Alecia Moore (born September 8, 1979 in Doylestown, Pennsylvania), better known by her stage name P!NK (also written as Pink), is an American singer-songwriter who gained prominence in early January of 2000. She is most often recognized by her unique, unorthodox fashion sense and ever-evolving soulful sound. Named #12 in the UK Music Hall of Fame of the 21st century, her vocal skills have often been compared to that of the late Janis Joplin of whom Pink cites as one of her idols. She is the daughter of James and Judy Moore, and is of Irish, German and Jewish descent. James played guitar and sang songs for the young Alecia, who vowed from the earliest that she would become a rock star someday.
The origin of the stage name "Pink" has been explained by her in three different versions, one explicit. The lighter version claims that she had her pants pulled down by a boy at a YMCA summer camp when she was a teenager, and her face turned bright pink out of embarrassment. The explicit version claims that a friend told her that her pubic region was bright pink. Also she said that in the movie Reservoir Dogs there is a character named Mr. Pink. She said all of her friends said she acted just like him so she wanted to call herself that. But her friends said "Mr. Pink is a man" so they shortened it to Pink.
Recently became engaged to boyfriend of 4 years Carey Hart after he accepted her proposal.
Can't Take Me Home
Pink began her career as an R&B and hip-hop musician. She has complained that because she chose to relinquish creative control to her record producer L.A. Reid, she did not like the type of music she made at this time, or her image, which included bright pink hair. Her first album, Can't Take Me Home, was a modest success, due to the huge pop and rhythmic radio hit singles "There You Go" (Hot 100 #7 in July of 2000) and "Most Girls" (#4 in November 2000). The album's third single, "You Make Me Sick" was released towards the end of 2000, and also became a smaller pop hit in early 2001 (hit number 33 in February of 2001), thanks in part to its being featured in the movie Save The Last Dance.
In spring of 2001, Pink teamed up with rapper Lil Kim, R&B singer Mya, and pop music singer Christina Aguilera on a remake of Patti Labelle's "Lady Marmalade". The track was produced by hip-hop producers Rockwilder and Missy Elliott and was featured in Baz Luhrman's Moulin Rouge!. The song's music video featured the four singers dressed in underwear and heavy makeup, portraying turn-of-the-20th century courtesans. The video was immensely popular on music centered television channels and adult top 40 radio. The song went to #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and won a Grammy Award—Pink's first—for Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals. The song also topped the charts in Australia with the soundtrack being the best selling album of 2001 in that country.
Towards the end of 2001, Pink decided to take her career in a new direction and have more creative control. Tired of being marketed as a white hip-hop and R&B singer, and eager to become a more serious songwriter and musician, Pink sought the help of former 4 Non Blondes vocalist, Linda Perry. Together, Pink and Perry co-wrote and co-produced most of the tracks on Pink's sophomore album, Missundaztood, which was released in early 2002. The album's more pop rock sound could be heard immediately with its first single, the Linda Perry penned, Get the Party Started.
Get the Party Started was a hugely commercially successful single, topping the charts in many countries and was narrowly denied the #1 spot in the UK due to the posthumous release of fellow American R&B singer Aaliyah's single More Than A Woman. The album's other singles, Don't Let Me Get Me, Just Like A Pill, and Family Portrait were also radio and chart successes. The Dallas Austin produced "Just Like A Pill" finally gained Pink her first solo UK #1 in September 2003 and as a result album sales of M!ssundaztood increased dramatically. Uptempo dance remixes of these more rock-oriented songs allowed them to become crossover hits on US rhythmic radio and in the clubs, and the less R&B, more alternative rock sound of M!ssundazstood enabled all four singles to become modest hits at adult top 40 radio also. The albums tracks 18 Wheeler and Eventually (the first song Pink wrote with Perry) were rumoured as fifth singles, however following sales that exceeded all expectations Pink took a short hiatus.
M!ssundaztood was the second best-selling album in the UK during 2002, and worldwide Pink was the best-selling female artist globally.
In the summer of 2003, Pink released a single from Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle, "Feel Good Time". The track, produced by electronic music artist William Orbit, peaked in the 60's on Billboard magazine's Hot 100 Singles chart. She also had a small cameo in the movie as a dirt bike race promoter.
In 2003 Pink released a new album called Try This. Eight of the thirteen tracks were cowritten with Tim Armstrong of punk band Rancid. Try This reached the Top 10 on album charts in the US, Canada, UK and Australia in 2003. Its singles "Trouble" and "God Is A DJ" didn't do so well in her home country, but were largely successful in Europe, especially Britain, and Australia, prompting her to release a third non-US single, Last To Know. Due to the albums popularity, Pink toured extensively throughout Europe, but made no plans for a US tour.
The single "Trouble" earned Pink her second (and first individual) Grammy award for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance.
Pink is one of the only female-solo artists to have 9 top 10 hits in the U.K.
I'm Not Dead
In early 2006, Pink will release her new CD "I"m Not Dead". The first single, "You and Your Hand," will be released on radio on January 24. The CD is set for end of March or early April.
A DVD containing concert footage of Pink's Try This European Tour is also planned to be released around the same time as her new album and the horror movie "Catacombs".
- Can't Take Me Home (2000) #26 US, #13 UK
- 2x Platinum, 3 million copies worldwide
- M!ssundaztood (2001) #6 US, #2 UK
- 5x Platinum, 12 million copies worldwide
- Try This (2003) #8 US, #3 UK
- Platinum, 2.5 million copies worldwide
- I'm Not Dead (Early 2006)
|US Hot 100||US Hot Dance||OCC (UK)|
|2000||"There You Go"||#7||#8||#6||Can't Take Me Home|
|2000||"Most Girls"||#4||#43||#5||Can't Take Me Home|
|2001||"You Make Me Sick"||#33||#23||#9||Can't Take Me Home|
|2001|| "Lady Marmalade"
(with Christina Aguilera, Mya & Lil Kim)
|#1||#1||#1||Moulin Rouge! (OST)|
|2001||"Get The Party Started"||#4||#1||#2||M!ssundaztood|
|2002||"Don't Let Me Get Me"||#8||#31||#6||M!ssundaztood|
|2002||"Just Like A Pill"||#8||-||#1||M!ssundaztood|
|2003|| "Feel Good Time"
(featuring William Orbit)
|#60||#8||#3||Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle (OST)|
|2004||"God Is A DJ"||-||#17||#11||Try This|
|2004||"Last To Know"||-||-||#21||Try This|
|2006||"You And Your Hand"||-||-||-||I'm Not Dead|
|2006||"Stupid Girl"||-||-||-||I'm Not Dead|
- List of number-one hits (United States)
- List of artists who reached number one on the Hot 100 (US)
- List of number-one dance hits (United States)
- List of artists who reached number one on the US Dance chart