Alecia Beth Moore (born September 8, 1979 in Doylestown, Pennsylvania), better known by her stage name P!nk, is an American singer songwriter who gained prominence in early 2000. She has so far sold over 10 million albums in the United States, and over 32 million worldwide, and has won three Grammy awards.
P!nk began her career as an rnb artist, signed to the predominately urban label, LAFACE RECORDS. She has since complained that because she chose to relinquish creative control to her record label, she did not like the type of music she was making at that time, and did not like her image, which included bright Pink hair. Her first album, Can't Take Me Home was a substantial success, going platinum, due to the huge pop and urban radio hit singles "There You Go" and "Most Girls".
Towards the end of 2001, P!nk decided to take her career in a new direction and have more creative control. Tired of being marketed as a another cookie-cutter pop act, and eager to become a more serious singer-songwriter and musician, P!nk sought the help of former 4 Non Blondes vocalist, Linda Perry. Together, P!nk and Perry co-wrote and co-produced most of the tracks on P!nk's sophomore album, M!ssundaztood, which was released in November 2001. 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 huge, commercially successful single, topping the charts in many countries. The album's other singles, "Don't Let Me Get Me", "Just Like a Pill", and "Family Portrait" were also radio and commercial successes.
In 2003, P!nk released a new album called Try This. Eight of the thirteen tracks were co-written 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. Though its singles "Trouble" and "God Is a DJ" didn't do as well in her home country as her previous singles, "Trouble" earned Pink her second Grammy award in 2003. However the singles were largely successful in the United Kingdom and Australia.
P!nk's fourth album, I'm Not Dead was released in April 2006. The first single was the controversial and funny "Stupid Girls". The album had started causing controversy before it was even released: the song Dear Mr. President is an open letter condemning the actions of President George W. Bush. P!nk appeared on the Australian TV show "Rove Live", discussing the track, stating that it would never be released as a single in the United States, lest it be misinterpreted as a publicity stunt. A DVD containing concert footage of P!nk's Try This European tour was released in May 2006.
Her fifth album, Funhouse, was released in October 2008, preceded by her first solo number one on the Billboard Hot 100, "So What". The following singles from Funhouse, "Sober" and "Please Don't Leave Me", both charted well on their releases around the world.
In 1995, Alecia Moore joined Choice, an American contemporary R&B girl group, which also included Chrissy Conway and Sharon Flanagan. 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. After this, he signed them to a record deal; because the girls were under 18, their parents had to co-sign the contract. The group relocated to Atlanta and recorded an album, and Key to My Heart appeared on the Kazaam soundtrack for the 1996 film of the same name. The group disbanded in 1998.
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