Pink is an American singer, songwriter, dancer, and actress. She was signed to her first record label with original R&B girl group Choice in 1995. The label saw potential in only Pink, offering her a solo deal. Choice disbanded in 1998. Pink rose as an artist with her debut solo album, Can’t Take Me Home (2000). It was certified double-platinum in the United States and spawned two Billboard Hot 100 top-ten hits: “There You Go” and “Most Girls”. She gained further recognition with the Moulin Rouge! soundtrack “Lady Marmalade”, which gave Pink her first Grammy Award as well as her first number-one single on the Billboard Hot 100.
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1. Alecia Beth Moore was born on September 8, 1979, in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, to nurse Judy and insurance salesman Jim Moore, a Vietnam War veteran.
2. Her father is Catholic (of Irish and German descent) and her mother is Jewish (of Lithuanian Jewish and German Jewish descent).
3. She has described her background as “Irish-German-Lithuanian-Jew”.
4. Although a healthy baby at birth, she quickly developed asthma that plagued her through her early years.
5. Pink attended Central Bucks High School West.
6. When she was just a toddler, her parents began having marital problems, and before she was 10 her parents had divorced.
7. Pink developed her voice early in life. In high school, Pink joined her first band, Middleground, but it disbanded upon losing a battle of the bands competition.
8. As a teenager, she 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 worrisome.”
9. She began performing in Philadelphia clubs when she was about 14. She adopted her stagename, “Pink”, around this time. She had that nickname for quite some time by that point, and initially it had been “a mean thing”.
10. She had gotten that name from the character “Mr. Pink” in Quentin Tarantino’s film Reservoir Dogs. Pink has said, “I was extreme. I went through phases from skateboarder, to hip-hopper, to rave child, to lead singer in a band. I did it all, and all at the same time.”
11. At 14, she was convinced to audition to become a member of the all-female group Basic Instinct, and earned a spot in the lineup. Ultimately, the group disbanded without releasing any material.
12. The partying swallowed her into a world of drugs (she nearly overdosed at the age of 15) and petty crime.
13. She has worked at Pizza Hut, McDonald’s, Wendy’s, and a gas station.
14. A copy of their first song, “Key to My Heart”, was sent to LaFace Records in Atlanta, Georgia, where L.A. Reid overheard it and arranged for the group to fly there so he could see them perform.
15. At 16, Pink and two other teenage girls, Stephanie Galligan and Chrissy Conway, formed the R&B group Choice.
16. After that, he signed them to a record deal. Since the three girls were under 18 at the time, their parents had to cosign the contract.
17. The group relocated to Atlanta and recorded an album, which was never released, and “Key to My Heart” appeared on the soundtrack to the 1996 film Kazaam.
18. During a Christmas party, Reid gave Pink an ultimatum: go solo or go home. Choice disbanded in 1998.
19. After Choice disbanded, Pink signed a recording contract with LaFace Records and began working on her debut solo album with producers such as Babyface, Kandi Burruss and Tricky Stewart.
20. Her debut single, “There You Go”, was released in February 2000 and became her first top-ten hit on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, where it peaked at number seven. Internationally, the song also charted inside the top ten in Australia, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom.
21. In April, Pink’s debut album, Can’t Take Me Home, was released to commercial success. Despite a moderate peak of 26 on the Billboard 200 chart, the album was certified double platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for two million units shipped in the United States.
22. It also went platinum in the United Kingdom and multi-platinum in Australia and Canada, while selling over four million copies worldwide.
23. Critical reception to the album was mixed. The album’s second single, “Most Girls”, peaked at number four on the Billboard Hot 100 and became her first chart-topping single in Australia. “You Make Me Sick” was released as the final single and reached number 33 on the Hot 100.
24. Pink won the trophy for Female New Artist of the Year at the 2000 Billboard Music Awards.
25. She was billed as a supporting act on the North American leg of NSYNC’s No Strings Attached Tour throughout the summer of 2000.
26. In 2001, Pink, alongside singers Christina Aguilera and Mýa as well as rapper Lil’ Kim, performed a cover of “Lady Marmalade” for the soundtrack of the film Moulin Rouge!.
27. In the US it became the most successful airplay-only single in history, as well as Pink’s first #1 single.
28. 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.
29. The song won Pink’s first Grammy Award for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals.
30. Tired of being marketed as another cookie cutter pop act, as well as eager both to be seen as 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 artistic or creative control during the recording of her second album, Missundaztood.
31. She recruited Linda Perry, former singer of 4 Non Blondes (one of Pink’s favorite groups in her teenage years).
32. Pink moved into Perry’s Los Angeles home where the pair spent several months writing songs for the album.
33. Perry co-wrote and co-produced the album with Dallas Austin and Scott Storch, and according to VH1’s Driven program, Antonio “LA” Reid of LaFace Records was not initially content with the new music Pink was making.
34. The album, named Missundaztood because of Pink’s belief that people had a wrong image of her, was released in November 2001.
35. Pink attended Christina Aguilera’s 22nd-birthday party wearing nothing but body paint from the waist up. She gave her friend a full-lip kiss before she left.
36. She gained superstardom in the 2002 Moulin Rouge soundtrack with Christina Aguilera.
37. Pink’s third studio album, Try This (2003), generated considerably lower sales, but earned her the Grammy Award for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance. Pink revived her popularity with her fourth and fifth studio albums, I’m Not Dead (2006) and Funhouse (2008), with the latter containing her second United States number-one hit, “So What”.
38. Pink concluded the first decade of her career with the compilation album Greatest Hits… So Far!! (2010), which featured “Fuckin’ Perfect” and the chart-topping single “Raise Your Glass”.
39. Her sixth studio album, The Truth About Love (2012), debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 and spawned the top-ten singles “Blow Me (One Last Kiss)”, “Try”, and “Just Give Me a Reason”, with the latter becoming her fourth United States number-one single.
40. In 2014 Pink recorded a collaborative album, Rose Ave., with Canadian musician Dallas Green under a folk music duo named You+Me.
41. Noted for having “a strong signature voice and a literally acrobatic ability on stage”, Pink has received mostly positive reception from music critics. She has sold over 47 million albums worldwide. She has sold over 16 million albums in the United States. Her career accolades include three Grammy Awards, a Brit Award, a Daytime Emmy Award and six MTV Video Music Awards. In 2009, Billboard recognized Pink as the Pop Songs Artist of the Decade. Pink was also the second most-played female solo artist in the United Kingdom during the 2000s decade, behind Madonna. VH1 ranked her number 10 on their list of the 100 Greatest Women in Music, while Billboard awarded her the Woman of the Year award in 2013. At the 63rd annual BMI Pop Awards, she received the BMI President’s Award for “her outstanding achievement in songwriting and global impact on pop culture and the entertainment industry.”[
42. Pink (sometimes as Alecia Moore) has appeared in the films “Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle,” “Get Him to the Greek,” “Thanks for Sharing,” “Happy Feet Two,” “Rollerball,” and “Catacombs.”
43. Pink briefly dated “Motley Crue” drummer Tommy Lee.
44. Pink once got stopped by the police for speeding – she got off with a warning.
45. Pink’s first boyfriend proposed to her on April 1st, then he could make it out to be an April Fools if she said no, she said no.
46. Pink’s astrological sign is Virgo.
47. Her parents cried after hearing her song “Family Portrait” and realized the effect their divorce had on her upbringing.
48. She is a vegetarian.
49. She got married to motocross rider Carey Hart on January 7, 2006.
50. They briefly separated in 2008 and worked things out after doing marriage counseling and later renewed their vows in 2009.
51. She wrote “Please don’t leave me” about Carey Hart while they were going through a rough patch.
52. Gave birth to her first child, daughter Willow Sage, on June 2, 2011. In an interview with PEOPLE Magazine, Pink said she named her daughter after her favorite tree, the willow, which is known to be the most flexible in nature and able to withstand nearly anything
53. On November 12, 2016, she announced she was expecting her second child with Hart.
54. P!nk has always lived by one piece of advice her father gave her “Always tell the truth. Always shoot from the hip. You might not have many friends, but you’ll never have enemies, because people will always know where you’re coming from.”
55. She doesn’t like horror movies.