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Posted on Fri, 10/17/2014 - 9:09am
by John MacMillan

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Pink, born Alicia Beth Moore, is an extremely popular and well-established artist in today’s rock world. Her singing and songwriting, combined with years of amazing performances, have kept her in the world’s spotlight since the beginning of her recording career. She has been able keep and grow her loyal fan base by consistently creating songs that always reflect her own personal growth, both spiritually and musically. Pink has been described as an artist who seems to give a piece of herself in every performance. From R&B singer to rock star to sweet soul sister, she has proven her ability to be all of these at once.

Pink was in a girl band called Choice, which was noticed by LaFace Records from Atlanta, Georgia in 1998. They signed the band to a record deal and recorded an album, but never released it. They soon convinced Pink to go solo and set her up with several famous R&B producers to record her first record.

In February 2000, LaFace-Arista released Pink’s first single in the United States to call attention to the upcoming record. “There You Go” went to Number 7 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Pink was having success right out of the gate. Can’t Take Me Home was released in April 2000, and it was a very well received R&B album. It peaked at Number 26 on the Billboard albums chart. Two more singles were released from this album. “Most Girls” was the highest peaking single from the record, coming in at Number 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. “You Make Me Sick” was the third single, peaking at Number 33. In her musical debut, Pink had established herself as an extremely talented up-and-coming R&B singer. But Pink didn’t want to be an R&B singer. She teamed up with Linda Perry from the band Four Non Blondes, and together they created much of what would be the next record. Pink moved into Linda’s home for many months during this learning and growing process. Pink credits Linda Perry with teaching her how to write and craft a song.

During this time, Pink collaborated with Lil’ Kim, Mya, and Christina Aguilera for a cover of the song “Lady Marmalade” for the movie musical Moulin Rouge. This song was a huge hit around the world. It went to Number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and won Pink a Grammy award for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals. This was her first. Pink’s popularity was on a fast climb.

In November 2001, Arista released Missundaztood. This was a completely different musical undertaking than her first record. This was pop. This was rock. The first single, “Get This Party Started,” went to Number 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. “Don’t Let Me Get Me” charted at Number 8, as did “Just Like a Pill.” Pink was all over the airwaves. She had another song, “Family Portrait,” which peaked at Number 20. This was the breakthrough album for Pink. She had taken control of her own path with the success of Missundaztood. This record sold over 13 million copies. Pink had her own headlining tour in 2002. The Party Tour went through Australia, Europe, and the United States.

Pink collaborated for much of her next record with punk singer and guitarist Tim Armstrong. Linda Perry also co-wrote three songs. The album, Try This, was released in November 2003. It started at Number 9 on the Billboard album chart. It did not compare in sales to the previous album and failed to break the Top 40 with any singles in the United States. It was the last record that she owed on her Arista contract. The shining spot of this record came when she won her second Grammy award for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance with “Trouble.” This album fared much better in Australia and throughout Europe. The Try This Tour focused mostly on those markets.

In April 2006, LaFace-Zomba released I’m Not Dead. It had been preceded by the first single “Stupid Girls,” which went to Number 13 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The next single, “Who Knew,” made the Top 10, and it was followed by “U+Ur Hand,” which again broke the Top 10. On this record, Pink was unapologetically speaking her mind about the world as she saw it, and it was working. The music world showed just how well it was working by buying over 6 million copies. The I’m Not Dead tour went around the world and lasted about a year.

In October 2008, LaFace-Zomba released Funhouse, and it was a hit right from the start. It debuted at Number 2 on the Billboard album chart. “So What” was Pink’s first Number 1 solo hit. “Sober” followed, reaching Number 15. “Please Don’t Leave Me” went to Number 17. This was a very personal and introspective record for Pink. Much of it deals with her separation from her husband Carey Hart and how it affected her. It resonated with many people in many different ways. Also released as singles from this record in various places around the world were “Glitter in the Air,” “Funhouse,” and “I Don’t Believe You.” Pink performed “Glitter in the Air” at the 2010 Grammy Awards and her acrobatic performance was very well received. The next day, “Glitter in the Air” was released as a single and debuted at Number 18 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart. The Funhouse Tour would travel around the world from 2009 through much of 2010.

Greatest Hits… So Far would be Pink’s next record. It was released in November 2010 by LaFace-Jive Records. It had two new singles on it. “Raise Your Glass” was released in October to help sell the record. It went to Number 1 on the Billboard chart, only her second song to accomplish that feat. The song was a tribute to her loyal fans. “Fuckin’ Perfect” was the second single, climbing to Number 2 on the Billboard chart. The album itself went to Number 5 on the Billboard album chart. At this time, Pink took a break to have a baby.

In July 2012, RCA records pre-released a single from Pink’s upcoming album. “Blow Me (One Last Kiss)” eventually made its way to Number 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. In September 2012, RCA released The Truth About Love, album number six for Pink. It debuted at Number 1 on the Billboard album chart. The next single, “Try,” topped out at Number 9. “Just Give Me a Reason” went to Number 1, making it a total of three Number 1 hits in her career.

In February 2013, Pink started The Truth About Love Tour. As of this writing, she is still out there performing for sellout crowds and connecting with her fans. Pink has had a major impact on rock and pop music in a very short time. It’s her amazing voice. It’s her fearless style. It’s her poetry. It’s her ability to make everyone who listens feel like they are growing right along with her. The world will hopefully see a lot of Pink in our future. 

Tours

  • Party Tour (2002)
  • Try This Tour (2004)
  • I'm Not Dead Tour (2006–07)
  • Funhouse Tour (2009)
  • The Funhouse Summer Carnival (2010)
  • The Truth About Love Tour (2013–14)
 

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