Sunday, November 23, 2008

P!NK


Alecia Beth Moore (born September 8, 1979), professionally known as P!nk (Pink), is a two-time Grammy-winning American singer-songwriter who gained prominence in 2000.

Pink was born in Doylestown, Pennsylvania She grew up in Doylestown, where she attended Central Bucks West High School. 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. According to Pink, her biggest influences are Bette Midler, Janis Joplin, Steven Tyler, Bad Religion, Mary J. Blige, Bob Marley, Billy Joel, Indigo Girls, Don McLean, 2Pac and The Notorious B.I.G.

Pink developed her voice early in life. 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; P!nk remained at LaFace as a solo act under the stage name Pink. D

Pink co-produced her debut album, Can't Take Me Home, 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" . 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.

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 mofo 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.

Pink took her sound in a new direction and sought more creative control during the recording of her second album. The album, named M!ssundaztood 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" , went top five in the U.S. and many other countries. 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. M!ssundaztood 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.

In 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 included on non-U.S. editions of Pink's third album, Try This, which was released on November 11, 2003. 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 3 million copies worldwide,


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 Main

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." It was released 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,[23] 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 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 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.

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. 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 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 November 3, 2008, "Funhouse" debuted at number one on the ARIA charts, certified two times platinum selling over 150,000 units in it's first week. Pink's "Funhouse" tour sold out all concerts in Australia, already set to perform over 25 shows in the country in May/June of 2009.
To support the album release P!nk will go on tour in 2009. The Funhouse Tour will start in Belgium on February 26 and will tour in Europe until mid-May. After that the Australian leg of the tour starts in Perth. After Australia the tour also visit New Zealand. No North America dates are announced thus far.


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