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."
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 signed to the LaFace label. When they disbanded, she 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." 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.
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
- 2006 - "Who Knew" - #4
- 2008 - "So What" - #1
Trivia Fact About Pink:
Pink had a small cameo role as a dirt bike race promoter in the movie Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle.
Shifts in Style:
Eager to head into a more rock direction, 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." 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.
Pink Gets Married and the Future:
Pink toured extensively in Europe following Try This and she picked up a U.S. Grammy Award for Female Rock Performance for the song "Trouble." For the next two years, Pink largely withdrew from the public spotlight. However, 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 deems 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. 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.
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." The album Funhouse hit #2 becoming her biggest hit album yet, and it ultimately generated four top 40 pop singles. The new song "Raise Your Glass" heralded a greatest hits collection on the way in the fall of 2010.