002.
  15. Entertainment Editors JUST WHITNEY... Wins Career-High 1st Week Sales and Top 10 Album Chart Debut, as Arista Nets 2 of Year's Top 10 Soundscan Albums !! BusinessWire. Retrieved December 19, 2002.
  16. Entertainment Editors P!NK - Looking for 'Trouble?' - TRY THIS! New Album, Try This, in Stores November 11th BusinessWire. Retrieved September 22, 2003.
  17. Year End of 2002 chart Mediatraffic. Retrieved August 6, 2007.
  18. Pink on E! True Hollywood Story.
  19. Julie Chen "Pink: Singing With Dad Was 'Awesome'". CBS News. July 12 2006. Retrieved March 30 2007.
  20. P!nk At #1 With Album, Aussie Airplay + Single Sony BMG Australia. Retrieved June 3, 2007
  21. Year-End Chart 2006 Media traffic. Retrieved January 1, 2007.
  22. Gardner, Elysa. "Pink's video pokes fun at 'Stupid Girls'". USA Today. February 14 2006.
  23. Jonathon Moran Pink proves a hot ticket Sunday Telegraph June 10, 2007. Retrieved June 24, 2007.
  24. Official mini-site for the Pink PSP Sony Entertainment. Retrieved November 12, 2006
  25. Sing - Who are the 23? Annie Lennox official website. Retrieved August 5, 2007.
  26. Australian Record Industry Association
  27. Pink Home | The Official Pink Site
  28. Free Record Shop (NL)
  29. P!nk et Butch Walker. Youtube. Retrieved May 13, 2007.
  30. Stars Are Blind » Pink
  31. Brian Boyd Pink Pather Irish Times. Retrieved November, 2006.
  32. Clint Morris Charlies Angels 3 rumblings Moviehole.net. Retrieved August 5, 2007
  33. Pink Gets Engaged To Motocross Champion Carey Hart. Retrieved on February 1, 2008.
  34. Pink Gets Married in Costa Rica. Retrieved on February 1, 2008.
  35. http://music.yahoo.com/read/news/57322859
  36. Pink blue after marriage bust-up. NEWS.com.au. Retrieved on Feb 20, 2008.
  37. Pink sheepish over boycott call Theage.com. Retrieved January 17, 2007.
  38. Look to the Stars: Pink's Charity Work

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