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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 who gained prominence in early January of 2000. She is the daughter of James and Judy Moore. James played guitar and sang songs for the young Alecia, who vowed from the earliest that she would become a rock star someday.
Debut: 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. 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 alternative, rock sound could be heard immediately with its first single, "Get the Party Started".
"Get the Party Started" was a hugely commercially successful single. The album's other singles, "Don't Let Me Get Me," "Just Like a Pill," and "Family Portrait" were also radio successes. Uptempo dance remixes of these more rock-oriented songs allowed them to become crossover hits on 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.
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.
In 2003 Pink released a new album with Orbit and Perry called Try This. Eight of the thirteen tracks were cowritten with Tim Armstrong of punk band Rancid. Try This reached the Top 10 of the album charts in the US, Canadian, UK and Australian charts in 2003.
- Can't Take Me Home (2000) #26 US, #13 UK
- M!ssundaztood (2001) #6 US, #2 UK
- Try This (2003) #9 US, #3 UK
From Can't Take Me Home
- "There You Go" (2000) #7 US, #6 UK
- "Most Girls" (2000) #4 US, #5 UK
- "You Make Me Sick" (2001) #33 US, #9 UK
From the Moulin Rouge soundtrack
- "Get the Party Started" (2002) #4 US, #2 UK
- "Don't Let Me Get Me" (2002) #8 US, #6 UK
- "Just Like a Pill" (2002) #8 US, #1 UK
- "Family Portrait" (2002) #20 US, #11 UK
From the Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle soundtrack
- "Feel Good Time" (feat. William Orbit) (2003) #60 US, #3 UK
From Try This
- "Trouble" (2003) #68 US, #7 UK
- "God is a DJ" (2004) #11 UK
- "Last to Know" (2004) #21 UK
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