Alecia Beth Moore
(born September 8, 1979), who performs under
the stage name Pink
, or P!nk
, is a two-time Grammy-winning
American singer-songwriter who gained prominence in 2000 and has had
continued success around the world. She released her first single "There
You Go" and first album, the R&B-oriented Can't Take Me Home
2000 via LaFace Records, which garnered commercial success.
pop rock-oriented second studio album, Missundaztood, was
released in 2001 and is her biggest seller to date. Featuring the hits
"Get The Party Started," "Just Like a Pill," and "Don't Let Me Get Me,"
it began a marked shift in the sound of her music. Pink soon followed up
with her third album, Try This. It was met with disappointing
sales upon its release in November 2003,
although critically the album received mostly positive praise.
After a brief break from music, Pink returned in April 2006 with her
fourth album, I'm Not Dead.
Initially upon its release I'm Not Dead, like her previous
album, critically received mostly good reviews,
but quickly fell off the charts. With a general decline in commercial
sales of her albums since Missundaztood, especially in her native
United States, it appeared as though Pink was headed for cult status.
Pink's career was revived in 2007 when the success of "U + Ur Hand" and
"Who Knew" caused a resurgence of commercial success of I'm Not Dead.
Her fifth album, Funhouse was released in late October 2008
and was preceded by her first solo number one on the Hot 100, "So What".
Since its release in October, Funhouse has been certified
platinum in the U.S. and sold over 3.5 million worldwide.
The second single from the album, "Sober" has also become a U.S. Top 20
hit, peaking at number 15 on the Hot 100
making Funhouse Pink's first album since Missundaztood to
have its first two successive singles peak in the Top 20 of the
Billboard Hot 100. To date, Pink has sold over 30 million albums
Pink was born Alecia Moore in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, the daughter
of Judy Moore, a nurse, and James Moore, Jr, a Vietnam veteran.
Her father is Catholic and her mother Jewish,
and her ancestors immigrated from Ireland, Germany, and Lithuania.
Pink grew up in Doylestown, where she attended Kutz Elementary School,
Lenape Middle School, and 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.
Throughout high school, Middleground had an ongoing rivalry with another
local band, The Jetsists. Middleground folded upon losing a battle of
the bands competition, held at a local cafe, to The Jetsists. According
to Pink, her biggest influences are Bette Midler, Janis Joplin, Steven
Tyler, Madonna, Billy Joel, Indigo Girls, Don McLean, 2Pac and The
Pink developed her voice early in life.
Although a healthy
baby at birth, she quickly developed asthma that plagued her through her
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
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.
2000–2001: Can't Take Me Home
Pink's debut album, Can't Take Me Home, was produced by
Babyface and Steve Rhythm, and released 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
Pink landed an opening act for 'N Sync on their American tour in the
summer of 2000.
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 New Zealand, the UK, Australia and the U.S., where
it became the most successful airplay-only single in history.
The success of the single was helped by its music video, which was
popular on music channels
and won the MTV Video Music Award for Video of the Year.
The song won a Grammy Award — Pink's first — for Best Pop Collaboration
with Vocals, and provided a boost for the four performers' careers.
Tired of being marketed as another cookie-cutter pop act and eager to
become a more serious songwriter and musician, and to perform the type
of music she wanted to, Pink took her sound in a new direction and
sought more creative control during the recording of her second album.
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".
Perry's band, 4 Non Blondes had been one of Pink's favourites in her
teenage years. Pink moved into Perry's Los Angeles home where the pair
spent several months writing songs for the album.
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.
The album, named Missundaztood because of Pink's belief that
people had a wrong image of her,
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.
Missundaztood was certified gold or platinum status in more than
twenty countries, with
worldwide sales of 16 million.
It was the second-best-selling album in the UK during 2002.
Missundaztood and "Get the Party Started" earned nominations at the
2003 Grammy Awards for Best Pop Vocal Album and Best Female Pop Vocal
The 2002 Faith Hill album, Cry, features a song co-written by
Pink and Perry. In 2002, 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 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 motocross 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; 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 Missundaztood; it went platinum in the U.S. and sold over 3
million copies worldwide, a commercial flop compared to its predecessor.
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 sophomore album Now What.
2006–2007: I'm Not Dead
Pink 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."
Pink worked with producers Max Martin, Billy Mann, Christopher Rojas,
Butch Walker, Lukasz Gottwald and Josh Abraham on the album.
The album's release in April 2006 through LaFace Records was a
substantial success throughout the world, particularly in Australia. The
album reached the top ten in the U.S., the top five in the UK, number
one in Germany, and sat at number one in Australia for two
non-consecutive weeks, though it was Pink's lowest seller in the U.S.
until the success of the single "U + Ur Hand" in early 2007. The album
ranked 96th in the USA during 2007.
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,
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 (featuring the Indigo Girls) a number 1 hit in Belgium, 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
The album has sold over 1.1 million copies in the U.S., over 630,000
in Australia, and over 6 million worldwide. Proving very popular in
Australia, with 6 top five singles, and a record breaking 62 weeks in
the top 10, so far the album has gone 9 times platinum. Even as of June
2008, the I'm Not Dead album returned to the Australian Top 40
ARIA charts and remained there in November 2008 where it sits at number
15 on the chart - a total of 110 weeks in the Australian top 40 to date.
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.
One of the London 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
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 sang on the Indigo Girls album Despite Our Differences. She
was featured on 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.
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 and
was certified Gold, selling over 35,000 units.
On August 18, 2008, Pink's single, "So What", officially went for
radio ads, however on
August 7, 2008, it was leaked online, and radio stations across
Australia were quick to give it massive airplay. Within less than 6
hours from the leak, "So What" was immediately voted #1 on Nova 100
Melbourne (although this angered Barry Fields) and shot to #1 on the
Today Network's national radio Hot30 Countdown.
It also shot straight to number 1 on the official Australian and British
iTunes single downloads charts.
On August 22, Pink announced a new track titled "Crystal Ball". The
song is about not knowing what the future holds and liking it that way.
On about August 24, 2008, Pink spoke about her new album Funhouse
in an interview on Australian radio. This interview was then aired on
Monday August 25, and Pink stated she now has a fairly busy schedule
booked right up till 2010, including touring again in Australia and
elsewhere. Approximately 17 minute interview with Pink aired about 9:10
am Monday August 25, 2008 on Australian radio - interview was recorded
in the USA on about August 24.
On September 18, 2008, "So What" became the first solo number one of
her career on the Billboard Hot 100. The track has also reached number
one in Australia, United Kingdom, New Zealand, Canada and Germany.
On October 19, 2008, Pink was the guest of honour at the 2008 ARIA
Music Awards held in Sydney, Australia. She performed her hit song "So
What", stealing the show and receiving a standing ovation from the
Australian music industry. On November 3, 2008, "Funhouse" debuted at
number one on the ARIA charts, certified two times platinum selling over
150,000 units in its first week. Pink's "Funhouse" tour sold out all
concerts in Australia, already set to perform 43 shows in the country
from late May to early August 2009.
To support the album release Pink will go on tour in 2009. The
Funhouse Tour will start in France on February 24 and will tour in
Europe until mid-May. After that the Australian leg of the tour starts
in Perth.She then goes to Sydney and Newcastle in about April-May. After
Australia the tour also visits New Zealand. No North America dates are
announced thus far. The European leg of the tour, Pink will be supported
by British band Raygun. November 23, 2008, she performed her second single "Sober" at
American Music Awards. Pink also appeared on Ellen on November 24, 2008.
The music video for "Please Don't Leave Me" was shot in 2008, it
leaked to the internet on January 23, 2009, and officially premièred on
Pink's YouTube channel on January 27, 2009. It was directed by Dave
||Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle
||Coal bowl starter
||Get Him to the Greek
Marriage and divorce
Pink met professional motocross racer Carey Hart at the 2001 X Games
in Philadelphia. Pink proposed to Carey in 2005 during one of his pit
boarding races in Mammoth Lakes, California by holding up a "Will you
marry me?" sign. On the other side was written "I'm Serious!" After
Carey read the sign, he almost caused an accident.
They married in Costa Rica on January 7, 2006 at sunset.
After months of speculation, Pink's publicist, Michele Schweitzer, told
PEOPLE magazine on February 19, 2008, that the singer and Carey
Hart had separated.
"This decision was made by best friends with a huge amount of love and
respect for one another", Schweitzer said.
The video for her 2008 hit "So What", in which Hart appears, deals with
her separation and pending divorce.
In March 2009, Carey Hart revealed in an interview for SpeedFreaks that
he and Pink are now 'dating'
Pink is a prominent campaigner for PETA, contributing her voice
towards causes such as protesting 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 only
after selling out her Australian tour dates. 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.
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, as well as her unwavering
commitment to contributing her voice towards such causes.
Pink is a vegetarian, but wears leather.
Pink is involved with many charities including "Phoenix vert",
Human Rights Campaign, ONE Campaign, Prince's Trust, New York
Restoration Project, Run For The Cure Foundation, Save the Children,
Take Back the Night, UNICEF and World Society for the Protection of
Animals. As of May
2008 Pink has been officially recognized as an advocate for the RSPCA in
Australia. On February 16, 2009, Pink announced she was donating
$250,000 to the Red Cross Bushfire Appeal to aid the victims of the
bushfires that swept through the Australian state of Victoria earlier
that month, which killed more than 208 people,
claiming that she wanted to make "a tangible expression of support".
- 2000: Can't Take Me Home
- 2001: Missundaztood
- 2003: Try This
- 2006: I'm Not Dead
- 2008: Funhouse
- 2006: Pink: Live in Europe
- 2007: Pink: Live from Wembley Arena
- 2002: Party Tour
- 2004: Try This Tour
- 2006–2007: I'm Not Dead Tour
- 2009: Funhouse Tour
As supporting act
- 2001: 'N Sync / No Strings Attached Tour
- 2002: Lenny Kravitz
- 2002: Janet Jackson / All for You Tour 1Support with
Janet Jackson was cancelled because of the 9/11 attacks.
- 2007: Justin Timberlake / FutureSex/LoveShow
Awards and nominations
||Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals
||"Lady Marmalade" (with Christina Aguilera, Lil' Kim and
||Best Female Pop Vocal Performance
||"Get the Party Started"
|Best Pop Vocal Album
||Best Female Rock Vocal Performance
|Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals
||"Feel Good Time"
||Best Female Pop Vocal Performance
||Best Female Pop Vocal Performance
||Best International Female Artist
||Best International Female Artist
||Best International Female Artist
Source: Grammy official site